Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Revisions to open meetings laws

During the 2018 Legislative Session, revisions were passed that relate to open meetings of certain public bodies. The full text of the bill, which was signed by Governor Daugaard on March 22, is linked below.

http://sdlegislature.gov/docs/legsession/2018/Bills/HB1172P.pdf

Here is a summary of HB1172:

  • Agendas of public meetings must be posted 72 hours prior to the meeting
  • Weekends and holidays cannot be counted as part of the 72 hour period
  • “Public Comments” should be on every agenda (but the chairman has broad powers to limit public comments.)
  • Good ‘rule of thumb’ is to post one week ahead. This is easy to remember, easy to communicate with others, and it gives one some wiggle room to correct and repost and still be within the statute’s 72 hour requirement