Report Title:

Sunshine Law; Telephonic Meetings

 

Description:

Amends Sunshine Law to include telephonic meetings. (SD1)

 

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2445

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to public meetings.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Section 92-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"92-3.5 Meeting by videoconference and teleconference; notice; quorum. (a) A board may hold a meeting by videoconference; provided that the videoconference system used by the board shall allow both audio and visual interaction between all members of the board participating in the meeting and the public attending the meeting, at any videoconference location. The notice required by section 92-7 shall specify all locations at which board members will be physically present during a videoconference meeting. The notice shall also specify that the public may attend the meeting at any of the specified locations.

(b) A board may hold a meeting by teleconference; provided that the teleconference system used by the board shall allow audio interaction between all members of the board participating in the meeting and the public attending the meeting, at any teleconference location. The notice required by section 92-7 shall specify all locations at which board members will be physically present during a teleconference meeting. The notice shall specify that the public may attend the meeting at any of the specified locations.

[(b)] (c) Any board member participating in a meeting by videoconference or teleconference shall be considered present at the meeting for the purpose of determining compliance with the quorum and voting requirements of the board.

[(c)] (d) A meeting held by videoconference shall be terminated if both audio and video communication cannot be maintained with all locations where the meeting is being held, even if a quorum of the board is physically present in one location. If video communication cannot be maintained, the board shall take a vote on whether to end the meeting or proceed with the meeting as a teleconference.

(e) A meeting held by teleconference shall be terminated if audio communication cannot be maintained with all locations where the meeting is being held, even if a quorum of the board is physically present in one location."

SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.