During the Eighty-sixth session, the Legislature made significant changes to the Open Meetings Act (OMA), and governmental bodies need to ensure that they comply with these new changes.

HB 2840 Created a right for members of the public to address the governing body of a political subdivision at an open meeting of the body.
HB 494 Modified the procedures for providing notice for a meeting held in response to an emergency or urgent public necessity, and it further clarified the meaning of those terms.
SB 1640 Revised a criminal provision of the OMA, making it a criminal offense to knowingly engage in a series of communications that involve deliberation of a quorum outside of a properly called meeting.

For further information regarding these bills and their impact on governmental bodies, watch the Office of the Attorney General legislative update.