STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 2511

 

with Senate Floor Amendments

(Proposed by Senator WEINBERG)

 

ADOPTED: MAY 30, 2013


 

 

      These Senate amendments provide that:

      an item may be added to the agenda of a meeting of a public body, other than the Legislature, upon a majority vote of the members present instead of upon a two-thirds vote as currently required by the bill;

      a public agency must be the “source” of a quasi-governmental agency’s funding instead of the “primary source” as currently provided by the bill;

      a public body, other than the Legislature, must set aside a total of at least one hour for public comments on agenda items and on issues that members of the public feel may be of concern to and within the authority of the public body, provided that a shorter time is permissible if all members of the public wishing to comment at a meeting have had the opportunity to be heard; and

      a member of the public may submit written comments expressing that individual’s opinion on any item on the agenda for a meeting of a public body, other than the Legislature, or on any issue that individual feels may be of concern to and within the authority of the public body, other than the Legislature.  Written comments may be delivered to the public body in person, by postal mail, facsimile, or electronic mail prior to the start of a meeting and in a quantity sufficient to ensure that each member of the public body will receive a copy thereof.