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Monday, May 7, 2012

Another Update on OMA Bill (House Bill 4687)

The Illinois Senate introduced another amendment (Senate Amendment 3) to House Bill 4687, that would amend the Open Meetings Act regarding agenda language.  The new language is as follows:

"Any agenda required under this Section shall set forth the general subject matter of any resolution or ordinance that will be the subject of final action at the meeting..."
This language applies only to items subject to "final action," addressing concerns we raised with earlier versions of the bill that would have required all matters, even discussion items, to be listed on an agenda.  The phrase "general subject matter" replaces the previous version of this bill that required a public body to list the "informational title" of an ordinance or resolution. 

We will keep you posted on the status of this proposed legislation, which was recently passed out of committee.

UPDATE:  July 19, 2012, Governor signs bill into legislation.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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