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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

OMA Amendment Passes Both Houses

House Bill 175 just passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly and is off to the Governor. This bill is one of many proposed bills this session to amend the Open Meetings Act.  In this case, the bill would modify the existing 60 day limitation period to file a complaint with the Public Access Counselor of the Attorney General's office alleging a violation of the OMA.  Currently, an individual has 60 days from the date of the alleged violation to file a complaint.  Under the new bill, an individual would have 60 days from the date that they discovered the violation (but no later than 2 years after the alleged violation) to file a complaint with the PAC.  

Interestingly, the bill does not change the 60 day statute of limitation for bringing an action in circuit court alleging an OMA violation.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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