SB493 SFA RUCKER #1 3-12

Hager 7871


Senator Rucker moved to amend the House of Delegates amendment to the bill on pages one and two, section four, by striking out all of subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b), to read as follows:

(b) In addition to any requirements imposed by 6-9A-1 et seq. of this code relating to open governmental proceedings, each county board shall ensure that all of its meetings are open to the public through in-person attendance and that the audio and video of its meetings are broadcast live to the public through an internet link on its website. In addition to being available live, each county board also shall ensure that the audio and video is recorded and that the recording is also available through a link on its website: Provided, That, if the live broadcast experiences a technical interruption in which the stream is discontinued or digitally interrupted, the meeting may continue while such technical interruptions are being resolved. This subsection does not apply to the holding of an executive session pursuant to 6-9A-4 of this code.

Each county board may make and enforce reasonable rules for attendance and presentation at any meeting where there is not room enough for all members of the public who wish to attend. If the county board provides opportunity for the public to address the school board at any meeting the county board shall ensure that any person expressing a desire to speak has the opportunity to speak in compliance with the adopted procedures. All members of the public wishing to address the school board on an issue pursuant to policies adopted by the board shall be treated equally.