SB493 SFAT RUCKER #1 3-12

Hager 7871


Senator Rucker moved to amend the House of Delegates amendment to the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. Senate Bill 493A Bill to amend and reenact 18-5-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring each county board of education to 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; requiring each county board to ensure that the audio and video is recorded and that the recording is also available through a link on its website; allowing meeting to continue if the live broadcast experiences a technical interruption in which the stream is discontinued or digitally interrupted; providing exception for executive session; allowing each county board to 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; requiring the county board, if providing opportunity for the public to address the school board at a meeting, to ensure that any person expressing an interest in speaking has the opportunity in compliance with adopted procedures; requiring that speakers are treated equally; requiring that a draft of the minutes of each public board meeting include a record of the votes cast by each board member on all substantive matters and be posted to the website within two business days; establishing the duration in which the approved minutes shall remain on the website; and removing the option for a county board to join the National School Board Association.