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Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

Other open government bills scheduled for hearings next week

As session starts next week, a number of open government bills already are scheduled to be heard. These include:

  • HB 2105 requires public agencies to post agendas of regular meetings of its governing body online twenty-four hours in advance. Agencies without a website or fewer than five full-time employees are exempt from the requirement. Agencies would still be allowed to modify their agenda before the meeting, and if an agency fails to post an agenda in advance, any otherwise legal action would not be invalidated.
  • HB 2121/SB 5694 is Attorney General request legislation that requires every elected official (or person appointed to an elected position), every member of a governing body, and public records officers to complete public records training within 90 days of taking the oath of office or assuming duty. The training must be consistent with the attorney general’s model rules for compliance with the public records act, may be completed remotely, and must be repeated every four years.
  • HB 2128 creates a public disclosure exemption for global positioning system data that shows the residence of an employee or agent of a criminal justice agency.
  • HB 2114 exempts electronic customer contact information and customer-specific utility usage and billing information in increments less than a billing cycle or one month from disclosure. Current law exempts customer addresses and phone numbers.