SB 1344 Electronic meetings; UVA Board of Visitors; video broadcast meetings.
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Summary as passed:
Electronic meetings of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; authority for holding telephonic or video broadcast meetings. Modifies the exception to the Freedom of Information Act requirements for holding telephonic or video broadcast meetings that has been accorded to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. This exception currently requires that two-thirds of the board be physically assembled at its regular or primary location and that no more than 25 percent of all annual meetings be held via electronic means. This provision reduces the requirement for physical presence to a quorum of the Board and provides for electronic meetings to be held at locations other than the regular or primary location of the Board's meetings. The Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia consists of 16 members; however, 23-74 provides that five members "constitute a quorum." In addition to these changes, public access is limited to hearing the participation during public sessions and the interruption of the telephonic or video broadcast of the meeting will result in suspension of public sessions. The original act authorizing the Board to hold electronic meetings that are removed from the Freedom of Information Act's general rules includes an enactment clause mandating that the Board keep a record of its electronic meetings, record complaints about such meetings, and report on these records to the Secretary of Education and the General Assembly. The bill also extends the sunset clause to July 1, 2005.


Summary as passed Senate:
Electronic meetings of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; authority for holding telephonic or video broadcast meetings. Modifies the exception to the Freedom of Information Act requirements for holding telephonic or video broadcast meetings that has been accorded to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. This exception currently requires that two-thirds of the board be physically assembled at its regular or primary location and that no more than 25 percent of all annual meetings be held via electronic means. This provision reduces the requirement for physical presence to a quorum of the Board and provides for electronic meetings to be held at locations other than the regular or primary location of the Board's meetings. The Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia consists of 16 members; however, 23-74 provides that 5 members "constitute a quorum." In addition to these changes, public access is limited to hearing the participation during public sessions and the interruption of the telephonic or video broadcast of the meeting will result in suspension of public sessions. The original act authorizing the Board to hold electronic meetings that are removed from the Freedom of Information Act's general rules includes an enactment clause mandating that the Board keep a record of its electronic meetings, record complaints about such meetings, and report on these records to the Secretary of Education and the General Assembly. The bill also extends the sunset clause to July 1, 2004.


Summary as introduced:
Electronic meetings of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; authority for holding telephonic or video broadcast meetings. Modifies the exception to the Freedom of Information Act requirements for holding telephonic or video broadcast meetings that has been accorded to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. This exception, which sunsets on July 1, 2004, currently requires that two-thirds of the board be physically assembled at its regular or primary location and that no more than 25 percent of all annual meetings be held via electronic means. This provision reduces the requirement for physical presence to a quorum of the Board, provides for electronic meetings to be held at locations other than the regular or primary location of the Board's meetings, and establishes the authority to go into executive session when permitted by the present law. The Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia consists of 16 members; however, 23-74 provides that 5 members "constitute a quorum." In addition to these changes, public access is limited to hearing the participation during public sessions and the interruption of the telephonic or video broadcast of the meeting will result in suspension of public sessions. The original act authorizing the Board to hold electronic meetings that are removed from the Freedom of Information Act's general rules includes an enactment clause mandating that the Board keep a record of its electronic meetings, record complaints about such meetings, and report on these records to the Secretary of Education and the General Assembly.