Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Open Meetings & Records Laws

July 26, 2008

Oklahoma Open Meeting Act


4. In order to allow the public the maximum opportunity to attend and observe each public official carrying out their duties, a member or members of a public body desiring to participate in a meeting by videoconference shall participate in the videoconference from a site and room from within the district or political subdivision from which they are elected, appointed, or are sworn to represent;

5. Each site and room where a member of the public body is present for a meeting by videoconference shall be open and accessible to the public, and the public shall be allowed into that site and room. Public bodies may provide additional videoconference sites as a convenience to the public, but additional sites shall not be used to exclude or discourage public attendance at any videoconference site;

6. The public shall be allowed to participate and speak, as allowed by rule or policy set by the public body, in a meeting at the videoconference site in the same manner and to the same extent as the public is allowed to participate or speak at the site of the meeting;

7. Any materials shared electronically between members of the public body, before or during the videoconference, shall also be immediately available to the public in the same form and manner as shared with members of the public body; and

8. All votes occurring during any meeting conducted using videoconferencing shall occur and be recorded by roll call vote.

C. No public body authorized to hold meetings by teleconference or videoconference shall conduct an executive session by teleconference or videoconference.

§ 308. Meeting between Governor and majority of members of public body. — Any meeting between the Governor and a majority of members of any public body shall be open to the public and subject to all other provisions of this act.

§ 309. Legislature. — The Legislature shall conduct open meetings in accordance with rules to be adopted by each house thereof.

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