2007 -- S 0206 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- OPEN MEETINGS
Introduced By: Senators Perry, Pichardo, Metts, Goodwin, and Miller
Date Introduced: January 31, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 42-46-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-46 entitled "Open
Meetings" is hereby amended to read as follows:
42-46-2. Definitions. -- As used in this chapter:
(a) "Meeting" means the convening of a public body to discuss and/or act upon a matter
over which the public body has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power. As used
herein, the term "meeting" shall expressly include, without limiting the generality of the
foregoing, so-called "workshop," "working," or "work" sessions.
(b) "Open call" means a public announcement by the chairperson of the committee that
the meeting is going to be held in executive session and the chairperson must indicate which
exception of section 42-46-5 is being involved.
(c) "Public body" means any department, agency, commission, committee, board,
council, bureau, or authority or any subdivision thereof of state or municipal government or any
library that funded
a at least majority
twenty-five percent (25%) of its operational budget in the
prior budget year with public funds, and shall include all authorities defined in section 42-35-
1(b). For purposes of this section, any political party, organization, or unit thereof meeting or
convening is not and should not be considered to be a public body; provided, however that no
such meeting shall be used to circumvent the requirements of this chapter.
(d) "Quorum," unless otherwise defined by applicable law, means a simple majority of
the membership of a public body.
(e) "Prevailing plaintiff" shall include those persons and entities deemed "prevailing
parties" pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 1988.
(f) "Open forum" means the designated portion of an open meeting, if any, on a properly
posted notice reserved for citizens to address comments to a public body relating to matters
affecting the public business.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.