Chapter 098
2019 -- H 5355
Enacted 07/08/2019

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Representatives Williams, Ajello, and Almeida
Date Introduced: February 08, 2019

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:
     (1) "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" expressly includes, without limiting the generality of the foregoing,
so-called "workshop," "working," or "work" sessions.
     (2) "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 § 42-46-5 is being involved.
     (3) (5) "Public body" means any department, agency, commission, committee, board,
council, bureau, or authority, or any subdivision thereof, of state or municipal government or the
board of directors of any library that funded at least twenty-five percent (25%) of its operational
budget in the prior budget year with public funds, and shall include all authorities defined in § 42-
35-1(b) § 42-35-1. 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.
     (4) (6) "Quorum,", unless otherwise defined by applicable law, means a simple majority
of the membership of a public body.
     (5) (4) "Prevailing plaintiff" includes those persons and entities deemed "prevailing
parties" pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988.
     (6) (3) "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.