Charter school boards of trustees and other public bodies may continue to hold remote meetings through July 15 of 2022 under new legislation enacted last week.
The statute, Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022, amends the Open Meeting Law to allow a quorum of a charter school board of trustees to meet remotely without the chair or any other member being physically present in a meeting location. In addition, a board of trustees may continue to hold “hybrid” meetings, where the board meets in person and the public attends only through remote means so long as the public has “adequate, alternative means of public access” that provide “transparency and permit timely and effective public access to the deliberations of the public body, including, but not limited to, providing public access through telephone, internet, satellite enabled audio or video conferencing or any other technology that enables the public to clearly follow the proceedings of the public body.”
Individuals required to appear and present before a board of trustees remotely must be given the same level of remote access as board members (being promoted to “panelist” or “presenter”, rather than simply observing a livecast or participating through audio only).
The statute contains an emergency preamble and therefore takes effect immediately.
Please contact a member of Mirick O’Connell’s Charter School Law Group with specific questions on the new law.