New law addresses open meetings

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South Dakota has made some improvements to its laws to make government meetings and records more open to the public in recent years but some areas of confusion remain. A couple of those things were addressed in Senate Bill 91, passed by the State Legislature earlier this year and became law on July 1.

The bill (now law) clarified the question of what happens when a quorum (a majority of members) of a public body is invited to an event or meeting where the public body does not control the agenda and where public policy may be discussed. An example may be a chamber of commerce event where the city council has been invited to attend and the event may or may not include discussion about city-related issues. In the past, there has been confusion as to whether or not the city council should post an official meeting agenda in this instance if they know that a majority of its members will be in attendance.


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