Florida Senate - 2012                                     SB 396
       By Senator Oelrich
       14-00501-12                                            2012396__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to intergovernmental cooperation;
    3         amending s. 163.01, F.S.; authorizing certain parties
    4         to an interlocal agreement to conduct public meetings
    5         and workshops by means of communications media
    6         technology; providing notice requirements; providing a
    7         definition; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (18) is added to section 163.01,
   12  Florida Statutes, to read:
   13         163.01 Florida Interlocal Cooperation Act of 1969.—
   14         (18) Any separate legal entity created under subsection (7)
   15  that has member public agencies located in at least 10 counties
   16  may conduct public meetings and workshops by means of
   17  communications media technology. The notice for any such public
   18  meeting or workshop shall state that the meeting or workshop
   19  will be conducted through the use of communications media
   20  technology; specify how persons interested in attending may do
   21  so; and provide a location where communications media technology
   22  facilities are available. The participation by an officer, board
   23  member, or other representative of a member public agency in a
   24  meeting or workshop conducted through communications media
   25  technology constitutes that individual’s presence at such
   26  meeting or workshop. As used in this subsection, the term
   27  “communications media technology” means conference telephone,
   28  video conference, or other communications technology by which
   29  all persons attending a public meeting or workshop may audibly
   30  communicate.
   31         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.