Florida Senate - 2012                              CS for SB 396
       By the Committee on Communications, Energy, and Public
       Utilities; and Senators Oelrich and Gaetz
       579-01833-12                                           2012396c1
    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  which has member public agencies located in at least five
   16  counties, of which at least three are not contiguous, may
   17  conduct public meetings and workshops by means of communications
   18  media technology. The notice for any such public meeting or
   19  workshop shall state that the meeting or workshop will be
   20  conducted through the use of communications media technology;
   21  specify how persons interested in attending may do so; and
   22  provide a location where communications media technology
   23  facilities are available. The participation by an officer, board
   24  member, or other representative of a member public agency in a
   25  meeting or workshop conducted through communications media
   26  technology constitutes that individual’s presence at such
   27  meeting or workshop. As used in this subsection, the term
   28  “communications media technology” means conference telephone,
   29  video conference, or other communications technology by which
   30  all persons attending a public meeting or workshop may audibly
   31  communicate.
   32         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.