Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1380 By Senator Rodriguez 37-01206-18 20181380__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to regional agency and regional 3 planning council meetings; amending s. 120.525, F.S.; 4 providing requirements for establishing a quorum for 5 meetings of certain agencies and councils when a 6 voting member appears via telephone, real-time 7 videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or 8 video communication; requiring notice of intent to 9 appear via telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or 10 similar real-time electronic or video communication by 11 a specified time; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (4) is added to section 120.525, 16 Florida Statutes, to read: 17 120.525 Meetings, hearings, and workshops.— 18 (4) For purposes of establishing a quorum at meetings of 19 regional agencies and regional planning councils that cover 20 three or more counties, a voting member who appears via 21 telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or similar real-time 22 electronic or video communication that is broadcast publicly at 23 the meeting location may be counted towards the quorum 24 requirement if at least one-third of the voting members of such 25 regional agency or regional planning council are physically 26 present at the meeting location. A member must provide oral, 27 written, or electronic notice of his or her intent to appear via 28 telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or similar real-time 29 electronic or video communication to the regional agency or 30 regional planning council at least 24 hours before the scheduled 31 meeting. 32 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.