Florida Senate - 2020                                    SB 1398
       By Senator Flores
       39-01530-20                                           20201398__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to regional planning council meetings;
    3         amending s. 120.525, F.S.; providing requirements for
    4         establishing a quorum for meetings of certain councils
    5         when a voting member appears via telephone, real-time
    6         videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or
    7         video communication; requiring the member to give
    8         notice of intent to appear via telephone, real-time
    9         videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or
   10         video communication by a specified time; providing an
   11         effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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 planning councils that cover three or more counties, a
   20  voting member who appears via telephone, real-time
   21  videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or video
   22  communication that is broadcast publicly at the meeting location
   23  may be counted toward the quorum requirement if at least one
   24  third of the voting members of the regional planning council are
   25  physically present at the meeting location. A member must
   26  provide oral, written, or electronic notice of his or her intent
   27  to appear via telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or similar
   28  real-time electronic or video communication to the regional
   29  planning council at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting.
   30         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.