Relates to open meetings of public bodies.
BILL NUMBER: S3195A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to the recording, broadcasting, webcasting and photographing of meetings of public bodies
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : This bill provides that people in attendance at public meetings may record, broadcast, webcast or photograph those meetings.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Amends section 103 of the public officers law by adding a new subdivision (d) to provide that meetings of public bodies shall be open to recording, broadcasting, webcasting or photographing of such meetings and that the public body shall adopt rules reasonably governing the locations for recordings, broadcastings, webcastings and photographing of the meetings. In addition, this bill provides that such rules be posted conspicuously during the meetings.
JUSTIFICATION : This bill continues to expand the options for the general public to take part in public meetings by allowing people in attendance at these meetings to record, broadcast, webcast and photograph them. It does provide municipalities with the ability to adopt rules to govern the locations from which people can record these meetings and ensures that the public is aware of these rules by having these rules posted.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Thirty days after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3195--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 12, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to the recording, broadcasting, webcasting and photographing of meetings of public bodies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 103 of the public officers law is amended by adding a new subdivision (d) to read as follows: (D) 1. MEETINGS OF PUBLIC BODIES SHALL BE OPEN TO RECORDING BY EITHER AUDIO OR VIDEO, BROADCASTING, WEBCASTING OR PHOTOGRAPHING BY ANY PERSON IN ATTENDANCE FROM ONE OR MORE DESIGNATED LOCATIONS AS REASONABLY DETER- MINED BY SUCH PUBLIC BODY, PROVIDED THAT SUCH RECORDING, BROADCASTING, WEBCASTING OR PHOTOGRAPHING DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH THE CONDUCT OF THE MEETING. 2. A PUBLIC BODY SHALL ADOPT RULES REASONABLY GOVERNING THE LOCATIONS FOR RECORDING, BROADCASTING, WEBCASTING OR PHOTOGRAPHING OF MEETINGS, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH PUBLIC BODY SHALL NOT PROHIBIT OR DISCOUR- AGE SUCH RECORDING, BROADCASTING, WEBCASTING OR PHOTOGRAPHING. SUCH RULES SHALL BE CONSPICUOUSLY POSTED DURING SUCH MEETINGS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10407-03-0