HB 2337--
Session of 1997
By Representative Garner

AN ACT concerning open meetings; relating to request of notice; amend- ing K.S.A. 75-4318 and repealing the existing section. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas: Section 1. K.S.A. 75-4318 is hereby amended to read as follows: 75- 4318. (a) Except as otherwise provided by state or federal law or by rules of the house or senate, and except with respect to any impeachment inquiry or other impeachment matter referred to any committee of the house of representatives prior to the report of such committee to the full house of representatives, all meetings for the conduct of the affairs of, and the transaction of business by, all legislative and administrative bodies and agencies of the state and political and taxing subdivisions thereof, including boards, commissions, authorities, councils, committees, sub- committees and other subordinate groups thereof, receiving or expending and supported in whole or in part by public funds shall be open to the public and no binding action by such bodies shall be by secret ballot, but any administrative body that is authorized by law to exercise quasi-judicial functions shall not be required to have open meetings when such body is deliberating matters relating to a decision involving such quasi-judicial functions. (b) Notice of the date, time and place of any regular or special meet- ing of a public body designated hereinabove shall be furnished to any person requesting such notice, except that: (1) If notice is requested by petition, the petition shall designate one person to receive notice on behalf of all persons named in the petition, and notice to such person shall constitute notice to all persons named in the petition; (2) if notice is furnished to an executive officer of an employees' or- ganization or trade association, such notice shall be deemed to have been furnished to the entire membership of such organization or association; and (3) except as provided further, the public body may require that a request to receive notice must be submitted again to the body prior to the commencement of any subsequent fiscal year of the body during which the person wishes to continue receiving notice, but, prior to dis- HB 2337

 1  continuing notice to any person, the public body must notify the person
 2  that notice will be discontinued unless the person resubmits a request to
 3  receive notice. A print, radio or television media entity within 50 miles
 4  of such public body which has initially requested notice shall continue to
 5  receive notice and such entity is not required to resubmit the request
 6  annually.
 7    (c)  It shall be the duty of the presiding officer or other person calling
 8  the meeting, if the meeting is not called by the presiding officer, to furnish
 9  the notice required by subsection (b).
10    (d)  Prior to any meeting hereinabove mentioned, any agenda relating
11  to the business to be transacted at such meeting shall be made available
12  to any person requesting said agenda.
13    (e)  The use of cameras, photographic lights and recording devices
14  shall not be prohibited at any meeting mentioned by subsection (a), but
15  such use shall be subject to reasonable rules designed to insure the or-
16  derly conduct of the proceedings at such meeting.
17    Sec. 2.  K.S.A. 75-4318 is hereby repealed.
18    Sec. 3.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
19  publication in the statute book.