212 – Meetings By Telephone Or Other Electronic Means

A meeting will be conducted by electronic means only if a meeting in person is impossible or impractical. If an electronic meeting is held, public access to the conversation will be allowed unless the meeting is exempted from the open meetings law or is covered by an exception allowing a closed meeting. For meetings not exempted from the open meetings law but allowed to be closed, advance notice will be given as for other meetings, a vote to close the meeting will be made, and the telephone conversation will be tape recorded. Minutes will be kept of meetings held by electronic means, and the minutes will state the reason why a meeting in person was impossible or impractical.

A Board member may request to be connected to a Board meeting by telephone or other electronic means if the Board member is ill or has an emergency which prevents the member’s attendance. A majority of Board members otherwise present at the meeting must agree to connect the absent Board member.

Date of Revision: February 25, 2002

Legal References: 21.8, 279.8, Code of Iowa


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