Charter Schools: Remember to Register Your Website for Open Meetings Compliance

In 2019 the General Assembly made a significant change to the meeting notice provision of the Open Meetings Act.  The law now specifies that notice should be accomplished online instead of physically.  The statute states:

On and after July 1, 2019, a local public body shall be deemed to have given full and timely notice of a public meeting if the local public body posts the notice, with specific agenda information if available, no less than twenty-four hours prior to the holding of the meeting on a public website of the local public body.  The notice must be accessible at no charge to the public.  The local public body shall, to the extent feasible, make the notices searchable by type of meeting, date of meeting, time of meeting, agenda contents, and any other category deemed appropriate by the local public body . . .

Important Requirement:  Charter schools providing notice online are required to provide the address of the website where notice is provided to the Department of Local Affairs for inclusion in the inventory of websites maintained by that department.  To enter a charter school website, go to this webpage:   See the following text on that page: 

If your local government is seeking to meet the electronic public notice requirements of HB 19-1087, an official website must be provided: ENTER WEBSITE HERE

Click on the link and register your website.  After that, there will no longer be any need to post physical notice.  Website notice will comply with the statute.

Finally, each charter school must designate a public place at which it may post a notice no less than twenty-four hours prior to a meeting if it is unable to post a notice online in exigent or emergency circumstances such as a power outage or an interruption in internet service that prevents the public from accessing the notice online.

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