November 10, 2021 New Requirement to Post Meeting Minutes to Website
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
This week Governor Hochul signed legislation requiring certain meeting minutes to be posted on a public body’s website if the public body “maintains a regularly and routinely updated website and utilizes a high-speed internet connection.” Minutes of an open meeting must be posted to a public body’s website within two weeks from the date of the meeting and minutes from an executive session where a formal vote is taken must be made available to the public within one week from the date of the meeting.
Prior to this legislation, the law did not require that meeting minutes be posted online and only required that the minutes be made available pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law.
The law now also provides that unabridged audio or video recordings, or unabridged written transcripts, may constitute meeting minutes.
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