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2013 House Bill 5194: Increase Open Meeting Act rigor
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 11, 2013
To establish that if a public body takes an action while in violation of the state Open Meetings Act, and then later re-enacts the decision while in compliance with the OMA, this does not exempt public officials from the misdemeanor and civil fine penalties the OMA authorizes for knowingly holding a meeting that violates its public notice and open-door requirements.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on December 11, 2013
Reported in the House on March 25, 2014
With the recommendation that the amendments be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the House on May 20, 2014
To make circuit courts in the county where an alleged violation takes place the venue for hearing complaints against a local government body.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 20, 2014
Received in the Senate on May 27, 2014
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on May 27, 2014

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