The Oklahoma State Legislature has once again voted to amend the Open Meeting Act so members of public bodies can meet virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1031 is now awaiting Gov. Kevin Stitt's signature.
(TNS) — The Oklahoma State Legislature has once again voted to amend the Open Meeting Act so members of public bodies can meet virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1031 is now awaiting Gov.
It can't come soon enough for some elected officials in the
It's not something every board or commission has done, but during last spring's shutdown, many tried it as a way to lessen exposure to the virus.
"I think it's the right thing t0 do, not just because we are still dealing with a pandemic, but because technology has the potential to make meetings more accessible and open to all," Joyce told the
But he can see it being helpful for some of the other boards he serves on as part of his job.
There just wasn't much interest from the public when the county commission was holding virtual meetings, Reding said. It could be used to create a hybrid meeting format with the commissioners meeting in person and an online feed for spectators if there is enough interest.
"The place where this will make the biggest difference in my life as a Commissioner is in our multi-county boards that we serve on," Reding said. "A number of the older board members have not been excited about traveling and meeting in person. This will allow them to be part of meetings again."
He believes case numbers have peaked and things will start improving. Overall, he would rather provide distance during meetings.
Cavett said he prefers to meet face-to-face so he can inspect and sign the documents the county commission approves himself instead of leaving it up to the Chairman.
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