On July 7, the House engrossed its own version of legislation (H. 4991) to extend remote meeting participation options under current COVID-related relief until March 31, 2023, which is currently set to expire July 15, 2022. Thereafter, the House bill would permanently require remote access to all meetings of public bodies if public participation is required or permitted at such meeting. MMLA, along with MMA and others, have taken a strong position against making such permanent changes as proposed in the House legislation. Click here for a copy of MMA’s letter of July 11, 2022, and here for a copy of MMLA’s letter.
As previously reported, the Senate recently passed its version of extension legislation (S. 2985) that would simply continue current remote participation options until December 15, 2023, a provision MMLA supported [See 7/6 letter here]. The Senate language does not include the permanent mandate language contained in the House bill.
MMLA is currently working with stakeholders to support an extension of the current remote participation relief option deadline in order to work next session on a permanent solution.