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Oklahoma AG Hunter announces open meetings going back to pre-COVID-19 rules – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2020-11-12 17:36:46 –

Oklahoma City () – Oklahoma is returning to pre-pandemic public conference rules as cases of COVID-19 continue to proliferate in the state.

State Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a news release on Thursday, reminding state boards and committees to return to how the meeting held before the COVID-19 pandemic began on Sunday. ..

The Senate Bill 661 amendment to the Public Conference Act, which allows public bodies to effectively meet as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic, will expire on Sunday.

“No one could have predicted how long the pandemic would last when the law was enacted,” said Attorney General Hunter. “There is now more known about how to meet and do business safely according to appropriate social distances and other safety protocols. Even if the board and committee decide to meet. , Must meet under the Public Meeting Act prior to SB661 starting on Sunday. “

However, COVID-19 is not decelerating in this state. In fact, it’s skyrocketing, setting record highs for both new cases and hospitalizations.

The presence of COVID-19 in Oklahoma has increased by more than 2,000 cases in 24 hours, the Oklahoma Department of Health reported Thursday.

Hunter, in coordination with the Oklahoma Press Association (OPA), has announced that the relaxed public conference rules are approaching. OPA’s Vice President, Mark Thomas, encourages public agencies to offer virtual attendance options during public meetings.

“We have recently seen innovative and creative ways for companies to do business. We encourage public bodies to follow their leadership,” said Thomas. “We also recommend that you continue to provide virtual attendance and live streaming capabilities for greater transparency, especially if you’re limiting the number of attendees. How members are still worried or meet safely. Members can cancel the meeting and reschedule it to a future date, even if they cannot find it and their problem may be postponed to a future date. “

For more information on Oklahoma’s open records and conference law, please visit the Oklahoma Library Office website.

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