Florida Senate - 2021 SB 972 By Senator Rodriguez 39-01181A-21 2021972__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to administrative entity 3 telecommunication meetings; amending s. 163.01, F.S.; 4 authorizing certain legal or administrative entities 5 to conduct public meetings and workshops by means of 6 communications media technology; revising criteria 7 under which legal entities may conduct public meetings 8 and workshops; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsection (18) of section 163.01, Florida 13 Statutes, is amended to read: 14 163.01 Florida Interlocal Cooperation Act of 1969.— 15 (18) Any separate legal or administrative entity created 16 under subsection (7) which has member public agencies located in 17 at least five counties, of which at least three are not 18 contiguous, or which has member public agencies located in four 19 contiguous counties, may conduct public meetings and workshops 20 by means of communications media technology. The notice for any 21 such public meeting or workshop shall state that the meeting or 22 workshop will be conducted through the use of communications 23 media technology; specify how persons interested in attending 24 may do so; and provide a location where communications media 25 technology facilities are available. The participation by an 26 officer, board member, or other representative of a member 27 public agency in a meeting or workshop conducted through 28 communications media technology constitutes that individual’s 29 presence at such meeting or workshop. As used in this 30 subsection, the term “communications media technology” means 31 conference telephone, video conference, or other communications 32 technology by which all persons attending a public meeting or 33 workshop may audibly communicate. 34 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.