House Bill aims to amend Open Meetings Act

House Bill aims to amend Open Meetings Act

LANSING — A bill recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives would make a change to how public bodies can conduct business behind closed doors.

House Bill 5308 would amend the Open Meetings Act to allow school boards to close their meetings to the public to consider and discuss security planning to address existing threats or to prevent them when it comes to the safety of students and staff members.

Currently, the act provides other exemptions to close meetings, such as consideration of disciplinary actions of an employee and consultation with lawyers about legal matters.

Representative John Kivela is one of the co–sponsors of this bill. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Ethics for review.