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The new law follows the process provided by executive orders during the COVID state of emergency that had expired on June 24th .
This bill permits but does not require public meetings to be conducted remotely.
This authority to override certain Open Meeting Law requirements expires on January 15, 2022. The following is the text of this aspect of the enactment:
Section 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of article 7 of the public officers law to the contrary, any state agency, department, corporation, office, authority, board, or commission, as well as any local public body, or public corporation as defined in section 66 of the general construction law, or political subdivisions as defined in section 100 of the general municipal law, or a committee or subcommittee or other similar body of such entity, shall be authorized to meet and take such action authorized by law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorize such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed. "Local public body" shall mean any entity for which a quorum is required in order to conduct public business and which consists of two or more members, performing a governmental function for an entity limited in the execution of its official functions to a portion only of the state, or a political subdivision of the state, or for an agency or department thereof.
§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed January 15, 2022.