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Governor Extends Suspension of OMA Physical Quorum Requirement

  • Date Posted
    June 3, 2020
  • Category
    COVID-19
On Friday, May 29, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an additional disaster declaration and new executive orders as all regions of the state entered into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan.  Executive Order 2020-39 extended the suspension of the in-person physical quorum requirement for remote participation under the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Relief from this OMA requirement will last until June 27, 2020, or until corresponding legislation (SB 2135) is enacted and takes effect, whichever occurs first. 

The governor is expected to sign Senate Bill 2135, which would allow public bodies to meet remotely when the governor has issued a disaster declaration related to public health concerns, provided a number of other specific conditions are also met to ensure a remote meeting is in fact needed and that the members of the public body and members of the public can access and hear the entire meeting. 

After SB 2135 is signed, IASB will update relevant sample board policies through its Policy Reference Education Subscription Service (PRESS) to reflect the new requirements. Association members with general questions about the Open Meetings Act may contact IASB’s Office of General Counsel for additional information.