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Title XXXIX CONDUCT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

Chapter 610

Effective - 28 Aug 2004 bottom

  610.022.  Closed meetings, procedure and limitation — public records presumed open unless exempt — objections to closing meetings or records, procedure. — 1.  Except as set forth in subsection 2 of this section, no meeting or vote may be closed without an affirmative public vote of the majority of a quorum of the public governmental body.  The vote of each member of the public governmental body on the question of closing a public meeting or vote and the specific reason for closing that public meeting or vote by reference to a specific section of this chapter shall be announced publicly at an open meeting of the governmental body and entered into the minutes.

  2.  A public governmental body proposing to hold a closed meeting or vote shall give notice of the time, date and place of such closed meeting or vote and the reason for holding it by reference to the specific exception allowed pursuant to the provisions of section 610.021.  Such notice shall comply with the procedures set forth in section 610.020 for notice of a public meeting.

  3.  Any meeting or vote closed pursuant to section 610.021 shall be closed only to the extent necessary for the specific reason announced to justify the closed meeting or vote.  Public governmental bodies shall not discuss any business in a closed meeting, record or vote which does not directly relate to the specific reason announced to justify the closed meeting or vote.  Public governmental bodies holding a closed meeting shall close only an existing portion of the meeting facility necessary to house the members of the public governmental body in the closed session, allowing members of the public to remain to attend any subsequent open session held by the public governmental body following the closed session.

  4.  Nothing in sections 610.010 to 610.028 shall be construed as to require a public governmental body to hold a closed meeting, record or vote to discuss or act upon any matter.

  5.  Public records shall be presumed to be open unless otherwise exempt pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

  6.  In the event any member of a public governmental body makes a motion to close a meeting, or a record, or a vote from the public and any other member believes that such motion, if passed, would cause a meeting, record or vote to be closed from the public in violation of any provision in this chapter, such latter member shall state his or her objection to the motion at or before the time the vote is taken on the motion.  The public governmental body shall enter in the minutes of the public governmental body any objection made pursuant to this subsection.  Any member making such an objection shall be allowed to fully participate in any meeting, record or vote that is closed from the public over the member's objection.  In the event the objecting member also voted in opposition to the motion to close the meeting, record or vote at issue, the objection and vote of the member as entered in the minutes shall be an absolute defense to any claim filed against the objecting member pursuant to section 610.027.

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(L. 1987 S.B. 2, A.L. 1993 H.B. 170, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1095, A.L. 2004 S.B. 1020, et al.)

(1993) A school board's workshop designed to improve effective communication and group interaction did not violate open meetings law because no public business was discussed.  Kansas City Star Co. v. Fulson, 859 S.W.2d 934 (Mo. App. W.D.).


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