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Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts. Making Your Board and Management Team Meetings OPMA Compliant. Presenters. Ramsey Ramerman. Sven Peterson. OPMA General Application To Committees And Sub-agencies. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Making Your Board and Management Team Meetings OPMA CompliantAssociation ofWashingtonPublic Hospital Districts</p></li><li><p>Ramsey RamermanSven PetersonPresenters</p></li><li><p>Three areas of consideration to make your committee meetings comply with the spirit and letter of the Open Public Meetings Act Wording in your resolutions Actual functions and role of committee Public perception Presentation will focus on the wordingOPMA General Application To Committees And Sub-agencies </p></li><li><p>The OPMA requires that all (1)meetings of the (2)governing body of a (3)public agency be open to the public. RCW42.30.030. OPMA General Application To Committees And Sub-agencies </p></li><li><p>Meeting occurs when a majority of the governing body meets to take an action The governing body does NOT need to take a final action to trigger the OPMA requirements Meetings</p></li><li><p>Action is broadly defined as the transaction of the official business of a public agency by a governing body including but not limited to:receipt of public testimonydeliberationsdiscussions considerations reviews evaluations &amp;final actions Meetings</p></li><li><p>Meeting does not require members to be present in the same location or even interact simultaneous. Conference call with a majority Email exchange that includes substantive input from a majority Serial meetings such as phone trees or repeated discussions BUT simply receiving information without comment is not a meetingThe Broad Meaning of Meeting</p></li><li><p>RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KING COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO 27 WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Bylaws of King County Public Hospital District No. 27 authorizes the Districts Board of Directors to designate and appoint such other committees as it may deem necessary or advisable; and WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to establish a committee to consider matters related to possible expansion; NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that a committee of the Board of Directors, to be known as the Expansion Committee, is hereby established, which committee shall be composed of two members of the Board of Directors and three community representatives; and</p><p>FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Expansion Committee is hereby authorized and directed to periodically review the Districts expansion plans on behalf of the Board of Directors, conduct hearings and receive public comment. Resolution Creating Committee Subject to OPMA</p></li><li><p>Governing BodyGoverning body means the multimember board or other policy or rule-making bodyOR any committee thereof IF the committee acts on behalf of the governing body, or takes public comment, or conducts hearings, or takes testimonyRCW42.30.020(2) </p></li><li><p>Acts on Behalf of:A committee acts on behalf of the governing body: NOT simply because the committee performs a specified function in the interest of the governing body.Only when it exercises actual or decision-making authority for the governing body. </p></li><li><p>TakesPublic CommentTakes public comment Not easily defined General input from the public at large</p></li><li><p>Conducts HearingsHearings means A session in which official testimony and argument are presented. OR A proceeding of relative formality (though generally less formal than a trial), generally public, with definite issues of fact or of law to be tried, in which witnesses are heard and evidence is presented. But NOT simple conferences or discussion. </p></li><li><p>Takes TestimonyTestimony means: Evidence given by a competent witness, under oath or affirmation; as distinguished from evidence derived from writings and other sources. </p></li><li><p>Are there members of the Board on the committee?Does the committee act on behalf of the Board?Does the committee hold hearings or take testimony or public comment?Summary</p></li><li><p>RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KING COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 27 WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Bylaws of King County Public Hospital District No. 27 authorizes the Districts Board of Directors to designate and appoint such other committees as it may deem necessary or advisable; and WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to establish a committee to consider matters related to possible expansion; NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that a committee of the Board of Directors, to be known as the Expansion Committee, is hereby established, which committee shall be composed of two members of the Board of Directors and three community representatives; and</p><p>FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Expansion Committee is hereby authorized and directed to periodically review the Districts expansion plans on behalf of the Board of Directors, conduct hearings and receive public comment. Resolution Creating Committee Subject to OPMA</p></li><li><p>RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KING COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 27WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Bylaws of King County Public Hospital District No. 27 authorizes the Districts Board of Directors to designate and appoint such other committees as it may deem necessary or advisable; and WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to establish a committee to consider matters related to possible expansion; NOW, THEREFORE,RESOLVED, that a committee of the Board of Directors, to be known as the Expansion Committee, is hereby established, which committee shall be composed of two members of the Board of Directors and three community representatives; andFURTHER RESOLVED, that the Expansion Committee is hereby authorized and directed to periodically review the Districts expansion plans and report to the Board of Directors; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Expansion Committee is not authorized to act on behalf of the Board of Directors, to conduct hearings, or to receive public comment. The Board of Directors may take action regarding expansion or other matters without receiving advice from the Expansion Committee. </p><p>Resolution Creating Committee Not Subject to OPMA</p></li><li><p>RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KING COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 27WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Bylaws of King County Public Hospital District No. 27 authorizes the Districts Board of Directors to designate and appoint such other bodies as it may deem necessary or advisable; and WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to establish a planning commission to consider matters related to possible expansion; NOW, THEREFORE,RESOLVED, that a planning commission, to be known as the Planning Commission, is hereby established, which commission shall be composed of three community representatives; andFURTHER RESOLVED, that the Planning Commission shall report to the Board of Directors within one year regarding potential expansion plans; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors shall take no action regarding expansion until carefully considering the Planning Commissions report, which shall be accorded substantial weight. </p><p>Resolution creating a sub-agency subject to OPMAResolution Creating a Sub-agency Subject to the OPMA</p></li><li><p>Sub-agencyThe definition of public agency includes any sub-agency of a public agency which is created by or pursuant to statute, ordinance, or other legislative act, including but not limited to planning commissions, library or park boards, commissions, and agencies. RCW42.30.020(1)(c). </p></li><li><p>Must be created by statute, ordinance or other legislative act. Ad hoc committee not created by a legislative act is not a sub-agency.Sub-agency</p></li><li><p>Must be a policy or rule-making bodySub-agency must provide advice that is legally necessary before the agency can act. In other words, is the board required to allow this sub-agency to weigh in on an issue before the board itself can act? Sub-agency</p></li><li><p>Was the committee created by resolution?Does the Board have to consider the committees advice before it acts?Summary</p></li><li><p>Resolution Creating a Sub-agency Subject to OPMARESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KING COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 27WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Bylaws of King County Public Hospital District No. 27 authorizes the Districts Board of Directors to designate and appoint such other bodies as it may deem necessary or advisable; and WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to establish a planning commission to consider matters related to possible expansion; NOW, THEREFORE,RESOLVED, that a planning commission, to be known as the Planning Commission, is hereby established, which commission shall be composed of three community representatives; andFURTHER RESOLVED, that the Planning Commission shall report to the Board of Directors within one year regarding potential expansion plans; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors shall take no action regarding expansion until carefully considering the Planning Commissions report, which shall be accorded substantial weight. </p></li><li><p>RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KING COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 27WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Bylaws of King County Public Hospital District No. 27 authorizes the Districts Board of Directors to designate and appoint such other bodies as it may deem necessary or advisable; and WHEREAS, the Board of Directors wishes to establish a planning commission to consider matters related to possible expansion; NOW, THEREFORE,RESOLVED, that a planning commission, to be known as the Planning Commission, is hereby established, which commission shall be composed of three community representatives; andFURTHER RESOLVED, that the Planning Commission shall report to the Board of Directors within one year regarding potential expansion plans; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors shall be free to take any action regarding expansion or any other matter without considering the report issued by the Planning Commission and without consulting with the Planning Commission in any manner.Resolution That Does Not Create a Sub-agency Subject to OPMA</p></li><li><p>Two more questions:Is the topic area exempt from the OPMA?Can the topic be discussed in executive session?Must The Meeting be Open to the Public?</p></li><li><p>The OPMA does not apply to:Licensing/permitting for businesses or professionalsQuasi-judicial mattersMatters governed by the Washington Administrative Procedures Act, chapter 34.05 RCWCollective bargaining Topic Areas Exempt From the OPMA</p></li><li><p>Eight common grounds:National securityAcquisition of real estateSale of real estate (final decision in open meeting)Evaluate charges against a public officer or employeeExecutive Session</p></li><li><p>Eight common grounds continued:To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant/performance reviewTo evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office. Interviews and selection in public; and To discuss with legal counsel in enforcement action or potential litigationQuality assurance &amp; privileging RCW 70.44.062Executive Session</p></li><li><p>Presenters: Ramsey Ramerman and Sven PetersonRamsey RamermanSven Peterson206.447.4674 | ramer@foster.com206.447.5955 | petes@foster.com Questions?Association ofWashingtonPublic Hospital Districts</p></li></ul>