By Wentworth                                          S.B. No. 1149
         76R9133 JD-D                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the application of the open meetings law to certain
 1-3     gatherings at which a governmental body receives information from
 1-4     third persons, including government employees.
 1-6           SECTION 1.  Section 551.001(4), Government Code, is amended
 1-7     to read as follows:
 1-8                 (4)  "Meeting" means:
 1-9                       (A)  a deliberation between a quorum of a
1-10     governmental body, or between a quorum of a governmental body and
1-11     another person, during which public business or public policy over
1-12     which the governmental body has supervision or control is discussed
1-13     or considered or during which the governmental body takes formal
1-14     action; or
1-15                       (B)  a gathering:
1-16                             (i)  that is conducted by the governmental
1-17     body or for which the governmental body is responsible;
1-18                             (ii)  at which a quorum of members of the
1-19     governmental body is present;
1-20                             (iii)  that has been called by the
1-21     governmental body; and
1-22                             (iv)  at which the members receive
1-23     information from, give information to, ask questions of, or receive
1-24     questions from any third person, including an employee of the
 2-1     governmental body, about the public business or public policy over
 2-2     which the governmental body has supervision or control.  The term
 2-3     does not include the gathering of a quorum of a governmental body
 2-4     at a social function unrelated to the public business that is
 2-5     conducted by the body, or the attendance by a quorum of a
 2-6     governmental body at a regional, state, or national convention or
 2-7     workshop, if formal action is not taken and any discussion of
 2-8     public business is incidental to the social function, convention,
 2-9     or workshop.  The term includes a session of a governmental body.
2-10           SECTION 2.  Section 551.075, Government Code, is repealed.