Sunshine Memo 09-9
Sufficiency of Agenda and Circulation
of Proposed Amendments to Bill
A member of the Kauai County Council asked whether
the agenda language for a Council meeting would have allowed the
Council to discuss amendments to a bill, and secondly, whether proposed
versions of the bill could be circulated before the Council meeting.
OIP concluded that the Council’s agenda for the meeting did
not adequately describe the bill and all of its amendments. Although
two areas of amendment were anticipated and listed on the agenda,
the agenda should have listed all the major topic areas to be amended.
In addition, OIP opined that proposed amendments to the bill could
have been circulated among board members before the meeting as long
as there was no discussion of or voting on the proposed versions
before the meeting.