Agendas are an important tool of order that helps public bodies to efficiently handle the public's business. A recent state Supreme Court decision introduced uncertainty into the question of whether agendas are required and how they should be amended.
Support legislation that will codify municipal councils" customary practice of having an agenda for regularly scheduled meetings.
In the case of Lambries v. Saluda County Council
, the SC Supreme Court determined that a public body is not required to have an agenda for a regularly scheduled meeting. While it has been the customary practice of councils to create agendas and publish them at least 24 hours before a regularly scheduled meeting, the Court's ruling raised questions regarding the legal requirements.
The Municipal Association supports legislation to codify cities and town's customary practice of having an agenda and publishing it 24 hours before regularly scheduled meetings.
Protect municipalities" flexibility to handle public business in those rare instances when important matters are not included on a published agenda. While working with the SC General Assembly in support of the agenda requirement, the Association will also work to maintain public bodies" flexibility to amend an agenda when necessary based on its rules of procedure at the time of a regularly scheduled meeting.
Ensure municipalities adopt and follow comprehensive rules of procedure and follow the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. By law, all municipalities must adopt rules of order by which their public meetings are governed. The Municipal Association will provide training to city officials to ensure all cities and towns have adopted such procedures. The Association will also continue providing Freedom of Information Act training for elected officials and city staff.