This quiz covers what is a meeting, who is covered by OMA and when tthe Open meetings Act does not apply.
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What is a meeting–Quiz
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Question 1 of 8
City Council is considering a reduction in city staff, a very sensitive and potentially volatile issue. City Manager would like to discuss the potential lay-offs with two city council members who are opposed to the reduction prior to the next city council meeting so he arranges a conference call with the two councilors. There are 5 people on the council. Can City Manager discuss potential layoffs with the two city council members via conference call?CorrectIncorrect
Question 2 of 8
Three of the five city councilors bump into one another at the local donut shop and start discussing possible staff layoffs. Is this an OMA violation?CorrectIncorrect
Question 3 of 8
The City Council appoints an advisory committee to make recommendations about possible staff layoffs. Members of the committee are the City Manager, the City Attorney and three citizens. The final decision will be made by the council. Are the activities of the committee subject to OMA?CorrectIncorrect
Question 4 of 8
To keep controversy to a minimum, the City Manager contacts each of the Council members individually to determine how they will vote on the proposal to reduce staff. Is this permissible under the Open Meetings Act?CorrectIncorrect
Question 5 of 8
One of the city councilors is recovering from minor surgery in his home and is under doctor’s orders to avoid crowds. Can he participate and vote on the issue via telephone or videoconference?CorrectIncorrect
Question 6 of 8
One of the persons terminated as part of the staff reduction has requested a hearing in front of the entire City Council, which is her right under the law. Because so many employees have requested a hearing, the Council appoints a hearing officer with the Council’s full authority. Must such hearings be open to the public under the Open Meetings Act if the employee wants the hearing to be open?CorrectIncorrect
Question 7 of 8
The State Legislature also is facing budgetary issues and wants to discuss reducing staff for several standing committees. The Speaker of the House has appointed a committee of the Legislature to discuss staff reductions. Must the committee’s meetings be open to the public under the Open Meetings Act?CorrectIncorrect
Question 8 of 8
At the City Council meeting where staff reductions are being discussed, the meeting room is changed to a larger venue, but people sitting in the back of the room cannot hear the discussion among Council members. Is this a violation of the Open Meetings Act?CorrectIncorrect