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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order to Implement a Process to Begin Meeting Virtually

Post Date:06/18/2020 1:21 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order to Implement a Process to Begin Meeting Virtually  

ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order for the implementation of a process by which City of Atlanta Boards, Authorities, Commissions, Committees, or other similar bodies (BACE) subject to Section 3-401 of the City’s Charter, may begin remote meetings in accordance with the Georgia Open Meetings Act and other legal requirements.

“Due to the continued necessity to keep City Hall and other City facilities closed to the public, and the continued necessity of the mandatory full telework deployment as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the need to conduct an objective assessment of the ability of each BACE to meet remotely,” said Mayor Bottoms. “In what is now our current new normal, the City must ensure operations continue to best serve residents and businesses.”

Executive Order 2020-103 orders the implementation of an assessment of the ability of each BACE to lawfully meet remotely, which will include a review of a plan prepared by or on behalf of the BACE to outline how the entity will comply with any technical, staffing and legal requirements necessary for remote meetings, which shall include a written determination by the following:

  1. The Department of Atlanta Information Management to ensure the plan accounts for any technological requirements needed to operate a meeting remotely. This includes Information Technology security needs and any public access requirements.

     

  2. The Department of Law to ensure the plan adequately satisfies legal requirements outlined in state law, including but not limited to the Open Meetings Act or the City of Atlanta Charter Code of Ordinances related to the conduct of public meetings.

     

  3. The Department of Law to ensure any administrative processes, such as the processing of a license or permit or zoning application, could be conducted through to completion if the applicable remote BACE meeting were to occur, in light of any logistical constraints resulting from the continued COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

     

  4. Once the Department of Atlanta Information Management and the Department of Law have concluded their plan review and have determined objectively that the BACE is able to lawfully meet remotely as set forth herein, the BACE may begin remote meetings prior to the reopening of City Hall and other City facilities to the public without the necessity of any further legislative or executive action.


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