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R651. Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

Rule R651-103. Electronic Meetings.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R651-103-1. Purpose and Authority.

This rule is established under the authority of Title 52; Chapter 4; Section 207 to provide the standards and procedures for electronic meetings of the Board of Parks and Recreation; the Off-highway Vehicle Advisory Council; the Recreational Trails Advisory Council and the Boating Advisory Council.

R651-103-2. Definitions.

(1) Terms used in this rule are defined as follows:

(a) "Anchor location" means the physical location from which:

(i) An electronic meeting originates; or

(ii) The participants are connected.

(b) "Electronic meeting" means a public meeting convened or conducted by means of a conference using electronic communications.

R651-103-3. Electronic Meetings.

(1) Section 52-4-207 authorizes a public body to convene or conduct an electronic meeting provided written procedures are established for such meetings. This rule establishes procedures for conducting Board and Advisory Council meetings by electronic means.

(2) The following provisions govern any meeting at which one or more Board or Advisory Council members appear telephonically or electronically pursuant to Section 52-4-207:

(a) If one or more members participate in a public meeting electronically or telephonically, public notices of the meeting shall specify:

(i) The members participating in the meeting electronically and how they will be connected to the meeting;

(ii) The anchor location where interested persons and the public may attend, monitor, and participate in the open portions of the meeting;

(iii) The meeting agenda; and

(iv) The date and time of the meeting.

(b) Written or electronic notice of the meeting and the agenda shall be posted or provided no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting:

(i) At the anchor location;

(ii) On the Utah Public Notice Website; and

(iii) To at least one newspaper of general circulation within the state or to a local media correspondent. These notices shall be provided at least 24 hours before the meetings.

(c) Notice of the possibility of an electronic meeting shall be given to board members at least 24 hours before the meeting. In addition, the notice shall describe how a member may participate in the meeting electronically or telephonically.

(d) When notice is given of the possibility of a board member appearing electronically or telephonically, any board member may do so and shall be counted as present for purposes of a quorum and may fully participate and vote on any matter coming before the board.

(i) At the commencement of the meeting, or at such time as any board member initially appears electronically or telephonically, the chair should identify for the record all those who are appearing telephonically or electronically.

(ii) Votes by members of the board who are not at the physical location of the meeting shall be confirmed by the chair.

(e) The anchor location, unless otherwise designated in the notice, shall be at the offices of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

(i) The anchor location is the physical location from which the electronic meeting originates or from which the participants are connected.

(ii) The anchor location shall have space and facilities so that interested persons and the public may attend, monitor, and participate in the open portions of the meeting.

R651-103-4. Board and Council Emergency Meetings.

(1) There are times when, due to the necessity of considering matters of an emergency or urgent nature, the public notice provisions of Section 52-4-202(1) cannot be met. Pursuant to Section 52-4-202(5), the notice requirements in Section 52-4-202(1) may be disregarded when unforeseen circumstances require the board or any of the advisory councils to meet and consider matters of an emergency or urgent nature.

(2) The following procedure shall govern any emergency meeting:

(a) No emergency meeting shall be held unless an attempt has been made to notify all of the members of the board of the proposed meeting and a majority of the convened members vote in the affirmative to hold such an emergency meeting.

(b) Public notice of the emergency meeting shall be provided as soon as practicable and shall include at a minimum the following:

(i) Posting of the date, time, and place of the meeting and the topics to be considered:

(A) At the offices of the division;

(B) On the division's web page; and

(C) At the location where the emergency meeting will be held.

(ii) If members of the board appear electronically or telephonically, notice shall comply with the requirements of R651-103-3 to the extent practicable.

(c) In convening the meeting and voting in the affirmative to hold such an emergency meeting, the board shall affirmatively state and find what unforeseen circumstances have rendered it necessary for the board to hold an emergency meeting to consider matters of an emergency or urgent nature such that the ordinary public notice of meetings provisions of Section 52-4-202 could not be followed.


electronic meetings, procedures

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

May 22, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R651, please contact the promulgating agency (Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.