Audio Record All Meetings? Your Input Needed

March 2, 2020

The League needs to hear from your city on a bill that would require audio or audiovisual recording of all meetings of public bodies.

A bill was recently introduced that would require all public bodies to audio record all meetings and retain these recordings for at least three years.

The proposal, HF 3200 (Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley) and SF 3026 (Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope) would include any meeting subject to the Open Meeting Law, including meetings of city councils, planning commissions, park boards, etc.

The House file was originally scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 19 in the House Local Government Subcommittee, but was removed from the agenda.

Seeking your help

This bill continues to be considered for a hearing. To best understand how this mandate would impact cities, please contact LMC staff members Irene Kao at ikao@lmc.org and Ted Bengtson at tbengtson@lmc.org with the following information:

  • Does your city currently record city council meetings?
    • If so, do you have audio or audiovisual recordings?
    • How long do you retain these recordings?
  • Does your city record advisory commission/board meetings?
    • If so, do you have audio or audiovisual recordings?
    • How long do you retain these recordings?
  • If you record any meetings, what kind of technology has the city used?
    • How much did this technology cost the city?
    • What kind of costs are there to keep these recordings?
  • What kind of potential consequences do you see if this mandate were to become law?