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(a) Any news media organization that desires to be given advance notification of special meetings of a municipal body shall file with the Clerk a written request therefor.
Except in the event of an emergency requiring immediate official action as referred to in subsection (d) hereof, a special meeting shall not be held unless at least twenty-four hours advance notice of the time, place and purposes of such special meeting is given to the news media that have requested such advance notification in accordance with subsection (b) hereof.
(b) News media requests for such advance notification of special meetings shall specify:
(1) The municipal body that is the subject of such request;
(2) The name of the media;
(3) The name and address of the person to whom written notifications may be mailed, telegraphed or delivered; and
(4) The names, addresses and telephone numbers, including addresses and telephone numbers at which notifications may be given either during or outside of business hours, of at least two persons either of whom oral notifications to the media may be given.
Any such request shall be effective for one year from the date of filing with the Clerk or until the Clerk receives written notice from such media canceling or modifying such request, whichever is earlier. Each requesting news media shall be informed of such period of effectiveness at the time it files its request. Such requests may be modified or extended only by filing a complete new request with the Clerk. A request shall not be deemed to be made unless it is complete in all respects and such request may be conclusively relied on by the City, the municipal body that is the subject of such request and the Clerk.
(c) The Clerk shall give such oral notification or written notification, or both, as the Clerk determines, to the news media that have requested such advance notification in accordance with subsection (b) hereof of the time, place and purposes of each special meeting, at least twenty-four hours prior to the time of such special meeting.
(d) In the event of an emergency requiring immediate official action, a special meeting may be held without giving twenty-four hours advance notification thereof to the requesting news media. The persons calling such meeting or any one or more of such persons, or the Clerk on their behalf, shall immediately give oral or written notification, or both, as the person or persons giving such notification determine, of the time, place and purposes of such special meeting to the news media that have requested advance notification, in accordance with subsection (b) hereof. The minutes or the call or both, of any such special meeting shall state the general nature of the emergency requiring immediate official action.
(Ord. 752. Passed 4-26-76.)