(1) All meetings of a cooperative electric association are declared to be open meetings and open to the members, consumers, and news media at all times; but such association, by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the board members present, may go into executive session for consideration of documents or testimony given in confidence, but such association shall not make final policy decisions or adopt or approve any resolution, rule, regulation, or formal action, any contract, or any action calling for the payment of money at any session which is closed to the members, consumers, and news media.
(2)(a) Before the board of directors convenes in executive session, the board shall announce the general topic of the executive session.
(b) At every regular meeting of the board of directors, members of the association shall be given an opportunity to address the board on any matter concerning the policies and business of the association. The board may place reasonable, viewpoint-neutral restrictions on the amount and duration of public comment.
(c) Written minutes shall be made of all meetings of the board of directors. The minutes shall be posted on the website of the association as soon as they have been approved and shall remain posted until at least six months after the date of the meeting. Upon request by a member of the board, that member's own vote on any issue shall be noted in the minutes.
(3) Any action taken contrary to the provisions of this section shall be null and void and without force or effect.
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