Except as expressly and specifically otherwise provided by law, and except as provided
in section four of this article, all meetings of a governing body of a hospital shall
be open to the public. Any governing body may make and enforce reasonable rules and regulations for attendance
and presentation at any meeting where there is not room enough for all members of
the public who wish to attend. This article does not prohibit the removal from a meeting of any member of the public
who is disrupting the meeting to the extent that orderly conduct of the meeting is
compromised: Provided, That persons who desire to address the governing body may
not be required to register to address the body more than fifteen minutes prior to
time the scheduled meeting is to commence.
Each governing body shall promulgate rules by which the date, time and place of all
regularly scheduled meetings and the date, time, place and purpose of all special
meetings are made available, in advance, to the public and news media, except in the
event of an emergency requiring immediate official action.
Each governing body shall file a notice of any meeting by causing a notice of the
meeting to be printed in a local newspaper: Provided, That the governing body may
otherwise provide by rule or regulation an alternative procedure that will reasonably
provide the public with notice. Each notice shall state the date, time, place and purpose of the meeting.
In the event of an emergency requiring immediate official action, any governing body
may provide an emergency meeting notice at any time prior to the meeting. The emergency meeting notice shall state the date, time, place and purpose of the
meeting and the facts and circumstances of the emergency.
Upon petition by any adversely affected party, any court of competent jurisdiction
may invalidate any action taken at any meeting for which notice did not comply with
the requirements of this section.
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