Ag groups pleased with open meeting amendment

Michigan agricultural groups are applauding the passage of a bill that gives commodity groups more flexibility to meet virtually.

HB 4603 amends the Open Meetings Act to allow for state ag boards to hold public meetings virtually for any reason. 

Michigan Corn Growers Association president Randy Poll says it’s often difficult for farmers serving on boards to meet in-person during times like planting and harvest and the bill will provide greater flexibility and transparency of action items.

The change applies to:

  • The Michigan Apple Committee
  • The Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board
  • The Michigan Blueberry Commission
  • The Michigan Carrot Commission
  • The Michigan Cherry Committee
  • The Michigan Corn Marketing Program Committee
  • The Michigan Dairy Marketing Program Committee
  • The Michigan Onion Committee
  • The Michigan Soybean Committee
  • The Michigan Tree Fruit Commission
  • The Michigan Wheat Promotion Committee
  • The Michigan Beef Industry Commission
  • The Michigan Potato Industry Commission
  • The Michigan Bean Commission

Legislative analysis says groups could also see cost savings from reduced meeting expenses.

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