TO: Municipal Attorneys & Key Officials

FROM: Kraig Conn, General Counsel

SUBJ: Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Local Government Public Meetings

DATE: March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued the attached Executive Order 20-69, which provides:

  • Section 1. I hereby suspend any Florida Statute that requires a quorum to be present in person or requires a local government body to meet at a specific public place.

  • Section 2. Local government bodies may utilize communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, as provided in section 120.54(5)(b)2., Florida Statutes.

  • Section 3. This Executive Order does not waive any other requirement under the Florida Constitution and "Florida's Government in the Sunshine Laws," including Chapter 286, Florida Statutes.

  • Section 4. This Executive Order shall expire at the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extension.

The general requirements of the Sunshine Law under Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, are reasonable notice of the meeting, that the meeting be open to the public (such as using communications media technology under this Executive Order), and that minutes be prepared. The League will notify you of any further relevant communications.

Please refer to Rule 28-109, F.A.C. for additional guidance for complying with section 120.54(5)(b)2. noted above.