NIHD Board of Directors Meetings  - Brown Act Policy

Northern Inyo Healthcare District Board of Directors Meetings
Brown Act Compliance

All meetings of the NIHD BOD shall be conducted in accordance with the Ralph Brown Act, Government Code 54950 et seq. and such additional requirements as set forth in any other BOD Policy and Procedures. 

Meetings of the BOD shall be held at the NIHD Board Room located at 2957 Birch St.  Bishop CA 93514 except as otherwise set forth in agenda notices.  Regular meetings shall be held the third Wednesday of each calendar month unless it is deemed necessary to cancel or hold the regular monthly meeting on a different date.

As the BOD encourages public participation at its meetings (whether regular, special, study sessions, or emergency) and to facilitate communications, the BOD will ensure agendas are posted in the required timeframe on the NIHD website in addition to other legal requirements.  The place, date and time of the meeting shall be indicated on the agenda.  Each agenda shall include a time for public comment on non-agenda items as well as comment opportunity on each action agenda item when called for a vote. If any Director is attending the meeting by teleconference, the location shall be posted and accessible to the public.

The President of the NIHD BOD shall preside at all board meetings at which they are present.  In absence of the President, the Vice President shall perform the President’s duties and have the President’s rights.  If both the President and Vice President are absent then the Secretary shall perform the President’s duties and have the President’s rights. The President shall call the meeting to order at the time set on the agenda or as soon as a quorum is present. A majority (3 of 5 members) shall constitute a quorum for transaction of business.  An abstention does not count as a vote for or against. If no directors are present the clerk of the board shall adjourn the meeting to a future date and time.  A notice of the adjournment including the future date and time of the adjourned meeting shall be conspicuously posted on or near the door of the place where the meeting was held.  If the date of the adjourned meeting is within five (5) days of the original meeting, no new agenda need be posted if no additional agenda items are added.  If the date of the adjourned meeting is more than five (5) days a new agenda must be posted.  Ordinarily, items on the agenda will be considered in the order set forth in the agenda.  However, the President may alter the order of items on the agenda, as the President deems necessary for the good of the meeting. The President shall have the same rights as the other Board members in voting, introducing or seconding motions and resolutions as well as participating in discussions.  No action may be taken by secret ballot (Government Code Section 54953(c).) and all votes taken during a teleconferenced meeting shall be by roll call.  (Government   Code Section 54953(b)(2).)

The President of the BOD, as necessary to conduct business of the District, can call special meetings or study sessions.

Directors shall observe all applicable conflict of interest rules.  If a financial interest is determined by any board member they must abstain from any vote that may be in violation of Government Code 1090.  The director shall leave the meeting room during any discussion and the vote and shall state the reason for abstention.

The annual organizational meeting shall be the regular BOD meeting held in December or at an earlier meeting if called.  At that meeting officers shall be elected.