BOE rewrites rules to exclude flash photos

The Loudoun Board of Equalization has rewritten its administrative policy on meeting coverage for 2012.

Here is the 2012 version BOE administrative policies, paragraph 4.9:

“If a person wishes to set up audio taping, video taping, photography, stenography, or other recording equipment in the hearing room, the BOE requests that they contact the Department of Management and Financial Services in advance of the hearings to coordinate this activity. Such equipment must be set up in advance of the BOE meeting or between hearings on individual cases. If the person recording the hearing has not made arrangements in advance, the BOE will allow a reasonable amount of time between hearings on individual cases to set up equipment, not to exceed five minutes. The BOE will designate a proper location for the recording equipment in the hearing room that allows reasonable access without interfering with participants in the hearing. No advance notice is requested for recording equipment that does not require power or microphone lines and that can be operated quietly from a persons (sic) seat in the hearing room. Flash photography or lights for video equipment may not be used while an appeal is being heard, to avoid distraction of, or other interference with, the participants in the case.

2011 version of BOE administrative policies, paragraph 4.9:

“Any person seeking to photograph, film, record, or otherwise reproduce any portion of a BOE meeting required to be open, may do so, as long as the placement and use of the equipment will not interfere with the proceedings. (Section 2.2-3703(H), VFOIA). The BOE must be notified prior to commencement of photographing filming, recording, or other reproduction of any portion of a meeting.”

Virginia Freedom of Information Act, 2.2-3703 (H):

“Any person may photograph, film, record, or otherwise reproduce any portion of a meeting required to be open. The public body conducting the meeting may adopt rules governing the placement and use of equipment necessary for broadcasting, photographing, filming, or recording a meeting to prevent interference with the proceedings, but shall not prohibit or otherwise prevent any person from photographing, filming, recording, or otherwise reproducing any portion of a meeting required to be open. No public body shall conduct a meeting required to be open in any building or facility where such recording devices are prohibited.”

Fairfax County BOE policy on photography, in entirety:

“Any person seeking to photograph, film, record, or otherwise reproduce any portion of a BOE meeting required to be open, may do so, as long as the placement and use of the equipment will not interfere with the proceedings. (Section 2.2-3707(H), VFOIA).”

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