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Cheryl Printz
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07/26/2016 11:57 AM
    I thought it was not permitted to participate in a meeting in Michigan by phone, but now I can't find that - can anyone help me with this one?
    Dendra Best
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    07/26/2016 02:46 PM
    Hi Cheryl - not sure what the current status is.
    HB 5335 was introduced in 2012 and a version came back last year. The original challenge was that attending via speaker phone or video conferencing violated the Open Meetings Act but then a challenge found that as long as attendees had the opportunity to speak with and to those on the phone/Skype it didn't?
    See http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-HB-5335

    Also see
    http://www.fosterswift.com/publications-HB5335-Proposed-Change-To-Prohibit-Voting-By-Telephone-Video-Conference.html

    The issue was could members actually cast a vote if not physically present.
    Also see:
    https://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billanalysis/house/pdf/2013-HLA-4363-E7A5BD7E.PDF

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    http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-HB-4363

    Not sure if the 2015 attempt went any further?
    Max Engle
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    07/27/2016 10:36 AM
    Does anyone know if hb 5335 and hb 4363 have passed and been signed?
    Dendra Best
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    07/27/2016 03:33 PM
    It never made it out of the Senate. See http://www.michbar.org/file/barjour...le2696.pdf
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