By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have voted to allow members of some governmental boards and commissions to phone in their votes at public meetings.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final passage to the change to the Open Meetings Law. The bill would allow members of governmental bodies to participate by speaker phone or video conference. A majority of the panel’s quorum would have to be physically present in the meeting room.

The Alabama Public Service Commission, standing legislative committees, the Alabama Ethics Commission, the state parole board and boards dealing with employment and licensure issues would not be allowed to meet electronically.

The bill now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.

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