- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local elected officials would have to be physically present for a vote at an open meeting under a bill moving through the Michigan Legislature.

The House approved the bill 91-19 Tuesday.

It would require local elected officials to be physically present at a vote in a meeting open to the public, except in emergency sessions. Current law allows members of a public body to participate in meetings by phone or video conferencing.

Holland Republican Rep. Amanda Price is the sponsor and says the bill is needed to allow residents to address officials during votes. The bill’s supporters say under current law, members of a local body could technically hold a vote without any of them being physically present at the meeting.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.


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