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Stamford, Connecticut considers virtual attendance at meetings

The Board of Representatives wants to know if they can phone it in — literally.

At Mayor David Martin's prodding, a board committee began research in December on electronic attendance at meetings of the city's legislative boards and commissions.

There's nothing in state law that says remote attendance can't be done, and the state's Freedom of Information Commission is in agreement — presuming a public board or commission does its business in a way that's accessible to the public itself, it does not matter if it meets by phone, by video or in person. Continue>>>