Sunday, August 29, 2004

Can county supervisor participate in meeting by telephone?

This article asks whether a member of a county board of supervisors can participate in a meeting by conference call, when she is unable to attend because of health problems.

I believe the answer under FOIA is no. Va. Code 2.2-3708(A) provides: "It shall be a violation of this chapter for any political subdivision or any governing body, authority, board, bureau, commission, district or agency of local government or any committee thereof to conduct a meeting wherein the public business is discussed or transacted through telephonic, video, electronic or other communication means where the members are not physically assembled."

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