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2015 House Bill 4182: Ban local governmental body “phone-in” voting
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on February 11, 2015 To establish that it is a violation of the Open Meetings Act for a member of an elected public body to cast a vote on a decision without being physically present.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight and Ethics Committee on February 11, 2015
Reported in the House on April 23, 2015 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on May 14, 2015 To allow an exception for a member of a public body who "attends a meeting through electronic means".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2015
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on May 26, 2015.
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(same description)
To establish that it is a violation of the Open Meetings Act for a member of an elected public body to cast a vote on a decision without being physically present.
Received in the Senate on May 27, 2015
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on May 27, 2015
Reported in the Senate on September 29, 2015 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 21, 2015 To adopt a version of the bill that grants public bodies several exceptions to the proposed policy.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 21, 2015
Passed 30 to 7 in the Senate on October 22, 2015.
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To establish that it is a violation of the Open Meetings Act for a member of an elected public body to cast a vote on a decision without being physically present. This would not apply in cases of an emergency or serious illness as defined by the bill, or if a public body is using a video conference system.
Received in the House on October 22, 2015

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