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2017 House Bill 4184: Restrict local governmental body “phone-in” voting
Introduced by Rep. Lana Theis (R) on February 9, 2017 To restrict members of an elected public body casting a vote without being physically present. This would be allowed in one meeting per year per member, if the individual is absent for what other members deem to be good cause. It would also be allowed if a delay on a personnel or infrastructure issue could raise costs or liability.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on February 9, 2017
Reported in the House on April 27, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Gary Howell (R) on May 30, 2017 To clarify that the proposed provisions for elected bodies apply also to individuals appointed to those bodies.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 30, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Sue Allor (R) on May 30, 2017 To allow a public body consisting of elected members to adopt a resolution requiring their physical presence to vote, with none of the exceptions proposed by the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 30, 2017
Passed 96 to 12 in the House on May 31, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To restrict members of an elected public body casting a vote without being physically present. This would be allowed in one meeting per year per member, if the individual is absent for what other members deem to be good cause. It would also be allowed if a delay on a personnel or infrastructure issue could raise costs or liability.
Received in the Senate on June 6, 2017
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on June 6, 2017

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