Should RI Officials Be Allowed to Meet Via Skype?

Lawmakers are considering a bill co-sponsored by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed.

Credit: Skype
Credit: Skype
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow some local boards and subcommittees to meet via Skype or video conference instead of physically being in a room together.

The bill was co-sponsored by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, according to the Providence Journal.

Proponents say the measure would make it easier for board members who can't make it to meetings if, for example, they are away on business. Concerns have been raised, however, that it could violate the state's Open Meeting Law.

Read the full Providence Journal story

Should boards be allowed to meet via Skype? Share your opinion in the comments.
Genevive March 15, 2014 at 08:37 PM
I wonder what part of the Open Meeting Law this may conflict with. Far as I know, Skype only provides group video for a maximum of 10 people. Is the public supposed to be able to attend these meetings, while they are in session?
BOBA March 16, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Might as well allow this as they are already totally out of touch!!
C Wayne Craft March 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I don't believe that we should use this technology to circumvent our obligations as elected, or appointed officials. In this case when someone spends thousands of dollars to get elected, and commit to attending there respective meetings, they should at the very least,be available to the public.
Politics Sheriff of NK March 16, 2014 at 01:21 PM
They need software that allows the public to watch, archive the meeting for future public access, and for the members of the public to speak as if at a real meeting. Then it should be tried on a limited basis and evaluated from there.
Gerryann Ashworth March 16, 2014 at 02:53 PM


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