|Posted:||June 9, 2021 11:23 AM|
|From:||Representative Mark Rozzi|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Remote City Council Meetings|
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that accessibility increases public participation in government. Act 15 of 2020 allowed our local governments to meet remotely during the pandemic for the safety of elected officials and residents alike. Municipalities statewide witnessed an increase in public participation because residents could easily tune-in to their local government meetings. Moreover, local officials who may have otherwise been forced to miss meetings due to personal or business circumstances could simply dial-in or log-on to their meetings.
City councils and the residents they serve have requested that we continue to give them the ability to meet remotely. For this reason, I plan to introduce legislation to eliminate provisions that require a majority of third-class city council members be physically present to establish a quorum. This will permit third-class city council members to meet remotely using telecommunications devices under any circumstance.
Our democracy works best when all residents participate. This legislation will provide greater access to local government, thereby continuing to increase public participation. It will also give city leaders the flexibility they need in our dynamic society. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1889