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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2023 09:37 AM
From: Representative Dan K. Williams
To: All House members
Subject: Allow Remote County Commissioner Meetings
Act 15 of 2020 suspended formal requirements and gave our municipalities the ability to meet remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. An unforeseen benefit of this emergency measure was increased statewide public participation in local government. Simply put, residents were granted greater access to their elected officials and the officials, in turn, were given greater flexibility to attend important local meetings. County officials statewide have requested that we continue to give them this opportunity to meet remotely, even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Increased accessibility and flexibility in local government is good for everyone. For this reason, I plan to introduce legislation to allow county commissioners to meet remotely under any circumstance and to clarify that commissioners do not need to be physically present to establish a quorum. This is a commonsense change that will ensure county government remains accessible.
When more residents participate in government, our democracy becomes stronger. Please join me in strengthening our local governments through more flexibility for county commissioners and greater access for residents.

Introduced as HB860