FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick Board of Aldermen is drafting rules for allowing members to participate in meetings by video or telephone.

The Frederick News-Post ( ) reports that the proposed policy would limit a member’s participation to twice a year, and only at meetings where votes are not taken.

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Some aldermen have already been using audio or Skype video-conferencing technology to participate in meetings. The rules would establish a policy for the practice.

Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak says she’s uncomfortable with the concept. She says elected officials should be “completely present” at public meetings.

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But Alderman Phil Dacey says aldermen are busy people who might otherwise miss meetings altogether. Dacey voted from a remote location during a meeting earlier this year.

The board will discuss the proposal again on Aug. 12.
Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,

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