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Governor Whitmer Re-issues Executive Order Allowing Virtual Meetings

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Dene Westbrook

Executive Order 2020-48 extends until May 12 the ability of local boards, commissions, committees, subcommittees, authorities, councils and nonprofit boards to use telephone or video conferencing methods to continue meeting and conducting business while ensuring the public has access to join the meetings. Public bodies are required to provide detailed procedures by which the public may participate in the meeting remotely, such as telephone number or website address, to provide procedures by which persons with disabilities may participate.

This is a re-issuance of Executive Order 2020-15. The new Executive Order makes no substantive changes and communities can continue to meet as they have been under the previous Executive Order.

Michigan Municipal League hosted webinars (here and here) on communities conducting remote-access meetings, and here is a link to our blog on how to avoid “zoombombing”.

John LaMacchia is the Assistant Director of State and Federal Affairs for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He can be reached at jlamacchia@mml.org or 517-908-0303.

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