An interesting question for local governments has been raised in the small northern Minnesota town of Cohasset. Recently, a city councilor participated in a meeting via Skype, from somewhere in California. According to this Lisa Rosemore story in the Grand Rapids Herald-Review, councilor Dennis Blankensop was involved in discussions and voted. The city believes this is not a violation of any open meeting law or other statute. Mark Anfison, attorney for the Minnesota Newspaper Association, believes otherwise.
I’d argue that this is a slippery slope. I picture a scenario where snowbirds (who often leave just after the election) are elected to local councils and boards, and then govern from amid palm trees and desert air. We best avoid that.