Remote meeting attendance bill headed to governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would allow school board members to participate in meetings remotely is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure was sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday after the Senate agreed to minor changes made by the House.

The legislation would allow school board members to participate in a meeting electronically up to twice a year if they were out of the country for work, on military service or attending to a family emergency.

Sponsors say the bill is necessary because some school boards already allow remote attendance and proxy voting without any state guidelines in place.

Opponents of the measure say they worry that other elected bodies like county commissions, the city councils and even the Legislature could one day try to follow suit.

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