Remote council meetings in Federal Way | Shiers

The Federal Way City Council recently discussed possible changes to council meeting attendance rules. But they couldn’t agree on a policy around remote attendance and absence excusing, so they ultimately tabled the issue. They differed most over whether to limit attendance over Zoom — something councilmember Erica Norton said was necessary for her snowbirding lifestyle, but which didn’t interrupt her ability to represent the city. Council president Linda Kochmar argued that state law and good governance calls on councilmembers to commit to attending council meetings in-person, with only occasional virtual appearances when unavoidable. Read more here.

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