Cell phone use by board members could violate law

By Patrick Lyons
Lansing Star staff writer

On Aug. 1 The Lansing School Board Policy Committee will discuss prohibiting cell phone use among board members during meetings. This type of policy discussion has already been addressed by other public bodies in Michigan. The Detroit News reported on July 6,

that public bodies in Ann Arbor, Sterling Heights and Royal Oak have eliminated the use of cell phones and laptops by board members during open meetings. These decisions were made in an attempt to support the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The Michigan Open Meetings Act requires that meetings of public bodies be open to the public with only a few exceptions.