Can we restrict the use of cell phones and other electronic devices and prohibit note-taking or taping of board meetings?
April 3, 2009
The board can establish a rule or request that there be no use of cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices that interrupt the meeting. The rule must apply to everyone, including board and staff members, and must be reasonable and for the purpose of ensuring an orderly meeting. During open public meetings, you must allow written notes and audio- and video-taping of the meeting, as long as it is not disruptive. You may restrict audio- and video-taping of an executive session meeting to the district's official copy. Members of the media who attend executive session meetings may take notes. You must be sure to notify them that they are directed not to report on the contents of the executive session:
"Representatives of the news media are specifically directed not to report on any of the deliberations during the executive session except to state the general subject of the session as previously announced."
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