City Bans Board from Texting during Meetings

BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) -- Members of the Billerica board of selectmen voted 3-2 Monday night to ban its members from sending text messages and e-mails during its public meetings.

Selectman Bob Correnti said he proposed the ban after a resident complained to him that it was annoying to see fellow Selectman Marc Lombardo texting while others were speaking.

Correnti also said he was concerned that text messages could become public records.

Lombardo said he wanted to receive text messages from his wife during meetings in case of an emergency. He said he also liked to use the calculator function on his cell phone.

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