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Auck­land city coun­cil­lors may be asked to keep their elec­tronic equip­ment on si­lent dur­ing meet­ings and leave the room when an­swer­ing phone calls.

Coun­cil­lor Cathy Casey raised the is­sue of coun­cil­lors us­ing lap­tops and palm pi­lots in a no­tice of mo­tion at a fi­nance and strat­egy com­mit­tee.

In the no­tice, she asked that new stand­ing or­ders be adopted so coun­cil­lors only use elec­tron­ics to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the de­bate at hand and not use them at all dur­ing pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tions.

Chair­man coun­cil­lor Doug Arm­strong es­tab­lished a work­ing party made up of Dr Casey, and coun­cil­lors Mark Don­nelly and Aaron Bhat­na­gar to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and will re­port back at this month’s com­mit­tee meet­ing.

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