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Boards connect with new remote-access rule

Last year, Paul Joseph was on a business trip more than 1,600 miles away when the Natick Board of Selectmen was scheduled to consider at a regular meeting an item close to his heart: accepting grant money for an economic study of the town.

Not long ago, Joseph would have had to skip the meeting. But a relatively new change to the state’s open meeting law allowed him to participate in the meeting from afar — by phone.

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