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Lansing city council approves "unenforceable" resolution on city computer use

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Last night, the Lansing city council took the unusual step of passing a resolution that the city attorney says is “unenforceable”. 

The resolution is intended to define how city council members themselves can use their city issued lap top computers.   The resolution came about in the wake of allegations that one of the city council members had misused their laptop.

A’Lynne Boles-Robinson is the council vice president.  

She says it’s important for the council to have on the record that members should not do things like - give their city issued computers to their college-bound children or other family members.

“It puts us at the bare minimum standard of what the employees have to adhere to within the city,” Boles-Robinson.

But as it stands, council members don’t necessarily have to meet that bare minimum standard according to City Attorney Janene McIntyre. 

It will be up to the Lansing city attorney to come up with a way to make the resolution “enforceable”.    It may take an amendment to the Lansing city charter.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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