"I don't think it's really appropriate to say that somebody sitting in an apartment or condo in California is accessible to the public," Anfinson said. He also wonders about the long-term effect on the democratic process.
"It's almost hard to articulate, but I think there's something important about elected representatives being physically accessible and present with their constituents," Anfinson said. He questioned whether, for instance, a city council could get away with holding a meeting where a majority of members were participating via Skype.
Cohasset officials don't see a problem.
"My thinking is, it's the 21st century; let's do this," said Mayor Greg Hagy.
"You can talk to them. They can talk to you. He can see them, and they can see him. I just don't see any difference between actually sitting there with the four outher council members, or interacting in that way," Hagy said. "I just don't have a problem with it. I think it's working great."
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org