Charleston City Council will explore adopting a policy that allows its members to attend meetings by teleconference or other electronic device.

The move comes after three council members opted against attending a recent session of the city’s Real Estate Committee where there was only one considered non-controversial item on the agenda.

While telephone attendance is allowed under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, a representative of the S.C. Press Association says expanding the process is a step toward a more closed form of government that reducing public exposure of elected officials at work.