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County commissioner wants ruling on quorum definition

October 26, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County commissioner is asking Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to define what constitutes a quorum for the five-member board.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Jim Howell is seeking clarity after his fellow commissioners recently voted to reduce its official quorum from four to three members.

The attorney general’s office advises officials on legal matters related to application of state law, and those opinions guide law unless overturned by a court.

Earlier in October, three of the five commissioners voted to set parameters for a personnel investigation. However, they were unable to meet in closed session because of a lack of a quorum — Howell and the other dissenting member boycotted the proceedings.

On Wednesday, the commission voted 3-2 to lower the quorum requirement.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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