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Can Appointed Boards Continue to Meet Remotely?

August 2, 2022

On July 11, 2022, Governor Cooper’s office published a press release indicating that the statewide state of emergency will end on August 15, 2022.  At that point, Section 166A-19.24, which provides explicit authority for remote meetings, will expire. Many elected … Continued

Counting the Mayor in Quorum Calculations

July 22, 2016

Scenario 1: A city council has six members and no vacant seats.  Three of the members fail to show up for this month’s regular meeting, leaving only the mayor and the other three members in attendance. Scenario 2: The same … Continued

Is a Quorum Necessary for a Public Hearing?

April 25, 2014

In accordance with G.S. 160A-364, a city has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed amendment to its zoning ordinance. Notice of the hearing has been provided in accordance with the statute, but it now appears that there will not … Continued

Remote Participation in Meetings

August 20, 2013

A local government board member will not be able to attend an upcoming meeting. Can she participate by calling in? Regular blog followers may recall that I have written  several posts on this topic. With the benefit of your comments … Continued

Canceling and Rescheduling Meetings

January 11, 2012

Sometimes there just aren’t enough board members to have a meeting. Suppose that a clerk for a North Carolina city or county learns in advance of a meeting that several governing board members have conflicts and will not be able … Continued

Calculating Majorities

October 27, 2010

Three members of a five-member city council are meeting to discuss city business. Is that a majority? You’d think this would be an easy question, but the answer depends on the context for the question. The basic definition of “majority” … Continued