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Commissioners to debate quorum rule

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ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz speaks at a Mayor and Commission meeting on September 15, 2022.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet tonight to hammer out an agenda for their next meeting, and while agenda-setting meetings are often not particularly controversial, this one might be different.

Generally speaking, you don’t hear much about quorums – the number of lawmakers who need to be present in order to pass legislation - but a proposal to change the ACC Commission’s quorum requirement from seven commissioners to six has been a topic of discussion lately.

Tempers flared at a commission meeting earlier this month over the proposal, which some commissioners say is necessary to deal with some lawmakers not showing up to meetings.

Most commissioners seemed unsure whether a change to quorum rules would fix absenteeism problems, however. Commissioners decided at their September meeting to postpone the first of two necessary votes until early next month, and they could vote tonight to postpone the item again.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.