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Adair Co. Fiscal Court report - 11 Apr 2017: Could CJE vote?

Session recorder Bridget Compton researched the question: Could CJE Michael Lee Stephens, who did not preside, but was present, have voted had he chosen to do so?
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By Ed Waggener

Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey (District 5) presided at the 11 Apr 2017 session of Fiscal Court, standing in for Adair County Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens, who is still recovering from surgery.

Judge Stephens was present, but did not participate.

Could he have voted, had he chosen to do so?

Bridget Compton, who recorded the session, said the answer is "Yes."

She said that County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison confirmed that and that she had researched elsewhere.

In one close vote, 4-3, had Judge Stephens voted, either a tie vote or a bigger majority might have occurred.

This story was posted on 2017-04-13 20:25:29
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