By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
Laguna Vista officials last week adopted a new resolution to establish a formal process for granting excused absences by council members. The issue drew lengthy debate before passing on a 4-1 vote. It repeals a prior resolution adopted in January.
The new resolution was implemented at last Tuesday’s Town Council meeting as the board voted to excuse the absences of Councilmembers Michael Carter and Rita Garcia.
The need for the policy arose last year, after Laguna Vista Council members deliberated if Garcia had forfeited her elected office due to excessive unexcused absences. A month earlier, the same question aroseover a reported 11 absences by Councilman Bill Schnier. Forfeiture action against both councilmembers was subsequently dismissed.
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