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Meeting required before appointing commissioners

Minnesota county boards must hold a public meeting before appointing someone to fill a commissioner vacancy, senators decided Monday.

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill by Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, requiring more public input before a county commissioner appointment.

The bill also says a special election must be held if a vacancy occurs more than a year before the next county general election.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.