Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hearing Set For Election Commission Suit

Unless there's another delay, a hearing has been scheduled tomorrow in Putnam County Chancery Court to hear arguments over whether the county or the state should be responsible for paying the legal bills of the county election commission.  A special judge has been assigned to hear the case. The county, through its attorney Jeff Jones, says it's the state's responsibility to pay for legal bills because the local election commission is an entity of state government. The state, through the Attorney General's office, says the bill should be paid by the county, and says the requirement to do so is spelled out in the law creating authority for election commssions. Local election officials say that while the dispute has been pending for the past two years, more than a hundred thousand dollars in legal fees have been incurred.