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Chapter 1 Section D6. Holding Election Meetings in Each Commissioner District

December 1, 1972

Mr. Max Bickford
Executive Officer
Kansas State Board of Regents
State Office Building
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Re:    Chapter 459 of the 1972 Session Laws of Kansas.

Dear Mr. Bickford:

In your letter dated November 2, 1972, you requested an opinion on the following question:

    “Must the meeting held to elect members of the county extension council from a specific commissioner district be located within the physical boundaries of that particular commissioner district?”

It is our opinion that the language of the statute mandates that such elections be held within the geographical limits of each particular commissioner district.

Chapter 459 of the 1972 Session Laws of Kansas provides, in pertinent part, as follows:

    “The citizens of voting age . . . are qualified to participate in the meeting which shall be held in each such district... at a time and place determined and fixed by the executive board and shall elect... three (3) members of the county extension council...” [Emphasis Supplied].

The words “each such district,” new in the 1972 Session Laws, clearly imply that such elections are to be conducted within geographical limits of each individual commissioner district. The only variable in this procedure is that the specific time and location for the election is left up to the discretion and judgment of the executive board of the county extension council. The obvious intent of the legislature was to direct such elections to be held within each commissioner district, in order to insure a uniform and consistent method by which members of each county’s extension council should be elected.

I hope that the above information will be helpful to you. If we can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact us again.

Very truly yours,

Attorney General

cc:    Daniel D. Beatty
        Vice President for Business Affairs
        President’s office
        Anderson Hall
        Manhattan, Kansas 66506