NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For the first time in more than a month, the New Orleans City Council will have enough members at a meeting to conduct business.
Council members Jon Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell walked out of a May 3 meeting and boycotted subsequent meetings. Their absences - plus an unfilled vacancy - meant the seven-member council couldn't muster the five members needed to conduct business.
The walkout occurred amid a dispute over a proposed city charter change and over selection of an interim district council member to fill a seat vacated when District B member Stacey Head was elected to a city-wide at-large seat.
With the council unable to act, the duty of filling the vacancy fell to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who chose former state legislator Diana Bajoie.