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Quorum Court Tackles Tasks

Justices Of The Peace Set Busy Schedule For 2013

Posted: January 3, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Doug Schrantz, left, Benton County Circuit Judge, swears in Benton County District 1 Justice of the Peace Mike McKenzie on Wednesday at the Benton County Courthouse in Bentonville. McKenzie was one of six freshmen justices of the peace who took their oaths along with the county’s nine returning justices of the peace.

The new year for county government was ushered in Wednesday morning as the Benton County Quorum Court met for the first time in 2013 immediately after the justices of the peace took their oath of office.

At A Glance

Power Of Quorum Court

• A county acting through its Quorum Court may exercise local legislative authority not denied by the Constitution or by law

• No county may declare any act a felony or exercise any authority not relating to county affairs

• A county may, for any public purpose, contract, cooperate or join with any other county, or with any political subdivisions of the state or any other states or their political subdivisions or with the United States.

Source: Arkansas Constitution

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