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Politics & Government

How often should the Lansing city council meet?

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
The Lansing city council discusses an issue during one of their 50 city charter required meetings this year

 The Lansing City Council will talk about the benefits of meeting less often tonight.  

The city charter requires the council to meet 50 times a year.  City Clerk Chris Swope says, with that schedule, the council is wasting money.   

“It’s not just a matter of that cost but…we should be more efficient. People shouldn’t have to watch 50 times a year to keep an eye on what the city council is doing," says Swope.   

Swope proposes reducing the current city council meeting schedule from 50 required meetings to 26 meetings each year.  

The Lansing City Council must agree to put the proposed charter change on the ballot by the middle of next month to put it before the voters in February.