Rios sponsors change to amendment requiring all supervisors to vote, not abstain

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios

  On Jan. 9, 2019 the Pinal County Board of Supervisors discussed and approved an amendment to their General Board Meeting Rules which were originally adopted in June of 2010.

  One of the proposed rules sparked a discussion led by Vice Chairman Pete Rios. The change would allow Board members to “Abstain.” from voting at anytime.

  Vice Chairman Rios questioned the rule change, saying, “I don’t think board members should be allowed to abstain from voting unless they have a conflict of interest that has been declared and filed with the Clerk of the Board. Otherwise we can abstain on anything for any reason.”

  According to records, never in Pinal County history had a board member been able to abstain from voting without abiding by Conflict of Interest protocol.

  “My concern is with the public that we represent. We all represent approximately 100,000 people, we are almost to 500,000 in population in Pinal County and I don’t suspect that they wanted us to represent them up here by saying I don’t want to vote on that one, I am going to abstain. They want us to either vote to the affirmative or the negative,” Rios explained. 

  The board discussed the reformation of the rules and unanimously voted in favor of Rios’ proposed language, which is as follows.

All board members present at the time the question is called for are required to cast an AYE or NAY vote, unless they have previously declared a conflict of interest and submitted such in writing to the Clerk of the Board.

  Chairman Todd House shared his thoughts, saying, “I appreciate your effort on this … I am in total agreement with going forward on the guidelines that you’ve set forth.” 

 Those new  Pinal County General Board Meeting Rules are complete and in effect immediately.

Staff (5060 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Gilbert Aguilar returns to Town Council; clean audit and hotel study accepted

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      At the January 2019 Superior Town Council meeting, the Council accepted the application of Gilbert Aguilar to fill the […]


    Sun Life celebrates new building in Oracle with open house, health fair

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      The Oracle Sun Life Family Health Center sponsored a Health Fair and Open House on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. […]


    SPATS presents ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      After some delay due to unforeseen circumstances, the San Pedro Actors Troupe will be performing the laugh a minute […]


    Home Alone Units donated to Oracle volunteer group

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      Volunteers are much appreciated! Especially those who touch the lives of the vulnerable and those in need.   In […]


  • Additional Stories

    Infant and preschool child development screening to be held at Mammoth-San Manuel School District

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      Mammoth – San Manuel School District and the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) will provide a free child development […]


    San Manuel boys defeat San Carlos, again

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      When the San Manuel boy’ basketball team defeated San Carlos on Dec. 11 it was the Miners’ first win […]


    Yocum, Lorona lead No. 6 Lady Cats in rout

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      Ray junior Shelby Yocum scored a game-high 30 points and senior Tara Lorona finished with a double-double – 23 […]


    Ray defeats Superior in key region game

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      The No. 7 Ray boys’ basketball held third place in the 1A East Region standings with an impressive 57 […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger