NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The paralysis of the New Orleans City Council that began with a walkout by its two African-American members is nearing an end, but how that end will play out remains unclear.
The two absences, along with an existing vacancy, meant there were too few members to conduct business.
Both members attended a recent committee hearing and have indicated they will be at the June 7 council meeting.
If they aren't, by then, the responsibility for filling the vacancy on the council will have fallen to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, whose appointee would give the council the needed quorum
Jon Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell walked out of a May 3 meeting and missed two others amid disputes over proposed city election changes and selection of an interim member to fill the vacancy.