From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 29, 1972:
Members of the Lawrence chapter of the League of Women Voters recently had claimed that absenteeism on locally appointed boards and commissions was becoming a problem. Members said that it had come to their attendance that "the attendance record of certain appointed commissioners has been far from good -- that, in fact, the work of one or more commissions has been severely hampered" by absenteeism. The League urged the city to make "an official policy to provide for the replacement of appointed commissioners who demonstrate a lack of serious interest in the job they have been appointed to do by failing to attend a stated number of public meetings." Observers from the League indicated four county appointees with what they called poor records of attendance as well as seven city appointees with four to six absences from monthly meetings in less than a year's time. City staff advisers disagreed with the League's assessment, however, with City Manager Buford Watson summing up the staff's opinion that "a mandatory attendance rule is not necessary at this time."