In a legal opinion released this week, the state attorney general's office has ruled that Burbank City Council members may also serve as Burbank Airport commissioners without violating the law of incompatible offices.
The opinion issued by state Atty. Gen. Daniel E. Lungren was sought on behalf of the Burbank City Council to settle a public debate over whether Councilmen Robert Bowne and George Battey Jr. could serve on both bodies.
Opponents of airport expansion have said it is a conflict of interest for Bowne and Battey to serve in the dual roles at a time when many Burbank residents object to plans for a larger terminal.
Instead of resolving the dispute, however, some say the six-page opinion leaves the question of conflicting loyalties unanswered because of how the council's request was worded.