Suffolk County Council says it has asked a councillor planning to move to America to stand down - but cannot legally force him to or withdraw his allowance.
Brian Riley, who represents Hadleigh, wants to continue his duties from nearly 4,000 miles away in North Carolina.
He is allowed to keep claiming his councillor allowance as long as he attends one council meeting every six months.
And, once a councillor is elected, there is no obligation for them to remain as a resident in the county - or even country.
Suffolk County Council's Conservative group leader Mark Bee has removed Mr Riley from all committees and will not be re-appointed or given any position of special responsibility.
Mr Bee has also spoken directly to the councillor to encourage him to stand down.
Councillors have voted to close nine children's centres in Suffolk despite massive opposition.
The move will save the County Council £250,000. It says the same services will be still be available but in different locations.
Parents in Suffolk protesting against planned cuts to children's services are taking their fight to the council today. Nine centres are earmarked for closure. Those who use them say it's a vital service they can't lose.
They're demonstrating outside Suffolk County Council's offices in Ipswich this morning ahead of a meeting to make a final decision on the centres' future. Suffolk County Council says the closures will save £250,000.
A conference looking at ways to safeguard Suffolk's coastline against the threat of erosion and climate change is taking place today. It is hoped the event hosted by the Suffolk Coast Forum will highlight what work can be done to preserve the landscape for future generations.
The event at Thorpeness Country Club will showcase projects from local groups. Hosted by the Suffolk Coast Forum, it will comprise of community groups, Suffolk County Council, the Environment Agency, local councils and other organisations.