Charter Commission Recommendation to Amend the City Charter by a 13-0 Vote
Non-controversial or housekeeping amendments may be recommended by the Charter Commission and passed by the Council by a 13-0 vote. These amendments are typically recommended by City staff to clarify or update the Charter.
- Staff: City staff drafts the amendment in the form of an ordinance with the assistance of the City Attorney’s office. Council Members are usually consulted to ensure that the item is indeed non-controversial.
- City Council: Action begins with an ordinance introduction in Council and referral to the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Committee. It is also possible for an ordinance introduction to be referred directly to the Charter Commission.
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee: IGR reviews the amendment and forwards it to the Council for referral to the Charter Commission.
- City Council: The Council approves the recommended ordinance language, including any changes it wishes to make, and refers the amendment to the Charter Commission for consideration.
- Charter Commission: Charter commissioners review the amendment, may make changes to it, and recommend that the Council pass the amendment by a 13-0 vote. It is also possible for the Charter Commission to initiate an amendment to refer to the Council, eliminating the preceding steps.
- Within 30 days of the Charter Commission's referral, the City Clerk's office must publish in the City's official newspaper notice of a public hearing to be held by the IGR Committee, and that notice must include the text of the proposed amendment.
- City Council: The Council refers the ordinance to the IGR Committee for the public hearing.
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee: IGR holds a public hearing at least two weeks but not more than one month after the required notice is published. IGR can recommend a vote for or against the amendment to the Council, but cannot make any changes to it.
- Council: The council may not change the recommended language, but must vote the language up or down. Passage requires a 13-0 vote.
- Mayor: The Mayor signs the ordinance containing the amendment.
- Effective Date: The amendment becomes effective 90 days after passage and publication in the City's official newspaper, currently Finance and Commerce, unless a different effective date is included in the charter amendment. During the first 60 days after publication, citizens may petition for a ballot referendum on the amendment by obtaining the signatures of at least 2,000 registered voters. The Council then may either submit the amendment to the voters as a ballot question at any general or special election held at least 60 days after the submission of the petition and signatures, or may reconsider its action in adopting the ordinance.
Last updated Apr 30, 2014