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File #: 2183-2018    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/18/2018 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 7/23/2018 Final action: 7/24/2018
Title: To find legally sufficient a petition for a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City of Columbus ordinance, titled “To Establish a Community Bill of Rights for Water, Soil, and Air Protection and to Prohibit Gas and Oil Extraction and Related Activities and Projects”, and to declare an emergency.
Sponsors: Shannon G. Hardin
Attachments: 1. BOE Certification, 2. CA memo re legal sufficiency
Explanation

On June 27, 2017, petitioners Robert R. Krasen, Connie M. Hammond, William M. Lyons, Gregory Thomas Pace, Karyn A. Deibel, and Sandra Bolzenius, filed with the City Clerk a pre-circulation copy of a petition for a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City of Columbus ordinance, titled “To Establish a Community Bill of Rights for Water, Soil, and Air Protection and to Prohibit Gas and Oil Extraction and Related Activities and Projects”. Following this, on June 26, 2018, petitioners filed with the City Clerk a petition for said amendment ordinance. Petitioners filed 617 part-petitions containing 18,404 signatures.

On July 7, 2018, the Franklin County Board of Elections certified its examination of the part-petitions, as required by Section 42-9 of the City Charter. The Board of Elections found that the total number of valid signatures exceeds the standard as defined in Section 43 of the Charter (“equal to not less than five percent of the total vote cast at the last preceding municipal election for mayor”).

On July 9, 2018, the City Attorney advised this Council that the subject petition complies with Section 42-5 of the City Charter, which sets forth the requirements as to form for each petition for a proposal initiated by a citizen.

Based on the foregoing, this Council finds that the petitioners’ have complied with the relevant provisions of the City Charter as stated above, and thus, Section 43-1 of the City Charter requires this Council to find that the petition for an initiated ordinance is legally sufficient.

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To find legally sufficient a petition for a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City of Columbus ordinance, titled “To Establish a Community Bill of Rights for Water, Soil, and Air Protection and to Prohibit Gas and Oil Extraction and Related Activities and Projects”, and to declare an emergency.

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WHEREAS, the Charter of the City of Columbus vests with the people of the City of Columbus the right to initiate ...

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