2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
Chrtr Am 12-Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amend - Complete Text
A RESOLUTION submitting a proposition to the qualified electors of the City, at an election to be held on November 7, 2006, to amend Section 1 of Article XX of the Charter of the City of Seattle to delete "elected" in reference to members of the Council for purposes of proposing Charter amendments; calling on the City Clerk to certify the proposed amendment to the Director of the Department of Records and Elections of King County and requesting and directing such Director to call a special election and submit the proposition to City voters; and providing for the publication of such proposed amendment.
WHEREAS, Section 1 of Article XX of the City Charter currently provides that a majority of all the City Councilmembers "elected" may agree to place proposed amendments to the City Charter before the voters; and
WHEREAS, Subsection 6.B and Subsection 6.C of Article XIX of the City Charter provide for the seated Councilmembers to select persons to fill vacant Councilmember positions; and
WHEREAS, from time to time a vacancy does occur on the City Council, because of a Councilmember's resignation or other situation, resulting in one or more Councilmembers having been selected rather than "elected"; and
WHEREAS, a Councilmember filling a vacant Councilmember position has all of the same rights to vote on issues before the Council as does an elected Councilmember; and
WHEREAS, modifying the City Charter to eliminate the word "elected" in Section 1 of Article XX would make it clear that Councilmembers selected to fill vacancies can participate in the voting process for placing proposed charter amendments before the voters; NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS
Section 1. Subject to the approval of a proposition by a majority of the qualified electors casting votes thereon, Section 1 of Article XX of the Charter of the City of Seattle is amended as follows:
ARTICLE XX. Charter Amendments
Section 1. PROPOSED BY COUNCIL: Any amendment or amendments to this Charter may
be proposed in the City Council, and if the same be agreed to by a majority of
all the members
Section 2. If the amendment to Section 1 of Article XX submitted by Resolution 30893 is also approved by voters, both changes to Section 1 of Article XX shall be incorporated into the Charter.
Section 3. The King County Director of Records and Elections, as ex officio supervisor of elections, is hereby requested to call a special election and is directed to submit the charter amendment proposed herein to the qualified electors of the City at the election on November 7, 2006.
Section 4. The City Clerk shall certify to the Director of the Department of Records and Elections of King County as Supervisor of Elections the charter amendment proposed herein in the form of a ballot title prepared by the City Attorney pursuant to RCW 29A.36.071, and shall certify a copy of the proposed Charter amendment, and the same shall be published by the City Clerk in accordance with state law.