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2006 Seattle Elections

General Elections Voters' Guide

Chrtr Am 6-Meeting Location in Emergency - Ballot Title


Ballot Title


The city council has proposed an amendment to Article IV Section 6 of the city charter concerning council meeting locations in case of an emergency or disaster.

This amendment would change the charter to allow the city council to meet at locations other than its regular meeting place when permitted by state law in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Should this charter amendment be

Approved
Rejected


Explanatory Statement

1. The proposal

This amendment would allow the city council to meet in alternate locations in the event of certain emergencies or disasters.

2. The charter as it currently exists

Article IV Section 6 of the city charter governs city council meetings. That section states among other things that regular council meetings must be held only at the council's regular meeting place. The council has adopted rules establishing its regular meeting place as City Hall. The charter currently has no provisions that explicitly allow alternate meeting locations for regular council meetings.

State law, however, allows a city council to meet in locations other than its regular meeting place under certain circumstances. For example, the state Open Public Meetings Act allows a city council to meet at an alternate location if there is need for quick action to deal with an emergency. The state Continuity of Government Act allows a city council to meet at emergency temporary locations if a natural disaster, attack or imminent attack makes it inexpedient to conduct meetings at the regular meeting place.

3. The effect of this amendment if approved

Article IV Section 6 of the charter would be amended to allow the city council to meet in locations other than its regular meeting place when permitted by state law in the event of an emergency or disaster.

The city council has passed a resolution, which will take effect only if the voters approve this charter amendment. The resolution provides that regular meetings of the full council are normally to be held at City Hall, but would allow regular council meetings at another location if necessary to deal with an emergency; or if an emergency, disaster, attack or imminent attack makes it imprudent, inexpedient or impossible to meet at City Hall.





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Sally Clark

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Edsonya Charles

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C. Kimi Kondo

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Ron A. Mamiya

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Judith Montgomery Hightower

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George W. Holifield

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Michael Salvador Hurtado

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Jean Rietschel

Referendum 1 -
Adult Entertainment Regulation

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

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Initiative 91 -
Leases to Sports Teams

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Title & Explanation

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Proposition 1 -
Transportation Funding

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Chrtr Am 6 -
Meeting Location in Emergency

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 7 -
Council Quorum Requirements

Statement for and Rebuttal

Statement Against
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 8 -
Council Reconfirmation of 3 Dept Heads

Statement for and Rebuttal

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 9 -
Auditor Appointer and Length of Term

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and Rebuttal

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 10 -
Planning Commission Appointments

Statement for and Rebuttal

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

ChrtrAm 11 -
When Approved Ballot Issues take Effect

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

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Chrtr Am 12 -
Selected Cnclmmbrs Vote on Chrtr Amendmnt

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 13 -
Ballot Measure Notification

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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Chrtr Am 14 -
Clerk Compilation of Ordinances

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

Title & Explanation

Complete Text

Chrtr Am 15 -
Change Comptroller to Clerk

Statement For
and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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ChrtrAm 16 -
Obsolete References to Art. XIX Sec. 10

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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and Rebuttal
(None Submitted)

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