2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
Chrtr Am 7-Council Quorum Requirements - 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 3 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Seattle to clarify the number from which a quorum of City Councilmembers is calculated; 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 3 of Article IV of the City Charter currently provides that "a majority of all [City Council] members shall constitute a quorum"; and
WHEREAS, the definition of a Council quorum in Section 3 of Article IV of the City Charter is ambiguous, and could arguably be read to mean either a majority of members holding all nine council seats, or a majority of those members actually serving on the Council if fewer than nine; and
WHEREAS, if the Charter is read to mean a majority of all nine Councilmembers, it is possible that during an emergency there might not be sufficient Councilmembers to establish a quorum and conduct business, including appointing interim Councilmembers to fill vacancies; and
WHEREAS, it is critical that the Council be able to conduct business during an emergency; 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 3 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Seattle is amended as follows:
Article IV. Legislative Department
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Section 3. QUORUM:
may adjourn from day to day, or until the next regular meeting, and may compel the attendance of absent members in such a manner and under such penalties as the Council shall prescribe.
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Section 2. 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 3. 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.