Mayor proposes legal review for Spokane initiatives

Mayor proposes legal review for Spokane initiatives

Mayor proposes legal review for Spokane initiatives

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Mayor and City Council President announced a proposal Wednesday, which would set guidelines for people wanting to create an initiative. 

Mayor David Condon proposed a legal review of all initiatives.

The extra step would determine the legal validity and effect of an initiative before volunteers began gathering signatures according to Condon.

“Our intention is to improve the efficiency of the citizen initiative process and provide voters with information they need to make informed decisions,” Condon said. “That is best done early within the existing citizen initiative process.”

Condon’s proposal includes the hearing examiner publishing a written opinion within 14 days of receiving the initiative measure from the city clerk. The sponsor would then have seven days to notify the city clerk of a decision to proceed with gathering signatures or revise the initiative measure according to the proposal.

The proposed ordinance change must be submitted to the City Council for review and vote. The City Council President will serve as the legislative sponsor.

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