Proposed Ballot Question

For more information, see the later blog entry.

 

Bill Number 130001, introduced in Philadelphia City Council on January 24, 2013, is described by Chief Clerk Michael A. Decker as 

“An Ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide for the creation of an Office of Inspector General, to provide for the powers and duties of such Office, to establish requirements for certain City officials and employees in connection with the work of the Inspector General, and to otherwise provide for incorporation of the Inspector General into the City government; fixing the date of a special election for such purpose; prescribing the form of ballet [sic] question to be voted on; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election.”

As of this writing, this bill has not been passed by City Council, so we don't know for sure whether the question will appear on the ballot. The text of the bill makes clear that the plan is for it to be put to the voters in the May, 21, 2013 election.

 

Here is the text:

BILL NO. 130001
Introduced January 24, 2013
Councilmember Kenney
AN ORDINANCE


Providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of an
amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide for the creation of an
Office of Inspector General, to provide for the powers and duties of such Office, to establish
requirements for certain City officials and employees in connection with the work of the
Inspector General, and to otherwise provide for incorporation of the Inspector General into
the City government; fixing the date of a special election for such purpose; prescribing the
form of ballot question to be voted on; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish
notice and to make arrangements for the special election.
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1. There shall be submitted for the approval or disapproval of the qualified
electors of the City of Philadelphia at the election to be held May 21, 2013, an
amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter relating to the creation of the Office
of Inspector General. The proposed amendment is contained in Resolution No. 130024,
approved by Council on ___________, 2013, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of
Council.
SECTION 2. There shall be placed on the ballot the following question to be answered
“Yes” or “No” by the qualified electors participating in the election:
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be
amended to create and provide for the powers and
duties of an Office of Inspector General and to
establish requirements for certain City officials and
employees in connection with the work of the
Inspector General?
City of Philadelphia
BILL NO. 130001 continued
City of Philadelphia - 2 -
SECTION 3. The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to have printed in pamphlet form,
in sufficient number for general distribution, the proposed amendment to The
Philadelphia Home Rule Charter as set forth in Resolution No. 130024, together with the
ballot question set forth in Section 2 of this Ordinance.
SECTION 4. The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to cause to be published in three
(3) newspapers of general circulation in the City and in the Legal Intelligencer the
proposed amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, together with the ballot
question set forth in Section 2 of this Ordinance, once a week during the three (3) weeks
preceding the election on May 21, 2013; and further, at such other time and in such other
manner as he may consider desirable.
SECTION 5. The Mayor is hereby authorized and directed to issue a proclamation giving
at least thirty (30) days’ notice of such election. The Clerk of Council shall cause a copy
of the proclamation to be published, together with the notice provided for in Section 4 of
this Ordinance.
SECTION 6. The appropriate officers are authorized and directed to take such action as
may be required for the holding of an election on the ballot question set forth in Section 2
of this Ordinance as provided for by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Posted by:

Share: