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File #: 200077    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 1/30/2020 In control: Committee on Law and Government
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of the proposal set forth in a Resolution approved by Council proposing an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide that City elected officials may become candidates for nomination or election to public office without first resigning from their City office, and to provide for a limitation on Councilmembers' and the City Controller's terms in office; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Parker
Indexes: PHILADELPHIA HOME RULE CHARTER, TERM LIMITS
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 20007700.pdf

Title

Providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of the proposal set forth in a Resolution approved by Council proposing an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide that City elected officials may become candidates for nomination or election to public office without first resigning from their City office, and to provide for a limitation on Councilmembers’ and the City Controller’s terms in office; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election.

 

Body

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 April 28, 2020, an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter contained in Resolution No. 200081, approved by Council on _______, 2020, 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 provide that an elected official of the City may become a candidate for nomination or election to any public office without first resigning from their current office, and that Councilmembers and the City Controller shall not be eligible for election for more than five consecutive terms of office that begin on or after July 1, 2020?

 

SECTION 3. The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to (i) certify to the Board of Elections, within five days of this Ordinance becoming law, a copy of this Ordinance and Resolution No. 200081; and (ii) 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. 200081, 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 one time, during the three (3) weeks preceding the election on April 28, 2020, 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; and further, at such other time and in such other manner as the Clerk 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 in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation in the City, and in The Legal Intelligencer, once a week for three consecutive weeks during the period of thirty days prior to the election.  One such publication may be combined with the publication of the notice required by 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.

 

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