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Council Adopts New Charter – With One Amendment Clarifying Voting Requirement

At last night’s meeting, the City Council decided to adopt a new City Charter with one small amendment that clarifies voting requirements in case of future Charter amendments. Instead of a supermajority (6 out of 8 votes), the Council will now need a simple majority to amend future Charter changes. The Council made the supermajority change last year, however, it was brought to the City by MML (Maryland Municipal League) that the voting requirement was in conflict with the State law.

The original motion (18-CR-01) was to make other changes to the Charter, most significantly one being the inclusion of the term “legislative body”, which includes the Mayor and Council. Several residents expressed concerns about these changes. The amendment was adopted with 6-2 votes. Councilmembers Kennedy and Rigg opposed the measure.

The Council plans to discuss changes related to the legislative body at a future worksession.

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