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File #: 15-0471    Version: 0 Name: Charter Amendment - Multi-Member City Council Districts
Type: Mayor and City Council Res. Status: Failed
File created: 1/12/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 4/18/2016
Enactment #:
Title: Charter Amendment - Multi-Member City Council Districts FOR the purpose of amending the City Charter of Baltimore City to reduce the number of Councilmembers and create multi-member City Council districts; and submitting this amendment to the qualified voters of the City for adoption or rejection.
Sponsors: Rochelle Spector, Bill Henry
Indexes: Charter Amendment, City Council, Districts, Multi-Member
Attachments: 1. 15-0471~1st Reader.pdf, 2. City Solicitor 15-0471, 3. 2nd Reader Amendment 15-0471
EXPLANATION: CAPITALS indicate matter added to existing law.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL
(Charter Amendment)

Introduced by: Councilmember Spector
A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL concerning
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Charter Amendment - Multi-Member City Council Districts
FOR the purpose of amending the City Charter of Baltimore City to reduce the number of Councilmembers and create multi-member City Council districts; and submitting this amendment to the qualified voters of the City for adoption or rejection.
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BY proposing to amend
Article III - City Council
Section(s) 2(b)
Baltimore City Charter
(1996 Edition)

Recitals

WHEREAS, Baltimore City traditionally has been represented by City Councilmembers from multi-member districts.

WHEREAS, Baltimore changed from the traditional multi-member districts to single member districts in 2004.

WHEREAS, A decade’s worth of experience with the single-member City Council districts has now shown the benefits and costs of both types of districts.

WHEREAS, Single-member districts have failed to deliver the more competitive election races that their advocates believed they would bring.

WHEREAS, Instead, single-member districts have left entire swaths of the City unrepresented by any Councilmember for long stretches due to the retirement or incapacity of individual Councilmembers.

WHEREAS, Single-member districts have made it more difficult for constituent services and community improvements needing Co...

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