Local Ordinance Integrity

The interim charge before the Committee asks its members to examine local legislative practices and recommend ways to make the process more transparent and accountable. Specifically, the interim charge states: Examine the processes used by home rule municipalities to adopt ordinances, rules, and regulations, including those initiated by petition and voter referendum. Determine if additional statutory safeguards are necessary to ensure that ballot language accurately describes proposed initiatives. Identify ways to improve transparency and make recommendations, if needed, to ensure that local propositions and the means by which they are put forth to voters, conform with existing state law.

Recommendations include: examine empowering the Attorney General with enforcement authority, codifying the Supreme Court’s decision defining the common law standard for ballot integrity, and bringing transparency to the voting booth.

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