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Amendments designed to clarify; simplify

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The amendments presented in the November ballot questions are designed to clarify or simplify certain process oriented provisions in the Charter.  Others are intended to make the Charter consistent with state law. None of the proposed amendments reduce or limit role of the public in county government. Los Alamos voters are asked to consider eleven ballot questions.  
•Question 1 addresses home-rule provision by removing ambiguous language and by clearly stating that the Charter is intended to provide maximum self governance consistent with the New Mexico Constitution and the Municipal Charter Act.
•Question 2 relates to issues in Article II and is primarily “clean up”.   Question 2 adds the ability of the Council to amend a proposed ordinance and hear the amended ordinance at a future meeting not less than seven days from the initial meeting that considered the ordinance.  
•Question 2 also clarifies the language relating to the passage of emergency ordinances and allows for passage of an emergency ordinance by a majority of vote of councilors present.
•Question 3 is intended to address the very unusual event of when four or more vacancies on the council may occur at the same time.  For example, when an accident might cause several councilors to die at the same time.  


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