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On Wednesday, May 9, the county council passed a record 21 ordinances, 598 through 618 in 4 hours. These were not just any ordinances; these were proposed rewrites of entire sections of your county charter, some of which drastically change your rights as a Los Alamos voter!
How did they do it? They rolled them together and passed them in four groups like a bad piece of pastry, also a first for our county.
Wait, aren’t ordinances, especially ones that introduce new legislation to voters, supposed to be considered separately? Well, yes, unless you want to speed up the process by leaps and bounds and save space on a ballot. Save space on a ballot? Yes, that was the main reason given by County Attorney Brian James for presenting ordinances in this new manner. It will also mean that since the ordinances were bundled into four packages, you the voter will only have to read four ballot items in November.
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