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Los Alamos voters gave a thumb’s up to all 11 proposed county charter amendments in Tuesday’s election. As a result, the Los Alamos County Charter will now become more consistent with state statutes.
John Hopkins, a member of the County Charter Review Committee, said essentially the ordinances serve as housekeeping. They will not change the purpose of the charter, he said, but help accomplish two of four areas the committee has been working to achieve in working though issues with the charter – consistency and clarity. The committee will continue its work to address the structure of government, the role of the utilities department and initiative and referendum processes.
Here’s a synopsis of the amendments voters approved:
The first ordinance addresses the purpose of the charter to maximize home rule powers, as allowed under the New Mexico constitution and the state Municipal Charter Act.
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