Resolution: Objections to SB 6

RESOLUTION NO. ___________INTRODUCED BY COUNCILMAN___________________

A RESULTION AUTHORIZING THE NOTIFICATION OF THE MISSOURI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND MISSOURI SENATE OF OBJECTIONS FROM THE WASHINGTON CITY COUNCIL TO SENATE BILL NUMBER 6, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR JOHN GRIESHEIMER ON DECEMBER 1, 2008.

WHEREAS, current State law requires consent from a majority of the elected members of the City Council to approve any ordinance, resolution and motion that will require expenditure of City funds; and

WHEREAS, on December 1, 2008 Senator John Griesheimer pre-filed Senate Bill number 6, which proposes to change the voting powers of city mayors. SB #6 would remove the provision that a mayor could only vote “in case of a tie” and then allows a mayor to vote when the following occurs:
1) The vote of the council has resulted in a tie;
2) One-half of the council elected have voted in favor of an ordinance, resolution, or motion even though there is no tie vote; or
3) A vote greater than a majority of the council is required; and

WHEREAS, government works upon a foundation of checks and balances on each branch. A mayor, as the city’s chief executive, has his powers limited by state laws and further by city ordnances passed by a majority of the elected council. Should SB #6 become law, a majority of the elected council will no longer be required to approve controversial issues. Power will significantly shift from every city council in Missouri into the hands of the mayors; and

WHEREAS, without a check and balance on a mayor by the council, or council by a mayor, abuse of power will occur. Some argue that a mayor is prevented from voting on a tie because someone on the council fails to attend a meeting and vote. However, a tie seldom occurs unless there is a controversial issue under consideration. The people’s best interest always wins when a majority of the elected council agrees. Allowing a mayor to decide what is best over the people’s elected representatives is an abuse of power.

NOW, THEREFORE. BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Washington Missouri as follows:

SECTION 1: The City of Washington wishes to file a formal objection to changing the powers of a Mayor as defined in Senate Bill Number 6 and future companion House Bills. We ask that these bills be voted down and rejected by both the Missouri Senate and Missouri House.

Passed: ______________________________

ATTEST:____________________________ ___________________________________
President of City Council
Approved:___________________________

ATTEST:____________________________ ___________________________________
Mayor of Washington, Missouri

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