Charter: Article XIV
Initiative, Referendum, and Recall (cont.)

Section 14.6. Effect on an initiative petition

When an initiative petition has been certified as sufficient, the council shall proceed at once to consider the proposed ordinance, taking final action thereon not later than thirty days after certification.

If the council shall fail to pass an ordinance in the form proposed by the initiative petition, it shall after the final action thereon call a special election on the next date authorized by law for such election, unless there shall be a general election within ninety days after council takes final action; provided, city council shall not be required to call an election with less than thirty days' notice after final action. At such special or general municipal election, such ordinance shall be submitted without alteration to the vote of the electors of the City. The enacting clause of such ordinance shall be: BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD.

Approved by vote of the people August 8, 1978.

Section 14.7. Effect of a referendum petition

When a referendum petition has been certified as sufficient, the ordinance specified in the petition shall not become effective, or, if it shall have gone into effect, further action thereunder shall be suspended until the ordinance referred has been approved by the electors, as hereinafter provided. The council shall proceed forthwith to reconsider the referred ordinance, and its final vote upon such reconsideration shall be taken within thirty days after the certification and shall be upon the question: "Shall the ordinance specified in the referendum petition be repealed?"

If the council shall fail to repeal an ordinance specified in any referendum petition, it shall after its final vote thereon call a special election, unless there shall be a general election within ninety days after final action; provided, the city council shall not be required to call an election with less than thirty days' notice after final action. At such special or general municipal election, such ordinance shall be submitted without alteration to the vote of the electors of the City.

Approved by vote of the people August 8, 1978.

Section 14.8. Voting

Ordinances submitted to the electors in accordance with the initiative and referendum provisions of this Charter shall be submitted by ballot title, which shall be prepared by the city attorney. The ballot title shall be a clear, concise statement, without argument or prejudice, descriptive of the substance of such ordinance. The ballot used in voting upon any ordinance shall conform to provisions of law. Immediately at the left of each proposition there shall be a square in which by making a cross (X) the elector may vote for or against the ordinance. Any number of ordinances may be voted on at the same election and be submitted on the same ballot, but any paper ballot used for voting on ordinances shall be for that purpose only. If voting machines are used, the ballot title of any ordinance shall have below it the same two propositions, one above the other or one preceding the other in the order indicated, and the elector shall be given an opportunity to vote for either of the two propositions and thereby to vote for or against the ordinance.

Approved by vote of the people August 8, 1978.

Section 14.9. Effect of vote

If a majority of the electors voting on a proposed initiative ordinance or referred ordinance shall vote in favor thereof, it shall thereupon be an ordinance of the city and shall, unless otherwise specified, become effective as indicated in Section 2.12 of this Charter. No such ordinance shall be amended or repealed by the council for at least six months and then only by its unanimous vote. A referred ordinance which is not approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon shall thereupon be deemed repealed. If conflicting ordinances are approved by the electors at the same election, the one receiving the greatest number of affirmative votes shall prevail.

No election under the initiative or referendum procedure shall be set aside because of any defect in the petition.

Section 14.10. Recall petition

Any officer elected by a vote of the people may be removed by the electors qualified to vote for a successor to such incumbent. The procedure to effect the removal of such incumbent shall be as follows: A petition demanding the removal of such officer shall be filed with the city clerk; such petition shall be signed by electors entitled to participate in such election equal in number to at least thirty percent of the number of votes cast for such office in the last election. This petition shall contain a general statement of the grounds for removal. Such petition shall be executed, verified, filed, and may be amended in the manner provided for initiative and referendum petitions.


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