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File #: 2020-0204    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/9/2020 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 7/7/2020
Enactment date: 7/16/2020 Enactment #: 19123
Title: AN ORDINANCE proposing to amend the King County Charter to replace the word "citizen" to either "public," "member of the public" or "resident," as applicable in the King County Charter; amending the Preamble and Sections 260 and 800 of the King County Charter; and submitting the same to the voters of the county for their ratification or rejection at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Girmay Zahilay
Indexes: Charter, Elections
Code sections: 260 - ., 800 - *
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 19123, 2. 2020-0204_ Revised SR_Charter Amendment Citizen References.docx, 3. 2020-0204_ SR_Charter Amendment Citizen References.docx, 4. 2020-0204 ATT1 Proposed Ordinance.pdf, 5. 2020-0204 Replace citizen with resident.pptx, 6. 2020-0204_AMD1_Charter amendment.docx, 7. 2020-0204_T1_Charter amendment.docx
Staff: Leskinen, Miranda
Drafter
Clerk 06/30/2020
Title
AN ORDINANCE proposing to amend the King County Charter to replace the word "citizen" to either "public," "member of the public" or "resident," as applicable in the King County Charter; amending the Preamble and Sections 260 and 800 of the King County Charter; and submitting the same to the voters of the county for their ratification or rejection at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance.
Body
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. There shall be submitted to the qualified voters of King County for their ratification or rejection, at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance, an amendment to the Preamble and to Sections 260 and 800 of the King County Charter to read as follows:
Preamble
We, the people of King County, Washington, in order to form a more just and orderly government, establish separate legislative and executive branches, ensure responsibility and accountability for local and regional county governance and services, enable effective ((citizen)) public participation, preserve a healthy rural and urban environment and economy and secure the benefits of home rule and self-government, in accordance with the Constitution of the State of Washington, do adopt this charter.
Section 260 Office of ((Citizen)) Public Complaints.
The county council shall establish by ordinance an office to receive complaints concerning the operation of county government and shall grant it sufficient power to permit it quickly and efficiently to investigate and to make and publicize recommendations concerning its findings, including the power to subpoena witnesses, documents and other evidence and to administer oaths. The subpoena power of the office of ((citizen)) public complaints shall be limited to matters under written complaint by a ((citizen of t...

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