Friday, May 06, 2005

Nothing to see here, folks...

Innocent typo or attempted stealth amendment? Nobody's saying, but many are speculating, as a bill to regulate water bills turned up at voting time including language letting local pols off the hook from the current requirement to resign from one post before running for another.
When a draft of a water-rate ordinance circulated around City Council this week, the proposal's first paragraph raised eyebrows: Rather than regulating water, it would have repealed a law that forces Council members to step down before seeking higher office.
Given how many Council folk are thought to have mayoral aspirations, such a trick is certainly imaginable, and would fit with the region's history of legislation under cover of night. Maybe this was a trial balloon to judge how the public would respond... Yeesh.


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