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City of Detroit
Results of 24-350
Adopts a new Charter modifying residency and office holding requirements.
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Referred to the People by the City Council
24-350 Adopts a new Charter modifying residency and office holding requirements.
Question: Should a new Charter be adopted modifying residency, office holding, and other requirements?
Summary: Substantive changes include that at least 5 councilors which includes the Mayor be "primary" residents of the City. A "primary resident" is one that has resided in the City over six months during a calendar year; is registered to vote and receives mail in Detroit; has state identification showing Detroit residency; and is able to attend at least 9 of the 12 regular Council meetings.
No more than 2 councilors may be "non-primary residents," which is a person that is a part-time resident who is registered to vote in Detroit; and is able to attend at least 9 of the 12 regular Council meetings.
Paid city employees are not eligible for elective or appointive office of the Council. Council no longer may meet without a quorum to compel attendance. The Municipal Judge may not hold another City elective or appointive office, and the power of the Judge is restricted. Being absent from three regular meetings within a calendar year creates a vacancy for that council position.