End of protest petitions doesn’t take away rights
Regarding the July 18 article, “Bill To End Protest Petition Heads to McCrory’s Desk”: It contains a serious fact error.
House Bill 201 does not in any way, shape or form take away a citizen’s right to petition concerning a rezoning. That is a constitutional right that cannot be, and is not being, abridged.
What the bill does is remove the oddity that when such a petition is filed it requires a supermajority vote or three-fourths of the city council. The supermajority percentage required by the zoning protest petition exceeds the supermajority requirements to amend the constitution or to override.
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The bill amplifies the right of a citizen to petition stating his or her position. The position can be either for or against. When such petitions are filed with the clerk, the clerk is obligated to bring them to the attention of the city council.
Don d’Ambrosi, Apex