Lubbock's 92-year-old laws could change - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/09

Lubbock's 92-year-old laws could change

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –The city set the wheels in motion to rewrite part of Lubbock's law.

The City Council unanimously approved a motion to pick seven people to sit on a committee to recommend changes to the more than 90 year old charter. The last time the law was substantively looked at was back in 1988.

Some of the rules on the books are 92 years old and council decided the outdated charter needs to be updated. "It's an antiquated document and quite old," says Councilman John Leonard, who introduced the motion to select a committee to review the city's current charter.

The council agreed to pick seven people who will decide what if any laws need to be updated or deleted from the 39 page document.

District Three Councilman Todd Klein proposed a few changes to Leonard's initial proposal that set a February deadline for the committee. "It's governed for the last 92 years and now we ask a committee in 60 days to do a complete revision," says Klein, who wanted to see the dates dropped.

Klein also suggested the committee consist of seven members, not five, and that each one be selected by a councilmember from their respective districts and that the mayor appoints a chairperson.

council membernimous vote. Moving forward hopefully get this done quick pace. I'm a little disappointed that we took goals out for dates but it was necessary to get approval," says Leonard. 

Council referenced outdated laws, conflicting provisions in the current charter and the need to incorporate LP & L's new role into the charter instead of just a city ordinance all as reasons for the clean-up.

Council would like voters to see proposed changes on the may ballot. "Ultimately it is not us that make the decision about what goes on to the ballot. The citizens will have the final say," says Leonard.

If the committee recommends any changes they must be approved by the Department of Justice and submitted by March 8th to make the May ballot. Council will approve the review committee in January.

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