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Young calls for creation of citizen commission to review proposed charter amendments

Members of the Baltimore City Council’s Equity and Structure Committee during their meeting Thursday, March 5, 2020, discuss a group of charter amendments, including a bill that would lower the number of votes the council needs to override a mayor’s veto, and eliminating altogether mayoral authority to veto line items during the annual budget process. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Monday afternoon that he would be introducing emergency legislation at tonight’s council meeting, calling on City Council President Brandon Scott to create a commission of residents to review 13 charter amendments currently being considered by the council and its Equity and Structure Committee.

“When contemplating foundational changes to our structure of governance, we must make sure that the residents who’ll most be impacted have a true seat at the table,” Young said in a prepared statement, advocating for a Citizen Charter Amendments Review Commission.

The commission would have 15 citizens recommended by each member of the council, in addition to the deans of the local law schools. The resolution would require the commission to issue a report to the council on the 13 proposed charter amendments by June 1 — two months before the August deadline for placing a charter amendment on voters’ ballots.