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Legislation #: 971266 Introduction Date: 8/28/1997
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 8/28/1997
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER FINLEY
Title: Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, entitled "Administration" by enacting a new section 2-721 entitled "Disqualification for appointment" and a new section 2-1417 entitled "Additional qualifications of municipal judge" to reduce the period of disqualification for felons to five years following the restoration of voting rights from a permanent disqualification, and amending Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 971082 by amending section 6, City Charter, entitled "Qualifications and election" to reduce the period of disqualification for felons to five years following the restoration of voting rights from a permanent disqualification; and directing the City Manager to take the steps necessary to place this measure before the voters on November 4, 1997, and if unable to place this measure before the voters on that date to take the steps necessary to remove Question No. 3 from the November 4, 1997, ballot; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.

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8/28/1997

Waive Charter Requirements City Council

8/28/1997

Introduce an Ordinance

8/28/1997

Amended

8/28/1997

Passed as Amended


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ORDINANCE NO. 971266, AS AMENDED

 

Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, entitled "Administration" by enacting a new section 2-721 entitled "Disqualification for appointment" and a new section 2-1417 entitled "Additional qualifications of municipal judge" to reduce the period of disqualification for felons to five years following the restoration of voting rights from a permanent disqualification, and amending Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 971082 by amending section 6, City Charter, entitled "Qualifications and election" to reduce the period of disqualification for felons to five years following the restoration of voting rights from a permanent disqualification; and directing the City Manager to take the steps necessary to place this measure before the voters on November 4, 1997, and if unable to place this measure before the voters on that date to take the steps necessary to remove Question No. 3 from the November 4, 1997, ballot; and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency measure.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. Amendments to the Code of Ordinances. That Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, entitled "Administration" is amended by enacting a new section 2-721 entitled "Disqualification for appointment" and a new section 2-1417 entitled "Additional qualifications of a municipal judge", each to read as follows:

 

Sec. 2-721. Disqualification for Appointment. In addition to any qualifications or disqualifications provided in the ordinances or provisions of the City Charter for members of boards and commissions, no person convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States or of any state shall be qualified for appointment to or membership on a board or appointment to or membership on a commission until having been a qualified voter for five years after conviction. No person who has been found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any felony under the laws of the United States or of any state for which the Court suspended the imposition of sentencing shall be qualified for appointment to or membership on a board or appointment to or membership on a commission until the required period of probation has passed and the record of the plea of guilty or nolo contendere is therefore removed from the person's court record.

 

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Sec. 2-1417. Additional qualifications of municipal judge. In addition to the qualifications established by the City Charter, no municipal judge shall have been found guilty of a felony under the laws of the United States or of any state unless having been a qualified voter for five years next preceding appointment, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any felony under the laws of the United States or of any state for which the Court suspended the imposition of sentencing unless the required period of probation has passed and the record of the plea of guilty or nolo contendere has therefore been removed from the person's court record.

 

Section 2. Amendment of Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 971082. That Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 971082 is amended in that Section 6, City Charter shall read as follows:

 

Sec. 6. Qualifications and election.

 

The powers of the city, except as otherwise provided in this charter, shall be vested in a council and shall be exercised as herein provided. The council shall consist of thirteen (13) members, one (1) of whom shall be the mayor. The mayor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city at large. The remaining twelve (12) members shall be elected as follows: One (1) member shall be elected from each of the six (6) councilmanic districts herein provided for, by the qualified voters of each respective district, and six (6) members shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city at large; but not more than one (1) of the six (6) members elected at large shall reside in the same district. To be eligible to membership in the council, each member, except the mayor, must have maintained his residence in his district for at least six (6) months next prior to the date of the regular municipal election. The members of the council, including the mayor, shall be qualified voters of the city; shall have paid city and county taxes for two (2) years next before the day of their election; shall before the day of election, have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years; shall, at the same date, have resided at least five (5) years in the territory embraced within the city limits; and shall have not been found guilty, either after a trial or as a result of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, of a felony or of any other act in another jurisdiction that would be a felony if committed in Missouri unless having been a qualified voter for five years next preceding election. No person having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, but for which imposition of sentence has been imposed, shall be qualified for service as a member of the Council unless the required period of probation has passed and the record of the plea of guilty or nolo contendere has therefore been removed from the person's court record.

 

Any member of the council who shall be absent for more than two (2) meetings of the council in any one (1) year, except in the case of his own illness, shall forfeit the sum of twenty dollars ($20.00) of his salary for each such absence.

 

Section 3. Intention of the Council. It is the intention of the City Council that the matter presented to the voters to be known as Question No. shall read as set forth in Committee Substitute for Ordinance No. 971082, as it is amended by this ordinance, with no necessary or intended changes to ballot language or the notice of election timely provided to the election authorities.

 

Section 4. Authority of City Manager. The City Manager take the efforts necessary to provide this information to the election authorities and to insure the proper placement of this material before the voters.

 

Section 5. Alternative if Measure Not Amended. If the City is unable to make the required modification to Section 6, City Charter to be presented to the voters, the City Manager shall take the efforts necessary to withdraw Question No. 3 from the November 4, 1997, ballot.

 

Section 6. Emergency. That this ordinance amends an ordinance providing for the submission of a proposal to the people of Kansas City, Missouri, and is hereby recognized to be an emergency measure within the meaning of Section 15, Article II, of the Charter of Kansas City, and as such shall become effective immediately upon its passage.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

 

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Assistant City Attorney