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Legislation #: 140086 Introduction Date: 1/30/2014
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER JAMES, JR.
Title: Amending Chapter 2, Article VI of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Boards, Commissions and Committees,” by enacting a new Division 19 consisting of Sections 2-970.30 through 2-970.35 entitled “Kansas City Youth Commission” to formally establish an official youth commission.

Legislation History
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1/29/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/30/2014 Referred to Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committtee
2/5/2014 Advance and Do Pass as a Committee Substitute, Debate
2/6/2014 Passed as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 140086

 

Amending Chapter 2, Article VI of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Boards, Commissions and Committees,” by enacting a new Division 19 consisting of Sections 2-970.30 through 2-970.35 entitled “Kansas City Youth Commission” to formally establish an official youth commission.

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council are committed to working with the youth of our City to address their concerns and needs, and to further educate them on the operations of local government; and

 

WHEREAS, a formally-appointed Kansas City Youth Commission (“Commission”) will help broaden the perspectives of those presently serving in City government; and

 

WHEREAS, the City values the new and innovative ideas of its youth and believes incorporating those ideas will make the City a better place; and

 

  WHEREAS, the Commission will provide youth the opportunity to play a productive role within the entire community; and

 

WHEREAS, the City values the input of agencies and organizations who work on youth issues and has a desire to have such groups represented on the Commission; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY: 

 

Section 1. That Chapter 2, Article VI of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Boards, Commissions and Committees,” is hereby amended by enacting a new Division 19 entitled “Kansas City Youth Commission” consisting of Sections 2-970.30 through 2-970.35 to formally establish an official youth commission, said sections to read as follows:

 

DIVISION 19. KANSAS CITY YOUTH COMMISSION.

 

Sec. 2-970.30. Purpose.

 

The Kansas City Youth Commission will assist and support city leadership by serving as an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on matters and City programs affecting the youth in the City and making the City a better place for all in which to live.

 

Sec. 2-970.31. Establishment; membership; appointment of members.

 

The Kansas City Youth Commission is hereby established and shall be composed of up to twenty (20) members appointed by the Mayor.

 

(a) Up to fifteen (15) of the members shall be residents from throughout the City who are high school juniors or seniors in school districts that are wholly or partially in the City or college undergraduate students at schools or colleges in the City.

 

(b) Up to five (5) of the members shall be representatives from agencies or organizations that serve youth in the City. Such members shall be non-voting members.

 

(c) The commission shall elect from its voting membership a chairperson and vice-chairperson at its second meeting. Thereafter, the commission shall elect from its membership a chairperson and vice-chairperson each year at its annual reorganization meeting. The chairperson shall preside over commission meetings. In the event of the absence of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson shall preside over that particular meeting.

 

Sec. 2-970.32. Terms.

 

Each member shall be appointed for a two-year term. The mayor may appoint a member to complete the remaining term of any vacant position. The terms shall be staggered. To effectuate a staggering of terms, half, or one more or less than half, of the initial appointments shall be for one year, while the remainder shall be for two years.

 

Sec. 2-970.33. Meetings; Rules and Procedures.

 

The commission will meet no less than quarterly. The commission has the power to adopt rules governing its own procedures and fixing the time and place of its meetings. However three absences in a row from meetings shall be deemed to be a resignation from the commission.

 

Sec. 2-970.34. Staff support.

 

The Mayor shall provide staff support to the commission.

 

Sec. 2-970.35. Annual Report

 

The commission shall provide an annual report to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on its activities and recommendations on matters and City programs affecting the youth in the City.

 

Sec. 2-970.36—Sec. 2-970.39. Reserved.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Joseph A. Guarino

Assistant City Attorney