§ 3.06.1. Submission of proposition to voters


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  • The Council shall have authority to order, by resolution directed to the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, the submission to the qualified voters of the City for an advisory referendum thereon, any proposed ordinance or amendment to the City Charter. Upon the receipt of such resolution, the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond shall order an election to be held in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article 5 (§ 24.2-681 et seq.) of Chapter 6 of Title 24.2 of the Code of Virginia. Following certification of the election results by the Electoral Board to the Circuit Court, the court shall enter an order proclaiming the results of the election, and a duly certified copy of the order shall be transmitted to the Council, which may take such further action as it may deem advisable and in the best interests of the City.

    If a petition requesting the submission of an amendment to this Charter, set forth in such petition, signed by qualified voters equal in number to ten percent or more of the largest number of votes cast in any general or primary election held in the City during the five years immediately preceding, is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, he/she shall forthwith certify that fact to the Court. The process and requirements for voter petitions established under state law shall be applicable to voter petitions provided for under this section, except to the extent of any conflict with requirements set forth in this Charter. Upon the certification of such petition, the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond shall determine that the proposed Charter amendment pertains only to the structure or administration of the City government. When such determination has been made, the court shall order an election to be held in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article 5 (§ 24.2-681 et seq.) of Chapter 6 of Title 24.2 of the Code of Virginia, in which such proposed amendment shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the City for their approval or disapproval. If a majority of those voting thereon at such election approve the proposed amendment, such result shall be communicated by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond to the representatives of the City in the General Assembly with the same effect as if the Council had adopted a resolution requesting the General Assembly to adopt the amendment.

(Acts 1998, ch. 711)