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A special City Council meeting on Aug. 16 may have broken the speed record, lasting only 11 minutes. The sole item on the agenda was consideration of a referendum question to be placed on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election, asking voters whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to permit the federal and state governments to limit political contributions from corporations.
The deadline for municipalities to place a referendum question on the November ballot was Aug. 30.
The referendum passed 6-0, with Aldermen Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, Don Wilson, 4th Ward, and Judy Fiske, 1st Ward absent.
Earlier this year, the City Council adopted Resolution 40-R-12, expressing opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that governmental restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns violated First Amendment guarantees of free speech.