Columbus City Council Charter Amendment (November 2010)

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A Columbus City Council Charter Amendment measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Columbus which is in Franklin County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 127,879 (63.85%) Approveda
  • NO 72,405 (36.15%)[1]

This charter amendment will allow the city council to hold private meetings under certain circumstances as laid out in Ohio state law. The ballot language was still being decided shortly before the election, two versions were presented to the council so the matter had been deferred to the Ohio Secretary of State who had the final say. The League of Women Voters wanted the ballot language to specifically say what matters could be held in the private meetings, the first language suggested did not have specifics.[2] The Secretary of State approved the council's version of the wording, the language will not mention possible closed meetings of the council. The reason this version was approved was because it was thought to be more clear and easy to understand by voters.[3]

Items which will be included in the allowance for closed meetings would be interviews for applicants, personal council issues and discussing litigation issues. School boards are already allowed to meet in closed sessions so the city officials do not see it as too far to ask.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall Section 8 of the charter of the city of Columbus be amended to permit council or its committees to convene in the same manner as the general law of Ohio pertaining to open meetings of public bodies when discussing issues such as personnel matters, purchase of property, litigation, collective bargaining and security matters, as recommended by the Charter Review Committee?[5]