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Nacogdoches Petition to Allow Initiative (2009)

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The Nacogdoches Petition to Allow Initiative was a proposed amendment to the city charter of Nacogdoches, Texas. If approved, the citizens of Nacogdoches could vote down or uphold decisions made by the city commissioners.[1]
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Originally to be placed on the May 9 ballot, on May 1, 2009 the city learned that the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons sent a letter to the private prison operator Management and Training Corporation saying, "After evaluating this proposal in accordance with the terms of the solicitation, it was determined that this proposal was not among the most highly rated proposals. A proposal revision will not be considered." The initiative was thus removed from the ballot and closed.[2]

The petition was introduced by Dr. Paul Risk, the founder of Citizens Opposed to the Prison Site (COPS), a group that is protesting the building of a proposed federal private prison. If the measure is approved, COPS plan to use initiative to have a greater voice in decisions made by the city commission.[3]

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