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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lawsuit challenges Helena-West Helena council rejection of voter initiative

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 8:09 AM

A federal lawsuit has been filed contesting the decision by the Helena-West Helena city council to overturn a voter-initiated ordinance approved in November to reduce the number of wards in the city.

Nov. 8 voters approved a reduction in city wards from five to three and the number of council members from 10 to 6. On Dec. 6 — and again Dec. 20 after questions about procedure arose — the City Council voted to repeal the ordinance (and incidentally preserve the $8,400 annual pay of all council members.)

A lawsuit prepared by James Valley with Elijah Moody as plaintiff raises a number of procedural and constitutional questions about the repeal. It wants the redrawn ward plan implemented in time for elections in 2018.

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