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Bloomington City Council Set To Vote On Committee Process

A flag flies outside the Showers Building, Bloomington's City Hall.

The Bloomington City Council could vote tonight on a proposal that would reform the council’s current legislative process.

Under the proposal by council member Steve Volan, the city council would be allowed to take up to four weeks to vote on an issue and would have the option of sending proposed legislation to one of a number of standing committees which would be created for in-depth review of legislation. Currently the council reviews legislation as whole body during a two week period.

At last week’s meeting, the council was divided on the issue.  Some council members say they’re concerned their constituents would not be adequately represented by the standing committee review process. Volan says recommendations from the new committees would be non-binding and the new process would allow the city council more time to debate on important issues.

This marks a change from the first time the bill was put forward, in late 2011, when Volan’s proposal would have mandated review of all legislation by one of ten different committees.

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