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October 21, 2014, 10:12 pm
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Aldermen Pass Residency Referendum

Aldermen passed an ordinance that will place a referendum on the November General Election Ballot asking Springfield voters if there should be a residency requirement.


The ordinance to reconsider the non-binding referendum passed 7-2 with one voting present.


Last week aldermen voted on the original ordinance where it failed with Mayor Mike Houston casting the deciding no vote.  Because Alderman Doris Turner was on the prevailing side of that vote, she is allowed, by council rules, to call for the question to be reconsidered.  


Springfield Mayor Houston tried amending the ordinance to strike all the language from the ordinance and replacing it with language that essentially would have called the question of residency for aldermen to vote up or down.


That amendment failed leading to aldermen to vote for the original referendum.


Aldermen Cory Jobe and Aldermen Tim Griffin voted no with Aldermen Kris Theilen voting present.



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