The initiative and referendum procedures are detailed in the Municipal Charter under Section 3.02 and Municipal Code Section 2.50.
The 2015 Regular Mayoral Election established the current number of qualified voters required to file a petition for initiative or referendum at 5,754.
Petitions Currently Circulating:
There are no petitions currently circulating.
Petitions Deemed Not Legally Sufficient:
Petitions Returned with Sufficient Signatures to Be Placed on the Ballot:
The ballot language for Proposition 1 will be substantially similar to the following:
Regulating Access to Facilities Such as Locker Rooms and Bathrooms On the Basis of Sex at Birth, Rather Than Gender Identity
Initiative Petition 2017-2 proposes an ordinance that, among other things, would:
(1) Require all multiple occupancy changing facilities and restrooms that are owned or operated by the Municipality to be designated for, and used only by, persons of the same “sex,” except:
(a) for custodial or maintenance purposes, when the facility is not occupied by a member of the opposite sex
(b) to render medical assistance
(c) in the circumstance of a caretaker accompanying a disabled person for the purpose of allowing the disabled person to use the facility
(d) for minors under the age of 8, when the minor is with a person caring for the minor, and
(e) for certain emergency and other situations;
(2) Provide that employers, public accommodations and other persons may establish and enforce sex-specific standards or polices concerning access to “intimate facilities,” such as locker rooms, showers, changing rooms, and restrooms;
(3) Define “sex” as an individual’s “immutable biological condition of being male or female,” as determined by “anatomy and genetics at the time of birth”; an individual’s “original birth certificate” could be relied upon as “definitive evidence” of the individual’s sex;
(4) Define “multiple occupancy changing rooms and bathrooms” as facilities designed or designated to be used by more than one person at a time where persons may be “in various states of undress in the presence of other persons”; such facilities would include, but not be limited to, locker rooms, shower rooms, changing rooms and bathrooms;
(5) Declare a policy that persons using such facilities owned or operated by the Municipality have a right to “physical privacy” that includes the right “not to be seen in various states of undress by members of the opposite sex”; and
(6) Delete the requirement in current Municipal Code that entitles persons to use restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms that are “consistent with their gender identity”; Municipal Code provides that a person’s “gender identity” means his or her “gender-related self-identity, as expressed in appearance or behavior, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth,” which may be established by medical history or, among other things, evidence that the gender identity is “sincerely held, core to a person’s gender-related self-identity, and not being asserted for an improper purpose.”
Should the ordinance proposed by Initiative Petition 2017-2 become law?
Basic Steps of a Petition
- Provide a Primary and an Alternate petition sponsor.
- Prepare petition language.
- Collect signatures of 10 qualified municipal voters who agree to act as sponsors.
- Submit petition application to Municipal Clerk's Office for review.
Petition Application Review
- Municipal Attorney reviews language on all petitions for legal sufficiency, or lack thereof.
- Municipal Clerk verifies that petition sponsors are qualified municipal voters.
- Primary petition sponsor is notified if petition application is certified.
- If petition application is not certified, Primary sponsor is notified and provided with a memorandum from the Municipal Attorney.
- Municipal Clerk will prepare master template on legal size paper (8 1/2" x 14"), to be used to gather signatures. The Municipal Clerk shall not be responsible for reproducing copies of the master form.
- Petition sponsors circulate petition. Petition signatures must be secured within 90 days from the date of first actual circulation.
- Petition Primary sponsor will then submit petition signatures to Municipal Clerk's Office for review.
- Municipal Clerk's Office verifies the signatures to determine if signers are qualified Municipal voters.
- Primary sponsor is notified if the petition meets the number of qualified municipal voters, or if deficit exists.
- If there are insufficient signatures to certify the petition, the sponsors will have 10 days from the date the Municipal Clerk mails the notification to the Primary sponsor to provide the Municipal Clerk with clear and convincing evidence that signatures not counted were in fact signatures of qualified voters.