City Council Expected to Repeal Domestic Partner Ordinance

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 8:07am

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:55pm

A major battle could be brewing at city council today.
During today's meeting, council members are expected to repeal an ordinance that denies health care benefits to domestic partners.
The ordinance passed in the November 2nd election, but many are concerned the wording was confusing.
The measure forced the city to stop providing health care benefits to domestic partners of city employees.
But it also cut benefits to about 200 retired city employees.
Some city council members agree the ordinance needs to be overturned so that it can be re-worded and put back on the ballot.
Supporters of the ordinance however, have threatened to try to recall those council members who vote to overturn it.
 

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Thwarting the will of the electorate can be very dangerous come time for re-election. We send these people to positions of authority to perform the day-to-day management of the city, not to ignore measures upon which we mandate by vote. They should look up the difference between democracy and republic.

even though the wording was confusing to some,apparently the citizens of El Paso voted and it should stand. The ordinance could be placed back on a ballot, but not overturned by City Council. That is overstepping their authority. If they do overturn this then why do we vote?

The city Council is the worst city council we have ever had, they are manipulators and dishonest Human being, I can't stand them! To against the will of the voters is sheer evil.
Ruben

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