City Council Sets Date for Revote on Partner Benefits
POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 12:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 1:31pm
EL PASO- In what amounted to a very confusing morning at City Council, several things were decided about the city's referendum on domestic partner benefits for city employees.
Numerous members of the public turned out to voice opinions, some even bringing signs that read 'Tyranny.' They were upset over what they perceive as the Council not listening to the will of the voters, who passed the referendum on Election Day.
The Council first decided on item '8a', which called for the introduction of an ordinance designed to repeal the measure passed by voters.
The measure failed by a 7-2 vote.
Next up was item 8b, which called for a city-wide vote to amend the city charter and include domestic partner benefits in the charter language.
Rep. Ortega called for an 8-week postponement of that item. He felt the way the amendment was written was unclear, and said clearer wording was needed. His motion passed.
A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for November 30.