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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: City Attorney seeks participants for initiative work group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/13/2003  2:05:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602


City Attorney seeks participants for initiative work group
Public work group to review current procedures and language
with goal of clarifying city initiative process

SEATTLE – February 10, 2003 – City Attorney Tom Carr today announced that he will organize and lead a new work group to review current procedures related to the City’s initiative process. Seattle citizens interested in participating are invited to submit a letter of interest and qualifications to the City Attorney’s office no later than February 28. The work group will meet regularly and publicly, and number no more than fifteen people. Selection criteria will emphasize diversity in the following areas: professional experience (public and private sectors), community involvement, geography and educational background. Staff from the Mayor’s office and City Council will also participate. Results of the group’s work, including any recommended changes to the current initiative process and subsequent charter language, will be presented to the City Council for its consideration no later than July 2003.

"On all sides, tremendous amounts of time and money are invested each year in the city’s initiatives process," explained City Attorney Tom Carr. "We are in court with more frequency, which removes the process from the hands of the people. Recent litigation stemmed from a lack of clarity relating to initiative procedures and language, and this is what we hope to remedy."

Interested citizens may submit statements of qualifications via email to thomas.carr@seattle.gov, or regular mail to the attention of Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr.

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