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July 11, 2017

Charter Review Advisory Committee Final Report Available Online

On May 16, 2017, the Bryan City Council appointed a seven-member citizen advisory group representing each of the City’s single-member districts to the Charter Review Advisory Committee. The purpose of the advisory committee was to review the current City of Bryan home-rule Charter, evaluate proposed revisions with the assistance of outside legal counsel, and provide recommended changes for consideration by the City Council. These recommended changes, as well as comments from the committee, are outlined in the final report.

The advisory committee has recommended 13 City Charter amendment propositions, which are practical, consistent with the norms common among municipalities in Texas, and/or reflect state law. Each of these proposed amendments are listed in Appendix “A” of the final report.

The committee was also charged with reviewing propositions contained in a petition currently being circulated by a specific purpose political action committee. After an extensive review and receiving legal advice from the special counsel to the committee, the advisory committee neither recommended nor supported the 10 City Charter amendment propositions contained in the petition as they were found to be unlawful, impractical, or inappropriate for inclusion in the City Charter. The committee’s comments relative to the petition propositions are available in Appendix “B” of the final report.

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