Written by By HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Thursday, 17 September 2009 13:40
Correction: Filing petitions blocks enforcing ordinances - The filing of referendum petitions prevents the fair housing and unlawful discrimination ordinances passed Aug. 17 by Bowling Green City Council from being enforced.
Incorrect information was published in Thursday's Sentinel-Tribune.
(Updated 4:28 p.m. 9-18) Petitions were filed Wednesday seeking referendum votes on fair housing and unlawful discrimination ordinances approved Aug. 17 by Bowling Green City Council.
The separate petitions ask that the referendums be placed on the Nov. 2, 2010 ballot.
Petitions were filed with Bowling Green City Finance Director Brian Bushong by Gary Thompson of Sand Ridge Road.
The petition to repeal the fair housing ordinance (No. 7905) is said to contain 1,152 signatures, while the petition to repeal the unlawful discrimination ordinance (No. 7906) is said to contain 1,150 signatures.
Deborah Hazard of the Wood County Board of Elections confirmed this morning that at least 805 signatures on each petition will need to be ruled valid to make the ballot.
By law the petitions must remain in Bushong’s office for 10 days until being filed with the board of elections. Bushong said that 10-day period will end on Sept. 26, a Saturday, which means he will file them with the BOE on Sept. 28.
The petitions are available for public review during the 10-day period and anyone who signed the petition also has the option to remove their name during this period.
The fair housing ordinance was passed on a 7-0, while the unlawful discrimination ordinance passed on a 6-1 vote.
City Prosecutor Matt Reger corrected ane earlier statement Friday afternoon, stating that the ordinances are not in effect until the referendum has been resolved.
Council heard intense public debate on both issues prior to the votes.
The ordinances expanded protected classes by adding pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, military status, veteran status, genetic information, HIV status and physical characteristics. The night of the vote council voted to remove political ideology from the protected classes list.
Federal and state law list only race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age and sex (refers to gender) as protected classes. State law includes pregnancy under the sex category.
The Aug. 17 meeting was moved from council chambers to the Simpson Building to accommodate the large number of people who wanted to comment on the ordinances.
The ordinances came before the full council after two meetings of council’s Community Improvement Committee.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 06:55