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Council approves Home Rule Charter revisions, sets new goals

After a 16-month process with the Charter Review Commission tackling the Town of New Shoreham’s Home Rule Charter, the proposed amendments for the Charter – revised every 10 years – are now complete.
The Town Council continued discussions on the proposed revisions for the Charter on Wednesday, Jan 6. On Monday, Jan. 4, the council had looked at the revised language for the amendments developed by Town Solicitor Kathy Merolla and town staff. The revised amendments have been sent to the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office. The council’s revisions will be turned into local ballot questions to be put to the voters of the town in March.
“On Monday night [Jan. 4], we went through a number of resolutions and we voted on many of them. Some of them were continued for tonight [Jan. 6] for minor edits,” said Second Warden Sven Risom.
Proposed amendments on the March ballot
The following proposed amendments to the Charter from the Jan. 4 and Jan. 6 council meetings – a total of 20 items – will be turned into questions for electors of the town on the March ballot: broadcasting and recording of town meetings (amends Charter Section 104); posting

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