Ordinance on Jonesboro ward position voting headed to full council next week

Ordinance on ward position voting sent back to committee

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro City Council committee forwarded an ordinance Monday that would permit the selection of the position 1 seat on the council from each ward to be voted on by only the citizens of the ward in which they serve.

The proposal was sent back to the committee on Jan. 19.

Councilman LJ Bryant originally proposed the ordinance in July 2020 and this is the third time it will be sent to full council.

During that committee meeting, the city confirmed they have received over 30 citizen emails in favor of the ordinance and only one person who opposed it.

If approved by the council, the ordinance will then be voted on by citizens in the primary election in 2022.

The next city council meeting is Feb. 16.

The ordinance would limit voting to that specific ward to only residents living in that ward while allowing the remaining council members to be elected by the city.

Ultimately, that ordinance was postponed until 2021.

Originally, Councilman Bryant proposed an amendment that would change the election date and the ward position to be voted on.

At the January meeting, after several minutes of discussion, Councilman Joe Hafner said the ordinance left a lot of unanswered questions.

“To me, it sounds like we have a lot of unanswered questions for this to proceed back to, you know, even if the amendment Mr. Bryant proposed was voted on and accepted. I think we have more questions that need to be answered before we move forward,” said Hafner.

Hafner made a motion to send the ordinance back to the Nominating and Rules Committee and was seconded.

You can watch the city council meeting in which the ordinance was discussed by clicking here.

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