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Council OKs second reading ordinance
PRINCETON — Princeton residents will now have an additional chance to review ordinances before they are adopted by the Princeton City Council.
At Monday’s meeting, the Princeton City Council adopted an ordinance which would require two readings of any proposed ordinance at two separate meetings before the council could take action on the ordinance. In case of an emergency, a four-fifths vote of the council can waive the two-reading rule, allowing the council to vote on the proposed ordinance at the first reading meeting.
Commissioner Joel Quiram had originally brought up the two-reading proposal in August, saying he believed requiring two readings would make it easier for the public to learn about an ordinance and to make known any concerns or questions they might have. The two readings would also be a way to promote transparency and trust with the public, he said.
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