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Council reduces fee to file inititative/referendum
October 22, 2013 Professional Journal

NAVAJO COUNCIL TAKES UP LEGISLATION 0368-13:
DELEGATE JONATHAN NEZ
This legislation is to make easier for people to put question on ballot.

NAVAJO GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE DIRECTOR CALEB ROANHORSE
This legislation only refers to referendum initiative which allows the decrease in the amount for chapter initiative. in 2011, Navajo govt development held conference in Farmington and chapter officials supported reducing fees for a referendum/initiative.

NAVAJO ELECTION OFFICE DIRECTOR EDISON WAUNEKA
$500 per chapter fee for initiative. it was $2500 for reducing council to 24. It doesn’t pay for cost of election. But according to law that is what they have to present when they do application to do initiative. So kind of surprised when became amendment.

DELEGATE LORENZO CURLEY
I see three petitions here. This is all in three years that Govt Development produced? This is a poor showing.
Money is not to cover election. Only application fee.
Given ur explanation, Council wud support a law, rather than change Title 11.

DELEGATE NELSON BEGAYE
Doens’t say who pay for referendum/initiative election.

DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE/DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
AMENDMENT: delete referral of referendum
VOTE ON AMENDMENT AT 3:37 PM
DELEGATE SHEPHERD
Tsosie said his amendment does not change intent but I think it does.
DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
I believe we are in order cuz maintaining intent, which is about changing fees, lowering fees.
DELEGATE WITHERSPOON
I had similar comment and lowering fees intent not changed by amendment.
ACTING CHIEF LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL KAHN
AMENDMENT doesn’t change intent.

VOTING ON AMENDMENT AT 3:42 PM
16 in favor, 1 opposed

DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
When organization loses focus then they focus on trivial things. Govt Development needs to review what they are suppose to be doing. This shud not be before us, lowering of fees.

VOTING ON LEGISLATION 0368-13 AT 3:52 PM
16 IN FAVOR, 1 OPPOSED

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