NAVAJO COUNCIL CONTINUES DEBATING LEGISLATION THAT WUD MANDATE THAT IF A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE WHO IS ELECTED AND DURING TERM NO LONGER QUALIFIES THAT THE ELECTION BOARD CAN REMOVE.
DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
It’s the enforcement that is not here. Rely on more than just Ethics Office data base but rely on other data, such as courts and other law enforcement offices.
Misdeameanor can be a lot of things and it covers a lot of thing such as DUI. I like that its more specific in current laws. We need to strenthen law!
HERE IS WEB ADDRESS TO LEGISLATION BEING DEBATED: LEGISLATION 0462-12:
DELEGATE WALTER PHELPS
PAGE 4, LANGUAGE RELATES to overstriken area. Is what we are doing here making the law stronger?
LEGISLATIVE ATTORNEY RON HAVEN
Bill is to streamline matters regarding convictions and for Election Board to review allegations of convictins. SEction 204, elected officials subject to removal for just cause and lists misdemeanors and felonies and does that mean Election Board cannot removed elected officials, including prez and vice prez. What the Election office is doing is to clarifiy laws and how interpreted and being able to remove those convicted and those that are candidates when voter files grievance. If have provision that have to go thru another step and this bill clarifies that no additional step.
Regarding PAGE 4, you reference CANDIDATE APPLICATION and reference to prior convictions. SECTION 8, deals with all qualifications for all elected officials including prez and vice prez. Reason deleted references is have provisions on misdemeanors and felonies. We have more strict requirements for school boards/Dine Education boards. So if conviction 20 yrs ago then can’t run for school board/Dine Edcuation Board but for Council, prez, vice prez its five years.