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Ketchikan Assembly Rejects Religious Freedom Concerns, Overrides Mayor's Veto



September 12, 2020
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - In a regular meeting held Monday evening, following a lengthy period of citizens' comments, the Ketchikan Borough Assembly voted 5-2 to override the recent veto by Borough Mayor Rodney Dial of Resolution 2866 which would support action by the Alaska Legislature to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Following comments by citizens, the agenda item was moved to the head of the agenda with no objections. Listen to the full testimony by citizens to the Assembly on September 5th.

Listen to Citizens' Comments

Following citizens' comments, the discussion of the motion on the table began with Mayor Dial commenting on why he vetoed the resolution at the Augus 17th assembly meeting.

After discussion Assembly members David Landis, Austin Otos, Sven Westergard, Amanda Pierce and Felix Wong all voting in favor of overidding the veto. Susan Pickrell and Alan Bailey opposed overriding the Mayor Dial's veto.

 Listen to the comments and discussion by the Mayor and Assembly Members prior to the vote by Assembly Members on the motion to override the Mayor's Veto of Resolution 2866.


KGBC 2.05.060(b) clarifies the Assembly may override a mayoral veto by vote of two-thirds of the authorized membership of the assembly within 21 days following exercise of the veto, or at the next regular meeting, whichever is later.
A vote of 2/3 of the Assembly is equal to five (5) Assembly members. Therefore, this motion to override the veto would need to pass with 5 Assembly members voting in favor of the motion.

With a vote of 5-2 to override the veto, the resolution will now be submitted to the Alaska Legislature for their consideration.

The motion to override the Mayor's veto was placed on the agenda by Assemblymember A. J. Pierce. (See: Motion to Override Mayor's Veto of Resolution 2866 on Agenda; Resolution 2866, supported action by the Alaska Legislature to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. By MARY KAUFFMAN - SitNews - September 05, 2020)

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Ketchikan Gateway Borough
September 08, 2020 Regular Assembly Meeting

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