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Jun 22

The City should or can hold a referendum election regarding the use of red light cameras.

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 2:59 p.m. by Web Admin

State law and City Charter does not allow Sugar Land to call a non-binding referendum election to gauge public opinion. To do so would require an election to amend the City Charter. The Texas Constitution, Article XI, Section 5 (b) provides that “…no city charter shall be altered, amended or repealed oftener than every two years.” On May 7, a city charter election was held; therefore, an election cannot be held to amend the city charter sooner than Nov. 6, 2018.

A Secretary of State legal opinion posted at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/elo/gsb5.PDF explains that a non-binding referendum cannot be held.