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Draft of One Kent Coalition Legislative Proposal

June 16, 2011

Yesterday we reported on the June 14 meeting of the advisory group that is tasked with looking at the proposal of local government consolidation from the One Kent Coalition.

This morning we received a copy of a draft of the propose state legislation that the One Kent Coalition has put together that would be necessary for the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County to consolidate as one government entity.

The draft is 38 pages long and is by no means easy to read. The draft legislation is calling for this new metropolitan government to be run by a CEO, a Chief Executive Officer, who would have executive power and would be elected by the public. There would also be a metropolitan commission who would adopt ordinances and budgets and be given legislative powers.

We encourage you to read the entire legislative draft and attend the next meeting of this advisory group, which will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at 4:00PM in room 202 E of the downtown GVSU campus.

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