2 proposed changes to Lafayette's Home Rule Charter may be on Nov. 21 ballot

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Two proposed changes to Lafayette's Home Rule Charter may be on the Nov. 21 ballot.

The first would change the title of the parish president to mayor/president. The second would expand the five-person planning and zoning commission to seven.

City-Parish President Joey Durel tells The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1IvkWm9) the election also is about showing the council and voters that they don't have to go through the charter commission process to amend the charter.

The charter gives the council, with a two-thirds vote, the ability to bring proposed charter amendments to a vote of the people. Durel says some believe state law requires charter amendments to originate with a charter commission.

In 1996, the governing authorities of the city of Lafayette and Lafayette Parish consolidated into the existing Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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