Smart Reforms for a BETTER SPOKANE
June 7, 2019
Must be a legal resident of the City of Spokane to file the proposed ballot measure.
Proposed measure submitted to City Clerk.
The City Clerk immediately transmits to the City Attorney.
Within two weeks, the City Attorney prepares the Ballot Title, Ballot Summary,
The City Attorney edits the measure for form, style, and to eliminate ambiguity. The measure is then transmitted back to the City Clerk.
The City Clerk attaches the initiative number to the measure and prepares a report for the next City Council Agenda.
If the measure is an ordinance, the City Council may choose to pass the proposal as drafted, reject and propose an alternative, send to the voters directly (without requiring a petition), or
send to the hearing examiner for a legal review and requiring collection of signatures. A Charter Amendment cannot be passed directly by the Council.
Within 7 days, the Sponsor shall notify the City Clerk with the decision of whether to proceed based on the outcome of the Hearing Examiner's report.
Signed petitions shall be submitted in one batch within 365 days from the date the sponsor issues a written decision to proceed with the petitioning and
must be submitted no more than 150 days from the date of the general (or special) election in which the measure is to be placed.
Assuming, a valid number of signatures is submitted to the City Clerk, the measure is then scheduled for a first reading by the City Council.
[02.02.080] [B] 
The City Council may request to have the signatures validated by the County Auditor.
Once validated, the measure is then scheduled for a second and final reading by the City Council, at which point the Council shall pass a resolution placing the measure on the ballot.