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12498s ORDINANCE NO. 12 , 49 8 AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE TIME FOR THE FILING OF REFERENDUM PETITIONS PROVIDED FOR BY AMENDMENT NO. 7 TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, AND FOR REGULATION OF THE PROCEDURE THEREON. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: Section 1. All referendum petitions under Amendment No. 7 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas must be filed with the City Clerk within thirty (30) days after the passage of such ordinance or resolution. Section 2. Whenever any referendum petition is filed, the Mayor, acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, shall give notice by publication for one insertion in a newspaper published in the County of Pulaski and having a general circula- tion in the City of Little Rock of a time not less than five (5) days after the publication of such notice at which the Board of Directors will hear all persons who wish to be heard on the question whether such petition is signed by the requisite number of petitioners. At the time named, the Board of Directors shall meet, at its regular place of meeting, and hear all who wish to be heard on the question, and its decision shall be final, unless suit is brought in the Chancery Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas, within thirty (30) days to review its action. Section 3. If the Board of Directors finds that such petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified petitioners, it shall order a special election to determine by a vote of the Page 1 qualified electors whether the ordinance or resolution shall stand or be revoked, and fix a date which shall be not less than ten (10) days after the date of the action of the Board calling the election. The Mayor shall publish a notice of the call of such election in not less than one issue of a newspaper published in the County of Pulaski and having a general circu- lation in the City of Little Rock, not less than five (5) days prior to the date of the election. Such notice shall designate by its number, caption, and date of passage, the ordinance or resolution which has been referred to the people for approval or rejection by their vote at such election. Other- wise, subject to the provisions of Amendment No. 7 to the Constitution of Arkansas, and other applicable laws, such elec- tion shall be conducted in the manner provided by law for the conduct of a regular municipal election. Section 4. If any ordinance or resolution referred to the people is defeated at the polls, the Board of Directors shall make note of such fact and shall expunge such ordinance or resolution from its files by erasing the same with red ink. Section 5. If any provision of this ordinance is held to be void, it shall not affect the validity of the remainder, but the remainder shall stand. Section 6. All ordinances and resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict. Section 7. Uncertainty exists with respect to the time within which, and manner in which the right of referendum may be exercised by the electors of the City of Little Rock and Page 2 in regard to the time when ordinances and resolutions, which vitally affect the public welfare, become effective. There is presently pending before the Board of Directors, and there will be presented to it shortly important measures vitally affecting the public peace, health, welfare and safety of the City, and requiring immediate effectiveness to safeguard the interests of the City, and only by the passage of this ordinance can immediate effect be secured. An emergency is therefore, declared.to exist and this ordinance, being immediately neces- sary for the preservation and protection of the public peace, health, welfare, and safety shall take effect and be in force immediately from and after its passage. PASSED; .Tune 7 , 1971. ATTEST VA City C1 k (S E A L) APPROVED; Mayor Page 3