King County Charter Review
In the November 2010 general election, King County voters adopted three proposed amendments to the King County Charter. The adopted measures:
Highlight the County’s responsibility in unincorporated areas: The amendment is a modified version of a recommendation from the 2007-2008 King County Charter Review Commission, and would revise the Charter Preamble to (1) recognize the county’s role as both a regional and a local government, (2) emphasize the County’s responsibility to both urban and rural areas of the county, and (3) make clear that the county’s concern extends to the county’s economy as well as its environment (Ordinance 2010-0328).
Streamline the filing of campaign-related finance reports: Allows a political candidate to satisfy the requirement that campaign-related finance reports be filed with the county Director of Elections by filing those reports with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), which places them online for public access (Ordinance 2009-0496).
Grant the King County Sheriff bargaining authority: Gave the Sheriff the authority to negotiate working conditions in labor relations contracts with employees under the Sheriff’s authority, while preserving the County Executive's authority to negotiate compensation and benefits (Ordinance 2009-0396).
The adopted amendments were recommended by the King County Charter Review Commission in 2008. These recommendations were published in the Commission’s final report.
Read the amendments adopted by the voters in 2009.
Voter approved amendments that were on the 2008 ballot can be found here.
Voters in 1968 first adopted the King County Charter, the foundation for county government that serves the same role that the U.S. Constitution does for the federal government. The Charter calls for a citizen commission to be assembled once every ten years to review the Charter and recommend proposed amendments to the County Council, which then decides whether to place them before the voters on the general election ballot.