Laure Quinlivan needs more time on Cincinnati City Council.
The councilwoman is proposing the idea extending a member’s term from two years to four years. This idea could be decided by the voters this November, and could take place, starting next year.
If this vote is approved, anyone who is elected to council in 2013 can keep their seat for eight years. Those who already have been on council for eight years, such as Cecil Thomas, can be on council for eight more years should the councilman run again.
Quinlivan believes a two-year term is too short, and doesn’t give her enough time to focus on policy-making for the city. She has told the press that she has to be more focused on campaigning in a two year term, and doesn’t have time to focus on city issues.
Last year, Quinlivan proposed this idea to council, but it was turned down in a 5-4 vote. It was turned down by Winburn, and former council members Leslie Ghiz, Amy Murray, Chris Bortz, and Wayne Lippert.
Some council members have expressed opposition to this measure, saying that it’s a power grab that is bad for the city’s citizens. P.G. Sittenfeld believes this is proposal that should be voted by the citizens and not by council members.
The proposed change is to be discussed Wednesday morning at 10:30 during the Rules and Government Operations Committee at city hall.
Stay tuned to 1230 am WDBZ or check back with thebuzzcincy.com as we give you more details of this voting proposal.