The Richland County senatorial delegation introduced a resolution today asking the city of Columbia to put a question on the November ballot asking residents if they want to change city government to a mayor-council form of government.
The resolution carries no weight in law, but has the full support of the four senators who represent the state's largest city.
This resolution follows a similar proposal drafted earlier this year when the city was in the throes of electing a new mayor.
That resolution similarly asked that residents be given a voice in changing the government from a council-manager form of government to a strong mayor form, but that resolution was not supported at the time by Sen. John Scott, D-Richland.
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Scott said he objected because he felt such a question would confuse the pending mayoral election.
"That election is over," Scott said Thursday.
In addition, the January resolution was adopted by the Senate and sent to the House, but the House never acted on it
State lawmakers said a strong mayor is needed in order to have more sway over city spending.
-- Roddie Burris