The Burien City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017 regarding the petition to repeal Burien’s Ordinance 651.

This meeting – which starts at 7 p.m. – is free and open to the public, and will be held at City Hall (400 SW 152nd Street).

There will be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting.

The “immigration status ordinance” directs Burien City staff to not inquire about immigration status or religious affiliation.

The petition – which obtained enough signatures last week (read our previous coverage here) – asks that an ordinance repealing Ordinance 651 be submitted to a vote of the registered voters of the City of Burien.

During Monday’s special meeting, the Council must take one of the following actions:

  1. Adopt the proposed ordinance as set forth in the petition (which repeals Ordinance 651) or
  2. Pass a resolution submitting the measure to the King County Elections office asking that it be placed on the November 7, 2017 ballot.

If the Council chooses to have the measure placed on the ballot, it must submit a resolution to King County Elections by August 1, 2017. If the Council takes this action, it must also appoint members to Pros and Cons Committees. The committees will be responsible for drafting statements in support of and against Initiative 1, respectively, to be included in the November 2017 King County Voter’s Guide.

Volunteers needed for Pros and Cons Committees
The City of Burien is looking for volunteers to serve on Pros and Cons Committees. The committees will need to submit completed statements to King County Elections no later than August 8. Committee members do not need to reside in Burien to serve on the committees.

If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please email Burien City Clerk Monica Lusk at [email protected] by Friday, July 28, 2017. In your email, include the following:


Email address:

Phone number:

Whether you want to serve on the Pro or Con committee.

The Council will select up to three people for each committee from the list of candidates. The Council will select committee members at the July 31 special meeting, if it chooses to have the measure placed on the November 7 ballot.

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