At Monday night’s (July 31) special meeting, the Burien City Council will discuss – and most likely decide on – what action to take regarding the petition to repeal Ordinance No. 651, the city’s ‘sanctuary city’ ordinance.

A recent petition obtained enough signatures (read our previous coverage here), and asks that an ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 651 be submitted to a vote of the registered voters of the City of Burien.

The city has two choices:

  1. Repeal Ordinance No. 651 by adopting Ordinance No. 671.
  2. Put the decision to a vote on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Also on the agenda – pending the passing of putting this decision on the Nov. 7 ballot – is appointing members to the Pro and Con Committees for drafting statements in support of and in opposition to the repeal.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and public comments will be allowed.

Here’s what’s on the agenda (download PDF here):

BUSINESS AGENDA (Public Comment Will Be Taken Before Each Agenda Item):

a. Address Burien Initiative 1 Pursuant to RCW 35.17.200 by Taking One of the Following Actions:

(1) Adopt Ordinance No. 671 Repealing Ordinance No. 651 and BMC 2.26 “Immigration Inquiries Prohibited,” Amending Chapter 9 Public Peace, Morals and Welfare to Prohibit City of Burien from Regulating the Acquisition of Immigrant Status or Religious Affiliation without Majority Votes of Council and Voters; or

(2) Pass Resolution No. 395 Pursuant to RCW 35.17.260 Calling an Election to be Held in Conjunction with the November General Election for Submission of a Proposed Initiative Ordinance to a Vote of the People and Instructing the City Clerk Regarding Presentation and Publication.

b.* Appointment of Pro and Con Committee Members to Draft Pro and Con Statements Regarding Burien Initiative No. 1 to Repeal Ordinance 651.

*Council will consider Business Agenda Item 4 “b” only if Resolution No. 395 passed.

Here’s the text of the Agenda Bill:

Agenda Subject: Take Action to (1) Adopt Ordinance No. 671 repealing Ordinance No. 651 and BMC 2.26 “Immigration Inquiries Prohibited,” amending Chapter 9 Public Peace, Morals and Welfare to prohibit City of Burien from regulating the acquisition of immigrant status or religious affiliation without majority votes of council and voters; or (2) Pass Resolution No. 395 pursuant to RCW 35.17.260 calling an election to be held in conjunction with the November general election for submission of a proposed initiative ordinance to a vote of the people and instructing the City Clerk regarding presentation and publication

Pursuant to RCW 35.21.005, on July 21, 2017 King County Elections certified the petition and signatures thereon regarding Initiative No. 1 which calls for the repeal of Ordinance No. 651. RCW 35.17.260 states that a er certification of a petition, the council must (1) Pass the proposed ordinance without alteration within twenty days a er the county auditor’s certificate of sufficiency has been received by the City; or (2) Immediately after the county auditor’s certificate of sufficiency for the petition is received, cause to be called a special election to be held on the next election date, as provided in RCW 29A.04.330, provided that the resolution deadline for that election has not passed, for submission of the proposed ordinance without alteration, to a vote of the people unless a general election will occur within ninety days, in which event submission must be made on the general election ballot.

August 1, 2017 is King County Elections’ deadline for resolutions to be submitted directing the County to place measures on the November 7, 2017 ballot. The Ordinance set forth in the petition is provided as Ordinance No. 671; the Resolution directing the County to place Ordinance No. 671 on the November 7, 2017 ballot is Resolution No. 395.

Here’s the text of the Agenda Bill to appoint members to the Pro and Con Committees:

PURPOSE/ REQUIRED ACTION:
The purpose of this agenda item is to appoint no more than three individuals to serve on the Pro Committee and no more than three individuals to serve on the Con Committee. The Pro and Con Committees are responsible for drafting statements in support of and in opposition to Initiative No. 1 to Repeal Ordinance No. 651.

Individuals available to serve on the Pro Committee include Individuals available to serve on the Con Committee include The City is responsible for notifying the County of the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of committee members. The Committee members are responsible for submitting the Pro and Con statements directly to King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline, regardless of postmark. The deadline for the Committees’ submission of statements is August 8, 2017 and rebuttal statements are due August 10, 2017.

The meeting will take place Monday night, July 31, starting at 7 p.m., at Burien City Hall: