Democracy Day

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Democracy Day February 27, 2017

Brecksville Human Services

All Brecksville Citizens are Welcome
Democracy Day will be February 27, 2017, pursuant to the Ordinances adopted by the electorate on November 6, 2012. The Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics circulated a citizens initiative petition that placed on the ballot four new sections to the Codified Ordinances of the City of Brecksville entitled: “Brecksville Initiative in Support of Movement to Amend the U. S. Constitution to Establish that Corporations are Not People and Money is Not Speech.”

Sections 129.01 through 129.04 of the Codified Ordinances was approved by the voters and reads as follows:

Section 129.01:  Beginning in the year 2013, the Mayor and City Council will designate one day in the month of February following the November federal elections as, “Democracy Day.” On this day, the Mayor and City Council will sponsor a public hearing. The City will publicize the hearing on its web site and through area media at least one (1) month in advance of the hearing. The hearing will examine the impact of political contributions of corporations, unions, PACS and Super-PACS on the City. The Mayor and at least one (1) City Councilperson will submit testimony at the public hearing. In addition, all citizens of Brecksville will be permitted to submit oral testimony for a period of at least five minutes per citizen.
Section 129.02: Within one (1) week following the Public Hearing, the Mayor shall send a letter to the leaders of the Ohio House and Senate, and Brecksville’s U. S. Congressional Representative, and both Ohio U. S. Senators stating that the citizens of Brecksville in November 2012 voted in support of a Citizens’ initiative calling for a constitutional amendment declaring:
A) Only human beings, not corporations, are legal persons with constitutional rights.
B) Money is not equivalent to speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
Section 129.03: The bi-annual Public Hearings will continue for a period of ten (10) years through February, 2023, or until a constitutional amendment reflecting the principles set forth in Section 129.02 is ratified by 3/4 of the state legislatures.
Section 129.04: This initiative shall take effect and be included in the City Ordinances at the earliest date permitted by law.

The first Democracy Day, February 25, 2013, held at the Brecksville Human Services Center Gathering Room, was attended by an estimated gathering of approximately 125 and the second Democracy Day held in 2015 pursuant to Section 129 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Brecksville was attended by an estimated gathering of 50.  February 27, 2017 will be the third Democracy Day.  The presentations and Public Hearing will begin at 6:30 pm at the Human Services Center and we will again encourage Brecksville residents who wish to either present input or just observe the process to be in attendance during a three hour window (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm).  The Hearing may continue beyond 9:30 pm if more time is needed to allow everyone who wishes to speak the opportunity to do so.   Please continue to watch the local media and this webpage for announcements regarding the Democracy Day Public Hearing.  We remind you that the Ordinance provides that, “all citizens of Brecksville will be permitted to submit oral testimony for a period of at least five minutes per citizen”.  All Brecksville citizens are welcome to speak.  We ask that speakers please confine their comments to five minutes as a courtesy to afford everyone an opportunity to speak, but we will certainly allow additional time. Also, per the Ordinance, “The hearing will examine the impact of political contributions of corporations, unions, PACS & Super-PACS on the City”.  We ask that speakers please confine their comments to this specific issue.
In compliance with Sec 129.02 of the Ordinance, within one week of the Public Hearing the Mayor will send a letter to our federal, congressional and state representatives stating that on November 6, 2012, the citizens of Brecksville, Ohio voted in favor of calling for a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and money is not equivalent to speech and therefore can be regulated.  The letter will include an overview of the comments submitted by our Brecksville citizens at the Public Hearing.
Please come and help us make this again a significant and successful Democracy Day by attending our Public Hearing at 6:30pm on February 27th at the Human Services Center/Community Center, Two Community Drive.  All citizens of Brecksville will be permitted to submit oral testimony for a period of at least five minutes per citizen.

Mayor Jerry N. Hruby
 

Per the Ordinance, Council President Gregory Skaljac and Mayor Jerry Hruby will be speaking at the Public Hearing on behalf of the City.  
Please check back to this webpage from time to time for additional information regarding Democracy Day.  Any comments or suggestions regarding Democracy Day and what our citizens may wish to see included should be directed to mayorhruby@brecksville.oh.us.