The Anchorage Assembly voted to override Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of an ordinance that added rules and procedures to the city’s code for the conduct of Assembly meetings.
The Assembly voted to override the veto in a 9-2 vote at a special meeting on Friday. A qualified majority of eight votes is required to override a veto. Members Jamie Allard and Crystal Kennedy voted against the waiver.
Bronson had argued that some of the ordinance’s rules violated free speech and state gun laws, calling it “another attempt” by the Assembly to remove power from the executive branch of city government. .
Assembly leaders said the ordinance added procedures and customs long used by the Assembly to the city’s code, and the updates are needed to keep meetings safe and efficient. . They also said the order was not intended to restrict the right of people who attend meetings to legally carry firearms.
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