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Gainesville moves to eliminate requirement of taking 2 votes on proposals
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Barbara Brooks

The Gainesville City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to end the process by which two votes, or “second readings,” are required to pass certain code changes and rezonings.

Second readings are meant to give the public added opportunity to comment, as well as support or oppose, new legislation and zoning requests.

Councilwoman Barbara Brooks cast the lone dissenting vote.

Brooks told The Times she is reticent to change the City Charter.

“That’s a little bit like the Constitution,” she added. “Every effort should be made to circumvent … radical changes.”

Typically, once the council has made a vote in support of some change, a second and final vote would take place at the very next meeting.

The irony of the council’s vote on Tuesday to end second readings is that a second reading will have to be made for the change to be codified.

That vote is scheduled for Feb. 20.

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