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Mayor Vetos Free Speech Amendment / Over ride fails by one vote

As one 70's rock band once opined, "I'm caught on a crazy roundabout", which is a sentiment fitting for many who watched the popular "Free Speech Amendment" be vetoed by Mayor Bowlin over a technical concern, then watched a veto over ride requiring a 2/3 majority fail by a single vote and then watch a motion passed to send the bill back to committee to review a sentence that had been debated previously and approved by the entire council. "In the end the bill as written had much more support than not, but we failed to get the two-thirds needed to over ride the veto," said Steve Taylor who has spearheaded the bill. "It would have been much more responsible to address the technical issue as a

Wildwood Mayor Plans to Trash Free Speech Amendment

Wildwood Mayor, Jim Bowlin, intends to veto the Free Speech Amendment passed by a 12 to 4 majority at the Council's October 22 meeting. The amendment, which along with other reforms, allows residents to ask a direct question of a Council Member or Mayor and for a response to be given during the public comment portion of the meeting. In a phone conversation with the legislation's chief promoter, Council person Steve Taylor, the Mayor stated that he still objects to a sentence in the bill that allows the Council to set public participation rules with a majority vote of the council. The language was center of a high profile debate that was featured in a story on the front page of the St. Lou