Ballot Question No. 3

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Plain English Statement Re Ballot Question No. 3

As Required By Section 201.1 of the Pennsylvania Election Code

Submitted to the Voters By:

Bill No. 150573-A (approved December 15, 2015); Resolution No. 150594 (adopted December 3, 2015)

Ballot Question:

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation, appointment, powers and duties of an independent Commission on African-American Males, which would study and recommend responses to challenges facing African-American Males in Philadelphia?


This proposed amendment to the Home Rule Charter would establish a new Commission on African-American Males. The Commission would be composed of 30 members appointed by the Mayor, at least three of whom shall be between the ages of 18 and 35.The Commission would study issues of concern to African-American Males in Philadelphia and would advise the Mayor, Council and other city agencies and departments, especially with respect to proposed ordinances and other policies. The Commission also would assume any additional advisory powers and duties assigned by Council.