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Tim Burgess: The History of Mayoral Vetoes

By Erica C. Barnett February 7, 2011

Image from Seattlepi.com.

In the runup to today's council vote on three agreements between the city and state on the deep-bore tunnel, city council member Tim Burgess wrote up a contextualizing history of mayoral vetoes of laws passed by the city council. (Mayor Mike McGinn has vowed to veto the agreements, which the council will then have to pass again with a veto-proof 8-1 majority.) McGinn's tunnel veto will be his second in office; the first was of Burgess' aggressive-panhandling law. With his second veto, McGinn will have made nearly a quarter of all mayoral vetoes in the last 20 years.

Here, by Burgess' timeline, are the others:
Council Bill 108078 related to city retirement policies.  Adopted by Council July 9, 1990; Mayor's veto overridden on August 6, 1990.

Council Bill 113302 related to teen dancing restrictions.  Adopted by Council on August 21, 2000; Mayor's veto sustained on September 18, 2000.

Council Bill 113803 related to public restrooms and automatic public toilets.  Adopted by Council on August 20, 2001; Mayor's veto overridden on September 10, 2001.

Council Bill 113818 related to parking regulations.  Adopted by Council November 5, 2001; Mayor's veto sustained on December 10, 2001.

Council Bill 114147 related to transition housing.  Adopted by Council on June 24, 2002; Mayor's veto sustained on July 22, 2002.

Council Bill 114183 related to a contract land rezone.  Adopted by Council on June 24, 2002; Mayor's veto sustained on July 22, 2002.

Council Bill 115986 related to the regulation of nightlife.  Adopted by Council on September 17, 2007; Mayor's veto never reconsidered by Council.

Ordinance 116807 related to regulation of public conduct, specifically aggressive solicitation.  Adopted by Council on April 19, 2010; Mayor's veto sustained on May 24, 2010.

Josh wrote about former mayor Greg Nickels' veto of a contract rezone for developer Richard Hedreen---essentially, a $6 million giveaway---for The Stranger in 2002.
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