Seven members of Greenville County Council violated state law and council's own procedural rules when they rushed the adoption of a significantly amended replacement to Article 3.1 without public debate, according to a letter sent Friday to County Council by Upstate Attorney Michael Martinez.
"As elected representatives for Greenville County, councilmembers have a clear legal obligation to conduct the official business of the County in a public and transparent manner that ensures constituents have an effective voice," Martinez said. "The process employed by County Council that led to the adoption of a substantially amended replacement ordinance to Article 3.1 only after the public hearing violated that obligation and evaded the critical public participation inherent in our democratic process."
Martinez insisted on a motion to reconsider at the next meeting on August 31, 2021 and added that the unlawful procedure must be voluntarily resolved by Council in order to avoid further legal action.
A copy of the letter can be downloaded below.
Michael Martinez, Esquire
Upstate Staff Attorney
South Carolina Environmental Law Project
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