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The newly proposed city council ordinance -- “Should the City of Camden continue with plans to construct a recreation facility and partner with a third party administer the facility?” -- is an unacceptable subversion of the ordinance submitted to City Council on Jan. 24, 2012, that was signed by 1,107 registered voters in the City of Camden. Here’s what state law Section 5-17-30 says about “special election subsequent to council’s failure or refusal to act upon initiative petition in manner desired by electors.” “If the council shall fail to pass an ordinance proposed by initiative petition or shall pass it in a form substantially different from that set forth in the petition therefor or if the council fail to repeal an ordinance for which a petition has been presented, the adoption of repeal of the ordinance concerned shall be submitted to the electors not less than thirty days nor more than one year from the date the council takes is final vote thereon.”