Every 10 years, a commission is appointed by the City Council and the Mayor to review and make recommendations regarding the Providence Home Rule Charter. The charter, first adopted in 1980, is the City's guiding document and provides the framework for the form of government, defines the duties and powers of the branches of government, and gives the public a voice in how the City will provide services.
Upon completion of its review, the commission will submit a report of its recommendations to the Council. The Council will then vote on which proposed Charter amendments to place on the November 2012 ballot. All changes to the Charter must be approved by Providence voters.
Charter Review Commission Members:
Individuals who have recommendations for changes to the city charter may submit them through the online comment form, or by mailing written comments to: City Clerk, 25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903.
The Commission will be holding regular meetings at City Hall and public hearings in Providence Neighborhoods.