The Austin City Council passed the first of the 2012 Charter Revision Committee's recommendations which would permit council members to hire and manage their own staff, which is currently done by the city manager.
The issue will go before voters in November.
Council also approved a resolution to add other recommendations to the April 26 council meeting, including:
-Expanding the jurisdiction of the Ethics Review Commission to include campaign finance violations
-Requiring special reporting of campaign contributions made in the last nine days before an election
-Enhancing reporting of independent expenditures in city elections
-Creating a campaign finance database
-Enhancing required reporting regarding bundlers of campaign contributions
-Creating limits on the amounts of campaign contributions that may be bundled by lobbyists
Meanwhile, council is still delving into the issue of geographic represenation during various work sessions. The Committee recommended replacing the current at-large system to elect council members with 10 single-member districts and one at-large mayor.