Senate approves bill to change Greensboro City Council

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Senate has given initial approval to Senate Bill 36, which will dramatically change the Greensboro City Council.

Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), who filed the bill, told her Senate colleagues that her legislation has bipartisan local support and would provide "drastically-needed geographic diversity" on the council.

The Republican leaders of the Senate used a procedural move to block an attempt by Sen. Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford) to amend the bill to allow Greensboro voters to have the final say on any council changes.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 29 to 16. The bill will have to get a second vote before it can move on to the House.

Source: Greensboro News & Record