“Move to Amend” issue discussed by Newport City Council. Split on whether should act as a council or just “personal opinion.”
With a general election coming up this November, members of the “Occupy Newport” movement recently requested that the Newport City Council put an advisory issue on that ballot. And that is to ask for public opinion on whether an amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be proposed to overturn the recent “Citizens United” issue which allows corporations to enjoy the same status as human beings with free speech rights and to exercise those rights through donations to political campaigns.
Members of Occupy Newport made that request but it’s uncertain whether the city council will oblige them. City Councilor David Allen said he believes the council should not act as a body on it, but rather just let their own personal opinion prevail. However, Councilor Lon Brusselback urged the council to take a stand because it is one of the biggest issues facing the country; the huge inpouring of money into regional and federal election campaigns. However, the council said it would welcome further thoughts from Occupy members and that they might entertain the idea of a proclamation but did not guarantee that that would happen.