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Charter Review Commission to discuss broadening mayor's power

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

What happened Wednesday at Kansas City City Hall could change how much power the mayor has in the future.

The Charter Review Commission was expected to discuss broadening the mayor's powers, particularly in matters of hiring and firing. Currently it takes not only the major, but the approval of six other city council members.

One other area the commission will discuss is the current makeup of the council and its lack of a true representation of the city population. Out of 13 members, including the mayor, the council has four African American and no Latinos despite non-whites making up 58 percent of the city's population south of the Missouri River and 45 percent city-wide.

The discussion could lead to a push for redistricting.

The mayor addressed the possibility, saying it's something they have to be careful with.

"There's seven people. Every person votes for seven. Would you rather have every person vote for three because that's one of the options that could come out of things depending on how you redistrict? At least this way people are always free to know that they've had a vote on the majority of the people who are going to be implementing the charter.

The Charter Review Commission makes recommendations that have been agreed upon by the city council to be placed on a city-wide ballot.

While anything could happen on the redistricting issue, the council has resisted attempts in the past to increase the mayor's power.

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