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The Groton Town Council established the Charter Revision Commission on May 3, 2016. The Commission first met on May 23, 2016.
Commission membership consisted of two former Mayors of the Town, two former Town Councilors one of which was also a former RTM member, 3 former RTM members and 4 members with no prior experience in Town Government.
Meeting over a 16 month period, the Commission held 31 working sessions and two public hearings. All sessions were noticed in advance, open to the public and included a period for citizen comments.
Following Robert's Rules of Order, the revisions were proposed through 97 formal motions involving well over 150 individual votes.
The Commission submitted its draft report to the Town Council on August 21, 2017. The Town Council held a public hearing on the draft report and returned their comments to the Commission. The Commission considered the Town Council's comments and returned its final report back to the Town Council on Nov 15, 2017.
On Nov. 18, 2017 the Town Council voted 5-4 to not send the charter recommendations to a vote by the public.
Subsequent to this vote several members of the Charter Revision Commission and a number of Groton citizens conducted a petition drive, provided for under Connecticut law, to force the Charter Revision to a vote by the public. 1900 signatures were required. Securing over 2400 signatures the petition drive succeeded and the citizens of Groton now have an opportunity to vote on the proposed charter changes in November.