The legislative authority of any city or village may by a two-thirds vote of its members,
and upon petition of ten per centum of the electors shall forthwith, provide by ordinance
for the submission to the electors, of the question, “Shall a commission be chosen
to frame a charter.” The ordinance providing for the submission of such question shall require that it
be submitted to the electors at the next regular municipal election if one shall occur
not less than sixty nor more than one hundred and twenty days after its passage; otherwise
it shall provide for the submission of the question at a special election to be called
and held within the time aforesaid. The ballot containing such question shall bear no party designation, and provision
shall be made thereon for the election from the municipality at large of fifteen electors
who shall constitute a commission to frame a charter; provided that a majority of
the electors voting on such question shall have voted in the affirmative. Any charter so framed shall be submitted to the electors of the municipality at
an election to be held at a time fixed by the charter commission and within one year
from the date of its election, provision for which shall be made by the legislative
authority of the municipality in so far as not prescribed by general law. Not less than thirty days prior to such election the clerk of the municipality shall
mail a copy of the proposed charter to each elector whose name appears upon the poll
or registration books of the last regular or general election held therein. If such proposed charter is approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon
it shall become the charter of such municipality at the time fixed therein.
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