Any county or city or combinations thereof may provide for the adoption
or amendment of a charter. Such charter shall be adopted or amended if approved at an election
by a majority of the votes cast thereon. Not less than ten percent of those voting in the last
preceding gubernatorial election in the affected jurisdiction may by petition initiate the question
of whether to adopt or amend a charter.
A chartered governmental unit may exercise any legislative power or perform any function not
denied by its charter, the Constitution or the general laws of the state. The charter may provide for
any form of executive, legislative and administrative structure which shall be of superior authority
to statute, provided that the legislative body so established be chosen by popular election and that
the administrative proceedings be subject to judicial review.
Powers and functions of home rule units shall be construed liberally.
History: Sections proposed by SL 1957, ch 300, rejected Nov., 1958; Art. X, §§ 4 and 5, proposed
by SL 1961, ch 298, approved Nov. 6, 1962, effective July 1, 1963; amendment proposed by SL
1972, ch 3, approved Nov. 7, 1972.