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Navajo Nation Council tables four bills

FARMINGTON — Four bills that would have placed referendum measures before voters were tabled by the Navajo Nation Council during a special session Tuesday in Window Rock, Ariz., according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker.

The first bill would have asked voters to approve using $206 million from the Permanent Trust Fund to build judicial and public safety facilities on the reservation.

Voters would have also determined whether to use a portion of the principle balance of the Permanent Trust Fund to fund transportation projects, decide if tribal judges and justices should become elected positions, and decide if membership on the Navajo Nation Supreme Court should increase from three justices to five.

The council plans to meet to discuss the issues raised during the special session, then reconsider the referendum measures, according to the release.

Lawmakers approved a bill to strengthen the tribe’s ethics laws by ensuring individuals who run for elected offices have no outstanding ethics violations or restitution.

That bill will be submitted to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye for his consideration, the release states.

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