At the November 4, 2014, general election, the residents of Dallas approved a new Charter, which became effective on July 1, 2015.
The new Charter keeps many of the same provisions as the 1964 Charter, but includes new provisions requiring council members to vote on a matter if they are present for a vote; prohibiting the mayor or a council member from coercing the city manager; and adopting state law in place of specific provisions regarding elections and municipal bonds. The new Charter eliminates the current Charter provision for appointment of a municipal judge; state law authorizes the city to establish a municipal court with out the need for charter authority. The new Charter also eliminates gender-specific language in the current charter.
Please click to view the newly amended Charter in its final format. Click if you would like to view a compared ("redline") version of the newly amended Charter. Finally, click if you would like to read a fact sheet that explains the changes section by section.