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After two years at the helm, Council President Scott Peters told the city’s Charter Committee this morning that he would be “handing off” the duties of council president next year.

The brief remark came just before Peters began offering suggestions to the panel about areas of the city’s bylaws he’d like to see clarified. His spokeswoman, Pam Hardy, confirmed that Peters does not intend to ask his colleagues to be reappointed as president for the 2008 calendar year.

Peters will have one full year of council service remaining in 2007 before he is termed out of office. The council president position, however, is not subject to term limits in city law.

As the city’s first council president, Peters has assumed added responsibilities — and power — with the title. He is in charge of setting the council’s legislative agenda, chairing council meetings, and acting as the de facto spokesman for the council.

The council’s election for president is typically held in November.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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