Bill Text - CACR19 (2005)

Relating to representation in cities and towns whose population is equal to, or greater than, the minimum number of persons per house district. Providing that a city or town shall have at least one representative from the city or town if its population is equal to or greater than the apportionment figure for house districts.


Revision: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

CACR 19 – AS INTRODUCED

2005 SESSION

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 19

RELATING TO: representation in cities and towns whose population is equal to, or greater than, the minimum number of persons per house district.

PROVIDING THAT: a city or town shall have at least one representative from the city or town if its population is equal to or greater than the apportionment figure for house districts.

SPONSORS: Rep. Hopfgarten, Rock 5

COMMITTEE: Election Law

ANALYSIS

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution requires that each city or town which has a population that is equal to, or greater than, the minimum number of people in a house district at the time of apportionment elect one representative from within the city or town without combination with any other city or town.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RELATING TO: representation in cities and towns whose population is equal to, or greater than, the minimum number of persons per house district.

PROVIDING THAT: a city or town shall have at least one representative from the city or town if its population is equal to or greater than the apportionment figure for house districts.

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

I. That the second part of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 9-a the following new article:

[Art.] 9-b [Representation in Cities and Towns Where Population is Equal to, or Greater Than, the Minimum Number of Persons per House District.] A city or town which has a population at the time of apportionment that is equal to, or greater than, the minimum number of people necessary to assign one representative shall elect at least one representative to the house of representatives from the residents of that city or town, without combination with any other city or town.

II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2006.

III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2006 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2005 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending the second part of the Constitution by adding a new article 9-b to read as follows:

[Art.] 9-b [Representation in Cities and Towns Where Population is Equal to, or Greater Than, the Minimum Number of Persons per House District.] A city or town which has a population at the time of apportionment that is equal to, or greater than, the minimum number of people necessary to assign one representative shall elect at least one representative to the house of representatives from the residents of that city or town, without combination with any other city or town.”

V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2005 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

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