Bill Text - CACR7 (2007)

Relating to: county officers. Providing that: certain county officers shall be appointed rather than elected.


Revision: Jan. 11, 2010, midnight

CACR 7 – AS INTRODUCED

2007 SESSION

07-1004

06/03

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 7

RELATING TO: county officers.

PROVIDING THAT: certain county officers shall be appointed rather than elected.

SPONSORS: Rep. Mulholland, Graf 10

COMMITTEE: Election Law

ANALYSIS

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides for the appointment of certain county officers.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

07-1004

06/03

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seven

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RELATING TO: county officers.

PROVIDING THAT: certain county officers shall be appointed rather than elected.

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

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

I. That article 71 of the second part of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

[Art.] 71. [County Treasurers, Registers of Probate, County Attorneys, Sheriffs, and Registers of Deeds [Elected] Appointed.] The county treasurers, registers of probate, county attorneys, sheriffs, and registers of deeds, shall be [elected] appointed by [the inhabitants of the several towns, in] the several counties in the state, according to the [method now practiced, and the] laws of the state[, Provided nevertheless the legislature shall have authority to alter the manner of certifying the votes, and the mode of electing those officers; but not so as to deprive the people of the right they now have of electing them].

II. That article 72 of the second part of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

[Art.] 72. [Counties May be Divided into Districts for Registering Deeds.] And the legislature, on the application of the major part of the inhabitants of any county, shall have authority to divide the same into two districts for registering deeds, if to them it shall appear necessary; [each district to elect] such county shall appoint a register of deeds for each district: And before they enter upon the business of their offices, shall be respectively sworn faithfully to discharge the duties thereof, and shall severally give bond, with sufficient sureties, in a reasonable sum, for the use of the county for the punctual performance of their respective trusts.

III. 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, 2008.

IV. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2008 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2007 session of the general court shall be approved.

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

“Are you in favor of amending article 71 and article 72 of the second part of the constitution to read as follows:

[Art.] 71. [County Treasurers, Registers of Probate, County Attorneys, Sheriffs, and Registers of Deeds Appointed.] The county treasurers, registers of probate, county attorneys, sheriffs, and registers of deeds, shall be appointed by the several counties in the state, according to the laws of the state.

[Art.] 72. [Counties May be Divided into Districts for Registering Deeds.] And the legislature, on the application of the major part of the inhabitants of any county, shall have authority to divide the same into two districts for registering deeds, if to them it shall appear necessary; [each district to elect] such county shall appoint a register of deeds for each district: And before they enter upon the business of their offices, shall be respectively sworn faithfully to discharge the duties thereof, and shall severally give bond, with sufficient sureties, in a reasonable sum, for the use of the county for the punctual performance of their respective trusts.”

VI. 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 2007 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VII. 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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