HB 650-FN-LOCAL – FINAL VERSION
HOUSE BILL 650-FN-LOCAL
This bill authorizes a school district to call a special meeting to address changes in the amount of education funding to be received from the state. This authorization is repealed effective July 1, 2012.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven
AN ACT authorizing a school district to call a special meeting in the event of changes in the amount of state education funding.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
211:1 Special Meetings; Reduction, Rescission, or Increase in Appropriations for State Education Funding. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in response to statutory changes resulting in reductions or increases in distribution of state revenues for education pursuant to RSA 198:41 to school districts, the governing body of any school district including those that have adopted RSA 40:13, may call a special meeting of the legislative body to consider a reduction, rescission, or increase of appropriations made at an annual meeting, subject to the following:
I. The governing body of any school district that has adopted the provisions of RSA 40:13 may elect to hold and conduct the meeting in accordance with the provisions of this section in a single session for deliberating and voting, and without regard to the provisions of RSA 40:13. A special meeting under this section shall not be petitioned under RSA 39:3 and no petitioned warrant articles shall be inserted in the warrant.
II. The governing body’s warrant shall specify, in one or more articles, the amounts of appropriations proposed for reduction, rescission, or increase from the operating budget or separate warrant articles, or both, adopted at the annual meeting.
III. The governing body shall hold a public hearing on the proposed reductions, rescissions, or increase at least 14 days prior to the meeting. Notice of the time, place, and subject of such hearing shall be posted in at least 2 public places within the political subdivision, one of which shall be on the political subdivision’s website, if such exists, at least 7 days prior to the hearing.
IV. The governing body of such school district shall post a notice of the meeting, which shall include the warrant, in at least 2 public places within the political subdivision, one of which shall be on the political subdivision’s website, if such exists, at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Additional notice shall be published in a newspaper of local or regional circulation in the political subdivision, provided that if there is no newspaper of local or regional circulation in which notice can be published at least 7 days before the date of the meeting, public notice shall be posted in at least one additional place within the political subdivision.
V. The meeting shall be conducted in accordance with RSA 40:1 through RSA 40:11. The most recently updated checklist shall be used.
VI. The legislative body may approve or disapprove any proposed reduction, rescission, or increase of appropriations, or may approve lesser reductions, but the legislative body shall not approve greater reductions, or reduce or rescind an appropriation not specified in the warrant, or act on any other business at the meeting.
VII. Except as provided in this section, provisions of the following chapters of the RSAs, as they apply to special meetings of the legislative body of a school district shall not be required for special meetings held pursuant to this section: RSA 32, RSA 39, RSA 49-D, RSA 197, RSA 654, RSA 669, RSA 670, and RSA 671.
211:2 Repeal. Section 1 of this act, relative to special meetings for school districts, is repealed.
211:3 Effective Date.
I. Section 2 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2012.
II. The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved: June 27, 2011
Effective Date: I. Section 2 shall take effect July 1, 2012.
II. Remainder shall take effect June 27, 2011.