Bill Text - HB1124 (2014)

Relative to the adoption of zoning ordinances in towns that use official ballot voting.


Revision: March 27, 2014, midnight

HB 1124 – AS INTRODUCED

2014 SESSION

14-2162

06/05

HOUSE BILL 1124

AN ACT relative to the adoption of zoning ordinances in towns that use official ballot voting.

SPONSORS: Rep. Coffey, Hills 25

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

ANALYSIS

This bill permits towns to opt out of official ballot voting requirements for the consideration and adoption of zoning ordinances.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

14-2162

06/05

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen

AN ACT relative to the adoption of zoning ordinances in towns that use official ballot voting.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Use of Official Ballot; Budget Hearing Schedule. Amend RSA 40:13, II-a(c) to read as follows:

(c) Budget hearings under RSA 32:5 and RSA 195:12 and hearings under RSA 33:8-a [and RSA 675:3] shall be held on or before the third Tuesday in January. One or more supplemental budget hearings may be held at any time before the first session of the annual meeting, subject to the 7-day notice requirement in RSA 32:5. If the first hearing or any supplemental hearing is recessed to a later date or time, additional notice shall not be required for a supplemental session if the date, time, and place of the supplemental session are made known at the original hearing.

2 Use of Official Ballot; Budget Hearing Schedule. Amend RSA 40:13, II-b(c) to read as follows:

(c) Budget hearings under RSA 32:5 and RSA 195:12 and hearings under RSA 33:8-a [and RSA 675:3] shall be held on or before the third Tuesday in February. One or more supplemental budget hearings may be held at any time before the first session of the annual meeting, subject to the 7-day notice requirement in RSA 32:5. If the first hearing or any supplemental hearing is recessed to a later date or time, additional notice shall not be required for a supplemental session if the date, time, and place of the supplemental session are made known at the original hearing.

3 Use of Official Ballot; Budget Hearing Schedule. Amend RSA 40:13, II-c(c) to read as follows:

(c) Budget hearings under RSA 32:5 and RSA 195:12 and hearings under RSA 33:8-a [and RSA 675:3] shall be held on or before the third Tuesday in March. One or more supplemental budget hearings may be held at any time before the first session of the annual meeting, subject to the 7-day notice requirement in RSA 32:5. If the first hearing or any supplemental hearing is recessed to a later date or time, additional notice shall not be required for a supplemental session if the date, time, and place of the supplemental session are made known at the original hearing.

4 Use of Official Ballot; Zoning Ordinance Repeal. Amend RSA 40:13, XVII to read as follows:

XVII. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the sole purpose of a special meeting is to consider the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a zoning ordinance, historic district ordinance, or building code pursuant to RSA 675, including the adoption of an emergency zoning and planning ordinance pursuant to RSA 675:4-a, the meeting shall consist of only one session, which shall be for voting by official ballot on the proposed ordinance, code, amendment, or repeal. The warrant for the meeting shall be posted in accordance with RSA 39:5. [This paragraph shall not apply to a special meeting for consideration of the adoption of an emergency temporary zoning and planning ordinance pursuant to RSA 675:4-a.]

5 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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