HB1218 (2024) Detail

Relative to voting for municipal bonds.


HB 1218  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2024 SESSION

24-2499

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1218

 

AN ACT relative to voting for municipal bonds.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. M. Cahill, Rock. 10; Rep. Maggiore, Rock. 23; Rep. Cloutier, Sull. 6; Sen. Altschiller, Dist 24

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows for the adoption of municipal bonds by a simple majority vote.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

24-2499

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to voting for municipal bonds.

 

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

 

1  Official Town Ballot Council; Bond Adoption.  Amend RSA 49-D:3, I-a to read as follows:

I-a. Official ballot town council shall be a variation of the town council which provides for voting on some or all matters that general law requires to be addressed at the annual or a special meeting of a town, by official ballot. In such event, the town council shall be vested only with the limited authority to vote on all matters not voted on by official ballot. When an official ballot town council is included in any charter, the provisions of RSA 49-D:3, I, relative to town councils, shall apply in all respects, except with respect to those matters to be voted on by official ballot. When a charter provides for an official ballot town council it shall also specify with precision the budgetary items to be included on the official ballot, a finalization process for the annual budget, the process for public hearings, debate, discussion, and amendment of questions to be placed on the official ballot, the procedures for the transfer of funds among various departments, funds, accounts, and agencies as may be necessary during the year, and the applicability of the official ballot procedure to special elections. The majority vote required to approve bonds or notes shall be [either 2/3 or 3/5 as adopted and provided for in the charter.  If a charter does not specify which majority vote is required, than the required majority vote shall be 2/3] a simple majority.  All voting by official ballot shall be in accordance with the procedures established in RSA 669:19-29, RSA 670:5-7 and RSA 671:20-30, including all requirements pertaining to absentee voting, polling places, and polling hours. Nonbudgetary items may be placed on the official ballot pursuant to this section notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 40:4-e and RSA 39:3-d.

2  Town Charters; Official Ballot Town Meeting; Bond Adoption.  Amend RSA 49-D:3, II-a to read as follows:

II-a. Official ballot town meeting shall be a variation of the open town meeting which provides for voting on some or all warrant articles, including part or all of the annual town operating budget, by official ballot. In such event, the open town meeting shall be vested only with the limited authority to vote on all matters not voted on by official ballot. When an official ballot town meeting is included in any charter, the provisions of general law relative to town meetings, their warning, the right for petitioned articles at such meetings, and the conduct of such meetings shall apply to the official ballot and open town meeting in all respects. The majority vote required to approve bonds or notes shall be [either 2/3 or 3/5 as adopted and provided for in the charter. If a charter is silent with regard to such required majority, then the majority vote shall be 2/3] a simple majority. When a charter provides for an official ballot town meeting it shall also specify with precision the budgetary items to be included on the official ballot, a finalization process for the annual budget, the process for public hearings, debate, discussion, and amendment of questions to be placed on the official ballot, the procedures for the transfer of funds among various departments, funds, accounts, and agencies as may be necessary during the year, and the applicability of the official ballot procedure to special meetings. All voting by official ballot shall be in accordance with the procedures established in RSA 669:19-29, RSA 670:5-7 and RSA 671:20-30, including all requirements pertaining to absentee voting, polling places, and polling hours. Nonbudgetary items may be placed on the official ballot pursuant to this section notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 40:4-e and RSA 39:3-d.

3  Municipal Budget Law; Appropriations for Capital Projects.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 32:7-a to read as follows:

In addition to any other appropriation authority, and notwithstanding any other provisions of law, at any annual meeting the legislative body may, by the affirmative vote of [2/3] a simple majority of those present and voting, or by the affirmative vote of [3/5] a simple majority of those voting on the question in a town or district that has adopted the official ballot referendum form of meeting, appropriate funds for a term beyond one fiscal year, but not to exceed 5 fiscal years, as follows:

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

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 30, 2024 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 7, 2024 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1218 Revision: 39751 Date: Dec. 1, 2023, 3:12 p.m.

Docket


Feb. 15, 2024: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/15/2024 HJ 5


Feb. 8, 2024: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate 02/07/2024 (Vote 18-1; CC) HC 6 P. 8


Jan. 31, 2024: Executive Session: 02/07/2024 09:30 am LOB 301-303


Jan. 24, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/30/2024 09:50 am LOB 301-303


Dec. 1, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Municipal and County Government