CATAWBA/NEWTON-CONOVER/HICKORY BD OF ED ELECT. (NEW)

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House Bill 1162 (Local) Filed Tuesday, May 31, 2022
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR PARTISAN ELECTIONS FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, HICKORY CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND NEWTON-CONOVER CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Intro. by Adams, Setzer.

Status: Re-ref to Redistricting and Elections. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (Jun 21 2022)

SOG comments (2):

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE PARTISAN ELECTION OF THE CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Previous title was AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR PARTISAN ELECTIONS FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.

H 1162

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 16 2022 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes. 

    Section 1

    Changes the effective date of the proposed changes to SL 1969-874, providing for the partisan election of the Catawba County Board of Education, and the accompanying directive related to terms of members elected in 2020 and 2022. Makes the changes effective on the date the the act becomes law (was, December 1, 2023), and applicable to elections held in 2024 and thereafter.

    Adds the following new content. 

    Section 2

    Changes the elections for the Hickory City Board of Education (Board) set forth in SL 1971-930, as amended, as follows. Changes the elections from nonpartisan with no primary election to partisan, beginning in 2023, with seats filled by nomination in primaries and by election in general elections. Requires elections to be conducted in accordance with GS 163-279(a)(2) and GS 163-291. Requires registration and elections to comply with state education and election laws (GS Chapters 115C and 163; was, laws, rules and regulations applicable to elections for county offices). Establishes residency requirements for Board candidates, requiring all candidates to be qualified voters residing within the Hickory Administrative School Unit. Provides for vacancies for Board positions elected on a partisan basis to be filled by appointment by remaining members pursuant to GS 115C-37.1. Makes conforming and technical changes. Repeals Sections 5 and 6 of the session law, relating to nonpartisan election procedures. 

    Provides that the terms of members elected to the Board in 2019 or 2021 are not affected by the act.

    Section 3

    Changes the elections for the Board of Trustees of the Newton-Conover City Administrative Unit set forth in SL 1935-200, as amended, as follows. Changes the name of the board to the Newton-Conover City Board of Education (City Board). Provides for staggered four-year terms, beginning in 2023, with three members representing the Newton district, and three members representing the Conover district (previously, four trustees were from Newton, and two from Conover, and served three-year terms). Makes elections partisan rather than nonpartisan. Requires elections to be conducted in accordance with GS 163-279(a)(2) and GS 163-291. Requires registration and elections to comply with state education and election laws. Establishes residency requirements for Board candidates, requiring all candidates to be qualified voters residing within the Newton-Conover Administrative School Unit. Provides for elected members to take office on the first Monday in December following election. Provides for vacancies for Board positions elected on a partisan basis to be filled by appointment by remaining members pursuant to GS 115C-37.1. Repeals obsolete language and provisions relating to nonpartisan election procedures. Makes further conforming and technical changes. 

    Provides that the terms of members elected to the City Board in 2019 and 2021 are not affected by the act. 

    Section 5

    Applicable to the Hickory City School and Newton-Conover City Schools only, enacts GS 115C-37.1, setting forth the procedure for filling vacancies on the city boards of education which are elected on a partisan basis, with appointments by the person, board, or commission specified in the public or local act, subject to consultation with the county executive committee of a political party as required, within 30 days of the vacancy. Effective December 1, 2023. 

    Makes organizational changes. Changes the act's titles. 


  • Summary date: Jun 14 2022 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. 

    Further amends SL 1969-874, providing for the partisan election of the Catawba County Board of Education (Board) as follows. Amends Section 2, establishing that Board members are to be nominated in primaries and elected at general elections, beginning in 2024 (previously, elected at general elections based on the number of vacancies). Further amends Section 5 to refer to voters rather than electors. Adds to new Section 6.1 to provide for filling vacancies for Board members elected on a nonpartisan basis in 2020 and 2022 by appointment of remaining Board members until the next Board election, whereby the remaining unexpired term must be filled by election. Makes technical changes. 

    Adds provisions to specify that the act has no effect on Board members elected in 2020 or 2022 or those appointed to fill those members' vacancies. 

    Makes a clarifying change to the act's effective date provisions. Changes the act's long title. 


  • Summary date: May 31 2022 - More information

    Amends SL 1969-874, as amended, to require Catawba County Board of Education (Board) candidates to file their notices of candidacy at the same time as other county offices (was, a described date), and provides for partisan election of the Board (currently, provides for nonpartisan plurality election). Adds a new section to require vacancies of the Board for positions elected on a partisan basis to be filled by appointment by the remaining members pursuant to GS 115C-37.1, beginning in 2024. Makes conforming and technical changes. Effective December 1, 2023, and applies to elections held beginning in 2024.

    Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-37.1. Effective December 1, 2024.


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