MODIFY CITY COUNCIL/CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 1165 (Local) Filed Tuesday, May 19, 2020
AN ACT TO MODIFY THE PROCESS FOR FILLING VACANCIES AND ESTABLISH TWO AT-LARGE SEATS ON THE CITY COUNCIL IN THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM.
Intro. by Montgomery.

Status: Ref to the Com on State and Local Government, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (May 19 2020)
H 1165

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 19 2020 - More information

    Incorporates by reference Sections 1 through 3 of SL 1971-1248 into new Section 12K of the Charter of the City of Winston-Salem, codified as Section 12K, SL 1927-232, as amended. Organizes the provisions as subsections (a) through (c) of Section 12K, SL 1927-232, as amended. Modifies the provisions as follows.

    Amends Section 1 (now subsection (a) of Section 12K) to replace references to the the Winston-Salem Board of Alderman with the Winston-Salem City Council. Requires the City Council to adopt a resolution calling for a special primary or election when there is a vacancy on the Council when the unexpired vacancy is for twelve months or more.  The election is to be held in the ward represented by the vacating member. Sets out terms for calculating when a vacancy begins if the vacancy is due to resignation. Sets out when the candidate elected is to be installed. Establishes additional requirements for conducting the election and setting the date for the election and candidate filings, and requires the Council to reimburse the Forsyth County Board of Elections for the costs of the primary and election. Makes conforming changes to Sections 2 and 3 (now subsections (b) and (c) of Section 12K). Applies to vacancies existing on or after the date the act becomes law.

    Amends Paragraph 2 of Section 12A of SL 1927-232, as amended, to provide for the election of ten rather than eight city council members for the City of Winston-Salem to include two at-large members who are city residents. Requires the at-large members to be elected by the qualified voters of the entire City of Winston-Salem. Requires election of the two at-large members during a special primary election held by September 8, 2020.

    Applies to elections held on or after the date the act becomes law.


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