VACANCIES IN DURHAM/CARY 2021 ELECTIONS. (NEW)

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Senate Bill 269 (Local) Filed Thursday, March 11, 2021
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY IN FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CITY COUNCIL IN THE CITY OF DURHAM.
Intro. by Murdock, Woodard.

Status: Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Jun 30 2021)

SOG comments (1):

Identical bill

Identical to H 387, filed 3/24/21.

Bill History:

S 269

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 30 2021 - More information

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

    Further amends section 13.2 of the Charter of the City of Durham, SL 1975-671, to allow the City Council to call for a special election to fill the unexpired portion of the term when there is a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Council, instead of appointing a person to fill the vacancy. Adds that if a State or county primary or general election, municipal primary or general election, referendum, or special election is scheduled to be held within 120 days of the date the vacancy occurs, and there are at least 10 days before the date by which mail-in absentee ballots must be available for voting in that scheduled election, the City Council must call for a special election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired portion of the term to coincide with that scheduled election. Makes an additional clarifying change. Makes conforming changes to section 13.3.

    Amends the act's short title.


  • Summary date: Mar 31 2021 - More information

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

    Eliminates the proposed changes to Sections 13.2 and 13.3 of the Charter of the City of Durham, SL 1975-671, as amended, and replaces them with the following. Authorizes the City Council to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor or a member of City Council within 120 days of the vacancy (current law requires appointment and grants a 60 day period). Requires the City Council to adopt a resolution calling a special election to fill the vacancy, barring the City Council from making the appointment, if the City Council does not appoint an individual within 120 days (similar to existing procedure). Makes conforming changes. 


  • Summary date: Mar 11 2021 - More information

    Amends Sections 13.2 and 13.3 of the Charter of the City of Durham, SL 1975-671, as amended. Authorizes the City Council to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy occurring in the office of Mayor or a member of City Council. Requires the City Council to adopt a resolution calling a special election to fill the vacancy if the City Council chooses not to appoint an individual to fill such vacancy and chooses to call a special election (current law requires the City Council to choose a person within 60 days of the vacancy, and if the Council fails to do so within that time period, the Council is barred from choosing and must call a special election by adopting a resolution within seven days of the 60-day period). 


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