A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ALLOW GOVERNING BOARDS OF CERTAIN COUNTIES, AND ALL MUNICIPALITIES LOCATED WITHIN THOSE COUNTIES, TO GIVE ELECTRONIC NOTICE.
Provides that the provisions of this actapply only to the following counties and any municipality located wholly or partly within those counties: Buncombe, Guilford, Henderson, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Perquimans, Stanly, Surry, and Wake.
Enacts new GS 153A-52.2 as the title indicates. Authorizes the governing boards of the specified counties and the municipalities within those counties in whole or part, to adopt an ordinance permitting any notice required by law to be published or advertised under any general law or under local act, to be published electronically instead of or in addition to the required publication or advertisement. Provides that the ordinance may cover all notices or selected classes of notice. Provides additional criteria governing the publication of notice via electronic means.
Enacts new GS 160A-81.2 to authorize a city to adopt an ordinance, under proposed GS 153A-52.2, to permit electronic notice.
Makes conforming changes to GS 160A-1(7), GS 153A-1(6), and GS 159-1(b)(5).
Amends GS 163-33 to authorize the county boards of elections to adopt a policy under proposed GS 153A-52.2 to provide for electronic notices, advertisements, and publications.
Repeals Section 1 of SL 2003-161, SL 2007-86, and SL 2008-5 (which allowed for electronic notice in various cities and towns in Wake County), but provides that any ordinance adopted under any of those acts remains valid until it is amended or repealed under proposed GS 160A-81.2. Declares that this act prevails over any local act pertaining to publication of notice by a city or county.
Effective October 1, 2013 and applies to notice given on or after that date by a county or a city.
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