Bill Summary for H 481 (2019-2020)

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Mar 27 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 481 (Local) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 2019
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THE VOTERS OF BEAUFORT COUNTY A RIGHT TO PETITION FOR CHANGES TO THE STRUCTURE OF THE BEAUFORT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.
Intro. by Kidwell.

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Amends GS Chapter 153A, Article 4, Part 4 (modification in the structure of county boards of commissioners) by adding new GS 153A-60.1 describing the procedure and requirements for voters to initiate a referendum on proposed alterations to the structure of the board of county commissioners.  Mandates that an initiative petition submitted to the county board of elections be supported by at least 15% of the registered voters of the county or 5,000, whichever is less, by including signatures and addresses of those resident voters.  Requires the county board of election to call a special election as provided in GS 163A-1592, to be held at the time of an election more than 90 days after receipt of the petition.  Places a minimum time limit before another initiative petition regarding the same subject matter may filed after alterations become effective or are defeated by the voters.  Applies to Beaufort County only.

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