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NO. 68. AN ACT RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE APPORTIONMENT BOARD.

(H.682)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 17 V.S.A. § 1905 is amended to read:

§ 1905. HOUSE APPORTIONMENT--TENTATIVE PROPOSAL

On or before *[April]* June 1st of the year following each decennial census under the authority of Congress, the board shall prepare a tentative proposal for the reapportionment of the house of representatives. Whenever, in the tentative proposal, it appears that one town or city should be divided into two or more initial districts, or that part of one town or city should be combined with part or all of another town or city to form an initial district, the board shall immediately notify the board of civil authority of each town and city thus affected. The boards of civil authority may, on or before *[May]* July 1st, recommend to the legislative apportionment board the manner in which initial district lines within those towns and cities should be drawn, always having regard for the standards of apportionment set forth in section 1903 of this title. Upon request of any board of civil authority, the legislative apportionment board shall designate one of its members, or a person designated in section 1908 of this title, to call and preside without vote over a joint meeting of two or more boards of civil authority for the purpose of making joint recommendations.

Sec. 2. 17 V.S.A. § 1906 is amended to read:

§ 1906. --INITIAL DISTRICTS; FINAL PROPOSAL; FINAL PLAN

Upon receiving recommendations made under section 1905 of this title, the board shall consider the same, and shall, not later than *[May]* July 15th, prepare a final proposal for dividing the state into initial districts for the election of 150 representatives. The chair of the board shall, on or before *[May]* July 15th, transmit such proposal to the clerk of the house, and the proposal shall then be referred to the appropriate committee. The general assembly shall then accept the proposal and enact it into law or substitute another plan for reapportionment provided, however, that

(1) The plan for initial districts finally approved shall be in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and

(2) Be duly enacted during the said biennial legislative session.

Sec. 3. 17 V.S.A. § 1907 is amended to read:

§ 1907. SENATE APPORTIONMENT

On or before *[April 1st]* June 1st of each year following the taking of a decennial census under the authority of congress, the board shall prepare a proposal for reapportionment of the senate, apportioning the thirty senatorial seats among the counties or combinations of counties, in such manner as to achieve substantial equality in the choice of members as guaranteed by the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment to the United States Constitution. The chair of the board shall transmit such proposal to the secretary of the senate and it shall be referred to the appropriate committee. The general assembly shall then accept the proposal and enact it into law or substitute another plan for reapportionment of the senate.

Approved: March 1, 2000