Introduced by Representative Chen of Mendon
Subject: Municipal government; town of Killington; secession; commission
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to create a commission to effect the process and terms of an interstate agreement by which the town of Killington, Vermont would become part of the state of New Hampshire.
AN ACT TO CREATE A COMMISSION TO EFFECT THE PROCESS FOR THE TOWN OF KILLINGTON TO BECOME PART OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. KILLINGTON SECESSION COMMISSION
(a) There is created the Killington secession commission to effect the process and terms of an interstate agreement by which the town of Killington, Vermont would become part of the state of New Hampshire.
(b) The commission shall comprise three members, one of whom shall be appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be appointed by the senate committee on committees, and one of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives. Commission members shall be residents and voters of Vermont, and shall serve until their successors are appointed. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation.
(c) The commission shall meet with its counterpart from the state of New Hampshire in order to make inquiry, to ascertain, and to negotiate the most advantageous and appropriate terms and means for incorporating the town of Killington into the state of New Hampshire. In so doing, the commission shall work cooperatively with its counterpart New Hampshire commission to draft and recommend to the governors and legislators of the states of New Hampshire and Vermont legislation in furtherance of this act.
(d) The commission shall appoint a chair from among its members and shall meet as often as is required in order to carry out its duties. All actions taken by the commission shall be by majority vote of its members. The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this act.
(e) The commission shall submit proposed legislation to the governor, house of representatives, and senate no later than one year from the effective date of this act.
(f) The commission may use the office of the attorney general for purposes of obtaining legal counsel, and the attorney general is directed to furnish the commission with legal assistance as may be necessary for the commission to carry out its duties.
(g) All meetings of the commission for the consideration of and action on any matters shall be open to the public.
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