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H.709

Introduced by   Representatives Smith of Morristown, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Wolcott, Miller of Elmore, Nease of Johnson and Westman of Cambridge

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Elections; local elections; reconsideration or rescission of vote; petitions

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that petitions for requested articles, calling a special meeting, or reconsideration or rescission of a question considered or voted on at a previous annual or special meeting be signed by not less than 20 percent of the qualified voters of the municipality.

AN ACT RELATING TO LOCAL ELECTION PETITIONS

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

Sec. 1.  17 V.S.A. § 2642(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The warning shall include the date and time of the election, location of the polling place or places, and the nature of the meeting or election.  It shall, by separate articles, specifically indicate the business to be transacted, to include the offices and the questions to be voted upon.  The warning shall also contain any article or articles requested by a petition signed by at least five 20 percent of the voters of the municipality and filed with the municipal clerk not less than 40 days before the day of the meeting.

Sec. 2.  17 V.S.A. § 2643(a) and (c) are amended to read:

(a)  The legislative body may warn a special municipal meeting when they deem it necessary and shall call a special meeting on the application of five 20 percent of the voters.  A special meeting shall be called within 15 days of receipt of the application by the legislative body.

(c)  The legislative body may rescind the call of a special meeting called by them but not a special meeting called on application of five 20 percent of the voters.

Sec. 3.  17 V.S.A. § 2661(b) is amended to read:

(b)  Where a petition signed by not less than five 20 percent of the qualified voters of a municipality requesting reconsideration or rescission of a question considered or voted on at a previous annual or special meeting is filed with the clerk of the municipality within thirty 30 days following the date of that meeting, the legislative body shall provide for a vote by the municipality in accordance with the petition within sixty 60 days of the submission at an annual or special meeting duly warned for that purpose.



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