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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.78

Introduced by   Representatives Grad of Moretown, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Elections; local elections; reconsideration; rescission; petitions

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to:  (1) allow the voters of a municipality to increase the percentage of registered voters required for a petition for reconsideration or rescission from five to up to 20 percent; and (2) require that a vote in favor of reconsideration or rescission shall not be effective unless the number of votes cast in favor of reconsideration or rescission exceeds two-thirds of the number of votes cast for the prevailing side at the original meeting.

AN ACT RELATING TO RECONSIDERATION OR RESCISSION OF VOTES IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

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

Sec. 1.  17 V.S.A. § 2661(b) is amended to read:

(b)  Where a petition signed by not less than five percent of the qualified voters of a municipality If a petition 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.  The number of signatures required for a petition for reconsideration or rescission shall be five percent of the registered voters unless the voters of the municipality increase that percentage pursuant to the following:

(1)  At a meeting duly warned for the purpose, the voters of a municipality may require that a petition for reconsideration be signed by not less than up to 20 percent of the registered voters.  A vote to increase the percentage of voters required to sign a petition for reconsideration or rescission to up to 20 percent shall be in substantially the following form:  “Shall the (name of municipality) increase the percentage of voters required on a petition for reconsideration or rescission from five to (up to 20) percent?”  Once the voters of a municipality have voted to require a new percentage, that percentage shall remain in effect until the voters of the municipality vote to change the percentage.

(2)  A vote in favor of reconsideration or rescission shall not be effective unless the number of votes cast in favor of reconsideration or rescission exceeds two-thirds of the number of votes cast for the prevailing side at the original meeting.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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