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H.792

Introduced by Representative Nease of Johnson

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Municipal planning; bylaw adoption

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow municipal legislative bodies, on a case‑by‑case basis, to refer to the voters the question of whether to adopt bylaws, bylaw amendments, or repeals.  It also revises the powers of certain rural towns with regard to their ability to require that bylaws, bylaw amendments, and bylaw repeals be adopted by Australian ballot.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE ADOPTION OF MUNICIPAL BYLAWS

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

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. § 4442(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Routine adoption.

(1)  A bylaw, amendment, or repeal shall be adopted by a majority of the members of the legislative body at a meeting that is held after the final public hearing, and shall be effective 21 days after adoption unless, by action of the legislative body, the bylaw, amendment, or repeal is warned for adoption by the municipality by Australian ballot at a special or regular meeting of the municipality.

(2)  However, a rural town with a population of fewer than 2,500 persons, by action of the legislative body or by vote of that town at a special or regular meeting duly warned on the issue, may elect to require that bylaws, bylaw amendments, or bylaw repeals shall be adopted by vote of the town by Australian ballot at a special or regular meeting duly warned on the issue.  That procedure shall then apply until rescinded by the voters at a regular or special meeting of the town.




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