HJR 87

83(R) - 2013
Government Efficiency & Reform

Vote Recommendation

Vote Yes; Amend
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Sergio Munoz Jr.

Bill Caption

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 24 months or less.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated, other than the cost of publication. ($108,921.) No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary of Legislation: This legislation proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing home-rule municipalities to fill vacancies of 24 months or less by resolution rather than by special election.

Notes: This legislation will propose a constitutional amendment and allow the people to choose whether to allow home-rule municipalities to fill a government vacancy by resolution. We recognize the merit of filling a short term vacancy by appointment rather than expending the time and money to hold a special election. However, 24 months is a lengthy enough vacancy that a special election should still be held. We would support an amendment to change the vacancy threshold for allowing a position to be filled by resolution to 12 months or less.