01RS SB68


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SB 68 (BR 404) - M. Long

     AN ACT changing the classification of the City of New Castle in Henry County.
     Reclassify the City of New Castle, population 1,046 in Henry County, from a city of the sixth class to a city of the fifth class. As provided in 156A of the Kentucky Constitution, the population requirements for the classification of cities established by the former Section 156 of the Kentucky Constitution remain in effect until changed by law. Therefore, classification as a city of the fifth class requires a population of 1,000 to 2,999.


     HCS - Retain the original provisions of the bill and create new sections of KRS Chapter 67 to establish a new procedure for the optional consolidation of counties; permit 2 or more counties to consolidate with such action initiated by public petition or local ordinance, require signatures of 20% or more of the number of persons voting in last presidential election for initiation petition, provide for the contents and certification of petitions as prescribed, and require the county judge/executive in the initiating county within 10 days to notify the other local governments and their citizens of the proposal as prescribed, require responding action in adjoining counties within 120 days or initial action void, require a special election within 90 days if adjoining counties enter the process, require approval in each county for consolidation to become effective, prescribe the language for the ballot, other election procedures, and advertisement of the election by the sheriff, require a simple majority of those voting in each county for approval, require all election costs to be paid for by the state, and prohibit any organizational changes in a newly consolidated county for 10 years; prohibit any new county from becoming effective until the end of terms of current officeholders and require new officers to be elected in the same manner and at same time as other county officials; require county judge/executive in each county to appoint 6 citizens to a transition committee as prescribed, require transition committee to divide county into 3-8 magisterial districts and to select 2-5 names for the new county to be decided by the voters, require final report of the transition committee as prescribed, and provide for a gubernatorial appointee to break tie vote on questions relating the name of the new county, the formation of magisterial districts or other issues on ballot; require all taxes from immediate year to remain in effect until changed by new county, require the creation of a special taxing district for repayment of prior financial obligations in previously existing counties as prescribed, and require surplus funds to be spent in the areas where funds were raised as prescribed; permit voters to determine location of new county seat from previously existing locations, require county seat to remain at location for not less than 10 years, and require other remaining county buildings to be maintained as branch offices for 10 years as prescribed; provide for federal and state election districts as prescribed; require the Department for Local Government to promulgate administrative regulations awarding preference points on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications and provide technical and advisory assistance to consolidated counties; and repeal KRS 67.190, 67.200, 67.210, 67.220, 67.230, 67.240, 67.250, 67.260, 67.270, 67.280, 67.290, and 67.310.
     HCA (1/Title, C. Geveden) - Make title amendment.
     HFA (1/P, J. Adams) - Attach provisions of SB 57 GA.
     HFA (2, J. Draud) - Attach provisions of HB 210/GA to SB 68/HCS.

     Feb 6-introduced in Senate
     Feb 8-to State and Local Government (S)
     Feb 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 14-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 15, 2001
     Feb 15-3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Feb 16-received in House
     Feb 19-to Local Government (H)
     Feb 26-posted in committee
     Mar 1-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 2-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 6-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 7, 2001
     Mar 7-recommitted to State Government (H); posting waived; reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 7, 2001
     Mar 8-floor amendments (1) and (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 9-3rd reading; floor amendments (1) and (2) ruled not germane ; passed 94-0; received in Senate; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Mar 20-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 157)

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