HB 310 – Kinston Mayoral Veto – Voter Referendum

HOUSE BILL 310 – Kinston Mayoral Veto
PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE H310-PCS11082-LB-3

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT TO GIVE A VETO OF KINSTON CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS TO THE MAYOR,  CONTINGENT ON THE APPROVAL OF THIS ACT BY THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF KINSTON.

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(b) Except for matters which must be approved by the voters in accordance with Chapter 159 of the General Statutes, the Mayor may veto any action adopted by the Council, including ordinances and resolutions. The veto may be exercised at the meeting at which the action was taken or at any time before the end of the seventh calendar day after the day the action was adopted. To veto the action, the Mayor shall notify the City Clerk in writing, together with a veto message stating the reasons for the veto. The City Clerk shall place that item on the agenda at the next regular or special meeting of the Council, but it shall not become effective unless it is readopted by the Council with at least four-fifths of all the members of the Council voting in the affirmative. The Mayor may approve the item at any time prior to the expiration of the seven-day period by notifying the City Clerk in writing. In any case where the City Clerk is notified of veto or approval of any item, the City Clerk shall inform all members of the Council by electronic mail or other means.”

SECTION 3. Sections 1 and 2 of this act become effective only if approved by the qualified voters of the City of Kinston in a referendum. The election shall be conducted by the Lenoir County Board of Elections on November 8, 2011. The question on the ballot shall be:

“[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST

Amendment of the Charter of the City of Kinston to to give the Mayor the right to veto City Council actions, subject to an override by four-fifths of the City Council.”

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Placed on House Calendar for 4/4/2011