HB 310 – Kinston Mayoral Veto


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Short Title:                            Kinston Mayoral Veto.


Representative LaRoque (Primary Sponsor).

For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site.

Referred to: Government.

March 10, 2011


AN ACT to give a veto of kinston city council actions to the mayor.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  Section 2.3 of the Charter of the City of Kinston, being Chapter 169 of the 1987 Session Laws, reads as rewritten:

“Section 2.3. Mayor; Term of Office; Duties. (a)  The Mayor shall be elected for a term of four years or until his or her successor is elected and qualified; shall be the official head of the City government and preside at meetings of the Council; shall have the right to vote only when there is an equal division on any question or matter before the Council; and shall exercise the powers and duties conferred by law or as directed by the Council.

(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 2.  Section 2.3 of the Charter of the City of Kinston, being Chapter 169 of the 1987 Session Laws, reads as rewritten:

“Section 2.6. Ordinances and Resolutions. The adoption, amendment, repeal, pleading and proving of City ordinances and resolutions shall be in accordance with general law. law as modified by Section 2.3 of this Charter. All ordinances and resolutions shall be effective upon adoption unless otherwise provided.”

SECTION 3.  This act is effective 30 days after it becomes law.

For updates:  http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=H310