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Sponsors: Reps. Magnuson, Long and Chumley
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 695
Introduced in the House on April 9, 2019
Currently residing in the House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
Summary: Commissioners of Public Works in municipalities, elections
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/9/2019 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 26) 4/9/2019 House Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 26)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 5-31-210, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ELECTION AND TERMS OF COMMISSIONERS OF PUBLIC WORKS IN MUNICIPALITIES, SO AS TO REQUIRE A MUNICIPALITY TO PROVIDE FOR UP TO FOUR ADDITIONAL PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSIONERS, STAGGERED TERMS FOR ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONERS, AND REPRESENTATION OF SERVICE AREAS OUTSIDE THE MUNICIPALITY, AND TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECTION APPLY ONLY TO COMMISSIONS OF PUBLIC WORKS FOUNDED AFTER 1920.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 5-31-210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 5-31-210. At any election for bonds held to meet the costs of acquiring property of the character referred to in Section 5-31-610 the elector shall vote for three citizens of the city or town whose terms of office shall be respectively two, four and six years and until the general election for municipal officers next following the expiration of the short term, and until their successors are elected and qualified. The classification above designated as to the term shall be ascertained by the commissioners after election by lot. At each general election for municipal officers following the expiration of the term of the commissioner holding the short term and at every such election every two years thereafter, one such commissioner shall be elected for a term of six years and until his successor is elected and qualified. The officers so elected and their successors in office shall be known as the commissioners of public works of such municipality and by that name may sue and be sued in any of the courts of this State.
In addition to the three members of the board of commissioners of public works of a municipality authorized above, the governing body of a municipality with a population of fifty thousand persons or less according to the
1980 latest official United States Decennial Census may shall provide by ordinance: (1) for the election of two to four additional commissioners, (2) for staggered terms of the additional commissioners, and (3) for representation of the service area outside the municipality. The new commissioners must be elected at a special election or at any general election following the enactment of the ordinance in the same manner that the other commissioners are elected. The new member receiving the highest number of votes in that election shall serve for a term of six years and the new member receiving the next highest number of votes in that election shall serve for a term of four years. Their Following initial staggered terms of two, four, or six years dependent upon the number of additional commissioners as determined by the governing body of the municipality, the successors to the additional commissioners must be elected in the election for municipal officers every four or six years thereafter for terms of office of six years. The members elected shall serve until their successors are elected and qualify. Vacancies in these two new additional positions must be filled in the same manner as other vacancies on the board of commissioners of public works are filled. The provisions of this paragraph for two additional commissioners apply only to boards of commissioners of public works founded after 1920."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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