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HB15-1092: Special District Transparency Requirements

Government Transparency
Bill Number: HB15-1092
Year: 2015
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Lebsock


Local governments are currently required to file copies of their annual budgets with the division of local government in the department of local affairs (division). The bill requires special districts to also file copies of resolutions adopting the budget, appropriating moneys, and fixing the rate of any mill levy.

The division currently notifies the secretary of state of the election results for certain local government elections, and the secretary of state posts the results on the web site of the department of state. The bill requires the division to post the results on its web site and the secretary of state to provide a link to the division’s post on the department of state’s web site.

The bill specifies that a name change for a special district is not effective until a court decree or order confirming the change is filed with the county clerk and recorder.

Requirements for disclosing information about special districts to electors, affected local governments, and the division are consolidated.

The bill clarifies that a board of a special district in a specific circumstance calls for nominations for a special election rather than calling for the election itself.

The name of a special improvement district established by a special district is required to include the name of the special district.

Current Status:

04/08/2015 - Governor Signed
03/30/2015 - Sent to the Governor
03/19/2015 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
03/03/2015 - Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/25/2015 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
01/14/2015 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government

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