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Dawn

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Local political structure
« on: February 18, 2004, 11:24:21 pm »

I can't remember the proper terminology, but when I was in NH recently, the newspaper was talking about a new method some towns were just starting to use in running their local gov't.

Can anyone address what the changes are and if they are good or bad?
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BillG

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Re:Local political structure
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2004, 10:24:44 pm »

Senate Bill 2 (SB2) allows ballot voting vs. traditional town meetings where a citizen gets to act like a "legislator" in their meeting by deliberating, lobbying and then voting in an open session...

What is Senate Bill 2 (also known as SB2)?

A: In 1995, the legislature passed Senate Bill 2, which became part of the Revised Statutes Annotated, RSA 40:12-15. This allows any local political subdivision of the state whose legislative body raises and appropriates funds through any annual meeting to adopt voting by official ballot on all warrant articles.

RSA 40:12-15 requires two sessions, the first of which shall consist of explanation, discussion and debate of each warrant article; voters may amend and vote on amendments, but no final vote may be taken on any warrant article. The second session of the annual meeting will be held to elect officers by official ballot, to vote on questions required by law to be inserted on said official ballot, and to vote on all warrant articles from the first session by official ballot.

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