HB12-1239

HB12-1239 - Special District Approval Requirements

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Amount Of Approval Required For Certain Special District Actions, And, In Connection Therewith, Allowing Persons Who Own Property That Is Outside The Boundaries Of A Special District But Within The Existing Or Proposed Service Area Of The Special District To Vote In Special District Elections, Allowing A Special District To Expand Its Service Area Into A New County Only With The Approval Of The Board Of County Commissioners Of The County, And Increasing The Percentage Of The Taxpaying Elector

Currently, only a person who owns property within the territory or proposed expanded territory of a special district is eligible to vote in a special district election. Section 1 of the bill allows a person who owns property within the service area or proposed expanded service area of a special district to vote in a special district election. Section 2 modifies the process by which a special district expands its service area by:

  • Allowing a special district to expand its service area into a new county only with the approval of the board of county commissioners of the county and specifying the process by which a special district may obtain such approval; and
  • Prohibiting a board of county commissioners from approving a special district's expanded service plan that includes property of a property owner who has not consented to the inclusion of his or her property in the expanded service area.

In lieu of the existing requirement that the lesser of 30% or 200 of the taxpaying electors of a proposed special district sign the petition for organization of the district, section 3 requires a petition for organization of a special district that is a metropolitan district to be signed by the lesser of 90% or 200 of the taxpaying electors of the proposed metropolitan district.

Latest update: May 11, 2012
05/11/2012 Governor Action - Signed
05/03/2012 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/03/2012 Sent to the Governor
05/02/2012 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/30/2012 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
03/30/2012 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
03/27/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
03/26/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments
03/22/2012 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
03/19/2012 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/09/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
03/05/2012 House Third Reading Passed
03/02/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
03/01/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
02/27/2012 House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/07/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government