|HB 1609 - Albany, City of; mayor and city commissioners; terms|
First Reader Summary
A BILL to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of
Albany, so as to provide for staggered terms of office of four
years for the mayor and city commissioners; and for other
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HB 1609 HB 1609/AP
H. B. No. 1609 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE)
By: Representatives Roberts of the 162nd, Everett of the
163rd and Dukes of the 161st
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1- 1 To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of
1- 2 Albany, approved August 18, 1923 (Ga. L. 1923, p. 370), as
1- 3 amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga.
1- 4 L. 1989, p. 4802), so as to provide for staggered terms of
1- 5 office of four years for the mayor and city commissioners;
1- 6 to provide for a referendum; to provide for automatic repeal
1- 7 in certain circumstances; to provide for related matters; to
1- 8 repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
1- 9 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
1-10 SECTION 1.
1-11 An Act creating a new charter for the City of Albany,
1-12 approved August 18, 1923 (Ga. L. 1923, p. 370), as amended,
1-13 particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989,
1-14 p. 4802), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 3A,
1-15 and inserting in its place the following:
1-16 (a) Applicability; regular elections. The provisions of
1-17 this section shall govern and supersede any provision of
1-18 Section 3 of this Act to the contrary.
1-19 (b) The mayor and the three commissioners from the first,
1-20 fourth, and sixth wards in office on January 1, 1999,
1-21 shall complete the two-year terms for which they were
1-22 elected on the second Monday in January, 2000, and when
1-23 their successors are elected and qualified. On the Tuesday
1-24 next following the first Monday in November, 1999, a
1-25 successor mayor and successor commissioners from the
1-26 first, fourth, and sixth wards shall be elected for terms
1-27 of four years and until their successors are elected and
1-28 qualified, taking office on the second Monday in January,
1-29 2000. Their successors shall be elected on the Tuesday
1-30 next following the first Monday in November, 2003, and
1-31 quadrennially thereafter, taking office on the second
1-32 Monday in the January next following their election for
2- 1 terms of four years and until their successors are elected
2- 2 and qualified.
2- 3 (c) The commissioners from the second, third, and fifth
2- 4 wards in office on January 1, 1999, shall complete the
2- 5 two-year terms for which they were elected on the second
2- 6 Monday in January, 1999, and when their successors are
2- 7 elected and qualified. Their successors shall be elected
2- 8 on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in
2- 9 November, 1998, for terms of three years, expiring on the
2-10 second Monday in January, 2002, and when their successors
2-11 are elected and qualified. Their successors shall be
2-12 elected for terms of four years on the Tuesday following
2-13 the first Monday in November, 2001, and shall take office
2-14 on the second Monday in January, 2002, their terms
2-15 expiring on the second Monday in January, 2006, and when
2-16 their successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter,
2-17 successors shall be elected quadrennially, beginning on
2-18 the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 2005, and
2-19 shall take office on the second Monday of January next
2-20 following their election for terms of four years and until
2-21 their successors are elected and qualified."
2-22 SECTION 2.
2-23 This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority provided for
2-24 in subsection (d) of Code Section 21-3-64 of the O.C.G.A.
2-25 SECTION 3.
2-26 Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965,
2-27 as amended, the election superintendent of the City of
2-28 Albany shall call and conduct an election as provided in
2-29 this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the
2-30 electors of the City of Albany for approval or rejection.
2-31 The election superintendent shall conduct that election on
2-32 the date and in conjunction with the general primary
2-33 election in 1998, and shall issue the call therefor not less
2-34 than 30 days prior to that date. The superintendent shall
2-35 cause the date and purpose of the election to be published
2-36 once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date
2-37 thereof in the official organ of Dougherty County. The
2-38 ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
2-39 "( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which provides for
2-40 four-year staggered terms of office for the
2-41 ( ) NO mayor and commissioners of the City of
3- 1 All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall
3- 2 vote "Yes," and those persons desiring to vote for rejection
3- 3 of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the
3- 4 votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, it
3- 5 shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the
3- 6 Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted
3- 7 as provided in this section, the remaining sections of this
3- 8 Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be
3- 9 automatically repealed on the first day of January
3-10 immediately following that election date.
3-11 The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of
3-12 Albany. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to
3-13 certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.
3-14 SECTION 4.
3-15 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are
Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98