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S 2 - Requires Certain Municipalities to Merge Public Services - Key Vote

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Jeff Van Drew voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (25-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Certain Municipalities to Merge Public Services

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the state to recommend certain local municipalities share or consolidate services, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission to develop criteria for recommending the following (Sec. 6):
    • The consolidation of municipalities;
    • The merger of existing autonomous agencies into the parent municipal or county government; and 
    • The sharing of services between municipalities or between a municipality and another public entity.
  • Authorizes the commission to recommend sharing services between municipalities which are situated within the same county and legislative district, including, but not limited to (Sec. 6): 
    • Counties;
    • Fire districts; and
    • School districts.
  • Requires local municipalities that receive a recommendation to consolidate or share services to approve the recommendation within 14 months of the date of notice, either by approval of voters or adoption of a resolution by the local government (Sec. 9).
  • Reduces state aid equal to the estimated net annual savings in the commission's proposal for a local municipality that rejects a recommendation for the sharing of services (Sec. 9).
  • Specifies that the committee will consider the following criteria when recommending consolidation or sharing services (Sec. 6): 
    • Geographic factors;
    • Analysis of economic costs and benefits, including potential tax savings and reductions in government costs; and
    • Ensure that costs and benefits are distributed equitably across the entire community.
  • Specifies that existing labor contracts are valid until an employee reconciliation plan can be established when local municipalities enter a shared service agreement or joint contract (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes a local municipality to request a relaxation of the provisions, rules and regulations of Civil Service statutes upon joining a proposed shared service agreement or joint contract (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires Certain Municipalities to Merge Public Services

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