Constitutional officers; if proposed budget reduces funding of such officer, 14 day written notice. (SB124)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional officers. Includes electronic or other systems among those items that a local governing body shall provide for the use of clerks of all courts of record as in the governing body's judgment may be reasonably necessary for the proper conduct of such offices. The bill also provides that a locality shall not reduce funding to a constitutional officer for personnel or other operational expenses except by separate ordinance after a public hearing. A local governing body shall not reduce funding to a constitutional officer for personnel or other operational expenses if such constitutional officer certifies that such reduction in funding would impair the ability of such constitutional officer to perform their statutory duties. Furthermore, the governing body or the chief administrative officer of a locality may not transfer locally funded personnel or electronic or other systems from a constitutional officer to a state agency without the written approval of such constitutional officer. The bill contains a technical amendment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14
12/30/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102745D
12/30/2013Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB124)
01/14/2014Impact statement from DHCD (SB0124)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB124)
02/04/2014Reported from Local Government with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/04/2014Committee substitute printed 14104548D-S1
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Read second time
02/07/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104548D-S1
02/07/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB124S1
02/10/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB124S1)
02/10/2014Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 7-N 1-A)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/14/2014Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/26/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/28/2014Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014Read second time
03/04/2014Read third time
03/04/2014Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB124ER)
03/06/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB124ER)
03/06/2014Signed by Speaker
03/09/2014Signed by President
03/27/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 360 (effective 7/1/14)
03/27/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0360)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 25 seconds.