Portsmouth, City of; amending charter, changes to process for recall of elective officers. (SB523)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
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Charter; City of Portsmouth; recall of elective officers. Makes various changes to the City of Portsmouth's process for recall of an elective officer, including (i) applying provisions to an officer who has been appointed to fill an elective office, (ii) making the law apply immediately rather than after one year from the beginning of an officer's term, (iii) specifying the specific causes that may trigger the recall process, and (iv) allowing a judge of the Circuit Court of the City of Portsmouth to hold a hearing and take evidence to determine the sufficiency of the recall petition. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101991D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/28/2022Assigned Local Gov sub: Charters
02/07/2022Reported from Local Government with amendments (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Printed as engrossed 22101991D-E
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/09/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB523E
02/10/2022Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/28/2022Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
03/04/2022Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Read second time
03/09/2022Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to (52-Y 47-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Agree To (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Rereferred to Counties, Cities and Towns
03/10/2022Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

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