WEST virginia legislature

2020 regular session

Introduced

House Bill 4662

By Delegates C. Martin, Steele, Foster, P. Martin, Fast, Bibby, Hanna, Cowles, Shott and Hanshaw (Mr. Speaker)

[Introduced February 03, 2020; Referred to the Committee on Political Subdivisions then the Judiciary]

A BILL to amend and reenact §8-12-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing a process by which a city may hold an election to recall an ordinance.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


ARTICLE 12. GENERAL AND SPECIFIC POWERS, DUTIES AND ALLIED RELATIONS OF MUNICIPALITIES, GOVERNING BODIES AND MUNICIPAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; SUITS AGAINST MUNICIPALITIES.


§8-12-4. Power to provide by charter for initiative, referendum and recall.

(a) Any city may by charter provision provide for any or all of the following:

(1) The initiation of ordinances by petition bearing the signatures, written in their own handwriting, of not less than 10 percent of the qualified voters of such city;

(2) The submission to the qualified voters of such city of a proposed ordinance at a regular municipal election or special municipal election upon petition bearing the signatures, written in their own handwriting, of not less than 10 percent of the qualified voters of such city or upon resolution of the governing body of such city; and

(3) The holding of a special municipal election to submit to the qualified voters of such city the question of the recall of an elected officer upon petition bearing the signatures, written in their own handwriting, of not less than 20 percent of the qualified voters of such city. Not more than one recall election shall be held with respect to an officer during his or her term of office.

(b) Any city shall, upon presentation of a petition bearing the signatures, written in their own handwriting, of not less than 15 percent of the votes of the last general election, hold a special municipal election to submit to the qualified voters of such city the question of a recall of any ordinance or city code provision previously enacted by the governance of the municipality.

 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a process by which a city may hold an election to recall an ordinance.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.