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Special District Governance

Concerning measures to promote the governance of special districts, and, in connection therewith, requiring greater disclosure of developer-affiliated board activity, requiring processes to facilitate resident representation on special district boards, and extending the powers of initiative and referendum to the electors of special districts.
2022 Regular Session
Local Government
Bill Summary

Section 1 of the bill extends the powers of the initiative and referendum reserved to the people in the state constitution to the electors of special districts. Section 2 requires each developer-affiliated board (board) of a special district (district) to issue an agenda and board packet for each board meeting. The board must send the agenda and board packet by regular United States mail and by e-mail to each resident of the district along with a separate statement that expressly discloses to each resident the fact that the board has a conflict of interest with the residents and that residents of the district may serve on the board.

The bill also requires each board to send a self-nomination form to each resident of the district with each agenda and board packet with instructions that a resident may follow for completing the form and delivering the completed form to the manager and legal counsel of the district.

Immediately upon receiving a self-nomination form from a resident for a position on the board, the board must identify the board position to be terminated and immediately appoint the resident who submitted the self-nomination form to fill the position. A developer-affiliated position is immediately terminated upon receipt by the board of a self-nomination form from a resident. If self-nomination forms are received from residents in an amount that exceeds the positions on the board, the board is required to immediately call a special election to fill all of the developer-affiliated positions.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. T. Story
Rep. A. Boesenecker, Rep. M. Weissman



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