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2011 House Bill 4907: Revise local tax increase election timetable
  1. Introduced by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on September 7, 2011, to change the time between when a school board votes to impose a new property tax, and the first date on which the popular election required for such local tax hikes may be held. Under current law, there must be 70 days until the election. The bill would change the earliest election date to “the 12th Tuesday” after the board vote.
    • Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on September 7, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on November 1, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 29, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2011.
  2. Passed 105 to 1 in the House on November 30, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 1, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on December 1, 2011.
  4. Received in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on August 15, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that uses this bill as a "vehicle" to make an unrelated change to election law - see August 15 House-passed version. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on August 15, 2012, to set the reelection filing deadline for incumbent legislators (and some other offices) to a date two weeks before the deadline for challengers; see House-passed version for more details. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on August 15, 2012, to clarify which local party officials would choose a congressional candidate if the office becomes vacant soon before a general election. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Charles Brunner (D) on August 15, 2012, to extend the deadline for receipt of mailed-in absentee ballots (not including military and overseas ones) from the time that polls closed on election day. Instead, absentee ballots would just have to be postmarked by election day. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on August 15, 2012, to allow military abesentee voters to e-mail their completed ballot to the appropriate local clerk. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on August 15, 2012, to require rather than just allow local election clerks to extend the deadline for receipt of military and overseas absentee ballots if the clerk was late in sending out those ballots. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Nathan (D) on August 15, 2012, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5722 meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5722 would increase the maximum fine for committing perjury from $1,000 to $10,000. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D) on August 15, 2012, to eliminate the requirement that a person give a specific reason for requesting an absentee ballot. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David E. Rutledge (D) on August 15, 2012, to allow a person to have a different address on their driver license or state I.D. than the one at which they are registered to vote. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lesia Liss (D) on August 15, 2012, to allow 16 and 17 year olds to "preregister" to vote when they turn 18. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on August 15, 2012, to require candidates for the legislature to live in the district they want to represent at least 60 days before the candidate filing deadline, and also candidates for the this and certain other offices to file in person. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 15, 2012.
  5. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on August 15, 2012, to set the reelection filing deadline for incumbent legislators (and some other offices) to a date two weeks before the deadline for challengers. If a lone challenger from the other party withdraws, the non-incumbent filing deadline would be extended an additional two days after the regular withdrawal deadline. This is in response to the situation of Rep. Roy Schmidt, who switched parties on the filing deadline date, leaving no Democratic challenger for this legislative district. The bill would also allow local party officials to pick a congressional candidate if a seat becomes vacant soon before the general election, saving the cost of a special primary election. It also extends the deadline for receipt of military and overseas absentee ballots if the local clerk sent these out late.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the Senate on September 11, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on September 11, 2012.

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