Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1953

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 3-5-3.

Synopsis: Allocation of election expenses. Provides that a municipality must bear certain election expenses of: (1) an election held in an even numbered year only within the municipality; or (2) an election conducted by the county in an odd-numbered year in which the municipality has at least one office or one public question on the ballot. Provides that odd-numbered year election expenses that cannot be allocated directly to a particular municipality must be apportioned among the county's municipalities having at least one office or one public question on the ballot.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





Thompson




    January 23, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections and Apportionment.







Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1953



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 3-5-3-1; (03)IN1953.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 3-5-3-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 1. (a) Except as provided in sections 7 through 10 section 12 of this chapter, the county auditor shall pay the expenses of voter registration and for all election supplies, equipment, and expenses out of the county treasury in the manner provided by law. The county fiscal body shall make the necessary appropriations for these purposes.
    (b) The county executive shall pay to the circuit court clerk or board of registration the expenses of:
        (1) removing voters from the registration record under IC 3-7-43 , IC 3-7-45 , or IC  3-7-46; and
        (2) performing voter list maintenance programs under IC 3-7;
out of the county treasury without appropriation.
    (c) Registration expenses incurred by a circuit court clerk or board of registration for:
        (1) the salaries of members of a board of registration appointed under IC 3-7-12-9;
        (2) the salaries of chief clerks appointed under IC 3-7-12-17; and
        (3) the salaries of assistants employed under IC 3-7-12-19;
may not be charged to a municipality. However, the municipality may be charged for wages of extra persons employed to provide additional assistance reasonably related to the municipal election.
SOURCE: IC 3-5-3-12; (03)IN1953.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 3-5-3-12 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 12. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b)(2), this section does not apply to an election held in an even-numbered year.
    (b) This section applies to the following elections:
        (1) An election (including a primary election) held in a municipality in an odd-numbered year that includes:
            (A) at least one (1) municipal office on the ballot; or
            (B) at least one (1) public question on the ballot to be voted on only by the voters of the municipality.
        (2) A special election held in a municipality in an even-numbered year in which only the voters of the municipality are eligible to vote.
    (c) All expenses for an election that is conducted by a county election board shall be:
        (1) allowed by the county executive; and
        (2) paid out of the general fund of the county, without any appropriation being required.
The county auditor shall certify the amount of the allowance to the fiscal officer of the municipality. The fiscal body of the municipality shall make the necessary appropriation to reimburse the county for the expense of the election.
    (d) This subsection applies to all expenses of an election held in the county that cannot be allocated directly to a particular municipality. The expenses shall be allocated to each municipality to which this section applies based on the ratio that the number of precincts in the municipality in which the election is held is to the total number of precincts in the county in which an election is held.
    (e) Registration expenses incurred by a circuit court clerk or board of registration for:
        (1) the salaries of members of a board of registration appointed under IC  3-7-12-9;
        (2) the salaries of chief clerks appointed under IC 3-7-12-17 ; and
        (3) the salaries of assistants employed under IC 3-7-12-19 ;
may not be charged to a municipality. However, a municipality

may be charged for wages of persons specially employed to provide additional assistance reasonably related to the election.
    (f) The state board of accounts shall prescribe a form on which the county election board shall itemize all the expenses of an election for which a municipality is required to reimburse the county under this section.

    SECTION 3. THE FOLLOWING ARE REPEALED [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: IC 3-5-3-7 ; IC 3-5-3-8 ; IC 3-5-3-9 ; IC 3-5-3-10 ; IC 3-5-3-11.