February 4, 2003





SENATE BILL No. 289

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DIGEST OF SB 289 (Updated February 3, 2003 11:10 AM - DI 102)



Citations Affected: IC 36-4.

Synopsis: Petitions to convert a town to a city. Increases the number of registered voters of a town that are required to sign a petition to put the question of whether a town may become a city on the ballot as a local public question.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





Gard, Lawson C




    January 15, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections and Civic Affairs.
    February 3, 2003, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






February 4, 2003

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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SENATE BILL No. 289



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

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

    SECTION 1. IC 36-4-1-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 4. If a town has a population of more than two thousand (2,000), it may change into a city in the following manner:
        (1) The town legislative body may adopt a resolution submitting to the town's voters the question of whether the town should change into a city. The legislative body shall adopt such a resolution if at least the number of the registered voters of the town required under IC 3-8-6-3 to place a candidate on the ballot section 4.1 of this chapter petition it to do so. The legislative body shall file a copy of the resolution with the clerk of the circuit court for each county in which the town is located. The circuit court clerk shall immediately certify the resolution to the county election board.
        (2) The resolution must fix a date for an election on the question. If the election is to be a special election, the date must be not less than thirty (30) nor more than sixty (60) days after the notice of

the election. If the election is to be on the same date as a general election, the resolution must state that fact and be certified in accordance with IC 3-10-9-3.
        (3) Notice of the election must be given by the clerk of the circuit court in the manner prescribed by IC 3-8-2-19. IC 3-10-6 applies to the election.
        (4) The question shall be placed on the ballot in the form prescribed by IC 3-10-9-4 and must state "Shall the town of _________ change into a city?".
        (5) If a majority of those voting on the question vote "yes", the town changes into a city when its officers are elected and qualified; otherwise the town remains a town.
    SECTION 2. IC 36-4-1-4.1 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 4.1. (a) A petition for a resolution under section 4 of this chapter must be signed by the number of registered voters of the town equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the total vote cast at the last election for secretary of state.
    (b) In determining the number of signatures required under this section, any fraction that exceeds a whole number must be disregarded.