I move that House Bill 1221 be amended to read as follows:
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SECTION 2. IC 36-8-9-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 3. (a) The board consists of three (3) commissioners appointed by the town legislative body. The commissioners must be of good moral character and legal residents of the town. Not more than two (2) of the commissioners may be of the same political party. All three (3) commissioners shall be appointed in January following the
general or primary election at which
the trustees' action is ratified. the adoption of the enabling ordinance
by the legislative body of the town. One (1) commissioner serves for
one (1) year, one (1) commissioner serves for two (2) years, and one (1)
commissioner serves for three (3) years. On January 1 of each year one
(1) commissioner shall be appointed to serve for a term of three (3)
years. Each commissioner is subject to removal by the legislative body
for any cause that the legislative body considers sufficient.
(b) After the initial appointment of the three (3) commissioners, the town legislative body may, by ordinance, increase the size of the board by providing for the appointment of two (2) additional commissioners. The commissioners must be of good moral character and legal residents of the town. The additional commissioners may not be members of the same political party. Each additional commissioner shall be appointed to serve for a term of three (3) years, however the initial appointment need not be for three (3) years if the town legislative body adopts, by ordinance, a staggered system for the terms of the additional members. The terms of additional members begin January 1 following the date of their appointment. Each commissioner
appointed under this subsection is subject to removal by the legislative
body for any cause that the legislative body considers sufficient.
(c) Before entering upon his duties, each commissioner shall take and subscribe an oath of office before the clerk of the county in which the town is located. Each commissioner shall also take and subscribe before the clerk the further oath or affirmation that, in each appointment or removal made by the board to or from the town police department under this chapter, he will not appoint or remove a member because of the political affiliation of the person or for another cause or reason other than that of the fitness of the person. The oath and affirmation shall be recorded and placed among the records of the court.
(d) Each commissioner shall give bond in the penal sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000), payable to the state and conditioned upon the faithful and honest discharge of his duties. The bond must be approved by the legislative body.
(e) The salary of the commissioners shall be fixed by the legislative body and is payable monthly out of the treasury of the town.
Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
(Reference is to HB1221 as printed January 25, 2000.)