House Bill 1181 (Crawford), which calls for a referendum to retain township government, was heard in the Senate Local Government committee, Chaired by Senator Connie Lawson, on Wednesday, February 17.
The bill was amended to remove all of the original language (calling for the referendum to retain township government) and replaced with the language from Senate Bill 240 (Lawson). [Senate Bill 240 includes a provision to eliminate township boards, ends nepotism beginning in 2015, requirements that meetings be held in public places and includes a variety of new reporting requirements.]
As reported to you last week, this is what we had expected based on conversations with key legislators. The amended bill passed out of committee along party lines 6-4.
The bill passed out of the Senate as did SB240. It was then returned to the House where the author (Crawford) dissented, turning the bill to a conference committee.
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