HB 1179 Modifies the law relating to public office vacancies

Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

HCS/HB 1179 - Currently, when there is a vacancy in the office of county commissioner, the Governor is required to fill such vacancy with a person who resides in the district at the time of vacancy. This act changes that process so that when there is less than one year remaining in the term, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Governor but if there is one year or more remaining in the term, the Governor shall appoint an eligible person with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Current law requires the Governor to fill a vacancy in the office of County Clerk, County Collector, County Assessor, County Treasurer in certain counties, County Auditor in certain counties, Coroner, Public Administrator, or certain County Recorders by appointing an eligible person to serve the remainder of the term. This act provides that such appointments by the Governor shall be made by and with the advice and consent of the Senate within 60 days of such vacancy occurring.

These procedures do not apply to charter counties.

This act is similar to SCS/SB 289 (2015).


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