Senate Study Bill 3083 - Introduced SENATE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON GARRETT) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the publication of county resolutions. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 5969XC (1) 87 js/jh
S.F. _____ Section 1. Section 349.16, subsection 1, Code 2018, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. The proceedings of the board of supervisors, as furnished 3 by the county auditor, excluding from the publication of said 4 proceedings, its canvass of the various elections, as provided 5 by law; witness fees of witnesses before the grand jury and in 6 the district court in criminal cases. 7 Sec. 2. Section 349.18, subsection 3, Code 2018, is amended 8 to read as follows: 9 3. The county auditor shall furnish a copy of the 10 proceedings to be published, within one week following the 11 adjournment of the board. The county auditor shall include 12 either a summary of all resolutions or the complete text of 13 resolutions adopted by the board in the furnished copy of the 14 proceedings. As used in this subsection, “summary” means a 15 narrative description of the resolution setting forth the main 16 points of the resolution in a manner calculated to inform 17 the public in a clear and understandable manner the meaning 18 of the resolution and to provide the public with sufficient 19 notice of the policy stated or action to be taken, as resolved 20 by the board in the resolution. The narrative description 21 shall include the title of the resolution, an accurate and 22 intelligible synopsis of the essential elements of the 23 resolution, a statement that the description is a summary, the 24 location and the normal business hours of the office where the 25 full text of the resolution may be inspected, and the effective 26 date of the resolution. Legal descriptions of property 27 set forth in a resolution shall be described in full. The 28 narrative description shall be written in a clear and coherent 29 manner and shall, to the extent possible, avoid the use of 30 technical or legal terms not generally familiar to the public. 31 When necessary to use technical or legal terms not generally 32 familiar to the public, the narrative description shall include 33 definitions of those terms. 34 EXPLANATION 35 -1- LSB 5969XC (1) 87 js/jh 1/ 2
S.F. _____ The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 1 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 2 Current law requires that all proceedings of each regular, 3 adjourned, or special meeting of a county board of supervisors 4 be published immediately after the adjournment of the meeting 5 and that the county auditor, serving as clerk to the board, 6 furnish a copy of the proceedings to the board for publication 7 within one week following the adjournment of the board. This 8 bill requires that the county auditor include either a summary 9 of all resolutions or the complete text of resolutions adopted 10 by the board, for the purposes of furnishing such proceedings 11 for publication. 12 -2- LSB 5969XC (1) 87 js/jh 2/ 2