Senate Bill 0297
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DIGEST OF SB297 (Updated January 29, 2008 8:07 pm - DI 84)
Local government matters. Allows officers of a political subdivision to transfer money between departments in the same fund of the political subdivision without notice and approval of the department of local government finance if the transfer meets certain requirements. Allows a city, town, or county to regulate and adopt civil penalties for littering on public property. Allows a political subdivision to make transfers to the political subdivision's rainy day fund after the last day of the political subdivision's fiscal year. Provides that a unit consisting of two or more townships and at least one municipality that have reorganized under the government modernization statutes may exercise park and recreation powers if the unit's plan of reorganization authorizes the unit to exercise those powers. Specifies that such a unit may determine: (1) the number of members to be appointed to the unit's park and recreation board; (2) the person or entity that shall appoint or remove those members; (3) any required qualifications for those members; and (4) the terms of those members. Provides that such a unit may exercise planning and zoning power if the unit's plan of reorganization authorizes the unit to do so. Allows the legislative body of such a unit to establish an advisory plan commission and a board of zoning appeals to exercise planning and zoning functions within the unit.
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