DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Representation of rural areas on county councils. Provides that in certain counties, the county executive shall divide the county into at least four single member county fiscal body districts. (Under current law, the fiscal body has four single member districts.) Requires a county executive, in determining how many single member districts to have for the county fiscal body and in drawing those districts, to consider how communities of interest in the county can best be represented and to draw the districts to provide at least one representative to each distinct community of interest to the extent practicable and not inconsistent with other applicable law. Requires the county executive to consider rural and agricultural communities in the county to be a distinct community of interest. Provides that if a county executive converts an at large seat on the county fiscal body to a single member district seat, the first election under the new plan occurs at the first election at which at large members would have been elected under the previous plan.