Public Charters and Amendments (Oppose – Mandate)

Public Charters and Amendments (Oppose – Mandate)

SB 1480 (Brandes) requires the Department of State (DOS) to create and maintain a centralized electronic database containing county, municipal and special district charters and amendments that must be accessible to the public through the department’s website. The bill requires cities to file an electronic copy of their charter and each adopted amendment with the DOS by October 1, 2018. Any amendments to a city charter after July 1, 2018, must be filed electronically with the DOS within 90 days of adoption. Cities that fail to comply with these new requirements would not be able to levy a new tax, levy or collect an existing tax, or issue a bond until they comply. (Cook)