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</p> <p>Page 1 of 3<br /> 67C.103 Consolidated local government council &#8212; Council districts &#8212; Redistricting<br /> following decennial census &#8212; Terms, qualifications, and election of members <br />and president &#8212; Regular and special meetings &#8212; Notice requirements &#8212; <br />Ordinances &#8212; Vacancies &#8212; Legislative powers &#8212; Name of council.<br /> (1) The legislative authority of a consolidated local government, except as otherwise<br /> specified in KRS 67C.101 to 67C.137, shall be vested in a consolidated local <br />government council. The members of the council shall be nominated and elected by <br />district. There shall be only one (1) council member elected from each council <br />district.<br /> (2) There shall be twenty-six (26) council districts. The initial boundaries, population,<br /> and numerical designation of the council districts shall be as specified by KRS <br />67C.135. The population of the council districts shall be as nearly equal as is <br />reasonably possible. For any newly consolidated local governments whose officials <br />take office in 2003, upon taking office, the legislative council may take action to <br />adjust the boundaries and population of the districts in order to equalize the <br />population of the districts which may have changed as a result of recent census <br />information. Any changes made to alter the boundaries of council districts shall be <br />based on the population of the county as determined by the most recent United <br />States Census or official census estimates as provided by the United States Bureau <br />of the Census.<br /> (3) Following the official publication of each decennial census by the United States<br /> Bureau of the Census for the area embraced by a consolidated local government, the <br />council shall adopt an ordinance, if necessary, to redistrict the council districts. A <br />redistricting ordinance shall provide for the distribution of population among the <br />council districts as nearly equal as is reasonably possible. Every council district <br />shall be compact and contiguous and shall respect existing neighborhood, <br />community, and city boundaries whenever possible.<br /> (4) The consolidated local government council members shall serve for a term of four<br /> (4) years beginning on the first Monday in January following their election except <br />that the initial election of council members shall be in a manner as to provide for <br />staggered terms for council members. At the initial election of the members of a <br />consolidated local government council, those representing even-numbered districts <br />shall be elected for a two (2) year term. Those representing odd-numbered districts <br />shall be elected for a four (4) year term. Thereafter, all council members shall be <br />elected for four (4) year terms.<br /> (5) The members of a consolidated local government council shall be nominated and<br /> elected from the district in which they reside in partisan elections. After the initial <br />terms of office of the first elected council members, council members shall be <br />elected in the same election years as other local government officials as regulated by <br />the regular election laws of the Commonwealth and as provided in subsection (4) of <br />this section.<br /> (6) No person shall be eligible to serve as a member of a consolidated local government<br /> council unless he or she is at least twenty-one (21) years old, a qualified voter, and a <br />resident within the territory of the consolidated local government and the district </p> <p>Page 2 of 3<br /> that he or she seeks to represent for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the <br />person&#8217;s election. A council member shall continue to reside within the district from <br />which he or she was elected throughout the term of office.<br /> (7) The presiding officer of a consolidated local government council shall be a<br /> president who shall be chosen annually by a majority vote of the entire council from <br />among its members at the first meeting of the council in January. The council <br />president has the right to introduce any resolution or recommend any ordinance and <br />shall be entitled to vote on all matters.<br /> (8) The consolidated local government council shall upon notice meet within seven (7)<br /> days after its members have taken office, and shall thereafter hold at least two (2) <br />regular meetings per month. No newspaper notice shall be required for regular or <br />special meetings of the consolidated local government council. However, notice of <br />all meetings of the council and all meetings of committees of the council shall be <br />held pursuant to KRS 61.805 to 61.850.<br /> (9) A majority of the members of the consolidated local government council shall<br /> constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. The <br />consolidated local government council may enforce the attendance of members by <br />rules or ordinances with appropriate fines. The mayor or two-thirds (2/3) of the <br />entire membership of the council may call a special meeting at any time. Meetings <br />shall be held in such places in the county as are provided by ordinance, and the <br />place of meetings shall not be changed except by an ordinance for which two-thirds <br />(2/3) of the members of the consolidated local government council have voted.<br /> (10) The council shall determine its own rules and order of business, and keep and<br /> provide a public record of its proceedings. The council shall provide for the <br />publication of all ordinances in a composite code of ordinances.<br /> (11) Council ordinances that prescribe penalties for their violation shall be enforced<br /> through the entire area of the consolidated local government unless: <br />(a) Otherwise provided by statute; or <br />(b) The legislative body of any city within the consolidated local government area<br /> has adopted an ordinance pertaining to the same subject matter that is the <br />same as or more stringent than the standards set forth in the consolidated local <br />government&#8217;s ordinance.<br /> (12) In the case of a vacancy on the consolidated local government council by reason of<br /> death, resignation, or removal, the council by majority vote of the membership of <br />the council shall elect a qualified resident of the council district not later than thirty <br />(30) days after the date the vacancy occurs. Should the council fail to elect, by <br />majority vote of the membership of the council, a qualified person to fill the <br />vacancy within thirty (30) days, the mayor of the consolidated local government <br />shall fill the vacancy by appointment of a qualified person for the unexpired term.<br /> (13) All legislative powers of a consolidated local government are vested in the<br /> consolidated local government council. The term &quot;legislative power&quot; is to be <br />construed broadly and shall include the power to: </p> <p>Page 3 of 3<br /> (a) Enact ordinances, orders, and resolutions, and override a veto of the mayor by<br /> a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the membership of the legislative council;<br /> (b) Review the budgets of and appropriate money to the consolidated local<br /> government;<br /> (c) Adopt a budget ordinance; <br />(d) Levy taxes, subject to the limitations of the Constitution and the laws of the<br /> Commonwealth of Kentucky;<br /> (e) Establish standing and temporary committees; and <br />(f) Make independent audits and investigations concerning the affairs of the<br /> consolidated local government.<br /> (14) The consolidated local government council shall be known as the legislative council<br /> of &#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;/&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;. County Metro Government, which shall be a <br />combination of the names of the largest city in existence in the county on the date of <br />the adoption of the consolidated local government and the county.<br /> Effective: July 15, 2002 <br />History: Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 346, sec. 54, effective July 15, 2002. &#8212; Created<br /> 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 189, sec. 2, effective July 14, 2000. </p> <p>