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Council approves mandate resolution

March 9, 2011

Big Spring City Council took a step against unfunded state mandates during its meeting Tuesday night, approving resolutions supporting House Joint Resolution 56 and Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 17.

During its Feb. 22 meeting, the council had already approved first reading of the resolution supporting House Joint Resolution 56, which calls for a constitutional amendment prohibiting unfunded and under‐funded mandates passed down from the state level to city and county governments.

“No bill enacted by the legislature on or after Jan. 1, 2012, requiring a local government to establish, expand or modify a duty or activity that requires the expenditure of revenue by the local government shall be effective until and unless the legislature appropriates or otherwise provides for the payment or reimbursement, from a source other than the revenue of the local government, or the costs incurred for the biennium by the local government in complying with the requirement,” Mayor Tommy Duncan said, reading the details of the proposed bill to the council and audience during the previous meeting.

Approval of the final reading of the resolution passed by a unanimous vote Tuesday, as did emergency reading of SJR 17, a joint senate bill that mirrors the house bill.

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