House Bill No. 5265

Public Act No. 00-225

An Act Authorizing Municipalities To Establish Four-Year Terms.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 9-187 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The terms of office of elective municipal officers, when not otherwise prescribed by law, shall be for two years from the date on which such terms begin as set forth in section 9-187a and until their successors are elected and have qualified. When not otherwise prescribed by law, the terms of those town officers appointed by the board of selectmen shall expire on the termination date of the term of the board of selectmen appointing such officers.

(b) The terms of office of elected chief executive officers, members of boards of selectmen and the members of the legislative body of any town, city or borough as prescribed by charter or ordinance shall be two years or four years from the date on which such term begins as set forth in section 9-187a, and until their successors are elected and have qualified. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to authorize an ordinance prescribing terms of office to supercede the provisions of a charter concerning such terms of office.

(c) The terms of office of any tax collector appointed pursuant to an ordinance adopted under the provisions of subsection (b) of section 9-189 shall be as provided in such ordinance.

Sec. 2. Section 9-189a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 9-189 and 9-190a, any town or municipality may, by charter or ordinance, provide that the treasurer or the town clerk of said town or municipality, or the registrars of voters of said town, or [both] any of such officers, shall, at the next succeeding regular election for such office and thereafter, be elected for a term of four years. In such event, such four-year term shall begin on the first Monday of January succeeding his election in the case of a treasurer or town clerk, except as provided in section 9-187a, and from the Wednesday following the first Monday of January succeeding their election in the case of registrars of voters, provided, if any such town or municipality holds its town or municipal election on the first Monday of May of the odd-numbered years, the term of such treasurer or town clerk shall begin on the first day of July following his election, except as provided in section 9-187a.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved June 1, 2000