2007 Regular Session
To: Municipalities; Apportionment and Elections
By: Representative Robinson (63rd)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 21-1-33, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THAT WARD LINES BE DRAWN BEFORE A CHANCELLOR MAY APPROVE A PROPOSED ENLARGEMENT OF A MUNICIPALITY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 21-1-33, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
21-1-33. If the chancellor finds from the evidence presented at such hearing that the proposed enlargement or contraction is reasonable and is required by the public convenience and necessity and, in the event of an enlargement of a municipality, that reasonable public and municipal services will be rendered in the annexed territory within a reasonable time and after ward lines have been drawn for an enlargement of a municipality, the chancellor shall enter a decree approving, ratifying and confirming the proposed enlargement or contraction, and describing the boundaries of the municipality as altered. In so doing the chancellor shall have the right and the power to modify the proposed enlargement or contraction by decreasing the territory to be included in or excluded from such municipality, as the case may be. If the chancellor shall find from the evidence that the proposed enlargement or contraction, as the case may be, is unreasonable and is not required by the public convenience and necessity, then he shall enter a decree denying such enlargement or contraction. In any event, the decree of the chancellor shall become effective after the passage of ten (10) days from the date thereof or, in event an appeal is taken therefrom, within ten (10) days from the final determination of such appeal. In any proceeding under this section the burden shall be upon the municipal authorities to show that the proposed enlargement or contraction is reasonable.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.