Senate Amendments to House Bill No. 639
TO THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE:
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT THE SENATE HAS ADOPTED THE AMENDMENTS SET OUT BELOW:
AMENDMENT NO. 1
Amend by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
SECTION 1. Section 23-15-137, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
23-15-137. (1) If the governing authorities of a municipality determine that revision of the registration books and pollbooks can be performed more effectively and efficiently utilizing the authority granted in this section, then such governing authorities may contract with the commissioners of election of the county or counties in which the municipality is located to provide the municipal registrar of such municipality with registration books and pollbooks containing only the duly qualified electors of such municipality. The registration books and pollbooks provided pursuant to this section may be used to conduct any municipal election in such municipality. By adopting the registration books and pollbooks so provided, the municipal commissioners of election shall be deemed to have met any requirements to revise such books which are imposed upon such commissioners by Mississippi law.
(2) In addition to any meeting otherwise authorized by law, the county commissioners of election may meet to prepare the registration and pollbooks of each municipality pursuant to a contract authorized pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. Each municipality shall compensate the county commissioners of election for the actual cost of preparing such registration books and pollbooks for the municipality and shall pay each county commissioner of election the per diem provided for in Section 23-15-153(2) for each day or period of not less than five (5) hours accumulated over two (2) or more days such commissioners are actually employed in preparing such registration books and pollbooks for such municipality, not to exceed five (5) days. The county commissioners of election shall not receive any compensation for the preparation of registration books and pollbooks pursuant to subsection (1) other than that provided for in this subsection.
(3) This section shall stand repealed from and after July 1, 2006.
SECTION 2. The Attorney General of the State of Mississippi shall submit this act, immediately upon approval by the Governor, or upon approval by the Legislature subsequent to a veto, to the Attorney General of the United States or to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in accordance with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.
Further, amend by striking the title in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 23-15-137, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE THE DATE OF REPEAL FOR THE PROVISION OF LAW THAT AUTHORIZES THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES OF A MUNICIPALITY TO CONTRACT TO REVISE REGISTRATION BOOKS AND POLLBOOKS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
John O. Gilbert
Secretary of the Senate