Stripping a mayor of his powers won't be too easy under a bill on its way to the governor.
SB20 would force city councils to vote unanimously to strip a mayor of his power. The bill is an attempt to stop councils from taking the mayor's powers and play nice, said Rep. Aaron Tilton, R-Springville.
"I don't think this bill is going to correct everything, but I think this will help the mayors and the council to fight nice," Tilton said. "The constituents need to go back and put the pressure back on the city councils and the mayor to play nice in the sand box."
Current law allows city councils to strip mayors of their administrative powers without a public vote, but if the council wants to make any changes to the mayor's power, they must either get the mayor's consent or approve the change with a unanimous vote. The bill would require a public vote on any such changes.
The House approved the bill on Tuesday and is now on its way to the governor for his signature.