(a) The governing body of a municipality that receives a petition for recognition
under Section 147.0031 may order an election to determine whether a public employer may meet and confer
under this chapter.
(b) An election ordered under this section must be held as part of the next regularly
scheduled general election for municipal officials that is held after the date the
governing body of the municipality orders the election and that allows sufficient
time to prepare the ballot in compliance with other requirements of law.
(c) The ballot for an election ordered under this section shall be printed to permit
voting for or against the proposition: “Authorizing __________ (name of the municipality) to operate under the state law allowing a municipality
to meet and confer and make agreements with the meet and confer team representing
municipal police officers and firefighters as provided by state law, preserving the
prohibition against strikes and organized work stoppages, and providing penalties
for strikes and organized work stoppages.”
(d) An election called under this section must be held and the returns prepared and
canvassed in conformity with the Election Code.
(e) If an election authorized under this section is held, the municipality may operate
under the other provisions of this chapter only if a majority of the votes cast at
the election favor the proposition.
(f) If an election authorized under this section is held, a meet and confer team may
not submit a petition for recognition to the governing body of the municipality under
Section 147.0031 before the second anniversary of the date of the election.
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