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Minority Representation Rules

According to the Wethersfield Town Charter, Section 103, Powers:

There are hereby vested in the town all powers vested therein or in any officer, board or commission thereof, at the effective date of this Charter by the General Statutes and special acts; and all other powers relevant to the property, government and affairs of the town, whose exercise is not specifically prohibited to towns, by the Constitution and General Statutes of the state. The enumeration of specific powers in this Charter shall not be taken to be a limitation on this general grant of powers but in addition thereto.

According to the Wethersfield Town Charter, Section 513, Boards and Commissions:

There shall be such other boards and commissions organized in such manner as the Council shall determine, by ordinance. Unless otherwise provided by the General Statutes, all appointments to boards and commissions shall be made by the Council.

According to the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 9-167a, Minority representation:

(a)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, the maximum number of members of any board, commission, legislative body, committee or similar body of the state or any political subdivision thereof, whether elective or appointive, who may be members of the same political party, shall be as specified in the following table:

Column I
Total Membership
Column II
Maximum from One Party
3 2
4 3
5 4
6 4
7 5
8 5
9 6
more than 9 two-thirds of total membership

(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply (A) to any such board, commission, committee or body whose members are elected wholly or partially on the basis of a geographical division of the state or political subdivision, (B) to a legislative body of a municipality (i) having a town meeting as its legislative body or (ii) for which the charter or a special act, on January 1, 1976, provided otherwise or (C) to the city council of an unconsolidated city within a town and the town council of such town if the town has a town council and a representative town meeting, the town charter provides for some form of minority representation in the election of members of the representative town meeting, and the city has a city council and a body having the attributes of a town meeting or (D) the board of directors and other officers of any district, as defined in section 7-324, having annual receipts from all sources not in excess of two hundred fifty thousand dollars.