Yesterday the first transcript of a 2010 meeting of the board to consider draft laws (คณะกรรมการพิจารณาร่างกฎหมาย) was uploaded, directly with an important municipal change.
Already effective January 28, the town Mae Sot (เทศบาลเมืองแม่สอด) at the border to Myanmar has been upgraded to a city municipality (thesaban nakhon, เทศบาลนครแม่สอด). The reason why the upgrade was done so quickly is the fact that on January 28 2010 the term of the municipal council ended and an election of the council is necessary within 60 days after the end of term. The end of the council term is the easiest opportunity to change the municipal status, as no shortening of an electoral term is necessary.
What make me a bit wonder about this upgrade is that actually it was planned to upgrade Mae Sot to a special administrative area (องค์กรปกครองท้องถิ่นรูปแบบพิเศษ), probably modeled after Pattaya, incorporating some of the neighboring municipalities and TAO into one metropolis. I don't know whether the upgrade to a city means that the plans for the special administrative area have been shelved already, or just are expected to take too long to deny the town the larger responsibilities and opportunities which come with the higher municipal status any longer.