Having local special elections take place on only five calendar days throughout the calendar year is one provision of the omnibus elections bill passed by the House Sunday.
In most cases, a special election held in a city, town or school district would have to “be held on one of the following dates: the second Tuesday in February, the second Tuesday in April, the second Tuesday in May, the second Tuesday in August, or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”
Rep. Kelly Fenton (R-Woodbury), who sponsors the bill with Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), successfully offered a delete-all amendment that she said stripped some provisions of the original House bill as necessary to ensure “broad, bipartisan support.”
The House rejected two changes to her amendment. Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins) proposed early voting 15 days ahead of Election Day, replacing the current seven days, while Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth) proposed opt-out automatic voter registration to replace the current opt-in system.
Fenton called the bill “common-sense election reform.” Among several provisions she highlighted, the bill would:
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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