STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION
COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS
Chair, Representative Steve Simon
Representative Simon, Chair of Committee on Elections, called the meeting to order at 12:30pm on March 12, 2013 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Halverson, Vice Chair
Members excused: Urdahl
A quorum was present.
HF1083 (Simon) Judicial retention elections established, judicial performance evaluation commission created, money appropriated, and constitutional amendment proposed.
Rep. Simon moved that HF1083 be recommended to pass and be referred to committee on Judiciary.
Rep. Simon introduced an oral amendment to delete section 14, section 6.24. The motion prevailed.
Testimony heard from:
Sarah Walker, President, Coalition for Impartial Justice
The Honorable Tad Jude, 10th District Court Judge
The Honorable Eric Magnuson, Former Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
Sandra Grazzini, Parents Protective Society
Sherri Knuth, Policy and Outreach Manager, League of Women Voters
Andrea Rau, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life
Kate Johnson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
The Honorable Theresa Warner, Chief Judge, 2nd Judicial District
Michael Rhedin, Parents Protective Society
Bonnie Roy, Parents Protective Society
Dale Nathan, Retired Attorney
Tom Pritchard, Minnesota Family Council
Tim Kinley, Citizen
Greg Wersal, Citizen
Rep. Simon renewed motion that HF1083 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to committee on Judiciary Finance and Policy. The motion prevailed.
Rep. Simon resumed the chair at 1:21pm.
HF334 (Bernardy) Early voting provided for, and money appropriated.
Rep. Bernardy moved that HF334 be recommended to pass and be referred to State Government Finance.
Rep. Bernardy moved H0334A1
amendment. The motion prevailed.
Testimony heard from:
Beth Frazer, Minnesota Secretary of State
Dan McGrath, Minnesota Majority
Joe Mansky, Elections Director, Ramsey County
Christeen Stone, American Association of Retired Persons
Laura Frederick Wang, Executive Director, League of Women Voters
Ann Lindstrom, League of Minnesota Cities
Jane Cross, City of Blaine
Justin Page, Staff Attorney, Minnesota Disability Law Center
Jeremy Schraeder, Common Cause Minnesota
James Haggar, Education Minnesota – Political Action Coordinator
Rep. Bernardy renewed motion that HF334, as amended, be recommended to pass and be referred to committee on State Government Finance. The motion prevailed.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:05pm.
Representative Steve Simon, Chair
Andrew Virden, Committee Legislative Assistant