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Government Operations and Elections Policy

FIFTEENTH MEETING

2017-2018 Regular Session - March 01, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & ELECTIONS POLICY
MINUTES

Representative O’Driscoll, Chair of the Government Operations and Elections Policy, began the meeting at 10:15AM on March 1st, 2017, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

O’DRISCOLL, Tim - Chair
PUGH, Cindy - Vice Chair
NELSON, Michael
BLISS, Matt
FENTON, Kelly
FREIBERG, Mike
HALVERSON, Laurie
JESSUP, Randy
LEE, Fue
MASIN, Sandra
NASH, Jim
PETERSON, Roz
QUAM, Duane
SANDSTEDE, Julie
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
THEIS, Tama
WEST, Nolan
YOUAKIM, Cheryl


Members Excused:

Chair O’Driscoll started the meeting to order at 10:19AM. A quorum was present.

Representative Jessup moved to approve the minutes of February 28th. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1643 (Layman) Iron Range resources and rehabilitation commissioner duties modified, and Legislative-Citizen Commission created.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1643 come before the committee and be re-referred to the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee.

Chair O’Driscoll moved the 1643A17 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Layman testified on HF1643.

The following testified regarding HF1643:
Paul Kess, President, Range Association of Municipalities and Schools,
Mark Phillips, Commissioner, IRRRB,

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1643, as amended, be re-referred to the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair O’Driscoll moved to reconsider HF1504.

Chair O’Driscoll moved to re-refer the HF1504, as amended, to the Taxes Committee. Represented Freiberg requested a roll call vote on the motion. The results were as follows:

AYES NAYS
O’DRISCOLL, Tim FREIBERG, Mike
PUGH, Cindy HALVERSON, Laurie
BLISS, Matt JESSUP, Randy
FENTON, Kelly LEE, Fue
NASH, Jim MASIN, Sandra
QUAM, Duane NELSON, Michael
SWEDZINSKI, Chris SANDSTEDE, Julie
THEIS, Tama YOUAKIM, Cheryl
WEST, Nolan

There being 9 ayes and 8 nays THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Pugh assumed the gavel at 10:40pm.

HF1697 (O'Driscoll) Voting equipment grant program provided, reports required, and money appropriated.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1697 come before the committee and be re-referred to the State Government Finance Committee.

Chair O’Driscoll testified regarding HF1697.

The following testified regarding HF1697:
Steve Simon, Secretary of State,
Julie Strother, Director of Government Relations, Office of the Secretary of State,
Matt Hilgart, Association of Minnesota Cities,
Debby Erickson, Minnesota Association of County Officers.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1697 be re-referred to the State Government Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF252 (Newberger) Benton County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.

Chair O’Driscoll assumed the gavel at 10:56AM.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF252 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Newberger testified on HF252.

The following testified regarding HF252:
Spencer Buerkle, Benton County Commissioner,
Ed Popp, Benton County Commissioner.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF252 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

H1674 (Fabian) Marshall County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1674 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Fabian testified on HF1674.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1674 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

H1516 (Kresha) Morrison County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1516 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Kresha testified on HF1516.

The following testified regarding HF1516:
Troy Olsen, Minnesota Association of County Officers.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1516 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.
H1823 (Daniels) Rice County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1823 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

The following testified regarding HF1823:
Fran Windschitl, Rice County Recorder/Treasurer.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1823 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

HF1271 (Theis) Stearns County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.

Representative Theis moved that HF1271 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Theis testified on HF1271.

The following testified regarding HF1271:
Joe Perske, County Administrator, Stearns County,
Mike Williams, County Administrator, Stearns County.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1271 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Pugh assumed the gavel at 11:17AM.

HF1696 (O'Driscoll) County recorder appointment authorized.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1696 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

The following testified regarding HF1696:
Betti Kamolz, Minnesota County Recorder Association,
Matt Hilgart, Association of Minnesota Cities.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1696 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

HF1472 (O'Driscoll) Cities allowed to canvass primary results on the second or third day after the primary.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1472 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

The following testified regarding HF1472:
Laura, Ziegler, Intergovernmental Relations, League of Minnesota Cities.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1472 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

HF1393 (Fenton) State primary date changed from August to June, and date of primary elections conducted by a political subdivision changed.

Representative Fenton moved that HF1393 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Fenton testified regarding HF1393.

Representative Fenton moved to orally amend HF1393 as follows:
On line 3.22, Reinstate the stricken “December”,
On line 3.23, delete “April”.

The following testified regarding HF1393:
Steve Simon, Secretary of State,
Director of Government Relations, Office of the Secretary of State,
Kent Sulem, Minnesota Association of Townships.

Representative Nelson moved to table HF1393. Representative Nelson requested a roll call on the motion to table. The results were as follows:

AYES NAYS
LEE, Fue O’DRISCOLL, Tim
MASIN, Sandra PUGH, Cindy
NELSON, Michael FENTON, Kelly
SANDSTEDE, Julie JESSUP, Randy
NASH, Jim
PETERSON, Roz
QUAM, Duane
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
THEIS, Tama
WEST, Nolan

There being 4 ayes and 10 nays THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Fenton renewed the motion that HF1393 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

HF1509 (Fischer) I VOTED sticker authorization clarification.

Chair O’Driscoll moved that HF1509 come before the committee for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

Representative Fischer testified regarding HF1509.

Chair O’Driscoll renewed the motion that HF1509 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Government Operations and Elections Policy omnibus bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:51AM.




Representative Tim O’Driscoll, Chair




Steve Barthel, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1643 (Layman) - Iron Range resources and rehabilitation commissioner duties modified, legislative commission created, and conforming changes made.
  • HF252 (Newberger) - Benton County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.
  • HF1516 (Kresha) - Morrison County; process to make county recorder office appointive provided.
  • HF1674 (Fabian) - Marshall County; process for making county recorder office appointive provided.
  • HF1271 (Theis) - Stearns County; process for making county recorder office appointive provided.
  • HF1696 (O'Driscoll) - County recorder appointment authorized.
  • HF1393 (Fenton) - State primary date changed from August to June, and date of primary elections conducted by a political subdivision changed.
  • HF1472 (O'Driscoll) - Cities allowed to canvass primary results on the second or third day after the primary.
  • HF1697 (O'Driscoll) - Voting equipment grant program provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1509 (Fischer) - I VOTED sticker authorization clarified.
  • HF1823 (Daniels) - Rice County; process for making offices appointive provided.
Documents:

Bills may be taken in any order. More bills may be added. If committee business is not finished during the regularly scheduled time, the committee will meet in room 10 at the call of the chair.