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Government Operations and Elections Policy

THIRTY – FOURTH MEETING

2017-2018 Regular Session - March 14, 2018

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY – FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & ELECTIONS POLICY
MINUTES



Representative Tim O’Driscoll, Chair of the Government Operation and Election Policy Committee called the meeting to order at 10:16AM on March 14, 2018, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

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
MASIN, Sandra
NASH, Jim
PETERSON, Roz
QUAM, Duane
SANDSTEDE, Julie
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
THEIS, Tama
WEST, Nolan
YOUAKIM, Cheryl

LEE, Fue


Representative Bliss moved to approve the minutes of March 13, 2018. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1197 (Johnson) Candidate required to file a petition related to residency.

Representative O’Driscoll moves HF1197 before the committee to be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Johnson presented HF1197

Representative O’Driscoll renewed his motion to move HF1197 to be laid over for possible inclusion.

HF1569 (Peterson) Electronic voting system provisions modified, and alternative printed ballot styles permitted.

Representative Peterson moved HF1569 in front of the committee to be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Peterson presented HF1569.

Representative Peterson moved the H1569A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following testified in favor of HF1569 as amended:
Cindy Geis, Minnesota Association of County Officers
Secretary Simon, Secretary of State
Judy Sanders, National Federation of the Blind
Jennifer Wagenivs, Washington County

Representative O’Driscoll renewed his motion to move HF1569 to be laid over as amended for possible inclusion.

HF3094 (Lohmer) School district bond referendum information required to be available in the polling place, and ballot language for school district bond referendums amended.
Representative O’Driscoll moved HF3094 in front of the committee to be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Lohmer presented HF3094.

Alison Komarek, Citizen testified in favor of HF3094.

The following testified against HF3094:
Valerie Dosland, MN Association of School Administration, MN School Business Officials
Grace Keliher, MSBA

Representative O’Driscoll renewed his motion to move HF3094 to be laid over for possible inclusion.


HF3221 (O'Driscoll) Elections administration technical changes made.

Representative Pugh assumes gavel at 11:24AM.

Representative O’Driscoll moves HF3221 before the committee to be laid ove for possible inclusion.

Representative O’Driscoll presented HF3221.

The following testified in favor of HF3221:
Samm Bonawitz, Director of Government relations, Office of the Secretary of State.
Cindy Geis, Minnesota Association of County Officers
David Maeda, City Clerk of Minnetonka

Representative O’Driscoll renewed his motion to move HF3221 to be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative O’Driscoll assumes gavel at 11:42

The meeting was adjourned at 11:44AM.





Representative Tim O’Driscoll, Chair




Meghan Plotz, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3221 (O'Driscoll) - Elections administration technical and policy changes made.
  • HF1197 (Johnson) - Candidate required to file a petition related to residency.
  • HF1569 (Peterson) - Electronic voting system provisions modified, and alternative printed ballot styles permitted.
  • HF2050 (West) - Electronic voter signatures for purposes of electronic rosters allowed.
  • HF3094 (Lohmer) - School district bond referendum information required to be available in the polling place, and ballot language for school district bond referendums amended.
  • HF3108 (Quam) - Special primary and special election required to be held on a Tuesday.
  • HF2179 (Freiberg) - Vacancies in nomination procedures modified.

Any bills from Wednesday's agenda that are not finished will be heard on Thursday. Election bills will be laid over for possible inclusion in the elections omnibus bill.

Bills may be taken in any order. Bills may be added.

Discussion will be limited to bill sections pertaining to the Government Operations and Elections committee's jurisdiction.