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Minnesota Legislature

EIGHTH MEETING - Subcommittee on Elections

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA MEETING 8
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS

MINUTES

Representative Dehn, Chair of the Subcommittee on Elections, called the meeting to order at 9:07 AM on March 8, 2019 in Room 400S of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

DEHN, Raymond (Chair)
BAHNER, Kristin (Vice-Chair)
BERNARDY, Connie
HALVERSON, Laurie
MANN, Alice
NEU, Anne
O’DRISCOLL, Tim

Members not present:
NASH, Jim (GOP Lead)

A quorum was present.

Chair Dehn moved HF 1500 (Winkler) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 1500 (Winkler) Relating to transportation; modifying requirements for a noncompliant driver’s license or Minnesota identification card and making related changes, including on eligibility, proof of law presence, primary and secondary documentation, discrimination voter registration, and data practices; making technical changes; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statues 2018, sections 13.6905, by adding a subdivision; 171.04, subdivision 5; 171.06, subdivision 3, by adding subdivisions; 171.07, subdivisions 1, 3; 171.12, subdivisions 7a, 9, by adding subdivisions; 206.061, subdivision 3; 363A.28, by adding a subdivision; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.015, subdivision 7.

Chair Dehn moved to adopt amendment H1500A8. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Winkler testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Representative Gomez
Secretary Steve Simon, Office of Secretary of State
Rev. Oby Ballinger, Edina Morningside Community Church
Grace Wachlarowicz, Asst. City Clerk, Elections & Voter Services, City of Minneapolis

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 1500 (Winkler) as amended to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bahner assumed chair.

Representative Dehn moved to lay over HF 1603 (Dehn) for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

HF 1603 (Dehn) Relating to elections; authorizing mail balloting in any town or city with fewer than 400 registered voters; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 204B.45, subdivision 1.

Representative Dehn testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Andy Lokken, Dakota County

Representative Dehn renewed motion to lay over HF 1603 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Chair Bahner laid over HF 1603 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Representative Dehn assumed chair.

Representative Bahner moved to approve minutes for March 06, 2019 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bernardy moved HF 1941 to be laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

HF 1941 (Lesch) Relating to elections; enact the Agreement Among the States Elect the President by National Popular Vote; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 208.

Representative Bernardy testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer

Representative Bernardy renewed motion to lay over to HF 1941 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Chair Dehn laid over HF 1941 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Chair Dehn moved to lay over HF 1371 (Long) for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

HF 1371 (Long) Relating to elections; providing for early voting; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 201.022, subdivision 1; 203B.001; 203B.01, by adding a subdivision; 203B.03, subdivision 1; 203B.05, subdivision 1; 203B.081, subdivision 2; 206.82, subdivision 1; 206.83; proposing coding for a new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 203B; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 203B.081, subdivision 3.

Representative Long testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Troy Olsen
Ann Lindstrom, League on Minnesota Cities

Representative Neu moved to table HF 1371. THE MOTION FAILED.

Chair Dehn laid over HF 1371 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Chair Dehn moved HF 2059 (Lee) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 2059 (Lee) Relating to state government; changing provisions on fair campaign practices; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 211B.20, subdivision 1.

Representative Lee testified on the bill.
Testifiers:
Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 2059 to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bernardy moved to lay over HF 1818 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

HF 1818 (Bernardy) Relating to elections; authorizing the opening of additional polling place locations for voting by absentee ballot for fewer than 46 days; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 203B.081, subdivision 1.

Representative Bernardy testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Troy Olsen

Representative Bernardy renewed motion to lay over HF 1818 for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Chair Dehn laid over HF 1818 for possible inclusion.

Representative Bahner moved to lay over HF 2050 (Bahner) for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

HF 2050 (Bahner) Relating to campaign finance; modifying definition of expressly advocating providing for disclosure of electioneering communications; amending prorating method for contributions or use of general treasury money; providing penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 10A.244; 10A.25, subdivision 16a; 10A.121, subdivision 1; 10A.20, subdivision 3, 10A.244, 10A.25, subdivision 3a; 10A.27, subdivision 15; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 10A.

Chair Dehn called the meeting to recess at 10:36AM.

Chair Dehn reconvened the meeting at 11:10AM.

Representative Bahner moved to adopt amendment H2050A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifiers:
Michelle Witte, League of Women Voters
Jeff Sigurdson, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

Representative Bahn renewed motion to lay over HF 2050 as amended.

Chair Dehn laid over HF 2050 as amended for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

Chair Dehn moved HF 1994 (Freiberg) to be laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus bill.

HF 1994 (Freiberg) Relating to campaign finance; modifying provisions for certain campaign disclosures in Hennepin County; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 10A.01, subdivisions 4, 7, 8, 11, 16a, 17c, 18, 20, 24, 27, 28, by adding a subdivision; 10A.12, subdivisions 1, 2; 10A.121, subdivision 2; 10A.13, subdivision 383B.041; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 10A.15, subdivision 6, 383B.042; 383B.043; 383B.044, 383B.045, 383B.046, 383B.047, 383B.048, 383B.049, 383B.05, 383B.051, 383B.052, 383B.053, 383B.054, 383B.055, 383B.056, 383B.057.

Chair Dehn moved to adopt amendment H1994A1. THE MOTION PREVAILS.

Representative Freiberg testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Dan Rogen, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
Ginny Gelms, Hennepin County Elections Adminstrator

Chair Dehn moved HF 1994 as amended to be re-referred to the committee of Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILS.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:47 PM.






Representative Raymond Dehn, Chair




Yingya Vang,
Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF1500 (Winkler) Noncompliant driver's license or identification card requirements modified and related changes made, including eligibility, proof of lawful presence, primary and secondary documentation, discrimination, voter registration, and data practices; technical changes made; and money appropriated. HF1603 (Dehn) Mail balloting authorized in any town or city with fewer than 400 registered voters. HF1941 (Lesch) Elections; Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote enacted. HF1371 (Long) Early voting provided, and money appropriated. HF1818 (Bernardy) Absentee ballot voting; additional polling place locations opening for fewer than 46 days authorized. HF2050 (Bahner) Campaign finance; expressly advocating definition modified, electioneering communications disclosure provided, prorating contribution methods or general treasury money use amended, and penalties provided. HF1994 (Freiberg) Hennepin County campaign disclosure provisions modified. HF2059 (Lee) Fair campaign practices provisions changed. *The order of the bills may change. Bills may be added or removed from the agenda. Bills may be carried over from Thursday.

Bills Added:
  • HF1603 (Dehn) - Election and campaign finance; various policy and technical changes made, automatic voter registration provided, voting rights of persons with felony convictions restored, early voting provided, automatic absentee ballot delivery authorized, ranked-choice voting authorized, National Popular Vote Interstate Compact adopted, campaign finance reporting requirements modified for Hennepin County elections and political subdivisions, expressly advocating definition modified, reporting of electioneering communications required, redistricting commission established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1371 (Long) - Early voting provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1941 (Lesch) - Elections; Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote enacted.
  • HF1818 (Bernardy) - Absentee ballot voting; additional polling place locations opening for fewer than 46 days authorized.
  • HF2050 (Bahner) - Campaign finance; expressly advocating definition modified, electioneering communications disclosure provided, prorating contribution methods or general treasury money use amended, and penalties provided.
  • HF1994 (Freiberg) - Hennepin County; provisions modified applying to the financing of campaigns for Hennepin County elections and for certain political subdivisions in Hennepin County.
  • HF2059 (Lee) - Fair campaign practice provisions changed.
  • HF1500 (Winkler) - Noncompliant driver's license or Minnesota identification card requirements modified and related changes made, including eligibility, proof of lawful presence, primary and secondary documentation, voter registration, and data practices; technical changes made; and money appropriated.
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