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2019-2020 Regular Session

TENTH MEETING - Subcommittee on Elections

February 13, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA MEETING 10
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS

MINUTES

Representative Dehn, Chair of the Subcommittee on Elections, called the meeting to order at 5:39 PM on February 13th, 2020 in Room 120 of the Capitol Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

DEHN, Raymond (Chair)
BAHNER, Kristin (Vice-Chair)
BERNARDY, Connie
MANN, Alice
NASH, Jim (GOP Lead)
O’DRISCOLL, Tim

Members not present:

HALVERSON, Laurie
NEU, Anne

A quorum was present.

Representative Nash moved to approve minutes for March 13, 2019 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bahner moved to approve unofficial minutes for October 02, 2019 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bahner moved to approve unofficial minutes for January 22, 2020 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bahner assumed chair.

Representative Dehn moved HF 3068 (Dehn) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 3068 (Dehn) A bill for an act relating to elections; regulating access to certain lists of voter data related to the presidential nomination primary; allowing voters to request that their data be excluded from the lists.

Representative Dehn testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Secretary Steve Simon, Office of Secretary of State
Nick Harper, League of Women Voters
Marie Ellis, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Representative Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 3068 (Dehn) to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Dehn assumed chair.

Chair Dehn moved HF 673 (Lucero) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 673 (Lucero) Relating to campaign finance, adding payments for security services to the list of allowable noncampaign disbursements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 10A.01, subdivision 26.

Representative O’Driscoll moved to adopt amendment H0673DE1. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 673 (Lucero) as amended to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Dehn moved HF 1371 (Long) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

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.

Chair Dehn moved to adopt amendment H1372A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 1371 (Long) as amended to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Dehn moved HF 1152 (Freiberg) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 1152 (Freiberg) Relating to elections; authorizing county auditors to transmit ballots electronically to persons with disabilities; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 204B.45, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 203B.

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 1152 (Freiberg) to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bernardy moved HF 1818 to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

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 moved to adopt amendment H1818A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifiers:
Steve Simon, Secretary of State

Representative Bernardy renewed motion to re-refer HF 1818 (Bernardy) as amended to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bahner moved HF 2050 (Bahner) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

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.

Representative Bahner moved to adopt amendment H2050A2. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bahner renewed motion to re-refer HF 2050 as amended to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dehn moved HF983 (Elkins) to be discussed.

HF 983 (Elkins) Relating to elections; ranked-choice voting adoption by jurisdictions authorized; adoption, implementation, and use of ranked-choice voting procedures established; electronic voting systems with reallocation feature use by municipalities allowed; and rulemaking authorized.

Representative Elkins testified on the bill.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 PM.






Representative Raymond Dehn, Chair




Yingya Vang,
Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF3068 (Dehn) A bill for an act relating to elections; regulating access to certain lists of voter data related to the presidential nomination primary; allowing voters to request that their data be excluded from the lists. The following bills were heard and debated on the merits during the 2019 legislative session. Public testimony will not be taken and only technical amendments may be offered. The subcommittee will be voting to refer the bills back to Government Operations. --HF673 (Lucero) Payment for security services added to allowable non-campaign disbursements list. --HF1152 (Freiberg) County auditors authorized to transmit ballots electronically to persons with disabilities. --HF1372 (Long) Voters allowed to join permanent absentee voter list, and absentee ballots required to automatically be sent to permanent absentee voter list before election. --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. Informational discussion HF983 (Elkins) Elections; ranked-choice voting adoption by jurisdictions authorized; adoption, implementation, and use of ranked-choice voting procedures established; electronic voting systems with reallocation feature use by municipalities allowed; and rulemaking authorized.

Bills Added:
  • HF673 (Lucero) - Security service payments added to list of allowable non-campaign disbursements.
  • HF1152 (Freiberg) - County auditors authorized to transmit ballots electronically to persons with disabilities.
  • HF1372 (Long) - Voters allowed to join permanent absentee voter list, and absentee ballots required to automatically be sent to voters on permanent absentee list before election.
  • 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.
  • HF3068 (Dehn) - Voter data access related to presidential nomination primary regulated, and voters allowed to request that their data be excluded from the lists.
  • HF983 (Elkins) - Elections; ranked-choice voting adoption by jurisdictions authorized; adoption, implementation, and use of ranked-choice voting procedures established; electronic voting systems with reallocation feature use by municipalities allowed; and rulemaking authorized.
  • HF983 (Elkins) - Elections; ranked-choice voting adoption by jurisdictions authorized; adoption, implementation, and use of ranked-choice voting procedures established; electronic voting systems with reallocation feature use by municipalities allowed; and rulemaking authorized.
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01:36 - HF3068 (Dehn) Voter data access related to presidential nomination primary regulated, and voter request that data be excluded from lists allowed (pending referral). 42:39 - HF673 (Lucero) Payment for security services added to allowable non-campaign disbursements list. 45:21 - HF1372 (Long) Voters allowed to join permanent absentee voter list, and absentee ballots required to automatically be sent to permanent absentee voter list before election. 47:18 - HF1152 (Freiberg) County auditors authorized to transmit ballots electronically to persons with disabilities. 48:07 - HF1818 (Bernardy) Absentee ballot voting; additional polling place locations opening for fewer than 46 days authorized. 1:03:53 - HF2050 (Bahner) Campaign finance; expressly advocating definition modified, electioneering communications disclosure provided, prorating contribution methods or general treasury money use amended, and penalties provided. 1:05:59 - Discussion regarding HF983 (Elkins) Elections; ranked-choice voting adoption by jurisdictions authorized; adoption, implementation, and use of ranked-choice voting procedures established; electronic voting systems with reallocation feature use by municipalities allowed; and rulemaking authorized. Runs 1 hour, 13 minutes.