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Minnesota Legislature
2019-2020 Regular Session

ELEVENTH MEETING - Subcommittee on Elections

February 19, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA MEETING 11
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS

MINUTES

A quorum was not present at 9:45 AM and the meeting was called to a recess at 9:50am until the call of the chair.

Representative Bahner, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Elections, called the meeting to order at 10:30 AM on February 19th, 2020 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office 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)
NEU, Anne
O’DRISCOLL, Tim

Members not present:

HALVERSON, Laurie

A quorum was present.

Representative Bahner assumed chair.

Representative Nash moved to approve minutes for February 13, 2020 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Dehn moved HF 3429 (Dehn) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 3429 (Dehn) A bill for an act relating to elections; various technical and policy changes made.

Representative Dehn testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Samm Bonawitz, Office of Secretary of State

Representative Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 3429 (Dehn) to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Dehn assumed chair.

Chair Dehn moved HF 3006 (Freiberg) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

HF 3006 (Freiberg) Eliminate required legislative approval for spending federal Help America Vote Act funding.

Representative Freiberg testified on the bill.

Testifiers:
Secretary Steve Simon, Office of Secretary of State

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 3006 (Freiberg) to the committee on Government Operations.

Representative Nash requested a roll call.

AYES-
DEHN
BAHNER
BERNARDY
MANN

NAYS-
NASH
NEU
O’DRISCOLL

ABSENT-
HALVERSON

There being 4 ayes, 3 nays, and 1 absent, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dehn moved HF983 (Elkins) to be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

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.

Chair Dehn moved to adopt amendment H0983A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Elkins testified on the bill as amended.

Chair Dehn renewed motion to re-refer HF 983 (Elkins) as amended to the committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 AM.








Representative Raymond Dehn, Chair




Yingya Vang,
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

HF3429 (Dehn) Elections; various technical and policy changes made. HF3006 (Freiberg) Eliminate required legislative approval for spending federal Help America Vote Act funding. 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. TESTIFYING: Testimony will be limited. Please plan accordingly. If you would like to testify, please inform the committee administrator. HANDOUTS: Handouts must be in PDF format and emailed by 3 p.m. the day before the meeting to the committee administrator. If you are bringing hard copies, please bring 40 copies and email the handout. *Bills may be added or removed from the agenda.

Bills Added:
  • 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.
  • HF3006 (Freiberg) - Help America Vote Act account money appropriated to the secretary of state.
  • HF3429 (Nelson) - Elections; special procedures provided for the safe and secure conduct of the 2020 state primary and state general elections; funding provided for various election-related purposes, including administration, security, accessibility, training, public health and safety, and public outreach; local grants authorized; report required; money transferred and appropriated for purposes of the Help America Vote Act, the federal CARES Act, and the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act; and money appropriated.
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00:28 - Subcommittee recessed. 39:24 - Subcommittee reconvened. 40:13 - HF3429 (Dehn) Elections; various technical and policy changes made. 59:13 - HF3006 (Freiberg) Secretary of State Help America Vote Act account funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:24:17 - 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, 29 minutes (including recess).