.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 3335 as follows:
Page 1, after line 4, insert:
"Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 375A.10, subdivision 5, is amended to
Subd. 5. Auditor-treasurer.
In any county exercising the option provided
in subdivision 2, clause (c), the office shall be known thereafter as the office of
auditor-treasurer, if the office is to remain elective. If the board chooses to make the
office of auditor-treasurer elective, and not require a referendum, it must act with the
concurrence of 80 percent of its members.
In the exercise of this option, the county board shall direct which of the offices of
auditor or treasurer shall be terminated for the purpose of providing for the election to
the single office of auditor-treasurer. The duties, functions and responsibilities which
have been heretofore and which shall hereafter be required by statute to be performed
by the county auditor and the county treasurer shall be vested in and performed by the
auditor-treasurer without diminishing, prohibiting or avoiding those specific duties
required by statute to be performed by the county auditor and the county treasurer.
Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude the county from exercising the option to
make the combined office of auditor-treasurer appointive as if it had been specifically
enumerated in subdivision 2. If the combined office is to be appointive, a referendum
shall be necessary, except as provided by section 375A.12,
If the combined office is to be elective, a referendum under section
be necessary if:
(a) the county board requires a referendum; or
(b) a referendum is required by a petition of a number of voters equal to ten
percent of those voting in the county at the last general election that is received by the
county auditor within 30 days after the second publication of the board resolution that
orders the combination.
The persons last elected to the positions of auditor and treasurer before adoption
of the resolution shall serve in those offices and perform the duties of those offices until
the completion of the terms to which they were elected.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 375A.12, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Form of government options. Except as provided in subdivision 2a,
options provided in sections
shall be adopted in any county only after
an affirmative vote of the voters in the county on the question of the adoption of the
option. Except as provided in section
, only one such plan may be submitted
at any one election.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 375A.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.14 Subd. 2a. Publishing resolution; hearing; petition; referendum. An option
2.15provided in section 375A.10, subdivision 2, clause (a), for the appointment of the
2.16county auditor, county treasurer, or county recorder; or for the appointment of the
2.17auditor-treasurer under section 375A.10, subdivision 5, may be adopted by the county
2.18board by resolution if the option is approved by at least 80 percent of the members of the
2.19county board. Before the adoption of the resolution, the county board must publish a
2.20resolution notifying the public of its intent to consider the option once each week for two
2.21consecutive weeks in the official publication of the county. Following the publication,
2.22the county board shall provide an opportunity at its next regular meeting for public
2.23comment relating to the option, prior to formally adopting the option. The resolution
2.24may be adopted and implemented without the submission of the question to the voters
2.25of the county unless, within 60 days after the second publication of the resolution, a
2.26petition requesting a referendum, signed by at least ten percent of the registered voters
2.27of the county, is filed with the county auditor. If a petition is filed, the resolution may be
2.28implemented unless disapproved by a majority of the voters of the county voting on the
2.29question at a regular or special election.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 382.01, is amended to read:
2.31382.01 OFFICERS ELECTED; TERMS.
In every county in this state there shall be elected at the general election
county auditor, a county treasurer, sheriff, county recorder, county attorney, and coroner.
The terms of office of these officers shall be four years and shall begin on the first
Monday in January next succeeding their election. They shall hold office until their
successors are elected and qualified. Each of
be filled by election
every four years
thereafter, unless an office is consolidated with another county office, or
3.5made appointive under chapter 375A or some other general or special law
Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
Amend the title accordingly