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Civil Law and Elections

NINTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 23, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

CIVIL LAW AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

MINUTES



Representative Jeff Johnson, Chairman of the Civil Law Committee, called the ninth
meeting to order at 12:35 PM on Wednesday, February 23, 2005, in Room B of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:
JOHNSON, JEFF, Chairman
DELAFOREST, Chris, Vice-Chair
BROD, Laura
DEAN, Matt
ELLISON, Keith
EMMER, Tom
HILTY, Bill
LESCH, John
NELSON, Peter
SIMON, Steve
SLAWIK, Nora

Member excused: Westrom, Torrey

A quorum was present.

Representative Emmer moved approval of the February 14, 2005 Civil Law & Elections Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Representative Lesch moved approval of the February 21, 2005 Civil Law & Elections Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Representative Jeff Johnson moved HF507 (Westerberg), fair campaign practices, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Omnibus Elections Bill.

Representative Westerberg presented HF507, and moved an oral amendment:

Page 1, line 19, replace the word "or" with "and," THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Johnson moved HF507 be held over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Elections bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lesch moved HF424, landlord and tenant; regulating actions by government units to obtain remedies for building, be passed and re-referred to the Commerce Committee.

Representative Lesch moved the A05-0088 amendment (see attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on behalf of HF424:

Andy Dawkins City of St. Paul
Jack Horner MN Multi Housing Assoc.

Representative Lesch renewed his motion that HF424, as amended, be passed and re-referred to the Commerce Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative DeLaForest assumed the gavel at 1:00-PM.

Civil Law & Elections Committee Ninth Meeting
Minutes of February 23, 2005


Representative Jeff Johnson moved HF936, increasing news media access to polling places; to be included in the Omnibus Election’s bill.

Representative Johnson moved the 936DE1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Johnson presented HF936.

The following witnesses testified in favor of HF936:

Mark Anfinson Minnesota Newspapers Assoc.
Tom Ferber Minnesota Cities Task Force

Representative Johnson renewed his motion that HF936, as amended, be passed and held for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Election bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Emmer moved HF944, allowing certain boards to conduct meetings by telephone or other electronic means, be passed and re-referred to Commerce Committee.

Representative Emmer moved the A05-0092 amendment (attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying in support of HF 944:

Lee Nelson - DEED
Mark Anfinson Minnesota Newspapers Assoc.

Representative Emmer renewed his motion that HF944, as amended, be passed and re-referred to the Commerce Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:25 P.M.


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REP. JEFF JOHNSON, CHAIR


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Joyce Rogers
Committee Legislative Assistant