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Civil Law and Elections

SIXTEENTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 18, 2005

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

CIVIL LAW AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

MINUTES



Representative Jeff Johnson, Chairman of the Civil Law and Elections Committee, called the sixteenth meeting to order at 10:40 AM on Friday, March 18, 2005, in the Reif Center in the City of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

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
WESTROM, Torrey

A quorum was present.

Representative Matt Dean moved approval of the March 16, 2005 Civil Law and Elections Committee minutes. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Chairman Jeff Johnson moved HF6 (Severson), Proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution by adding a section to article XIII; recognizing as marriage only a union between one man and one woman, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Severson presented HF6.

Testifying in support of HF6:

Teresa Collett Professor, University of St. Thomas Law School
Dr. Bill Conley Retired Professor, Grand Rapids, MN>
Dr. Tom Howard MD, Deer River, MN
Derrick Thomas Pastor, St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN
Carolyn McElfatrick Parent, Itasca County
Dan Domke Pastor, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MN
Doug Aitken Cohasset, MN

Committee recessed at 12:10PM

Committee reconvened at 12:40PM.

Testifying in opposition to HF6:

Ann DeGroot Parent, Executive Director, Out Front, MN
Loren-Anderson Bauer Pastor
Mike Carlson Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids

Barb Sanderson GLBT, Grand Rapids
Jack Pick Goodland, Minnesota
Sally Velzen Teacher, Itasca County
Patrick West MD
Sharon Chadwick Attorney, rural Eveleth
Tim Aldrich Attorney, Grand Rapids
Al Kruger Grand Rapids

Chairman Johnson asked the committee for a 5 minute oral summation from the testimony presented.

Chairman Johnson renewed his motion that HF6 be passed and re-referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Westrom requested a roll call vote on the passage of HF6



Ayes Nayes
JOHNSON, J. ELLISON
DeLaFOREST HILTY
BROD LESCH
DEAN SIMON
EMMER SLAWIK
NELSON, P.
WESTROM

Total 7 Ayes 5 Nays



Chairman Johnson moved HF6 to pass and be re-referred to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 2:35PM.


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REP. JEFF JOHNSON, CHAIR


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Joyce Rogers
Committee Legislative Assistant