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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

33rd MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 04, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA 33rd MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
March 4, 2010

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,
REFORM, TECHNOLOGY& ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Gene Pelowski, Chair of the State & Local Government Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 4, 2010, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Pelowski, Chair
Poppe, Vice Chair
Anderson, P.
Buesgens
Emmer
Gottwalt
Hilty
Hornstein
Kahn
Kalin
Kiffmeyer
Lanning
Marquart
Nelson
Sanders
Simon
Sterner
Winkler

Members Excused: Morrow

A quorum was present.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of March 3, 2010, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Winkler moved that HF3108 be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register.

Representative Winkler moved to amend HF3108 (see attached H3108DE1).

Representative Winkler moved to amend the H3108DE1 amendment as follows:

Page 3, line 5, reinstate "may" and delete "shall"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Winkler presented HF3108 (Winkler), as amended, a bill for an act relating to elections; changing and clarifying certain provisions; etc.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF3108, as amended, (see attached A10-2185)
by incorporating the following amendments:

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Page Two


Page 1, line 1, after "amend", insert "H"; Page 1, line 1, after "No.", insert "3108, the delete-everything amendment"

Page 1, line 2, after "Page" insert "36", and after "line", insert "5"

Page 1, line 3, after "Sec.", insert "69"

Page 1, line 20, after "Sec." Insert "70"

Page 2, line 6, delete "special or regularly scheduled election is held." And insert,

"successor is elected and qualified."

Page 2, line 10, after "Page" insert "36", and after line, insert "21"

Page 2, line 11, after "Sec." Insert "71"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF3108, as amended:

Dan McGrath, Executive Director, Minnesota Majority
Gayle Belkengren, President, Minnesota Upper Midwest Market Research
Association

Representative Winkler moved to amend HF3108, as amended, as follows:

Page 34, line 33, delete "local" and insert "a"

Page 34, line 33, delete "agencies" and insert "agency has"

Page 35, line 1, delete "have"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Winkler renewed the motion that HF3108, as amended, be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Simon moved that HF224 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF224 (see attached H0224DE1).

Representative Simon moved to incorporate a technical amendment to amendment H0224DE1 as follows:

Page 10, line 11, delete "8" and insert "9"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Simon presented HF224 (Simon), as amended, a bill for an act relating to judicial selection; proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution; etc.

Testifying on HF224, as amended:

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Page Three


Eric Magnuson, Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
Greg Wersal, Attorney, Lead Plaintiff, Republican Party v. White
Kathleen Blatz, former Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
Susan Miles, Tenth District Court Judge

Representative Simon renewed the motion that HF224, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Buesgens requested a roll call vote on the motion.

Voting aye: Pelowski, Anderson, P., Gottwalt, Hilty, Hornstein, Kahn, Kalin, Marquart, Nelson, Poppe, Sanders, Simon, Sterner and Winkler.

Voting nay: Buesgens, Emmer, Kiffmeyer and Lanning.

There were 14 ayes and 4 nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:04 A.M.




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REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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Kathy L. Anderson, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3108 (Winkler) - Elections provisions modified.
  • HF2156 (Anderson) - Local election postponement or extension of voting hours provided in the event of inclement weather.
  • HF224 (Simon) - Retention elections for judges established, judicial performance commission created, and constitutional amendment proposed.