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Meeting on a caucus night

Published (3/7/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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A new law, signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Feb. 29, allowed local governments to hold evening meetings on March 4, 2008.

The timing of the precinct caucuses became an issue this year as the DFL and Republican caucuses were moved to Feb. 5 in order for Minnesota to be one of the states involved in the “Super Tuesday” primaries. This posed a problem for local governments that would not have been able to meet on March 4 without this law.

State statutes do not allow local government meetings and events to be held after 6 p.m. on the night of a major political party’s precinct caucuses. State law also specifies that precinct caucuses are to be held on the first Tuesday in March, which, this year, was March 4.

Rep. Ken Tschumper (DFL-La Crescent) and Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) sponsor the law, which is effective March 1, 2008.


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