Nearly half of the 174 deputy registrars in the state are incorporated, and were destined by state statute to lose their appointments in 2012, but thanks to a new law that won’t happen. Rep. Randy Demmer (R-Hayfield) and Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport) sponsor a law to remove the expiration date.
The legislation also allows for the relocation of the Dakota County-operated deputy registrar’s office in Burnsville to Burnhaven Library in the city, with full authority to function as a registration and motor vehicle tax collection and driver’s license bureau. The move is expected to save the county money by relocating from a rental property to a county-owned facility. However, approval was necessary to move within 15 miles of another deputy registrar office; an Apple Valley office is five miles away.
Signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 10, the removal of expired terms language is effective Aug. 1, 2010. The Burnsville office relocation is effective the day after Dakota County files its approval with the secretary of state.
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