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HF 181

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article IV, section 12;
removing references to legislative days.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
new text end

new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article IV, section 12, is proposed to
the people. If the amendment is adopted, the section shall read as follows:
new text end

Sec. 12.

The legislature shall meet at the seat of government in regular session in each
biennium at the times prescribed by law deleted text beginfor not exceeding a total of 120 legislative daysdeleted text end.
The legislature shall not meet in regular session, nor in any adjournment thereof, after the
first Monday following the third Saturday in May of any year. After meeting at a time
prescribed by law, the legislature may adjourn to another time. deleted text begin"Legislative day" shall
be defined by law.
deleted text end A special session of the legislature may be called by the governor on
extraordinary occasions.

Neither house during a session of the legislature shall adjourn for more than three
days (Sundays excepted) nor to any other place than that in which the two houses shall be
assembled without the consent of the other house.

Sec. 2. new text beginSUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
new text end

new text begin The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2008 general
election. The question submitted must be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to speed legislative work by
removing the limit on how many days the House and Senate can meet in official floor
sessions, retaining the present January to May limit on the length of legislative sessions?
new text end

new text begin Yes .......
new text end
new text begin No ......."
new text end