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HF 408

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:37am

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 01/28/2009

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article IV, section 4;
providing staggered terms of office for senators.

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

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
new text end

new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article IV, section 4, is proposed to
the people. If the amendment is adopted, the section will read:
new text end

Sec. 4.

Representatives shall be chosen for a term of two years, except to fill a vacancy.
Senators shall be chosen for a term of four years, except to fill a vacancynew text begin,new text end and except new text beginas
otherwise required by this article.
new text endThere shall be an entire new election of all the senators
at the first election of representatives after each new legislative apportionment provided
for in this articlenew text begin, and at that election senators elected from odd-numbered districts shall
be elected to two-year terms
new text end. The governor shall call elections to fill vacancies in either
house of the legislature.

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

new text begin The proposed amendment shall be submitted to the people at the 2010 general
election. The question submitted shall be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require that, as nearly as possible,
one-half of the members of the senate stand for election at each biennial election of
legislators, commencing in 2012?
new text end

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