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HF 539

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/31/2019 02:23pm

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

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article IV, section 4;
article V, sections 2, 4; placing limits on the terms of office of legislators and
executive officers.

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 4, and article V, sections
2 and 4, is proposed to the people. If the amendment is adopted, article IV, section 4, 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 vacancy and except there
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 article.new text begin No person may file to be a
candidate for election to a term in the house of representatives or senate that, if served,
would cause the person to serve more than 20 years in the legislature.
new text end The governor shall
call elections to fill vacancies in either house of the legislature.

new text begin article V, section 2, will read:
new text end

Sec. 2.

The term of office for the governor and lieutenant governor is four years and
until a successor is chosen and qualified.new text begin No person may file to be a candidate for election
to a third term as governor or to a third term as lieutenant governor.
new text endEach shall have attained
the age of 25 years and, shall have been a bona fide resident of the state for one year next
preceding deleted text beginhisdeleted text endnew text begin the person'snew text end election, and shall be a citizen of the United States.

new text begin article V, section 4, will read:
new text end

Sec. 4.

The term of office of the secretary of state, attorney generalnew text begin,new text end and state auditor
is four years and until a successor is chosen and qualified.new text begin No person may file to be a
candidate for election to a third term in one of the offices of secretary of state, attorney
general, or state auditor.
new text endThe duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed
by law.

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPLICATION; SUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2020 general election.
new text end

new text begin The question submitted to the people shall be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to place limits on the terms of office of
state legislators and executive officers?
new text end

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

new text begin (b) The amendment applies to terms beginning in 2021 and thereafter. Legislative office
terms ending before or in 2021 and executive office terms ending before or in 2023 must
not be counted for the purposes of term limits imposed by section 1.
new text end