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HF 916

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 06/02/2016 12:29pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to counties; providing a process for making certain county offices
appointive in Crow Wing County.

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

Section 1. new text beginCROW WING COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER AND RECORDER
MAY BE APPOINTED.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Authorization to make office appointive. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 382.01, upon adoption of a resolution by the Crow Wing
County Board of Commissioners, the offices of county auditor-treasurer and county
recorder are not elective but must be filled by appointment by the county board as
provided in the resolution.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Board controls; may change as long as duties done. new text end

new text begin Upon adoption of
a resolution by the county board of commissioners and subject to subdivisions 3 and 4,
the duties of an elected official required by statute whose office is made appointive as
authorized by this section must be discharged by the county board of commissioners
acting through a department head appointed by the board for that purpose. Reorganization,
reallocation, delegation, or other administrative change or transfer does not diminish,
prohibit, or avoid the discharge of duties required by statute.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Incumbents to complete term. new text end

new text begin The person elected at the last general
election to an office made appointive under this section must serve in that capacity and
perform the duties, functions, and responsibilities required by statute until the completion
of the term of office to which the person was elected or until a vacancy occurs in the
office, whichever occurs earlier.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Publishing resolution; petition; referendum. new text end

new text begin (a) Before the adoption
of a resolution to provide for the appointment of the county auditor-treasurer and the
county recorder, the county board must publish a proposed resolution notifying the
public of its intent to consider the issue once each week for two consecutive weeks in the
official publication of the county. Following publication and prior to formally adopting
the resolution, the county board shall provide an opportunity at its next regular meeting
for public comment relating to the issue. After the public comment opportunity, at the
same meeting or a subsequent meeting, the county board of commissioners may adopt
a resolution that provides for the appointment of the county auditor-treasurer and the
county recorder as permitted in this section. The resolution must be approved by at least
80 percent of the members of the county board. The resolution may take effect 60 days
after it is adopted, or at a later date stated in the resolution, unless a petition is filed as
provided in paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin
(b) Within 60 days after the county board adopts the resolution, a petition requesting
a referendum may be filed with the county auditor-treasurer. The petition must be signed
by at least ten percent of the registered voters of the county. The petition must meet
the requirements of the secretary of state, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
204B.071, and any rules adopted to implement that section. If the petition is sufficient, the
question of appointing the county auditor-treasurer and recorder must be placed on the
ballot at a regular or special election. If a majority of the voters of the county voting on
the question vote in favor of appointment, the resolution may be implemented.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Reverting to elected offices. new text end

new text begin (a) The county board may adopt a resolution
to provide for the election of an office made an appointed position under this section, but
not until at least three years after the office was made an appointed position. The county
board must publish a proposed resolution notifying the public of its intent to consider the
issue once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official publication of the county.
Following publication and before formally adopting the resolution, the county board must
provide an opportunity at its next regular meeting for public comment relating to the
issue. After the public comment hearing, the county board may adopt the resolution. The
resolution must be approved by at least 60 percent of the members of the county board and
is effective August 1 following adoption of the resolution.
new text end

new text begin (b) The question of whether an office made an appointed position under this section
must be made an elected office must be placed on the ballot at the next general election if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the position has been an appointed position for at least three years;
new text end

new text begin (2) a petition signed by at least ten percent of the registered voters of the county
is filed with the office of the county auditor-treasurer by August 1 of the year in which
the general election is held; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the petition meets the requirements of the secretary of state, as provided in
Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.071, and any rules adopted to implement that section.
If a majority of the voters of the county voting on the question vote in favor of making
the office an elected position, the election for the office must be held at the next regular
or special election.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the Crow Wing County
Board of Commissioners and its chief clerical officer timely complete their compliance
with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3.
new text end