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HF 2487

as introduced - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

Bill Text Versions

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Introduction Posted on 04/28/2005

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution,
article IV, section 3; providing for multimember
senate and house districts that coincide with
congressional district boundaries; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2004, sections 2.021; 2.031, subdivision 1.

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 3, is proposed to the people. If the amendment is
adopted, the section will read:
new text end

Sec. 3.

At its first session after each enumeration of the
inhabitants of this state made by the authority of the United
States, the legislature shall have the power to prescribe the
bounds of congressional and legislative districts. Senators
shall be chosen by deleted text beginsingle deleted text endnew text beginmultimember new text enddistricts of convenient
contiguous territory new text beginthat coordinate with congressional
districts
new text end. No representative district shall be divided in the
formation of a senate district. The senate districts shall be
numbered in a regular series.

Sec. 2. new text beginSCHEDULE AND QUESTION.
new text end

new text begin The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at
the 2006 general election. The question submitted shall be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide for
multimember senate districts that coordinate with congressional
districts?
new text end

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

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 2.021, is amended
to read:


2.021 NUMBER OF MEMBERS.

For each legislature, until a new apportionment shall have
been made, the senate is composed of deleted text begin67 deleted text endnew text beginno fewer than 60 and no
more than 64
new text endmembers and the house of representatives is
composed of 134 members.

new text begin In 2013 and thereafter, the senate must be composed of a
number of senators evenly divisible by the number of
representatives in Congress apportioned to the state.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 2.031,
subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Legislative districts.

The
representatives in the senate and house of representatives are
apportioned throughout the state in deleted text begin67 senate districts and 134
house districts
deleted text endnew text beginthe number of senate and house districts
provided by law. No congressional district boundary may be
crossed in forming a senate district
new text end. Each senate district is
entitled to elect deleted text beginone senator deleted text endnew text begineight senators new text endand each house
district is entitled to elect one representative.

Sec. 5. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 3 and 4 are effective for any apportionment to be
effective in 2013 or thereafter, if the constitutional amendment
proposed by sections 1 and 2 is ratified by the voters.
new text end