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HF 2779

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/01/2019 02:54pm

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

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Introduction Posted on 04/01/2019

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A bill for an act
relating to political parties; requiring interpretation services for members of a
language minority in certain circumstances; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 202A.155; 202A.156.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 202A.155, is amended to read:


202A.155 INTERPRETER SERVICES; CAUCUS MATERIALS.

An individual who is deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearingnew text begin, or who is a member of a
language minority,
new text end who needs interpreter services at a precinct caucus shall so notify the
major political party whose caucus the individual plans to attend. Notice must be given by
letter or electronic mail to the state office of the major political party before the precinct
caucus date. The major political party shall promptly attempt to secure the services of one
or more interpreters if available and shall assume responsibility for the cost of the services
if provided. new text beginAn interpreter provided for a member of a language minority must be certified
by the American Translators Association.
new text endThe state central committee of the major political
party shall determine the process for reimbursing interpreters.

A visually impaired individual may notify the county or legislative district committee
of the major political party whose precinct caucus the individual plans to attend, that the
individual requires caucus materials in audio tape, Braille, or large type format. Upon
receiving the request, the county or legislative district committee shall provide all official
written caucus materials as soon as they are available, so that the visually impaired individual
may have them converted to audio tape, Braille, or large print format prior to the precinct
caucus.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 202A.156, is amended to read:


202A.156 INTERPRETER SERVICES AND ACCESSIBLE PRECINCT CAUCUS
EXEMPTIONS.

A major political party is not required to:

(1) provide an interpreter for a convention or precinct caucus if it has made documented
good faith efforts to locate and assign an interpreter, including contacting an interpreter
referral center or regional service center for people who are deaf, deafblind, and
hard-of-hearing, new text beginor for people who are members of a language minority, new text endand no interpreters
are available; or

(2) hold a precinct caucus at a place that meets the accessibility standards for precinct
polling places specified in section 204B.16, subdivision 5, if it has made documented good
faith efforts to locate and secure an available accessible site within a reasonable distance
of the precinct, and no accessible site is available.