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HF 3172

2nd Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to elections; exempting lobbying activities related to a ballot question
from campaign finance reporting requirements; changing a definition and certain
exceptions; requiring preelection reports of certain political committees and
political funds; changing preelection reporting requirements for contributions
to candidates; advancing deadline to file affidavit of contributions; requiring
captioning of certain campaign advertisements; providing for delivery of
absentee ballots to an agent of certain persons and return of ballots by the agent;
permitting appointment of election judges not affiliated with a major political
party; eliminating an approval requirement for mail elections; increasing the
maximum time to conduct certain special elections; modifying recount of special
primary or special election; changing certain school district election provisions;
authorizing certain school board primary elections; shortening time to complete
postelection review of electronic voting system results; changing a prohibition
on certain expenditures; authorizing use of certain voter registration application
forms; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 10A.01, subdivisions
7, 26; 10A.071, subdivision 3; 10A.14, subdivision 1; 10A.20, subdivision
5; 10A.322, subdivision 1; 10A.323; 203B.06, subdivision 3; 203B.11,
subdivision 4; 204B.21, subdivisions 1, 2; 204B.46; 204D.19, subdivision 2;
204D.23, subdivision 2; 204D.27, by adding a subdivision; 205.075, by adding
a subdivision; 205A.03, subdivision 1; 205A.06, subdivision 1a; 205A.10,
subdivision 2; 205A.12, by adding a subdivision; 206.89, subdivision 5; 211B.12;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 10A.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.01, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Ballot question.

"Ballot question" means a question or proposition that is
placed on the ballot and that may be voted on by all voters of the state. "Promoting or
defeating a ballot question" includes activitiesnew text begin, other than lobbying activities,new text end related to
qualifying the question for placement on the ballot.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from January 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.01, subdivision 26, is amended to read:


Subd. 26.

Noncampaign disbursement.

"Noncampaign disbursement" means
a purchase or payment of money or anything of value made, or an advance of credit
incurred, or a donation in kind received, by a principal campaign committee for any of
the following purposes:

(1) payment for accounting and legal services;

(2) return of a contribution to the source;

(3) repayment of a loan made to the principal campaign committee by that
committee;

(4) return of a public subsidy;

(5) payment for food, beverages, entertainment, and facility rental for a fund-raising
event;

(6) services for a constituent by a member of the legislature or a constitutional officer
in the executive branch, including the costs of preparing and distributing a suggestion or
idea solicitation to constituents, performed from the beginning of the term of office to
adjournment sine die of the legislature in the election year for the office held, and half
the cost of services for a constituent by a member of the legislature or a constitutional
officer in the executive branch performed from adjournment sine die to 60 days after
adjournment sine die;

(7) payment for food and beverages consumed by a candidate or volunteers while
they are engaged in campaign activities;

(8) payment for food or a beverage consumed while attending a reception or meeting
directly related to legislative duties;

(9) payment of expenses incurred by elected or appointed leaders of a legislative
caucus in carrying out their leadership responsibilities;

(10) payment by a principal campaign committee of the candidate's expenses for
serving in public office, other than for personal uses;

(11) costs of child care for the candidate's children when campaigning;

(12) fees paid to attend a campaign school;

(13) costs of a postelection party during the election year when a candidate's name
will no longer appear on a ballot or the general election is concluded, whichever occurs
first;

(14) interest on loans paid by a principal campaign committee on outstanding loans;

(15) filing fees;

(16) post-general election thank-you notes or advertisements in the news media;

(17) the cost of campaign material purchased to replace defective campaign material,
if the defective material is destroyed without being used;

(18) contributions to a party unit;

(19) payments for funeral gifts or memorials;

(20) the cost of a magnet less than six inches in diameter containing legislator
contact information and distributed to constituents; deleted text beginanddeleted text end

(21) new text begincosts associated with a candidate attending a political party state or national
convention in this state; and
new text end

new text begin (22) new text endother purchases or payments specified in board rules or advisory opinions as
being for any purpose other than to influence the nomination or election of a candidate
or to promote or defeat a ballot question.

The board must determine whether an activity involves a noncampaign disbursement
within the meaning of this subdivision.

A noncampaign disbursement is considered to be made in the year in which the
candidate made the purchase of goods or services or incurred an obligation to pay for
goods or services.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.071, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Exceptions.

(a) The prohibitions in this section do not apply if the gift is:

(1) a contribution as defined in section 10A.01, subdivision 11;

(2) services to assist an official in the performance of official duties, including
but not limited to providing advice, consultation, information, and communication in
connection with legislation, and services to constituents;

(3) services of insignificant monetary value;

(4) a plaque deleted text beginor similar memento recognizing individual services in a field of
specialty or to a charitable cause
deleted text endnew text begin with a resale value of $5 or lessnew text end;

(5) a trinket or memento costing $5 or less;

(6) informational material of unexceptional value; or

(7) food or a beverage given at a reception, meal, or meeting away from the
recipient's place of work by an organization before whom the recipient appears to make a
speech or answer questions as part of a program.

(b) The prohibitions in this section do not apply if the gift is given:

(1) because of the recipient's membership in a group, a majority of whose members
are not officials, and an equivalent gift is given to the other members of the group; or

(2) by a lobbyist or principal who is a member of the family of the recipient, unless
the gift is given on behalf of someone who is not a member of that family.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.14, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

First registration.

The treasurer of a political committee, political
fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit must register with the board by filing a
statement of organization no later than 14 days after the committee, fund, or party unit has
made a contribution, received contributions, or made expenditures in excess of $100new text begin, or
by the end of the next business day after it has received a loan or contribution that must be
reported under section 10A.20, subdivision 5, whichever is earlier
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008, and applies to
contributions made on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.20, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Preelection reports.

new text beginAny loan, contribution, or contributions to a
political committee or political fund from any one source totaling $1,000 or more, or
new text endin a
statewide election new text beginfor judicial office, new text endany loan, contribution, or contributions from any one
source totaling $2,000 or more, or in any judicial district deleted text beginor legislative electiondeleted text end totaling
deleted text begin more thandeleted text end $400new text begin or morenew text end, new text beginand any loan, contribution, or contributions to a candidate for
constitutional office or for the legislature from any one source totaling 80 percent or
more of the contribution limit for the office,
new text endreceived between the last day covered in the
last report before an election and the election must be reported to the board in one of
the following ways:

(1) in person deleted text beginwithin 48 hoursdeleted text endnew text begin by the end of the next business daynew text end after its receipt;new text begin or
new text end

(2) deleted text beginby telegram or mailgram within 48 hours after its receipt;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) by certified mail sent within 48 hours after its receipt; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text end by electronic means sent within deleted text begin48deleted text endnew text begin 24new text end hours after its receipt.

These loans and contributions must also be reported in the next required report.

deleted text begin The 48-hourdeleted text endnew text begin Thisnew text end notice requirement does not apply with respect to a primary in
which the statewide or legislative candidate is unopposed.

new text begin The board must post the report on its Web site by the end of the next business day
after it is received.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.322, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Agreement by candidate.

(a) As a condition of receiving a public
subsidy, a candidate must sign and file with the board a written agreement in which the
candidate agrees that the candidate will comply with sections 10A.25; 10A.27, subdivision
10
; 10A.31, subdivision 7, paragraph (c); deleted text beginanddeleted text end 10A.324new text begin; and 10A.38new text end.

(b) Before the first day of filing for office, the board must forward agreement forms to
all filing officers. The board must also provide agreement forms to candidates on request at
any time. The candidate must file the agreement with the board by September 1 preceding
the candidate's general election or a special election held at the general election. An
agreement may not be filed after that date. An agreement once filed may not be rescinded.

(c) The board must notify the commissioner of revenue of any agreement signed
under this subdivision.

(d) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), if a vacancy occurs that will be filled by means
of a special election and the filing period does not coincide with the filing period for the
general election, a candidate may sign and submit a spending limit agreement not later
than the day after the candidate files the affidavit of candidacy or nominating petition
for the office.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 10A.323, is amended to read:


10A.323 AFFIDAVIT OF CONTRIBUTIONS.

In addition to the requirements of section 10A.322, to be eligible to receive a public
subsidy under section 10A.31 a candidate or the candidate's treasurer must file an affidavit
with the board stating that during that calendar year the candidate has accumulated
contributions from persons eligible to vote in this state in at least the amount indicated for
the office sought, counting only the first $50 received from each contributor:

(1) candidates for governor and lieutenant governor running together, $35,000;

(2) candidates for attorney general, $15,000;

(3) candidates for secretary of state and state auditor, separately, $6,000;

(4) candidates for the senate, $3,000; and

(5) candidates for the house of representatives, $1,500.

The affidavit must state the total amount of contributions that have been received
from persons eligible to vote in this state, disregarding the portion of any contribution in
excess of $50.

The candidate or the candidate's treasurer must submit the affidavit required by this
section to the board in writing by deleted text beginSeptember 1 of the general election yeardeleted text endnew text begin the cutoff
date for reporting of receipts and expenditures before a primary under section 10A.20,
subdivision 4
new text end.

A candidate for a vacancy to be filled at a special election for which the filing period
does not coincide with the filing period for the general election must submit the affidavit
required by this section to the board within five days after filing the affidavit of candidacy.

Sec. 8.

new text begin [10A.38] CAPTIONING OF CAMPAIGN ADVERTISEMENTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) This section applies to a campaign advertisement by a candidate who is governed
by an agreement under section 10A.322.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Campaign advertisement" means a professionally produced visual or audio
recording of two minutes or less produced by the candidate for the purpose of influencing
the nomination or election of a candidate.
new text end

new text begin (c) A campaign advertisement that is disseminated as an advertisement by broadcast
or cable television must include closed captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers,
unless the candidate has filed with the board before the advertisement is disseminated a
statement setting forth the reasons for not doing so. A campaign advertisement that is
disseminated as an advertisement to the public on the candidate's Web site must include
closed captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, unless the candidate has posted
on the Web site a transcript of the spoken content of the advertisement or the candidate
has filed with the board before the advertisement is disseminated a statement setting forth
the reasons for not doing so. A campaign advertisement must not be disseminated as an
advertisement by radio unless the candidate has posted on the candidate's Web site a
transcript of the spoken content of the advertisement or the candidate has filed with the
board before the advertisement is disseminated a statement setting forth the reasons for
not doing so.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.06, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Delivery of ballots.

(a) If an application for absentee ballots is accepted
at a time when absentee ballots are not yet available for distribution, the county auditor,
or municipal clerk accepting the application shall file it and as soon as absentee ballots
are available for distribution shall mail them to the address specified in the application.
If an application for absentee ballots is accepted when absentee ballots are available for
distribution, the county auditor or municipal clerk accepting the application shall promptly:

(1) mail the ballots to the voter whose signature appears on the application if the
application is submitted by mail and does not request commercial shipping under clause
(2);

(2) ship the ballots to the voter using a commercial shipper requested by the voter at
the voter's expense;

(3) deliver the absentee ballots directly to the voter if the application is submitted in
person; or

(4) deliver the absentee ballots in a sealed transmittal envelope to an agent who has
been designated to bring the ballotsnew text begin, as provided in section 203B.11, subdivision 4,new text end to a
voter new text beginwho would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health
reasons, or who is disabled, or
new text endwho is a patient in a health care facility, deleted text beginas provided in
section 203B.11, subdivision 4,
deleted text end new text begina resident of a facility providing assisted living services
governed by chapter 144G,
new text enda participant in a residential program for adults licensed under
section 245A.02, subdivision 14, or a resident of a shelter for battered women as defined
in section 611A.37, subdivision 4.

(b) If an application does not indicate the election for which absentee ballots are
sought, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall mail or deliver only the ballots for
the next election occurring after receipt of the application. Only one set of ballots may
be mailed, shipped, or delivered to an applicant for any election, except as provided in
section 203B.13, subdivision 2, or when a replacement ballot has been requested by the
voter for a ballot that has been spoiled or lost in transit.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for elections held on or after June
1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 203B.11, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Agent delivery of ballots.

During the deleted text beginfourdeleted text endnew text begin sevennew text end days preceding an
election and until 2:00 p.m. on election day, an eligible voter new text beginwho would have difficulty
getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons, or who is disabled, or
new text endwho is
a patient of a health care facility, new text begina resident of a facility providing assisted living services
governed by chapter 144G,
new text enda participant in a residential program for adults licensed under
section 245A.02, subdivision 14, or a resident of a shelter for battered women as defined in
section 611A.37, subdivision 4, may designate an agent to deliver the ballots to the voter
from the county auditor or municipal clerk. new text beginAn agent must have a preexisting relationship
with the voter.
new text endA candidate at the election may not be designated as an agent. The voted
ballots must be returned to the county auditor or municipal clerk no later than 3:00 p.m.
on election day. The voter must complete an affidavit requesting the auditor or clerk to
provide the agent with the ballots in a sealed transmittal envelope. The affidavit must
include a statement from the voter stating that the ballots were delivered to the voter by
the agent in the sealed transmittal envelope. An agent may deliver ballots to no more than
three persons in any election. The secretary of state shall provide samples of the affidavit
and transmission envelope for use by the county auditors.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for elections held on or after June
1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 204B.21, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Appointment lists; duties of political parties and county auditor.

On deleted text beginJulydeleted text endnew text begin Junenew text end 1 in a year in which there is an election for a partisan political office, the
county or legislative district chairs of each major political party, whichever is designated
by the state party, shall prepare a list of eligible voters to act as election judges in each
election precinct in the county or legislative district. The chairs shall furnish the lists to
the county auditor of the county in which the precinct is located.

By deleted text beginJulydeleted text endnew text begin Junenew text end 15, the county auditor shall furnish to the appointing authorities a list
of the appropriate names for each election precinct in the jurisdiction of the appointing
authority. Separate lists shall be submitted by the county auditor for each major political
party.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 204B.21, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Appointing authority; powers and duties.

Election judges for precincts
in a municipality shall be appointed by the governing body of the municipality. Election
judges for precincts in unorganized territory and for performing election-related duties
assigned by the county auditor shall be appointed by the county board. Election judges for
a precinct composed of two or more municipalities must be appointed by the governing
body of the municipality or municipalities responsible for appointing election judges as
provided in the agreement to combine for election purposes. new text beginExcept as otherwise provided
in this section,
new text endappointments shall be made from lists furnished pursuant to subdivision 1
subject to the eligibility requirements and other qualifications established or authorized
under section 204B.19. new text beginAt least two election judges in each precinct must be affiliated
with different major political parties.
new text endIf no lists have been furnished or if additional
election judges are required after all listed names have been exhausted, the appointing
authority may appoint deleted text beginanydeleted text end other deleted text beginindividual to serve as an election judge subject to the
same requirements and qualifications
deleted text endnew text begin individuals who meet the qualifications to serve as
an election judge, including persons who are not affiliated with a major political party
new text end.
The appointments shall be made at least 25 days before the election at which the election
judges will serve.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 204B.46, is amended to read:


204B.46 MAIL ELECTIONS; QUESTIONS.

A county, municipality, or school district submitting questions to the voters at a
special election may deleted text beginapply to the county auditor for approval ofdeleted text end new text beginconduct new text endan election by
mail with no polling place other than the office of the auditor or clerk. No more than two
questions may be submitted at a mail election and no offices may be voted on. Notice of
the election deleted text beginanddeleted text end new text beginmust be given to the county auditor at least 53 days prior to the election.
This notice shall also fulfill the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 8210.3000.
new text endThe
special mail deleted text beginproceduredeleted text end new text beginballot procedures new text endmust be deleted text begingivendeleted text end new text beginposted new text endat least six weeks prior
to the election. No earlier than 20 or later than 14 days prior to the election, the auditor
or clerk shall mail ballots by nonforwardable mail to all voters registered in the county,
municipality, or school district. Eligible voters not registered at the time the ballots are
mailed may apply for ballots pursuant to chapter 203B.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 204D.19, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Special election when the Congress or legislature will be in session.

Except for vacancies in the legislature which occur at any time between the last day
of session in an odd-numbered year and the deleted text begin33rddeleted text endnew text begin 40thnew text end day prior to the opening day of
session in the succeeding even-numbered year, when a vacancy occurs and the Congress
or legislature will be in session so that the individual elected as provided by this section
could take office and exercise the duties of the office immediately upon election, the
governor shall issue within five days after the vacancy occurs a writ calling for a special
election. The special election shall be held as soon as possible, consistent with the notice
requirements of section 204D.22, subdivision 3, but in no event more than deleted text begin28deleted text endnew text begin 35new text end days
after the issuance of the writ.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 204D.23, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Time of filing.

Except as provided in subdivision 3, the affidavits and
petitions shall be filed no later than deleted text beginthe seventh daydeleted text endnew text begin 14 daysnew text end before the special primary.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 204D.27, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Recounts. new text end

new text begin In a special primary or special election, the provisions of
section 204C.35 apply, except that the secretary of state may immediately proceed to
recount the votes upon review of the certified reports of the county canvassing boards if
it is apparent from the review that a recount is required.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 205.075, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Election judges; party balance. new text end

new text begin The provisions of sections 204B.19,
subdivision 5; 204B.21, subdivision 2; 204C.15; 204C.19; 206.83; and 206.86, subdivision
2, relating to party balance in the appointment of judges and to duties to be performed
by judges of different major political parties do not apply to a town election not held
in conjunction with a statewide election.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 205A.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginRequireddeleted text end new text beginResolution requiring new text endprimary in certain circumstances.

deleted text begin Indeleted text end new text beginThe school board of new text enda school district deleted text beginelection,deleted text end new text beginmay, by resolution adopted by June 1 of
any year, decide to choose nominees for school board by a primary as provided in this
section. The resolution, when adopted, is effective for all ensuing elections of board
members in that school district until it is revoked. If the board decides to choose nominees
by primary and
new text endif there are more than two candidates for a specified school board position
or more than twice as many school board candidates as there are at-large school board
positions available, deleted text beginadeleted text end new text beginthe new text endschool district must hold a primary.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 205A.06, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:


Subd. 1a.

Filing period.

new text beginIn school districts that have adopted a resolution to choose
nominees for school board by a primary election,
new text endaffidavits of candidacy must be filed
with the school district clerk no earlier than the 70th day and no later than the 56th day
before the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September in the year when the
school district general election is held.new text begin In all other school districts, affidavits of candidacy
must be filed no earlier than the 70th day and no later than the 56th day before the school
district general election.
new text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 205A.10, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Election, conduct.

A school district election must be by secret ballot and
must be held and the returns made in the manner provided for the state general election, as
far as practicable. The vote totals from an absentee ballot board established pursuant to
section 203B.13 may be tabulated and reported by the school district as a whole rather
than by precinct. For school district elections not held in conjunction with a statewide
election, the school board shall appoint election judges as provided in section 204B.21,
subdivision 2
. The provisions of sections 204B.19, subdivision 5;new text begin 204B.21, subdivision 2;new text end
204C.15; 204C.19; deleted text begin206.64, subdivision 2;deleted text end 206.83; and 206.86, subdivision 2, relating to
party balance in appointment of judges and to duties to be performed by judges of different
major political parties do not apply to school district elections not held in conjunction
with a statewide election.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 205A.12, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 5a. new text end

new text begin School districts. new text end

new text begin The school board of a school district may provide for
the use by the district of an electronic voting system in one or more polling places or
combined polling places in the school district for an election not held in conjunction with a
statewide election. No system may be adopted or used unless it has been approved by the
secretary of state pursuant to section 206.57. The school district shall notify the secretary
of state of its decision in compliance with section 206.58, subdivision 4.
new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 206.89, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Additional review.

(a) If the postelection review reveals a difference
greater than one-half of one percent, the postelection review official must, within two days,
conduct an additional review of at least three precincts in the same jurisdiction where the
discrepancy was discovered. If all precincts in that jurisdiction have been reviewed, the
county auditor must immediately publicly select by lot at least three additional precincts
for review. The postelection review official must complete the additional review within
two days after the precincts are selected and report the results immediately to the county
auditor. If the second review also indicates a difference in the vote totals compiled by the
voting system that is greater than one-half of one percent from the result indicated by the
postelection review, the county auditor must conduct a review of the ballots from all the
remaining precincts in the county. This review must be completed deleted text beginno later than six weeks
after the state general election
deleted text endnew text begin and the results must be reported to the secretary of state
within one week after the second review was completed
new text end.

(b) If the results from the countywide reviews from one or more counties comprising
in the aggregate more than ten percent of the total number of persons voting in the election
clearly indicate that an error in vote counting has occurred, thenew text begin secretary of state must
notify the
new text end postelection review official new text beginof each county in the district that they new text endmust conduct
deleted text begin adeleted text end manual deleted text beginrecountdeleted text endnew text begin recountsnew text end of all the ballots in the district for the affected officenew text begin using the
procedure outlined in section 204C.35
new text end. The recount must be completed and the results
reported to the appropriate canvassing board deleted text beginno later than ten weeks after the state general
election
deleted text endnew text begin within two weeks after the postelection review official received notice from
the secretary of state
new text end.

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 211B.12, is amended to read:


211B.12 LEGAL EXPENDITURES.

Use of money collected for political purposes is prohibited unless the use is
reasonably related to the conduct of election campaigns, or is a noncampaign disbursement
as defined in section 10A.01, subdivision 26. The following are permitted expenditures
when made for political purposes:

(1) salaries, wages, and fees;

(2) communications, mailing, transportation, and travel;

(3) campaign advertising;

(4) printing;

(5) office and other space and necessary equipment, furnishings, and incidental
supplies;

(6) charitable contributions of not more than deleted text begin$50deleted text end new text begin$100new text end to any charity new text beginorganized
under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
new text endannuallynew text begin, except that the amount
contributed by a principal campaign committee that dissolves within one year after the
contribution is made is not limited by this clause
new text end; and

(7) other expenses, not included in clauses (1) to (6), that are reasonably related to
the conduct of election campaigns. In addition, expenditures made for the purpose of
providing information to constituents, whether or not related to the conduct of an election,
are permitted expenses. Money collected for political purposes and assets of a political
committee or political fund may not be converted to personal use.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 24. new text beginVOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS ON HAND MAY BE USED.
new text end

new text begin Voter registration applications in existence on July 31, 2007, may be distributed,
completed, submitted, and processed until consumed, without alteration.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from August 1, 2007.
new text end

Sec. 25. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Except as otherwise provided, this act is effective June 1, 2008.
new text end