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HF 67

as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to elections; city elections; providing for 
  1.3             the election of certain council members elected by 
  1.4             ward after reapportionment; amending Minnesota 
  1.5             Statutes 2002, section 205.84, subdivision 1. 
  1.7      Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 205.84, 
  1.8   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  1.9      Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL PROVISIONS.] (a) In a city 
  1.10  electing council members by wards, wards shall be as equal in 
  1.11  population as practicable and each ward shall be composed of 
  1.12  compact, contiguous territory.  Each council member shall be a 
  1.13  resident of the ward for which elected, but, except as otherwise 
  1.14  provided by paragraph (b), a change in ward boundaries does not 
  1.15  disqualify a council member from serving for the remainder of a 
  1.16  term.  
  1.17     (b) Notwithstanding any home rule charter provision to the 
  1.18  contrary, in a city where council members are elected by ward to 
  1.19  serve for four years to terms that are not staggered, if the 
  1.20  population of any ward changes by five percent or more, all 
  1.21  council members must be elected to new terms at the first 
  1.22  municipal general election after ward boundaries are redefined 
  1.23  under subdivision 2; provided, however, that if no municipal 
  1.24  general election would otherwise occur in the year ending in "2" 
  1.25  or the year ending in "3," a municipal general election must be 
  2.1   held in one of those years. 
  2.2      Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
  2.3      Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment.