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SF 1567

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 03:00pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; elections; requiring certain information to be available in
the polling place for school district bond referendums; amending the ballot language
required for school district bond referendums; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 205A.07, subdivision 2; 475.58, subdivision 4; 475.59, subdivision 1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 205A.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Sample ballot, posting.

new text begin(a) new text endFor every school district primary, general, or special
election, the school district clerk deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end at least four days before the primary, general,
or special election, post a sample ballot in the administrative offices of the school district
for public inspection, and deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end post a sample ballot in each polling place on election
day.

new text begin (b) For a school district general or special election held to authorize the issuance of
bonds to finance a capital project requiring review and comment under section 123B.71,
the summary of the commissioner's review and comment and supplemental information
required under section 123B.71, subdivision 12, paragraph (a), must be posted in the same
manner as the sample ballot under paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for elections held on or after August 1,
2019.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 475.58, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Proper use of bond proceeds.

The proceeds of obligations issued after approval
of the electors under this section deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end only be spent: (1) for the purposes stated in the
ballot language; or (2) to pay, redeem, or defease obligations and interest, penalties,
premiums, and costs of issuance of the obligations. The proceeds deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end not be spent
for a different purpose or for an expansion of the original purpose without the approval by
a majority of the electors voting on the question of changing or expanding the purpose of
the obligations.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 475.59, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Generally; notice.

new text begin(a) new text endWhen the governing body of a municipality resolves
to issue bonds for any purpose requiring the approval of the electors, it shall provide for
submission of the proposition of their issuance at a general or special election or town or
school district meeting. Notice of such election or meeting shall be given in the manner
required by law and shall state the maximum amount and the purpose of the proposed issue.

new text begin (b)new text end In any school district, the school board or board of education may, according to its
judgment and discretion, submit as a single ballot question or as two or more separate
questions in the notice of election and ballots the proposition of their issuance for any one
or more of the following, stated conjunctively or in the alternative: acquisition or enlargement
of sites, acquisition, betterment, erection, furnishing, equipping of one or more new
schoolhouses, remodeling, repairing, improving, adding to, betterment, furnishing, equipping
of one or more existing schoolhouses.new text begin The ballot question or questions submitted by a school
board must state the name of the plan or plans being proposed by the district as submitted
to the commissioner of education for review and comment under section 123B.71.
new text end

new text begin (c)new text end In any city, town, or county, the governing body may, according to its judgment and
discretion, submit as a single ballot question or as two or more separate questions in the
notice of election and ballots the proposition of their issuance, stated conjunctively or in
the alternative, for the acquisition, construction, or improvement of any facilities at one or
more locations.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for elections held on or after August 1,
2019.
new text end