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                         Laws of Minnesota 1983 

                        CHAPTER 168--S.F.No. 281
           An act relating to elections; changing the date and 
          time of precinct caucuses; prohibiting various 
          government, school and university events on caucus 
          night; amending Minnesota Statutes 1982, sections 
          202A.14, subdivision 1; and 202A.19. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 202A.14, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [TIME AND MANNER OF HOLDING.] At 8:00 p.m. 
on the fourth third Tuesday in February March in every state 
general election year there shall be held for every election 
precinct a party caucus in the manner provided in sections 
202A.14 to 202A.19.  
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 202A.19, is 
amended to read: 
    202A.19 [CAUCUS, SCHOOL SCHEDULE PREEMPTION, EXCUSAL FROM 
EMPLOYMENT TO ATTEND.] 
    Subdivision 1.  No school board, county board of 
commissioners, township board, or city council may conduct a 
meeting after 7:00 6:00 p.m. on the day of a major political 
party precinct caucus. 
    Subd. 2.  Every employee who is entitled to attend a major 
political party precinct caucus is entitled, after giving the 
employer at least ten days written notice, to absent himself 
from his work for the purpose of attending the caucus during the 
time for which the caucus is scheduled without penalty or 
deduction from his salary or wages on account of his absence 
other than a deduction in salary for the time he absented 
himself from his employment. 
    Subd. 3.  The University of Minnesota may not schedule an 
event which will take place after 6:00 p.m. on the day of a 
major political party precinct caucus unless permission to do so 
has been received from the board of regents.  No state 
university may schedule an event which will take place after 
7:00 6:00 p.m. on the day of a major political party precinct 
caucus unless permission to do so has been received from the 
state university board.  No community college may schedule an 
event which will take place after 7:00 6:00 p.m. on the day of a 
major political party precinct caucus unless permission to do so 
has been received from the state board for community colleges. 
    Subd. 4.  No school official may deny the use of a public 
school building for the holding of a major political party 
precinct caucus if the school office has received a written 
request for the use of the school building 30 days or more prior 
to the date of the caucus. 
    Subd. 5.  No public elementary or secondary school may hold 
a school sponsored event after 7:00 6:00 p.m. on the day of a 
major political party precinct caucus. 
    Subd. 6.  No state agency, board, commission, department or 
committee shall conduct a public meeting after 6:00 p.m. on the 
day of a major political party precinct caucus. 
    Approved May 19, 1983