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                             CHAPTER 70-S.F.No. 174 
                  An act relating to St. Louis county; modifying 
                  political activity restrictions for certain officers 
                  and employees in the classified service; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 383C.05. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 383C.05, is 
        amended to read: 
           383C.05 [POLITICAL ACTIVITY.] 
           No officer or employee in the classified service is under 
        any obligation to contribute to any political fund or to render 
        any political service to any person or body whatsoever and no 
        person shall be removed, reduced in grade, or salary, or 
        otherwise prejudiced for refusal so to do.  No public officer 
        whether elected or appointed shall discharge, promote, demote, 
        or in any manner change the official rank of the employee or the 
        compensation of any person in the classified service or promise 
        or threaten to do so, for the giving or withholding or 
        neglecting to make any contribution of money or services or any 
        other valuable thing for any political purpose. 
           Except as herein provided, any officer or employee holding 
        office or place in the classified service may become a candidate 
        for nomination or election to any public office or may seek and 
        accept election, nomination or appointment as an officer of a 
        political group, or organization, or take part in a political 
        campaign or serve as a member of a committee of any such club or 
        organization, or circulate or seek signatures to any petition 
        provided for by any primary or election law or act as a worker 
        at the polls, or distribute badges, colors, or indicia favoring 
        or opposing the candidate for election or nomination to a public 
        office whether federal, state, county or municipal, if the 
        officer or employee does not engage in such activities during 
        working hours or to such an extent off duty that the officer's 
        or employee's efficiency during working hours is impaired or 
        that tardiness or absence from work without notice or permitted 
        leave results. 
           Any officer or employee in the classified service who 
        becomes a candidate for nomination or election to any St. Louis 
        County office in which then employed, shall by the act of filing 
        as a candidate, be removed from the classified service. 
           Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit or 
        prevent any such officer or employee from becoming or continuing 
        to be a member of a political club or organization or from 
        attendance at political meetings or from enjoying entire freedom 
        from all interference in casting a vote or from seeking or 
        accepting election or appointment to public office. 
           Presented to the governor May 16, 2003 
           Signed by the governor May 20, 2003, 5:05 p.m.