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                            CHAPTER 220-S.F.No. 145 
                  An act relating to ethics in government; clarifying 
                  and simplifying the law related to lobbyist 
                  registration, conflicts of interest, and campaign 
                  finance; eliminating invalid provisions; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 10A.01; 10A.02, as 
                  amended; 10A.03; 10A.04; 10A.05; 10A.06; 10A.065, 
                  subdivisions 1, 1a, and 3; 10A.08; 10A.09; 10A.10; 
                  10A.11; 10A.12; 10A.13; 10A.14; 10A.15; 10A.16; 
                  10A.17; 10A.18; 10A.19; 10A.20; 10A.22, subdivisions 6 
                  and 7; 10A.23; 10A.24; 10A.241; 10A.242; 10A.25; 
                  10A.255, subdivisions 1 and 3; 10A.265; 10A.27; 
                  10A.275, subdivision 1; 10A.28; 10A.29; 10A.30, 
                  subdivision 1; 10A.31; 10A.315; 10A.321; 10A.322; 
                  10A.323; 10A.324, subdivisions 1 and 3; 10A.34; 
                  200.02, by adding a subdivision; and 290.06, 
                  subdivision 23; proposing coding for new law in 
                  Minnesota Statutes, chapter 10A; repealing Minnesota 
                  Statutes 1998, sections 10A.065, subdivision 5; 
                  10A.22, subdivisions 1, 4, and 5; 10A.255, subdivision 
                  2; 10A.275, subdivisions 2 and 3; 10A.324, 
                  subdivisions 2 and 4; 10A.325; 10A.335; 10A.40; 
                  10A.41; 10A.42; 10A.43; 10A.44; 10A.45; 10A.46; 
                  10A.47; 10A.48; 10A.49; 10A.50; and 10A.51. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.01, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.01 [DEFINITIONS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE APPLICATION.] For the purposes of 
        sections 10A.01 to 10A.34, the terms defined in this section 
        have the meanings given them unless the context clearly 
        indicates otherwise. 
           Subd. 2.  [ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION.] "Administrative action" 
        means an action by any official, board, commission or agency of 
        the executive branch to adopt, amend, or repeal a rule pursuant 
        to under chapter 14.  "Administrative action" does not include 
        the application or administration of an adopted rule, except in 
        cases of rate setting, power plant and powerline siting, and 
        granting of certificates of need under chapter 116J section 
        216B.243.  
           Subd. 3.  [ASSOCIATION.] "Association" means business, 
        corporation, firm, partnership, committee, labor organization, 
        club, or any other a group of two or more persons, which 
        includes more than who are not all members of an immediate 
        family, acting in concert. 
           Subd. 4.  [ASSOCIATED BUSINESS.] "Associated business" 
        means any an association in connection with from which the 
        individual is compensated receives compensation in excess of $50 
        , except for actual and reasonable expenses, in any month as a 
        director, officer, owner, member, partner, employer or employee, 
        or is a holder of whose securities the individual holds worth 
        $2,500 or more at fair market value. 
           Subd. 5.  [CANDIDATE.] "Candidate" means an individual who 
        seeks nomination or election to any statewide or legislative 
        office for which reporting is not required under federal laws.  
        The term candidate shall also include an individual who seeks 
        nomination or election to supreme court, court of appeals, or 
        district court judgeships of the as a state constitutional 
        officer, legislator, or judge.  An individual shall be is deemed 
        to seek nomination or election if the individual has taken the 
        action necessary under the law of the this state of Minnesota to 
        qualify for nomination or election, has received contributions 
        or made expenditures in excess of $100, or has given implicit or 
        explicit consent for any other person to receive contributions 
        or make expenditures in excess of $100, for the purpose of 
        bringing about the individual's nomination or election.  A 
        candidate remains a candidate until the candidate's principal 
        campaign committee is dissolved as provided in section 10A.24. 
           Subd. 6.  [BOARD.] "Board" means the state campaign finance 
        and public disclosure board. 
           Subd. 7.  [CONTRIBUTION.] (a) "Contribution" means a 
        transfer of funds money, a negotiable instrument, or a donation 
        in kind that is given to a political committee, political fund, 
        principal campaign committee, or party unit. 
           (b) "Contribution" includes any a loan or advance of credit 
        to a political committee, political fund, or principal campaign 
        committee, which or party unit, if the loan or advance of credit 
        is (a):  (1) forgiven,; or (b) paid (2) repaid by an 
        individual or an association other than the political committee, 
        political fund, or principal campaign committee, or party unit 
        to which the loan or advance of credit is was made.  If an 
        advance of credit or a loan is forgiven or paid repaid as 
        provided in this subdivision paragraph, it is a contribution in 
        the year in which the loan or advance of credit is was made. 
           A contribution made for the purpose of defeating a 
        candidate is considered made for the purpose of influencing the 
        nomination or election of that candidate or any opponent of that 
        candidate. 
           (c) "Contribution" does not include services provided 
        without compensation by an individual volunteering personal time 
        on behalf of a candidate, ballot question, political committee 
        or political fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit, 
        or the publishing or broadcasting of news items or editorial 
        comments by the news media. 
           Subd. 7a.  [TRANSFER OF FUNDS.] "Transfer of funds" or 
        "transfer" means money or negotiable instruments given by an 
        individual or association to a political committee, political 
        fund, or principal campaign committee for the purpose of 
        influencing the nomination or election of a candidate or for the 
        purpose of promoting or defeating a ballot question. 
           Subd. 7b.  [DONATION IN KIND.] "Donation in kind" means 
        anything of value that is given, other than money or negotiable 
        instruments given by an individual or association to a political 
        committee, political fund, or principal campaign committee for 
        the purpose of influencing the nomination or election of a 
        candidate or for the purpose of promoting or defeating a ballot 
        question.  Donation in kind includes An approved expenditure is 
        a donation in kind. 
           Subd. 8.  [DEPOSITORY.] "Depository" means any a bank, 
        savings association, or credit union, organized under federal or 
        state law and transacting business within Minnesota this state. 
           Subd. 9.  [ELECTION.] "Election" means a primary, special 
        primary, general, or special election. 
           Subd. 9a.  [ELECTION CYCLE.] "Election cycle" means the 
        period from January 1 following a general election for an office 
        to December 31 following the next general election for that 
        office, except that "election cycle" for a special election 
        means the period from the date the special election writ is 
        issued to 60 days after the special election is held. 
           Subd. 10.  [CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE.] "Campaign expenditure" 
        or "expenditure" means a purchase or payment of money or 
        anything of value, or an advance of credit, made or incurred for 
        the purpose of influencing the nomination or election of a 
        candidate or for the purpose of promoting or defeating a ballot 
        question. 
           An expenditure 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. 
           An expenditure made for the purpose of defeating a 
        candidate is considered made for the purpose of influencing the 
        nomination or election of that candidate or any opponent of that 
        candidate. 
           Except as provided in clause (a) (1), "expenditure" 
        includes the dollar value of a donation in kind. 
           "Expenditure" does not include: 
           (a) (1) noncampaign disbursements as defined in subdivision 
        10c; 
           (b) Transfers as defined in subdivision 7a; 
           (c) (2) services provided without compensation by an 
        individual volunteering personal time on behalf of a candidate, 
        ballot question, political committee, or political fund, 
        principal campaign committee, or party unit; or 
           (d) (3) the publishing or broadcasting of news items or 
        editorial comments by the news media. 
           Subd. 10a.  [APPROVED EXPENDITURE.] "Approved expenditure" 
        means an expenditure made on behalf of a candidate by an entity 
        other than the principal campaign committee of that the 
        candidate, which if the expenditure is made with the 
        authorization or expressed or implied consent of, or in 
        cooperation or in concert with, or at the request or suggestion 
        of that the candidate, the candidate's principal campaign 
        committee, or the candidate's agent.  An approved expenditure is 
        a contribution to that candidate. 
           Subd. 10b.  [INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE.] "Independent 
        expenditure" means an expenditure expressly advocating the 
        election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, which if 
        the expenditure is made without the express or implied consent, 
        authorization, or cooperation of, and not in concert with or at 
        the request or suggestion of, any candidate or any candidate's 
        principal campaign committee or agent.  An independent 
        expenditure is not a contribution to that candidate.  An 
        expenditure by a political party or political party unit, as 
        defined in section 10A.275, subdivision 3, in a race where the 
        political party has a candidate on the ballot is not an 
        independent expenditure. 
           Subd. 10c.  [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 political committee, political fund, or 
        principal campaign committee for any of the following purposes: 
           (a) (1) payment for accounting and legal services; 
           (b) (2) return of a contribution to the source; 
           (c) (3) repayment of a loan made to the political 
        committee, political fund, or principal campaign committee by 
        that committee or fund; 
           (d) (4) return of a public subsidy; 
           (e) (5) payment for food, beverages, entertainment, and 
        facility rental for a fundraising event; 
           (f) (6) services for a constituent by a member of the 
        legislature or a constitutional officer in the executive branch, 
        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; 
           (g) a donation in kind given to the political committee, 
        political fund, or principal campaign committee for purposes 
        listed in clauses (e) and (f); 
           (h) (7) payment for food and beverages provided to campaign 
        volunteers while they are engaged in campaign activities; 
           (i) (8) payment of expenses incurred by elected or 
        appointed leaders of a legislative caucus in carrying out their 
        leadership responsibilities; 
           (j) (9) payment by a principal campaign committee of the 
        candidate's expenses for serving in public office, other than 
        for personal uses; 
           (k) (10) costs of child care for the candidate's children 
        when campaigning; 
           (l) (11) fees paid to attend a campaign school; 
           (m) (12) 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; 
           (n) (13) interest on loans paid by a principal campaign 
        committee on outstanding loans; 
           (o) (14) filing fees; 
           (p) (15) post-general election thank-you notes or 
        advertisements in the news media; 
           (q) (16) the cost of campaign material purchased to replace 
        defective campaign material, if the defective material is 
        destroyed without being used; 
           (r) transfers (17) contributions to a party unit as defined 
        in section 10A.275, subdivision 3; and 
           (s) (18) other 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 shall 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. 
           Subd. 11.  [LOBBYIST.] (a) "Lobbyist" means an individual: 
           (1) engaged for pay or other consideration, or authorized 
        to spend money by another individual, association, political 
        subdivision, or public higher education system, who spends more 
        than five hours in any month or more than $250, not including 
        the individual's own travel expenses and membership dues, in any 
        year, for the purpose of attempting to influence legislative or 
        administrative action, or the official action of a metropolitan 
        governmental unit, by communicating or urging others to 
        communicate with public or local officials; or 
           (2) who spends more than $250, not including the 
        individual's own traveling expenses and membership dues, in any 
        year for the purpose of attempting to influence legislative or 
        administrative action, or the official action of a metropolitan 
        governmental unit, by communicating or urging others to 
        communicate with public or local officials. 
           (b) "Lobbyist" does not include: 
           (1) a public official; 
           (2) an employee of the state, including an employee of any 
        of the public higher education systems; 
           (3) an elected local official; 
           (4) a nonelected local official or an employee of a 
        political subdivision acting in an official capacity, unless the 
        nonelected official or employee of a political subdivision 
        spends more than 50 hours in any month attempting to influence 
        legislative or administrative action, or the official action of 
        a metropolitan governmental unit other than the political 
        subdivision employing the official or employee, by communicating 
        or urging others to communicate with public or local officials, 
        including time spent monitoring legislative or administrative 
        action, or the official action of a metropolitan governmental 
        unit, and related research, analysis, and compilation and 
        dissemination of information relating to legislative or 
        administrative policy in this state, or to the policies of 
        metropolitan governmental units; 
           (5) a party or the party's representative appearing in a 
        proceeding before a state board, commission, or agency of the 
        executive branch unless the board, commission, or agency is 
        taking administrative action; 
           (6) an individual while engaged in selling goods or 
        services to be paid for by public funds; 
           (7) a news medium or its employees or agents while engaged 
        in the publishing or broadcasting of news items, editorial 
        comments, or paid advertisements which directly or indirectly 
        urge official action; 
           (8) a paid expert witness whose testimony is requested by 
        the body before which the witness is appearing, but only to the 
        extent of preparing or delivering testimony; or 
           (9) a stockholder of a family farm corporation as defined 
        in section 500.24, subdivision 2, who does not spend over $250, 
        excluding the stockholder's own travel expenses, in any year in 
        communicating with public officials; or 
           (10) a party or the party's representative appearing to 
        present a claim to the legislature and communicating to 
        legislators only by the filing of a claim form and supporting 
        documents and by appearing at public hearings on the claim. 
           Subd. 12.  [MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY.] "Major political party" 
        means a major political party as defined in section 200.02, 
        subdivision 7. 
           Subd. 13.  [MINOR POLITICAL PARTY.] "Minor political party" 
        means any party other than a major a minor political party: as 
        defined in section 200.02, subdivision 23. 
           (a) Under whose name in the last applicable general 
        election a candidate filed for legislative office and received 
        not less than ten percent of the vote for that office, or filed 
        for statewide office; or 
           (b) Which files a petition with the secretary of state 
        containing the names of 2,000 individuals registered to vote in 
        Minnesota and declaring that the signers desire that the party 
        be eligible to receive money from the state elections campaign 
        fund in the same manner as a major political party. 
           For the purposes of this chapter, all individuals who are 
        eligible to vote in areas where there is no permanent system of 
        registration shall be considered registered voters. 
           Subd. 15.  [POLITICAL COMMITTEE.] "Political committee" 
        means any an association as defined in subdivision 3 whose major 
        purpose is to influence the nomination or election of a 
        candidate or to promote or defeat a ballot question. 
           "Political committee" includes a major political party as 
        defined in subdivision 12, a minor political party as defined in 
        subdivision 13, and any, other than a principal campaign 
        committee formed pursuant to section 10A.19 or a political party 
        unit. 
           Subd. 16.  [POLITICAL FUND.] "Political fund" means any an 
        accumulation of dues or voluntary contributions by an 
        association other than a political committee, which principal 
        campaign committee, or party unit, if the accumulation is 
        collected or expended for the purpose of influencing to 
        influence the nomination or election of a candidate or for the 
        purpose of promoting to promote or defeating defeat a ballot 
        question. 
           Subd. 17.  [POLITICAL PARTY.] "Political party" means 
        either a major political party or a minor political party.  A 
        political party is the aggregate of all its political party 
        units in this state.  
           Subd. 17a.  [POLITICAL PARTY UNIT.] "Political party unit" 
        or "party unit" means the state committee or the party 
        organization within a house of the legislature, congressional 
        district, county, legislative district, municipality, or 
        precinct. 
           Subd. 17b.  [PRINCIPAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE.] "Principal 
        campaign committee" means a principal campaign committee formed 
        under section 10A.19. 
           Subd. 18.  [PUBLIC OFFICIAL.] "Public official" means any: 
           (a) (1) member of the legislature; 
           (2) individual employed by the legislature as secretary of 
        the senate, legislative auditor, chief clerk of the house, 
        revisor of statutes, or researcher, legislative analyst, or 
        attorney in the office of senate counsel and research or house 
        research; 
           (b) (3) constitutional officer in the executive branch and 
        the officer's chief administrative deputy; 
           (c) member, chief administrative officer or deputy chief 
        administrative officer of a state board or commission which has 
        at least one of the following powers:  (i) the power to adopt, 
        amend or repeal rules, or (ii) the power to adjudicate contested 
        cases or appeals; 
           (4) solicitor general or deputy, assistant, or special 
        assistant attorney general; 
           (d) (5) commissioner, deputy commissioner, or assistant 
        commissioner of any state department or agency as designated 
        pursuant to listed in section 15.01 or 15.06; 
           (6) member, chief administrative officer, or deputy chief 
        administrative officer of a state board or commission that has 
        either the power to adopt, amend, or repeal rules, or the power 
        to adjudicate contested cases or appeals; 
           (e) (7) individual employed in the executive branch who is 
        authorized to adopt, amend, or repeal rules or adjudicate 
        contested cases; 
           (f) (8) executive director of the state board of 
        investment; 
           (g) executive director of the Indian affairs intertribal 
        board; 
           (h) commissioner of the iron range resources and 
        rehabilitation board; 
           (i) commissioner of mediation services; 
           (j) (9) deputy of any official listed in clauses (e) to 
        (i) (7) and (8); 
           (k) (10) judge of the workers' compensation court of 
        appeals; 
           (l) (11) administrative law judge or compensation judge in 
        the state office of administrative hearings or referee in the 
        department of economic security; 
           (m) solicitor general or deputy, assistant or special 
        assistant attorney general; 
           (n) individual employed by the legislature as secretary of 
        the senate, legislative auditor, chief clerk of the house, 
        revisor of statutes, or researcher, legislative analyst, or 
        attorney in the office of senate counsel and research or house 
        research; 
           (o) (12) member, regional administrator, division director, 
        general counsel, or operations manager of the metropolitan 
        council; 
           (13) member or chief administrator of a metropolitan 
        agency; 
           (p) the director of the racing commission, the director of 
        the gambling control board, the director of the state lottery, 
        and the deputy director of the state lottery; 
           (q) (14) director of the division of alcohol and gambling 
        enforcement in the department of public safety; 
           (r) (15) member or executive director of the higher 
        education facilities authority; 
           (s) (16) member of the board of directors or president of 
        the Minnesota world trade center corporation; or 
           (t) member or chief administrator of a metropolitan agency 
        Minnesota Technology, Inc.; or 
           (17) member of the board of directors or executive director 
        of the Minnesota state high school league. 
           Subd. 19.  [OFFICE HOLDER.] "Office holder" means an 
        individual who holds any statewide or legislative office, except 
        a federal office for which candidates are required to report 
        under federal laws, state supreme court justice, and judges of 
        the court of appeals or district court.  
           Subd. 20.  [ADVANCE OF CREDIT.] "Advance of credit" means 
        any money owed for goods provided or services rendered.  An 
        advance of credit is an expenditure or a noncampaign 
        disbursement in the year in which the goods or services are used 
        or consumed.  "Advance of credit" does not mean a loan as 
        defined in subdivision 21. 
           Subd. 21.  [LOAN.] "Loan" means an advance of money or 
        anything of value made to a political committee, political fund, 
        or principal campaign committee, or party unit. 
           Subd. 22.  [FINANCIAL INSTITUTION.] "Financial institution" 
        means a lending institution chartered by an agency of the 
        federal government or regulated by the commissioner of commerce. 
           Subd. 23.  [BALLOT QUESTION.] "Ballot question" means a 
        question or proposition which that is placed on the ballot and 
        which that may be voted on by all voters of the state.  
        "Promoting or defeating a ballot question" includes activities 
        related to qualifying the question for placement on the ballot.  
           Subd. 24.  [STATE COMMITTEE.] "State committee" means the 
        organization which that, by virtue of the bylaws of a political 
        party, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the 
        political party at the state level.  
           Subd. 25.  [LOCAL OFFICIAL.] "Local official" means a 
        person who holds elective office in a political subdivision or 
        who is appointed to or employed in a public position in a 
        political subdivision in which the person has authority to make, 
        to recommend, or to vote on as a member of the governing body, 
        major decisions regarding the expenditure or investment of 
        public money. 
           Subd. 26.  [METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENTAL UNIT.] "Metropolitan 
        governmental unit" means any of the seven counties in the 
        metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, 
        a regional railroad authority established by one or more of 
        those counties under section 398A.03, a city with a population 
        of over 50,000 located in the seven-county metropolitan area, 
        the metropolitan council, or a metropolitan agency as defined in 
        section 473.121, subdivision 5a, the Minnesota state high school 
        league, and Minnesota Technology, Inc. 
           Subd. 27.  [POLITICAL SUBDIVISION.] "Political subdivision" 
        means the metropolitan council, a metropolitan agency as defined 
        in section 473.121, subdivision 5a, or a municipality as defined 
        in section 471.345, subdivision 1, the Minnesota state high 
        school league, and Minnesota Technology, Inc. 
           Subd. 28.  [PRINCIPAL.] "Principal" means an individual or 
        association that:  
           (1) spends more than $500 in the aggregate in any calendar 
        year to engage a lobbyist, compensate a lobbyist, or authorize 
        the expenditure of money by a lobbyist; or 
           (2) is not included in clause (1) and spends a total of at 
        least $50,000 in any calendar year on efforts to influence 
        legislative action, administrative action, or the official 
        action of metropolitan governmental units, as described in 
        section 10A.04, subdivision 6.  
           Subd. 29.  [POPULATION.] "Population" means the population 
        established by the most recent federal census, by a special 
        census taken by the United States Bureau of the Census, by an 
        estimate made by the metropolitan council, or by an estimate 
        made by the state demographer under section 4A.02, whichever has 
        the latest stated date of count or estimate. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.02, as 
        amended by Laws 1999, chapter 1, section 1, is amended to read: 
           10A.02 [BOARD OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [MEMBERSHIP.] There is hereby created a 
        state The campaign finance and public disclosure board is 
        composed of six members.  The members shall be appointed by the 
        governor shall appoint the members with the advice and consent 
        of three-fifths of both the senate and the house of 
        representatives acting separately.  If either house fails to 
        confirm the appointment of a board member within 45 legislative 
        days after appointment or by adjournment sine die, whichever 
        occurs first, the appointment shall terminate on the day 
        following the 45th legislative day or on adjournment sine die, 
        whichever occurs first.  If either house votes not to confirm an 
        appointment, the appointment terminates on the day following the 
        vote not to confirm.  Two members shall must be former members 
        of the legislature who support different political parties; two 
        members shall must be persons who have not been public 
        officials, held any political party office other than precinct 
        delegate, or been elected to public office for which party 
        designation is required by statute in the three years preceding 
        the date of their appointment; and the other two members shall 
        must support different political parties.  No more than three of 
        the members of the board shall may support the same political 
        party.  No member of the board may currently serve as a lobbyist.
           Subd. 2.  [VACANCY; TERMS.] Any An appointment to fill a 
        vacancy shall be is made only for the unexpired term of a member 
        who is being replaced and the appointee shall must meet the same 
        stated qualifications as the member being replaced.  The 
        membership terms, compensation, and removal of members on the 
        board shall be are as provided in section 15.0575, except that 
        the extension of terms and the filling of vacancies shall be are 
        subject to the advice and consent of the legislature in the same 
        manner as provided in subdivision 1. 
           Subd. 3.  [VOTE REQUIRED.] The concurring vote of four 
        members of the board shall be is required to decide any matter 
        before the board. 
           Subd. 4.  [OFFICERS.] The board shall elect from among its 
        members a chair, and a vice-chair and a secretary.  The 
        secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings and actions by 
        the board.  Meetings of the board shall be are at the call of 
        the chair or at the call of any four members of the board acting 
        together. 
           Subd. 5.  [EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; STAFF.] The board shall 
        appoint an executive director who shall be.  The executive 
        director is in the unclassified service.  The executive director 
        serves as secretary of the board and shall keep a record of all 
        proceedings and actions by the board.  The board may also employ 
        and prescribe the duties of other permanent or temporary 
        employees in the unclassified service as may be necessary to 
        administer this chapter, subject to appropriation.  The 
        executive director and all other employees shall serve at the 
        pleasure of the board.  Expenses of the board shall must be 
        approved by the chair or such other another member as the rules 
        of the board may provide and the expenses shall must then be 
        paid in the same manner as other state expenses are paid. 
           Subd. 7.  [POLITICAL ACTIVITY.] All members and employees 
        of the board shall be are subject to any provisions of law 
        regulating political activity by state employees.  In addition, 
        no member or employee of the board shall may be a candidate for, 
        or holder of, (a) (1) a national, state, congressional district, 
        legislative district, county, or precinct office in a political 
        party, or (b) (2) an elected public office for which party 
        designation is required by statute. 
           Subd. 8.  [DUTIES.] (a) The board shall: 
           (a) report at the close of each fiscal year to the 
        legislature, the governor, and the public concerning the action 
        it has taken, the names, salaries, and duties of all individuals 
        in its employ, and the money it has disbursed.  The board shall 
        include and identify in its report any other reports it has made 
        during the fiscal year.  It may indicate apparent abuses and 
        offer legislative recommendations;. 
           (b) The board shall prescribe forms for statements and 
        reports required to be filed under this chapter and make the 
        forms available to individuals required to file them;. 
           (c) The board shall make available to the individuals 
        required to file the reports and statements a manual setting 
        forth the recommended uniform methods of bookkeeping and 
        reporting;. 
           (d) The board shall develop a filing, coding, and 
        cross-indexing system consistent with the purposes of this 
        chapter;. 
           (e) The board shall make the reports and statements filed 
        with it available for public inspection and copying by the end 
        of the second day following the day on which they were 
        received.  Any An individual may copy a report or statement by 
        hand or by duplicating machine and the board shall provide 
        duplicating services at cost for this purpose.  No information 
        copied from reports and statements shall be sold or utilized by 
        any individual or association for any commercial purpose.  
        "Commercial purpose" does not include purposes related to 
        elections, political activities, or law enforcement.  Any 
        individual or association violating the provisions of this 
        clause may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.  An 
        individual who knowingly violates this subdivision is guilty of 
        a misdemeanor; 
           (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 138.163, the 
        board shall preserve reports and statements for a period of five 
        years from the date of receipt;. 
           (g) The board shall compile and maintain a current list and 
        summary of all statements or parts of statements pertaining to 
        each candidate; and. 
           (h) The board shall prepare and publish reports as it may 
        deem considers appropriate. 
           Subd. 9.  [DOCUMENTS; INFORMATION.] The executive 
        director of the board or the director's staff shall inspect all 
        material filed with the board as promptly as is necessary to 
        comply with the provisions of this chapter, and other provisions 
        of law requiring the filing of a document with the board.  The 
        executive director shall immediately notify the individual 
        required to file a document with the board if a written 
        complaint is filed with the board by any registered voter 
        alleging, or it otherwise appears, that a document filed with 
        the board is inaccurate or does not comply with the provisions 
        of this chapter, or that the individual has failed to file a 
        document required by this chapter.  The executive director and 
        staff may provide an individual required to file a document 
        under this chapter with factual information concerning the 
        limitations on corporate campaign contributions imposed by 
        section 211B.15. 
           Subd. 10.  [AUDITS AND INVESTIGATIONS.] The board may make 
        audits and investigations with respect to statements and reports 
        which that are filed or which that should have been filed 
        under the provisions of this chapter.  In all matters relating 
        to its official duties, the board shall have has the power to 
        issue subpoenas and cause them to be served.  If a person does 
        not comply with a subpoena, the board may apply to the district 
        court of Ramsey county for issuance of an order compelling 
        obedience to the subpoena.  A person failing to obey the order 
        is punishable by the court as for contempt. 
           Subd. 11.  [VIOLATIONS; ENFORCEMENT.] (a) The board may 
        investigate any alleged violation of this chapter.  The board 
        shall investigate any violation which that is alleged in a 
        written complaint filed with the board and, except for alleged 
        violations of section 10A.25 or 10A.27, shall within 30 days 
        after the filing of the complaint make a public finding of 
        whether or not there is probable cause to believe a violation 
        has occurred.  In the case of a written, except that if the 
        complaint alleging alleges a violation of section 10A.25 or 
        10A.27, the board shall either enter a conciliation agreement or 
        make a public finding of whether or not there is probable cause, 
        within 60 days of after the filing of the complaint.  The 
        deadline for action on any a written complaint may be extended 
        by majority vote of the board.  
           (b) Within a reasonable time after beginning an 
        investigation of an individual or association, the board shall 
        notify that the individual or association of the fact of the 
        investigation.  The board shall not make no a finding of whether 
        or not there is probable cause to believe a violation has 
        occurred without notifying the individual or association of the 
        nature of the allegations and affording an opportunity to answer 
        those allegations.  
           Any (c) A hearing or action of the board concerning any a 
        complaint or investigation other than a finding concerning 
        probable cause or a conciliation agreement shall be is 
        confidential.  Until the board makes a public finding concerning 
        probable cause or enters a conciliation agreement: 
           (a) No (1) a member, employee, or agent of the board shall 
        not disclose to any an individual any information obtained by 
        that member, employee, or agent concerning any a complaint or 
        investigation except as required to carry out the investigation 
        or take action in the matter as authorized by this chapter; and 
           (b) Any (2) an individual who discloses information 
        contrary to the provisions of this subdivision shall be is 
        guilty of a misdemeanor.  
           (d) Except as provided in section 10A.28, after the board 
        makes a public finding of probable cause the board shall report 
        that finding to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. 
           Subd. 11a.  [DATA PRIVACY.] If, after making a public 
        finding concerning probable cause or entering a conciliation 
        agreement, the board determines that the record of the 
        investigation contains statements, documents, or other 
        matter which that, if disclosed, would unfairly injure the 
        reputation of an innocent individual, the board may: 
           (a) (1) retain any such the statement, document, or other 
        matter as a private record, as "private" is defined in section 
        13.02, subdivision 12, for a period of one year, after which it 
        shall must be destroyed; or 
           (b) (2) return any such the statement, document, or other 
        matter to the individual who supplied it to the board. 
           Subd. 12.  [ADVISORY OPINIONS.] (a) The board may issue and 
        publish advisory opinions on the requirements of this chapter 
        based upon real or hypothetical situations.  An application for 
        an advisory opinion may be made only by an individual or 
        association who wishes to use the opinion to guide the 
        individual's or the association's own conduct.  The board shall 
        issue written opinions on all such questions submitted to it 
        within 30 days after receipt of written application, unless a 
        majority of the board agrees to extend the time limit.  
           (b) A written advisory opinion issued by the board is 
        binding on the board in any a subsequent board proceeding 
        concerning the person making or covered by the request and is a 
        defense in a judicial proceeding that involves the subject 
        matter of the opinion and is brought against the person making 
        or covered by the request unless: 
           (1) the board has amended or revoked the opinion before the 
        initiation of the board or judicial proceeding, has notified the 
        person making or covered by the request of its action, and has 
        allowed at least 30 days for the person to do anything that 
        might be necessary to comply with the amended or revoked 
        opinion; 
           (2) the request has omitted or misstated material facts; or 
           (3) the person making or covered by the request has not 
        acted in good faith in reliance on the opinion. 
           (c) A request for an opinion and the opinion itself are 
        nonpublic data.  The board, however, may publish an opinion or a 
        summary of an opinion, but may not include in the publication 
        the name of the requester, the name of a person covered by a 
        request from an agency or political subdivision, or any other 
        information that might identify the requester, unless the person 
        consents to the inclusion. 
           Subd. 12a.  [ADVISORY OPINIONS; RULES.] If the board 
        intends to apply principles of law or policy announced in an 
        advisory opinion issued under subdivision 12 more broadly than 
        to the individual or association to whom the opinion was issued, 
        the board must adopt these principles or policies as rules under 
        chapter 14. 
           Subd. 13.  [RULES.] The provisions of Chapter 14 apply 
        applies to the board.  The board may adopt rules to carry out 
        the purposes of this chapter. 
           Subd. 14.  [LEGAL SERVICES.] Notwithstanding the provisions 
        of section 8.15, the board must not be assessed the cost of 
        legal services rendered to it by the attorney general's office. 
           Sec. 3.  [10A.025] [FILING DATE.] 
           If a scheduled filing date under this chapter falls on a 
        Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the filing date is the next 
        regular business day. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.03, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.03 [LOBBYIST REGISTRATION.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [FILING OF FIRST REGISTRATION FORM.] Each 
        A lobbyist shall file a registration form with the board within 
        five days after becoming a lobbyist. 
           Subd. 2.  [CONTENTS OF FORM.] The board shall prescribe a 
        registration form shall be prescribed by the board and shall, 
        which must include:  
           (a) (1) the name and address of the lobbyist,; 
           (b) (2) the principal place of business of the lobbyist,; 
           (c) (3) the name and address of each person individual, 
        association, political subdivision, or public higher education 
        system, if any, by whom the lobbyist is retained or employed or 
        on whose behalf the lobbyist appears,; and 
           (d) (4) a general description of the subject or subjects on 
        which the lobbyist expects to lobby.  
           If the lobbyist lobbies on behalf of an association, the 
        registration form shall must include the name and address of the 
        officers and directors of the association. 
           Subd. 3.  [NOTICE; LATE FILING FAILURE TO FILE.] The board 
        shall notify by certified mail or personal service any lobbyist 
        who fails to file a registration form within five days after 
        becoming a lobbyist.  If a lobbyist fails to file a form within 
        seven days after receiving this notice, the board may impose a 
        late filing fee at of $5 per day, not to exceed $100, commencing 
        with the eighth day after receiving notice.  The board shall 
        further notify by certified mail or personal service any 
        lobbyist who fails to file a form within 21 days of receiving a 
        first notice that the lobbyist may be subject to a criminal 
        penalty for failure to file the form.  A lobbyist who knowingly 
        fails to file a form within seven days after receiving a second 
        notice from the board is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.04, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.04 [LOBBYIST REPORTS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [REPORTS REQUIRED.] Each A lobbyist shall 
        file reports of the lobbyist's activities with the board as long 
        as the lobbyist continues to lobby.  A lobbyist may file a 
        termination statement at any time after ceasing to lobby. 
           Subd. 2.  [TIME OF REPORTS.] Each report shall must cover 
        the time from the last day of the period covered by the last 
        report to 15 days prior to before the current filing date.  The 
        reports shall must be filed with the board by the following 
        dates: 
           (a) (1) January 15; 
           (b) (2) April 15; and 
           (c) (3) July 15.  
           Subd. 3.  [INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO LOBBYIST.] Each person 
        or association An employer or employee about whose activities a 
        lobbyist is required to report shall provide the information 
        required by sections 10A.03 to 10A.05 subdivision 4 to the 
        lobbyist no later than five days before the prescribed filing 
        date. 
           Subd. 4.  [CONTENT.] (a) The A report shall under this 
        section must include such information as the board may require 
        requires from the registration form and the information required 
        by this subdivision for the reporting period. 
           (b) Each A lobbyist shall report the lobbyist's total 
        disbursements on lobbying, separately listing lobbying to 
        influence legislative action, lobbying to influence 
        administrative action, and lobbying to influence the official 
        actions of a metropolitan governmental unit, and a breakdown of 
        disbursements for each of those kinds of lobbying into 
        categories specified by the board, including but not limited to 
        the cost of publication and distribution of each publication 
        used in lobbying; other printing; media, including the cost of 
        production; postage; travel; fees, including allowances; 
        entertainment; telephone and telegraph; and other expenses. 
           (c) Each A lobbyist shall report the amount and nature of 
        each honorarium, gift, loan, item, or benefit, excluding 
        contributions to a candidate, equal in value to $5 or more, 
        given or paid to any public or local official, as defined in 
        section 10A.071, subdivision 1, by the lobbyist or any an 
        employer or any employee of the lobbyist.  The list shall must 
        include the name and address of each public or local official to 
        whom the honorarium, gift, loan, item, or benefit was given or 
        paid and the date it was given or paid.  A lobbyist need report 
        only the aggregate amount and nature of food or beverages given 
        or made available to all members of the legislature or a house 
        of the legislature or to all members of a local legislative 
        body, along with the name of the legislative body and the date 
        it was given or made available. 
           (d) Each lobbyist shall report each original source of 
        funds money in excess of $500 in any year used for the purpose 
        of lobbying to influence legislative action, each such source of 
        funds used to influence administrative action, and each such 
        source of funds used to influence or the official action of a 
        metropolitan governmental units unit.  The list shall must 
        include the name, address, and employer, or, if self-employed, 
        the occupation and principal place of business, of each payer of 
        funds money in excess of $500. 
           Subd. 4a.  [STATEMENT IN LIEU OF REPORT.] If in any 
        reporting period the lobbyist's reportable disbursements total 
        not over $100 and no honorarium, gift, loan, item or benefit 
        equal in value to $50 or more was given or paid to any public 
        official, a statement to that effect in lieu of the report may 
        be filed for that period.  The unreported disbursements shall be 
        included in the report for the following period, unless the 
        total for that period, including the carryover, is not over 
        $100.  The January 15 report shall include all previously 
        unreported disbursements, even though the total for the year is 
        not over $100. 
           Subd. 5.  [LATE FILING.] The board shall notify by 
        certified mail or personal service any lobbyist who fails after 
        seven days after a filing date imposed by this section to file a 
        report or statement required by this section.  If a lobbyist 
        fails to file a report within seven days after receiving this 
        notice, the board may impose a late filing fee of $5 per day, 
        not to exceed $100, commencing with the eighth day after 
        receiving notice.  The board shall further notify by certified 
        mail or personal service any lobbyist who fails to file a report 
        within 21 days after receiving a first notice that the lobbyist 
        may be subject to a criminal penalty for failure to file the 
        report.  A lobbyist who knowingly fails to file such a report or 
        statement within seven days after receiving a second notice from 
        the board is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 6.  [LOBBYIST AND PRINCIPAL REPORTS.] (a) Each A 
        principal shall report to the board as required in this 
        subdivision by March 15 for the preceding calendar year. 
           (b) Each The principal shall report which of the following 
        categories includes the total amount, rounded to the nearest 
        dollar, spent by the principal during the preceding calendar 
        year to influence legislative action, administrative action, and 
        the official action of metropolitan governmental units: 
           (1) $501 to $50,000; 
           (2) $50,001 to $150,000; or 
           (3) $150,001 to $250,000. 
           (c) Beyond $250,000, each additional $250,000 constitutes 
        an additional category, and each principal shall report which of 
        the categories includes the total amount spent by the principal 
        for the purposes provided in this subdivision. 
           (d) The principal shall report under this subdivision a 
        total amount that includes: 
           (1) all direct payments by the principal to lobbyists in 
        Minnesota this state; 
           (2) all expenditures for advertising, mailing, research, 
        analysis, compilation and dissemination of information, and 
        public relations campaigns related to legislative action, 
        administrative action, or the official action of metropolitan 
        governmental units in Minnesota this state; and 
           (3) all salaries and administrative expenses attributable 
        to activities of the principal relating to efforts to influence 
        legislative action, administrative action, or the official 
        action of metropolitan governmental units in Minnesota this 
        state. 
           Subd. 7.  [FINANCIAL RECORDS.] The board may randomly audit 
        the financial records of lobbyists and principals required to 
        report under this section. 
           Subd. 8.  [REPORTS BY SOLICITORS.] A lobbyist who directly 
        solicits and causes others to make aggregate contributions to 
        candidates or a caucus of the members of a political party in a 
        house of the legislature in excess of $5,000 between January 1 
        of the election year and 25 days before the primary or general 
        election must file the information in the report required by 
        section 10A.20, subdivision 14, ten days before the primary or 
        general election.  This disclosure requirement is in addition to 
        the report required by section 10A.20, subdivision 14. 
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.05, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.05 [LOBBYIST REPORT.] 
           Within 30 days after each lobbyist filing date set by 
        section 10A.04, the executive director of the board shall report 
        to the governor, and the presiding officer of each house of the 
        legislature, publish the names of the lobbyists registered who 
        were not previously reported, the names of the persons 
        or individuals, associations, political subdivisions, or public 
        higher education systems whom they represent as lobbyists, the 
        subject or subjects on which they are lobbying, and whether in 
        each case they lobby to influence legislative or action, 
        administrative action or both.  At the same times, the executive 
        director of the board shall report to the governing body of each 
        metropolitan governmental unit, the names of the registered 
        lobbyists who attempt to influence the official action of 
        metropolitan governmental units, the names of the persons or 
        associations whom they represent as lobbyists, and the subject 
        or subjects on which they are lobbying, or the official action 
        of a metropolitan governmental unit. 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.06, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.06 [CONTINGENT FEES PROHIBITED.] 
           No person may act as or employ a lobbyist for compensation 
        that is dependent upon the result or outcome of any legislative 
        or administrative action, or of the official action of a 
        metropolitan governmental unit.  A person who violates the 
        provisions of this section is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.065, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [REGISTERED LOBBYIST CONTRIBUTIONS; DURING 
        LEGISLATIVE SESSION.] A candidate for the legislature or for 
        constitutional office, a the candidate's principal campaign 
        committee, any other political committee with the candidate's 
        name or title, any committee authorized by the candidate, or a 
        political committee or party unit established by all or a part 
        of the party organization within a house of the legislature, 
        shall not solicit or accept a contribution on behalf of a 
        candidate's principal campaign committee, any other political 
        committee with the candidate's name or title, any committee 
        authorized by the candidate, or a political committee 
        established by all or a part of the party organization within a 
        house of the legislature, from a registered lobbyist, political 
        committee, or political fund, or from a party unit established 
        by the party organization within a house of the legislature, 
        during a regular session of the legislature.  
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.065, 
        subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [PARTY UNIT SOLICITATIONS.] A political party 
        unit shall not solicit or receive at an event hosted by a 
        candidate for the legislature or by a candidate for 
        constitutional office a contribution from a lobbyist, political 
        committee, or political fund, or party unit during a regular 
        session of the legislature. 
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.065, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [CIVIL PENALTY.] A candidate or, political 
        committee, or party unit that violates this section is subject 
        to a civil fine of up to $500.  If the board makes a public 
        finding that there is probable cause to believe a violation of 
        this section has occurred, the board shall bring an action, or 
        transmit the finding to a county attorney who shall bring an 
        action, in the district court of Ramsey county, to impose 
        collect a civil fine as prescribed imposed by the board.  Fines 
        paid under this section must be deposited in the general fund in 
        the state treasury. 
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.08, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.08 [REPRESENTATION DISCLOSURE.] 
           Any A public official who represents a client for a fee 
        before any an individual, board, commission, or agency that has 
        rule making authority in a hearing conducted under chapter 14, 
        shall disclose the official's participation in the action to the 
        board within 14 days after the appearance.  The board shall 
        notify by certified mail or personal service any public official 
        who fails to disclose the participation within 14 days after the 
        appearance.  If the public official fails to disclose the 
        participation within seven days of this notice, the board may 
        impose a late filing fee of $5 per day, not to exceed $100, 
        commencing on the eighth day after receiving notice. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.09, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.09 [STATEMENTS OF ECONOMIC INTEREST.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [TIME FOR FILING.] Except for a candidate 
        for elective office in the judicial branch, an individual shall 
        file a statement of economic interest with the board: 
           (1) within 60 days of accepting employment as a public 
        official or a local official in a metropolitan governmental 
        unit; 
           (2) within 14 days after filing an affidavit of candidacy 
        or petition to appear on the ballot for an elective public state 
        office or an elective local office in a metropolitan 
        governmental unit; 
           (3) in the case of a public official requiring the advice 
        and consent of the senate, within 14 days after undertaking the 
        duties of office; or 
           (4) in the case of members of the Minnesota racing 
        commission, the director of the Minnesota racing commission, 
        chief of security, medical officer, inspector of pari-mutuels, 
        and stewards employed or approved by the commission or persons 
        who fulfill those duties under contract, within 60 days of 
        accepting or assuming duties. 
           Subd. 2.  [NOTIFICATION NOTICE TO BOARD.] The secretary of 
        state or the appropriate county auditor, upon receiving an 
        affidavit of candidacy or petition to appear on the ballot from 
        an individual required by this section to file a statement of 
        economic interest, and any official who nominates or employs a 
        public or local official required by this section to file a 
        statement of economic interest, shall notify the board of the 
        name of the individual required to file a statement and the date 
        of the affidavit, petition, or nomination. 
           Subd. 3.  [NOTICE OF FILING.] The board shall notify the 
        secretary of state or the appropriate county auditor and, when 
        necessary in the case of appointive office, the presiding 
        officer of the house that will approve or disapprove the 
        nomination, of the name of the an individual who has filed a 
        statement of economic interest with the board, a copy of the 
        statement, and the date on which the statement was filed. 
           Subd. 5.  [FORM.] A statement of economic interest required 
        by this section shall must be on a form prescribed by the 
        board.  The individual filing shall provide the following 
        information: 
           (a) (1) name, address, occupation, and principal place of 
        business; 
           (b) (2) the name of each associated business and the nature 
        of that association; 
           (c) (3) a listing of all real property within the state, 
        excluding homestead property, in which the individual holds:  
        (i) a fee simple interest, a mortgage, a contract for deed as 
        buyer or seller, or an option to buy, whether direct or 
        indirect, and which if the interest is valued in excess of 
        $2,500; or (ii) an option to buy, which if the property has a 
        fair market value of $50,000 or more; 
           (d) (4) a listing of all real property within the state in 
        which a partnership of which the individual is a member holds: 
        (i) a fee simple interest, a mortgage, a contract for deed as 
        buyer or seller, or an option to buy, whether direct or 
        indirect, if the individual's share of the partnership interest 
        is valued in excess of $2,500; or (ii) an option to buy, which 
        if the property has a fair market value of $50,000 or more.  Any 
        A listing under clause (c) (3) or (d) shall (4) must indicate 
        the street address and the municipality or the section, 
        township, range and approximate acreage, whichever applies, and 
        the county wherein in which the property is located; and 
           (e) (5) a listing of any investments, ownership, or 
        interests in property connected with pari-mutuel horse racing in 
        the United States and Canada, including a race horse, in which 
        the individual directly or indirectly holds a partial or full 
        interest or an immediate family member holds a partial or full 
        interest. 
           Subd. 6.  [SUPPLEMENTARY STATEMENT.] Each individual who is 
        required to file a statement of economic interest shall file a 
        supplementary statement on April 15 of each year that the 
        individual remains in office if information on the most recently 
        filed statement has changed.  The supplementary statement, if 
        required, shall must include the amount of each honorarium in 
        excess of $50 received since the previous statement, together 
        with and the name and address of the source of the honorarium.  
        The board shall maintain a statement of economic interest 
        submitted by an officeholder shall be filed in the same file 
        with the statement submitted as a candidate. 
           Subd. 6a.  [LOCAL OFFICIALS.] A local official required to 
        file a statement under this section shall file it with the 
        governing body of the official's political subdivision.  The 
        governing body shall maintain statements filed with it under 
        this subdivision as public data. 
           Subd. 7.  [LATE FILING.] The board shall notify by 
        certified mail or personal service any individual who fails 
        within the prescribed time to file a statement of economic 
        interest required by this section.  If an individual fails to 
        file a statement within seven days after receiving this notice, 
        the board may impose a late filing fee of $5 per day, not to 
        exceed $100, commencing on the eighth day after receiving 
        notice.  The board shall further notify by certified mail or 
        personal service any individual who fails to file a statement 
        within 21 days after receiving a first notice that the 
        individual may be subject to a criminal penalty for failure to 
        file a statement.  An individual who fails to file a statement 
        within seven days after a second notice is guilty of a 
        misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 8.  [FAILURE TO FILE; SUSPENSION.] Any A public 
        official, except a member of the legislature or a constitutional 
        officer, who is required to file a statement of economic 
        interest and fails to do so by the prescribed deadline shall 
        must be suspended without pay by the board in the manner 
        prescribed in the contested case procedures in chapter 14. 
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.10, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.10 [PENALTY FOR FALSE STATEMENTS.] 
           A report or statement required to be filed by sections 
        10A.02 to 10A.09 shall under this chapter must be signed and 
        certified as true by the individual required to file the 
        report.  Any An individual who signs and certifies to be true a 
        report or statement knowing it contains false information or who 
        knowingly omits required information is guilty of a gross 
        misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.11, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.11 [ORGANIZATION OF POLITICAL COMMITTEES AND PARTY 
        UNITS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [CHAIR AND TREASURER.] Every A political 
        committee shall, principal campaign committee, or party unit 
        must have a chair and a treasurer.  Nothing in this chapter 
        shall prohibit them from being The chair and treasurer may be 
        the same individual. 
           Subd. 2.  [TREASURER VACANCY IN OFFICE OF TREASURER.] No 
        contribution shall be accepted and no expenditure shall be made 
        by or on behalf of A political committee at a time when there is 
        a vacancy in, principal campaign committee, or party unit may 
        not accept a contribution or make an expenditure or permit an 
        expenditure to be made on its behalf while the office of 
        treasurer is vacant. 
           Subd. 3.  [DEPUTY TREASURERS.] The treasurer of a political 
        committee, principal campaign committee, or party unit may 
        appoint as many deputy treasurers as necessary and shall be is 
        responsible for their accounts. 
           Subd. 4.  [DEPOSITORIES.] The treasurer of a political 
        committee, principal campaign committee, or party unit may 
        designate not more than one or two depositories in each county 
        in which a campaign is conducted. 
           Subd. 5.  [COMMINGLING PROHIBITED.] No funds of A political 
        committee shall be commingled, principal campaign committee, or 
        party unit may not commingle its funds with any personal funds 
        of officers, members, or associates of the committee. 
           Subd. 7.  [PENALTY.] Any A person who knowingly violates 
        the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.12, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.12 [POLITICAL FUNDS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [TRANSFERS MUST BE FROM POLITICAL FUND WHEN 
        REQUIRED.] No An association other than a political 
        committee shall transfer or party unit may not contribute more 
        than $100 in aggregate in any one year to candidates or, 
        political committees, or party units or make any approved or 
        independent expenditure or expenditure to promote or defeat a 
        ballot question unless the transfer contribution or expenditure 
        is made from a political fund.  
           Subd. 2.  [COMMINGLING PROHIBITED.] The contents of a 
        political fund shall may not be commingled with any other funds 
        or with the personal funds of any an officer or member of the 
        fund. 
           Subd. 3.  [TREASURER.] Each An association which that has a 
        political fund shall must elect or appoint a treasurer of the 
        political fund. 
           Subd. 4.  [TREASURER VACANCY IN OFFICE OF TREASURER.] No 
        contributions to the A political fund shall be accepted and no 
        expenditures may not accept a contribution or make an 
        expenditure or transfers contribution from the political fund 
        shall be made while the office of treasurer of the political 
        fund is vacant. 
           Subd. 5.  [DUES OR MEMBERSHIP FEES.] Notwithstanding 
        subdivision 1, any An association may, if not prohibited by 
        other law, deposit in its political fund money derived from dues 
        or membership fees.  Pursuant to Under section 10A.20, the 
        treasurer of the fund shall disclose the name of any member 
        whose dues, membership fees, and contributions deposited in the 
        political fund together exceed $100 in any one a year. 
           Subd. 6.  [PENALTY.] Any A person who knowingly violates 
        the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.13, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.13 [ACCOUNTS WHICH THAT MUST BE KEPT.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [LIST OF ACCOUNTS; PENALTY.] The treasurer 
        of a political committee or, political fund, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit shall keep an account of: 
           (a) (1) the sum of all contributions, except any donation 
        in kind valued at $20 or less, made to the political committee 
        or political, fund, or party unit; 
           (b) (2) the name and address of each source of a 
        transfer contribution made to the political committee or 
        political, fund, or party unit in excess of $20, together with 
        the date and amount of each; 
           (c) The name and address of each source of a donation in 
        kind valued in excess of $20, together with the date and amount; 
           (d) (3) each expenditure made by the committee or, fund, 
        or party unit, together with the date and amount; 
           (e) (4) each approved expenditure made on behalf of the 
        committee or, fund, or party unit, together with the date and 
        amount; and 
           (f) (5) the name and address of each political committee 
        or, political fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit 
        to which transfers contributions in excess of $20 have been 
        made, together with the date and amount. 
           Any individual who knowingly violates any provision of this 
        subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 2.  [RECEIPTS.] The treasurer shall obtain a 
        receipted bill, stating the particulars, for every expenditure 
        in excess of over $100 made by, or approved expenditure in 
        excess of over $100 made on behalf of, a political the committee 
        or political, fund, or party unit, and for any expenditure or 
        approved expenditure in a lesser amount if the aggregate amount 
        of lesser expenditures and approved expenditures made to the 
        same individual or association during any the same year exceeds 
        $100.  The treasurer shall preserve all receipted bills and 
        accounts required to be kept by this section for four years. 
           Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.14, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.14 [REGISTRATION OF POLITICAL COMMITTEES AND POLITICAL 
        FUNDS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [FIRST REGISTRATION BY TREASURER.] The 
        treasurer of a political committee or, political fund, principal 
        campaign committee, or party unit shall register with the board 
        by filing a statement of organization no later than 14 days 
        after the date upon which the committee or, fund, or party unit 
        has made a contribution, received contributions, or made 
        expenditures in excess of $100.  
           Subd. 2.  [CONTENTS FORM.] The statement of 
        organization shall must include: 
           (a) (1) the name and address of the political committee or 
        political, fund, or party unit; 
           (2) the name and address of the chair of a political 
        committee, principal campaign committee, or party unit; 
           (b) (3) the name and address of any supporting association 
        of a political fund; 
           (c) (4) the name and address of the chair, the treasurer, 
        and any deputy treasurers; 
           (d) (5) a listing of all depositories or safety deposit 
        boxes used; 
           (e) a statement as to whether the committee is a principal 
        campaign committee as authorized by section 10A.19, subdivision 
        1; and 
           (f) (6) for political parties the state committee of a 
        political party only, a list of categories of substate its party 
        units as defined in section 10A.27, subdivision 4. 
           Subd. 4.  [NOTICE OF FAILURE TO FILE; PENALTY.] The board 
        shall notify by certified mail or personal service any 
        individual who fails to file a statement required by this 
        section.  If an individual fails to file a statement within 
        seven days after receiving a notice, the board may impose a late 
        filing fee of $5 per day, not to exceed $100, commencing with 
        the eighth day after receiving notice.  The board shall further 
        notify by certified mail or personal service any individual who 
        fails to file a statement within 21 days after receiving a first 
        notice that such individual may be subject to a criminal penalty 
        for failure to file the report.  An individual who knowingly 
        fails to file the statement within seven days after receiving a 
        second notice from the board is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.15, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.15 [CONTRIBUTIONS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS.] No anonymous 
        contribution in excess of $20 shall be retained by any A 
        political committee or, political fund, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit may not retain an anonymous 
        contribution in excess of $20, but shall be forwarded forward it 
        to the board and deposited for deposit in the general account of 
        the state elections campaign fund. 
           Subd. 2.  [SOURCE OF CONTRIBUTIONS; AMOUNT; DATE.] Every An 
        individual who receives a contribution in excess of $20 for a 
        political committee or, political fund, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit shall, on demand of the treasurer, 
        inform the treasurer of the name and, if known, the address of 
        the source of the contribution, together with the amount of the 
        contribution, and the date it was received. 
           Subd. 3.  [DEPOSIT IN ACCOUNT.] All transfers contributions 
        received by or on behalf of any a candidate, principal campaign 
        committee, political committee or, political fund shall, or 
        party unit must be deposited in an account designated "Campaign 
        Fund of ..... (name of candidate, committee or, fund, or party 
        unit)."  All transfers shall contributions must be deposited 
        promptly upon receipt and, except for transfers contributions 
        received during the last three days of any a reporting period as 
        described in section 10A.20, shall must be deposited during the 
        reporting period in which they were received.  Any transfer A 
        contribution received during the last three days of a reporting 
        period shall must be deposited within 72 hours of after receipt 
        and shall must be reported as received during the reporting 
        period whether or not deposited within that period.  Any A 
        candidate, principal campaign committee, political committee, 
        political fund, or party unit may refuse to accept a 
        contribution.  A deposited transfer contribution may be returned 
        to the contributor within 60 days of after deposit.  A 
        transfer contribution deposited and not returned within 60 days 
        of after that deposit shall be deemed for the purposes of this 
        chapter, to be must be reported as accepted by the candidate, 
        political committee, or political fund. 
           Subd. 3a.  [EXCEEDING CONTRIBUTION LIMITS EXCESS.] No A 
        treasurer of a principal campaign committee of a candidate shall 
        may not deposit any transfer which a contribution that on its 
        face exceeds the limit on contributions to that the candidate 
        prescribed by section 10A.27 unless, at the time of deposit, the 
        treasurer issues a check to the source for the amount of the 
        excess. 
           Subd. 3b.  [ATTRIBUTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.] Contributions made 
        to a candidate or principal campaign committee that are directed 
        to that the candidate or principal campaign committee by a 
        political fund or, committee, or party unit must be reported as 
        attributable to the political fund or, committee, or party unit 
        and count toward the contribution limits of that fund or, 
        committee, or party unit specified in section 10A.27, if 
        the political fund or, committee, or party unit was organized or 
        is operated primarily to direct contributions other than from 
        its own funds money to one or more candidates or principal 
        campaign committees.  The treasurer of the political fund or, 
        committee, or party unit shall advise the candidate or the 
        candidate's principal campaign committee if the contribution or 
        contributions are not from the funds money of the political fund 
        or the political, committee, or party unit and the original 
        source of the funds money.  As used in this subdivision, the 
        term "direct" includes, but is not limited to, order, command, 
        control, or instruct.  A violation of this subdivision is a 
        violation of section 10A.29. 
           Subd. 3c.  [RELATED COMMITTEES.] An individual, 
        association, political committee, or political fund, or party 
        unit may establish, finance, maintain, or control a political 
        committee or, political fund, or party unit.  One who does this 
        is a "parent."  The political committee or, fund, or party unit 
        so established, financed, maintained, or controlled is a 
        "subsidiary."  If the parent is an association, the association 
        must create a political committee or political fund to serve as 
        the parent for reporting purposes.  A subsidiary must report its 
        contribution to a candidate or principal campaign committee as 
        attributable to its parent, and the contribution is counted 
        toward the contribution limits in section 10A.27 of the parent 
        as well as of the subsidiary. 
           Subd. 4.  [PENALTY.] Any An individual violating the 
        provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 5.  [LOBBYIST, POLITICAL COMMITTEE, OR POLITICAL FUND 
        REGISTRATION NUMBER ON CHECKS.] A contribution made to a 
        candidate by a lobbyist, political committee, or political fund, 
        or party unit must show the name of the lobbyist, political 
        committee, or political fund, or party unit and the number under 
        which it is registered with the board. 
           Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.16, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.16 [EARMARKING CONTRIBUTIONS PROHIBITED.] 
           An individual, political committee, or political fund, 
        principal campaign committee, or party unit may not solicit or 
        accept a contribution from any source with the express or 
        implied condition that the contribution or any part of it be 
        directed to a particular candidate other than the initial 
        recipient.  An individual, political committee, or political 
        fund who, principal campaign committee, or party unit that 
        knowingly accepts any earmarked contribution is guilty of a 
        gross misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.17, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.17 [EXPENDITURES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORIZATION.] No expenditure shall be 
        made by A political committee, political fund, or principal 
        campaign committee, or party unit may not expend money unless it 
        the expenditure is authorized by the treasurer or deputy 
        treasurer of that committee or, fund, or party unit. 
           Subd. 2.  [APPROVED EXPENDITURES WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION.] No 
        An individual or association may not make an approved 
        expenditure of more than $20 without receiving written 
        authorization as to the amount that may be spent and the purpose 
        of the expenditure from the treasurer of the principal campaign 
        committee of the candidate who approved the expenditure stating 
        the amount that may be spent and the purpose of the expenditure. 
           Subd. 3.  [VOUCHERS FOR PETTY CASH.] The treasurer or 
        deputy treasurer of a political committee, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit may sign vouchers for petty cash of not 
        more than up to $100 per week for statewide elections or $20 per 
        week for legislative elections, to be used for miscellaneous 
        expenditures. 
           Subd. 4.  [INDEPENDENT SOLICITATION OR 
        EXPENDITURE EXPENDITURES.] Any An individual, political 
        committee, or political fund who, principal campaign committee, 
        or party unit that independently solicits or accepts 
        contributions or makes independent expenditures on behalf of any 
        a candidate shall publicly disclose that the expenditure is an 
        independent expenditure.  All written communications with those 
        from whom contributions are independently solicited or accepted 
        or to whom independent expenditures are made on behalf of a 
        candidate, shall must contain a statement in conspicuous type 
        that the activity is an independent expenditure and is not 
        approved by the candidate nor is the candidate responsible for 
        it.  Similar language shall must be included in all oral 
        communications, in conspicuous type on the front page of all 
        literature and advertisements published or posted, and at the 
        end of all broadcast advertisements made by that individual, 
        political committee or, political fund, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit on the candidate's behalf. 
           Subd. 5.  [PENALTY.] Any A person who knowingly violates 
        the provisions of subdivision 2 is guilty of a misdemeanor.  A 
        person who knowingly violates the provisions of subdivision 4 or 
        falsely claims that an expenditure was an independent 
        expenditure is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.18, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.18 [TIME FOR RENDERING BILLS WHEN RENDERED AND PAID, 
        CHARGES, OR CLAIMS; PENALTY.] 
           Every A person who has a bill, charge, or claim against any 
        a political committee or, political fund, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit for any an expenditure shall render in 
        writing to the treasurer of the committee or, fund, or party 
        unit the bill, charge, or claim within 60 days after the 
        material or service is provided.  Failure to so present the 
        bill, charge or claim Violation of this section is a misdemeanor.
           Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.19, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.19 [PRINCIPAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [SINGLE COMMITTEE.] No A candidate 
        shall not accept contributions from any a source, other than 
        self, in aggregate in excess of $100 or accept a public subsidy 
        unless the candidate designates and causes to be formed a single 
        principal campaign committee for each office sought.  A 
        candidate may not authorize, designate, or cause to be formed 
        any other political committee bearing the candidate's name or 
        title or otherwise operating under the direct or indirect 
        control of the candidate.  However, a candidate may be involved 
        in the direct or indirect control of a party unit as defined in 
        section 10A.275, subdivision 3. 
           A political committee bearing a candidate's name or title 
        or otherwise operating under the direct or indirect control of 
        the candidate, other than a principal campaign committee of the 
        candidate, may not accept contributions after May 21, 1993, and 
        must be dissolved by December 31, 1993.  
           Subd. 2.  [REPLACEMENT OF OFFICERS.] A candidate may at any 
        time without cause remove and replace the chair, treasurer, 
        deputy treasurer, or any other officer of the candidate's 
        principal campaign committee. 
           Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.20, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.20 [CAMPAIGN REPORTS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [FIRST FILING; DURATION.] The treasurer of 
        every a political committee and, political fund, principal 
        campaign committee, or party unit shall begin to file the 
        reports required by this section in the first year it receives 
        contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $100 and shall 
        continue to file until the committee or, fund, or party unit is 
        terminated. 
           Subd. 2.  [TIME FOR FILING.] (a) The reports shall must be 
        filed with the board on or before January 31 of each year and 
        additional reports shall must be filed as required and in 
        accordance with clauses (a) paragraphs (b) and (b) (c).  
           (a) (b) In each year in which the name of the candidate is 
        on the ballot, the report of the principal campaign committee 
        shall must be filed 15 days before a primary and ten days before 
        a general election, seven days before a special primary and a 
        special election, and ten days after a special election 
        cycle.  The report due after a special election may be filed on 
        January 31 following the special election if the special 
        election is held not more than 60 days before that date.  
           (b) (c) In each general election year, a political 
        committees and committee, political funds other than principal 
        campaign committees fund, or party unit shall file reports 
        ten 15 days before a primary and ten days before a general 
        election.  
           If a scheduled filing date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or 
        legal holiday, the filing date shall be the next regular 
        business day. 
           Subd. 3.  [CONTENTS OF REPORT.] Each (a) The report under 
        this section shall must disclose: 
           (a) the amount of liquid assets on hand at the beginning of 
        the reporting period;.  
           (b) The report must disclose the name, address, and 
        employer, or occupation if self-employed, of each individual, 
        political committee or political fund who within the year or 
        association that has made one or more transfers or donations in 
        kind contributions to the political committee or political fund 
        reporting entity, including the purchase of tickets for all a 
        fund raising efforts effort, which that in aggregate within 
        the year exceed $100 for legislative or statewide candidates or 
        ballot questions, together with the amount and date of 
        each transfer or donation in kind contribution, and the 
        aggregate amount of transfers and donations in 
        kind contributions within the year from each source so 
        disclosed.  A donation in kind shall must be disclosed at its 
        fair market value.  An approved expenditure is must be listed as 
        a donation in kind.  A donation in kind is considered consumed 
        in the reporting period in which it is received.  The names of 
        contributors shall must be listed in alphabetical order;.  
        Contributions from the same contributor must be listed under the 
        same name.  When a contribution received from a contributor in a 
        reporting period is added to previously reported unitemized 
        contributions from the same contributor and the aggregate 
        exceeds the disclosure threshold of this paragraph, the name, 
        address, and employer, or occupation if self-employed, of the 
        contributor must then be listed on the report. 
           (c) The report must disclose the sum of contributions to 
        the political committee or political fund reporting entity 
        during the reporting period;.  
           (d) The report must disclose each loan made or received by 
        the political committee or political fund reporting entity 
        within the year in aggregate in excess of $100, continuously 
        reported until repaid or forgiven, together with the name, 
        address, occupation, and the principal place of business, if 
        any, of the lender and any endorser and the date and amount of 
        the loan.  If any a loan made to the principal campaign 
        committee of a candidate is forgiven at any time or is repaid by 
        any an entity other than that principal campaign committee, 
        it shall must be reported as a contribution for the year in 
        which the loan was made;.  
           (e) The report must disclose each receipt in excess 
        of over $100 during the reporting period not otherwise listed 
        under clauses paragraphs (b) to (d);.  
           (f) The report must disclose the sum of all receipts of the 
        political committee or political fund reporting entity during 
        the reporting period;.  
           (g) The report must disclose the name and address of each 
        individual or association to whom aggregate expenditures, 
        including approved expenditures, have been made by or on behalf 
        of the political committee or political fund reporting entity 
        within the year in excess of $100, together with the amount, 
        date, and purpose of each expenditure and the name and address 
        of, and office sought by, each candidate on whose behalf the 
        expenditure was made, identification of the ballot 
        question which that the expenditure is was intended to promote 
        or defeat, and in the case of independent expenditures made in 
        opposition to a candidate, the candidate's name, address, and 
        office sought for each such candidate;.  A reporting entity 
        making an expenditure on behalf of more than one candidate for 
        state or legislative office shall allocate the expenditure among 
        the candidates on a reasonable cost basis and report the 
        allocation for each candidate. 
           (h) The report must disclose the sum of all expenditures 
        made by or on behalf of the political committee or political 
        fund reporting entity during the reporting period;.  
           (i) The report must disclose the amount and nature of any 
        an advance of credit incurred by the political committee or 
        political fund reporting entity, continuously reported until 
        paid or forgiven.  If any an advance of credit incurred by the 
        principal campaign committee of a candidate is forgiven at any 
        time by the creditor or paid by any an entity other than that 
        principal campaign committee, it shall must be reported as a 
        donation in kind for the year in which the advance of credit was 
        incurred; made. 
           (j) The report must disclose the name and address of each 
        political committee, political fund, or principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit to which aggregate transfers 
        contributions have been made that aggregate in excess of $100 
        have been made within the year, together with and the amount and 
        date of each transfer; contribution. 
           (k) The report must disclose the sum of all 
        transfers contributions made by the political committee, 
        political fund, or principal campaign committee reporting entity 
        during the reporting period;.  
           (l) Except for contributions to a candidate or committee 
        for a candidate for office in a municipality as defined in 
        section 471.345, subdivision 1, The report must disclose the 
        name and address of each individual or association to 
        whom aggregate noncampaign disbursements have been made that 
        aggregate in excess of $100 have been made within the year by or 
        on behalf of a principal campaign committee, political 
        committee, or political fund, together with the reporting entity 
        and the amount, date, and purpose of each noncampaign 
        disbursement;.  
           (m) The report must disclose the sum of all noncampaign 
        disbursements made within the year by or on behalf of a 
        principal campaign committee, political committee, or political 
        fund; the reporting entity.  
           (n) The report must disclose the name and address of a 
        nonprofit corporation that provides administrative assistance to 
        a political committee or political fund as authorized by section 
        211B.15, subdivision 17, together with the type of 
        administrative assistance provided, and the aggregate fair 
        market value of each type of assistance provided to the 
        political committee or political fund during the reporting 
        period; and.  
           (o) A report filed under subdivision 2, clause (b), by a 
        political committee or political fund that is subject to 
        subdivision 14, must contain the information required by 
        subdivision 14, if the political committee or political fund has 
        solicited and caused others to make aggregate contributions 
        greater than $5,000 between January 1 of the general election 
        year and the end of the reporting period.  This disclosure 
        requirement is in addition to the report required by subdivision 
        14. 
           Subd. 3a.  [COUNTIES IN LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT.] The reports 
        of a principal campaign committee of a legislative candidate 
        required by this section shall list in a prominent place on the 
        first page of every report each county in which the legislative 
        district lies. 
           Subd. 4.  [PERIOD OF REPORT.] A report shall must cover the 
        period from the last day covered by the previous report to seven 
        days prior to before the filing date, except that the report due 
        on January 31 shall must cover the period from the last day 
        covered by the previous report to December 31. 
           Subd. 5.  [PREELECTION REPORTS.] In any a statewide 
        election any loan, contribution, or contributions from any one 
        source totaling $2,000 or more, or in any judicial district or 
        legislative election totaling more than $400, received between 
        the last day covered in the last report prior to before an 
        election and the election shall must be reported to the board in 
        one of the following ways: 
           (1) in person within 48 hours after its receipt; 
           (2) by telegram or mailgram within 48 hours after its 
        receipt; or 
           (3) by certified mail sent within 48 hours after its 
        receipt. 
           These loans and contributions must also be reported in the 
        next required report. 
           The 48-hour notice requirement does not apply with respect 
        to a primary if in which the statewide or legislative candidate 
        is unopposed in that primary. 
           Subd. 6.  [REPORT WHEN NO COMMITTEE.] Every A candidate who 
        does not designate and cause to be formed a principal campaign 
        committee, and any an individual who makes independent 
        expenditures or expenditures expressly advocating the approval 
        or defeat of a ballot question in aggregate in excess of $100 in 
        any a year, shall file with the board a report containing the 
        information required by subdivision 3.  Reports required by this 
        subdivision shall must be filed on the dates on which reports by 
        committees and, funds, and party units are filed. 
           Subd. 6a.  [STATEMENT OF INDEPENDENCE.] Any An individual, 
        political committee or, political fund, or party unit filing a 
        report or statement disclosing any an independent expenditure 
        pursuant to under subdivision 3 or 6 shall file with that the 
        report a sworn statement that the disclosed expenditures so 
        disclosed were not made with the authorization or expressed or 
        implied consent of, or in cooperation or in concert with, or at 
        the request or suggestion of any candidate, or any candidate's 
        principal campaign committee or agent. 
           Subd. 6b.  [INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES; NOTICE.] (a) Within 
        24 hours after an individual, political committee, or political 
        fund makes or becomes obligated by oral or written agreement to 
        make an independent expenditure in excess of $100, other than an 
        expenditure by an association targeted to inform solely its own 
        dues-paying members of the association's position on a 
        candidate, the individual, political committee, or political 
        fund shall file with the board an affidavit notifying the board 
        of the intent to make the independent expenditure and serve a 
        copy of the affidavit on each candidate in the affected race and 
        on the treasurer of the candidate's principal campaign 
        committee.  The affidavit must contain the information with 
        respect to the expenditure that is required to be reported under 
        subdivision 3, paragraph (g); except that if an expenditure is 
        reported before it is made, the notice must include a reasonable 
        estimate of the anticipated amount.  Each new expenditure 
        requires a new notice. 
           (b) An individual or the treasurer of a political committee 
        or political fund who fails to give notice as required by this 
        subdivision, or who files a false affidavit of notice, is guilty 
        of a gross misdemeanor and is subject to a civil fine of up to 
        four times the amount of the independent expenditure stated in 
        the notice or of which notice was required, whichever is greater.
           Subd. 7.  [STATEMENT OF INACTIVITY.] If no contribution is 
        received or expenditure made by or on behalf of a candidate, 
        political fund or political committee a reporting entity has no 
        receipts or expenditures during a reporting period, the 
        treasurer of the committee or fund shall file with the board at 
        the time required by this section a statement to that effect. 
           Subd. 8.  [EXEMPTION FROM DISCLOSURE.] The board shall 
        exempt any a member of or contributor to any an association, 
        political committee or political fund or any other individual, 
        from the provisions requirements of this section if the member, 
        contributor, or other individual demonstrates by clear and 
        convincing evidence that disclosure would expose the member or 
        contributor to economic reprisals, loss of employment, or threat 
        of physical coercion. 
           An association, political committee or political fund may 
        seek an exemption for all of its members or contributors if it 
        demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that a substantial 
        number of its members or contributors would suffer a restrictive 
        effect on their freedom of association if members were required 
        to seek exemptions individually. 
           Subd. 10.  [EXEMPTION PROCEDURE.] Any An individual, or 
        association, political committee or political fund seeking an 
        exemption pursuant to under subdivision 8 shall submit a written 
        application for exemption to the board.  The board, without 
        hearing, shall grant or deny the exemption within 30 days after 
        receiving an the application, and shall issue a written order 
        stating the reasons for its action.  The board shall publish its 
        order in the State Register and give notice to all parties known 
        to the board to have an interest in the matter.  If the board 
        receives a written objection to its action from any party within 
        20 days after publication of its order and notification of 
        interested parties, the board shall hold a contested case 
        hearing on the matter.  Upon the filing of a timely objection 
        from the applicant, an order denying an exemption shall be is 
        suspended pending the outcome of the contested case.  If no 
        timely objection is received, the exemption shall continue to be 
        continues in effect until a written objection is filed with the 
        board in a succeeding election year.  The board by rule shall 
        establish a procedure so that any an individual seeking an 
        exemption may proceed anonymously if the individual would be 
        exposed to the reprisals listed in subdivision 8 if the 
        individual's identity were to be revealed for the purposes of a 
        hearing. 
           Subd. 11.  [REPRISALS PROHIBITED ACTIVITY; PENALTY.] No 
        person An individual or association shall not engage in economic 
        reprisals or threaten loss of employment or physical coercion 
        against any person an individual or association because of that 
        person's individual's or association's political contributions 
        or political activity.  This subdivision shall does not apply to 
        compensation for employment or loss of employment when if the 
        political affiliation or viewpoint of the employee is a bona 
        fide occupational qualification of the employment.  Any person 
        An individual or association which that violates this 
        subdivision is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 12.  [FAILURE TO FILE; PENALTY.] The board shall 
        notify by certified mail or personal service any an individual 
        who fails to file a statement required by this section.  If an 
        individual fails to file a statement due January 31 within seven 
        days after receiving a notice, the board may impose a late 
        filing fee of $5 per day, not to exceed $100, commencing on the 
        eighth day after receiving notice.  If an individual fails to 
        file a statement due before any a primary or election within 
        three days of after the date due, regardless of whether the 
        individual has received any notice, the board may impose a late 
        filing fee of $50 per day, not to exceed $500, commencing on the 
        fourth day after the date the statement was due.  The board 
        shall further notify by certified mail or personal service any 
        an individual who fails to file any a statement within 14 days 
        after receiving a first notice from the board that the 
        individual may be subject to a criminal penalty for failure to 
        file a statement.  An individual who knowingly fails to file the 
        statement within seven days after receiving a second notice from 
        the board is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 13.  [THIRD-PARTY REIMBURSEMENT.] An individual, 
        political committee, or political fund or association filing a 
        report disclosing an expenditure or noncampaign disbursement 
        that must be reported and itemized under subdivision 3, 
        paragraph (g) or (l), that is a reimbursement to a third 
        party is required to must report the purpose of each expenditure 
        or disbursement for which the third party is being reimbursed.  
        An expenditure or disbursement is a reimbursement to a third 
        party if it is for goods or services that were not directly 
        provided by the individual or association to whom the 
        expenditure or disbursement is made.  Third-party reimbursements 
        include payments to credit card companies and reimbursement of 
        individuals for expenses they have incurred. 
           Subd. 14.  [REPORTS BY SOLICITORS.] An individual, or 
        association, political committee, or political fund, other than 
        a candidate or the members of a candidate's principal campaign 
        committee, that directly solicits and causes others to make 
        contributions to candidates or a caucus of the members of a 
        political party unit in a house of the legislature, that 
        aggregate more than $5,000 in a calendar year between January 1 
        of a general election year and the end of the reporting period 
        must file with the board a report disclosing the amount of each 
        contribution, the names of the contributors, and to whom the 
        contributions were given.  The report must be filed 15 days 
        before a primary and ten days before a general election.  The 
        report for each calendar year must be filed with the board by 
        January 31 of the following year.  The report must cover the 
        accumulated contributions made or received during the calendar 
        year. 
           Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.22, 
        subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 6.  [RECORDKEEPING; PENALTY.] Each A person required 
        to file any a report or statement shall maintain records on the 
        matters required to be reported, including vouchers, canceled 
        checks, bills, invoices, worksheets, and receipts, which that 
        will provide in sufficient detail the necessary information from 
        which the filed reports and statements may be verified, 
        explained, clarified, and checked for accuracy and 
        completeness.  The person shall keep the records available for 
        audit, inspection, or examination by the board or its authorized 
        representatives for four years from the date of filing of the 
        reports or statements or of changes or corrections thereto to 
        them.  Any A person who knowingly violates any provisions of 
        this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.22, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [UNREGISTERED ASSOCIATION LIMIT; STATEMENT 
        REQUIRED; PENALTY.] (a) The treasurer of a political 
        committee or, political fund, principal campaign committee, or 
        party unit shall not accept a contribution of more than $100 
        from an association not registered in this state under this 
        chapter unless the contribution is accompanied by a written 
        statement which that meets the disclosure and reporting period 
        requirements imposed by section 10A.20.  This statement shall 
        must be certified as true and correct by an officer of the 
        contributing association.  The political committee or political, 
        fund which, or party unit that accepts the contribution shall 
        include a copy of the statement with the report which that 
        discloses the contribution to the board.  The provisions of This 
        subdivision shall does not apply when a national political party 
        transfers contributes money to its affiliate in this state. 
           (b) An unregistered association may provide the written 
        statement required by this subdivision to no more than three 
        political committees or political, funds, or party units in 
        any a calendar year.  Each statement must cover at least the 30 
        days immediately preceding and including the date on which the 
        contribution was made.  An unregistered association or an 
        officer of it is subject to a civil penalty up to $1,000 if the 
        association or its officer: 
           (1) fails to provide a written statement as required by 
        this subdivision; or 
           (2) fails to register after giving the written statement 
        required by this subdivision to more than three political 
        committees or political, funds, or party units in any a 
        calendar year. 
           An officer of an association who violates this paragraph is 
        guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.23, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.23 [CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS.] 
           Any Material changes in information previously submitted 
        and any corrections to a report or statement shall must be 
        reported in writing to the board within ten days following the 
        date of the event prompting the change or the date upon which 
        the person filing became aware of the inaccuracy.  The change or 
        correction shall must identify the form and the paragraph 
        containing the information to be changed or corrected.  Any A 
        person who willfully fails to report a material change or 
        correction is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.24, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.24 [DISSOLUTION OR TERMINATION.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [TERMINATION REPORT.] No A political 
        committee or, political fund shall, principal campaign 
        committee, or party unit may not dissolve until it has settled 
        all of its debts and disposed of all its assets in excess of 
        $100 and filed a termination report.  "Assets" include credit 
        balances at vendors and physical assets such as computers and 
        postage stamps.  Physical assets must be listed at their fair 
        market value.  The termination report may be made at any time 
        and shall must include all information required in periodic 
        reports.  
           Subd. 2.  [TERMINATION ALLOWED.] Notwithstanding 
        subdivision 1, after mailing notice to any remaining creditors 
        by certified mail, a political committee or political, fund, 
        or party unit that has debts incurred more than six years 
        previously, has disposed of all its assets, and has met the 
        requirements of section 10A.20, subdivision 7, may notify any 
        remaining creditors by certified mail and then file a 
        termination report. 
           Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.241, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.241 [TRANSFER OF DEBTS.] 
           Notwithstanding any provisions of this chapter to the 
        contrary except as provided in this section 10A.24, a candidate 
        may terminate the candidate's principal campaign committee for 
        one state office by transferring any debts of that committee to 
        the candidate's principal campaign committee for another state 
        office, provided that any if all outstanding unpaid bills or 
        loans from the committee being terminated are assumed and 
        continuously reported by the committee to which the transfer is 
        being made until paid or forgiven.  A loan that is forgiven is 
        covered by section 10A.20 and, for purposes of section 10A.324, 
        is a contribution to the principal campaign committee from which 
        the debt was transferred under this section. 
           Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.242, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.242 [DISSOLUTION OF INACTIVE COMMITTEES AND FUNDS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [DISSOLUTION REQUIRED.] A political 
        committee or, political fund, or principal campaign committee 
        must be dissolved within 60 days after receiving notice from the 
        board that the committee or fund has become inactive.  The 
        assets of the committee or fund must be spent for the purposes 
        authorized by section 211B.12 and other applicable law or 
        liquidated and deposited in the general account of the state 
        elections campaign fund within 60 days after the board notifies 
        the committee or fund that it has become inactive.  
           Subd. 2.  [INACTIVITY DEFINED.] (a) A principal campaign 
        committee becomes inactive on the later of the following dates: 
           (1) when six years have elapsed since the last election in 
        which the person was a candidate for the office sought or held 
        at the time the principal campaign committee registered with the 
        board; or 
           (2) when six years have elapsed since the last day on which 
        the individual for whom it exists served in an elective office 
        subject to this chapter. 
           (b) A political committee or fund other than a principal 
        campaign committee becomes inactive when two years have elapsed 
        since the end of a reporting period during which the political 
        committee or fund made an expenditure or disbursement requiring 
        disclosure under this chapter. 
           Subd. 3.  [REMAINING DEBTS.] If a committee or fund becomes 
        inactive when it still has unpaid debts, the committee or fund 
        shall liquidate available assets to pay the debts.  If 
        insufficient assets exist to pay the debts, the board may set up 
        a payment schedule and allow the committee or fund to defer 
        dissolution until all debts are paid.  This section does not 
        extinguish debts incurred by the committee or fund. 
           Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.25, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.25 [SPENDING LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 
        CANDIDATES LIMITS ARE VOLUNTARY.] For the purposes of sections 
        10A.11 to 10A.34 a candidate for governor and a candidate for 
        lieutenant governor, running together, shall be deemed to be a 
        single candidate.  Except as provided in subdivision 3, all 
        expenditures made by and all approved expenditures made on 
        behalf of the candidate for lieutenant governor shall be 
        considered to be expenditures by and approved expenditures on 
        behalf of the candidate for governor.  The expenditure limits 
        imposed by this section apply only to a candidate who has signed 
        an agreement under section 10A.322 to be bound by them as a 
        condition of receiving a public subsidy for the candidate's 
        campaign. 
           Subd. 2.  [MAXIMUM EXPENDITURES AMOUNTS.] (a) In a year in 
        which an election is held for an office sought by a 
        candidate, no expenditures shall be made by the principal 
        campaign committee of that the candidate, shall not make 
        campaign expenditures nor any permit approved expenditures to be 
        made on behalf of that the candidate which expenditures and 
        approved expenditures that result in an aggregate amount 
        expenditures in excess of the following: 
           (1) for governor and lieutenant governor, running together, 
        $1,626,691; 
           (2) for attorney general, $271,116; 
           (3) for secretary of state, state treasurer, and state 
        auditor, separately, $135,559; 
           (4) for state senator, $40,669; 
           (5) for state representative, $20,335. 
           (b) In addition to the amount in paragraph (a), clause (1), 
        a candidate for endorsement for the office of lieutenant 
        governor at the convention of a political party may make 
        campaign expenditures and approved expenditures of five percent 
        of that amount to seek endorsement.  
           (c) If a special election cycle occurs during a general 
        election cycle, expenditures by or on behalf of a candidate in 
        the special election do not count as expenditures by or on 
        behalf of the candidate in the general election. 
           (c) (d) The expenditure limits in this subdivision for an 
        office are increased by ten percent for a candidate who is 
        running for that office for the first time and who has not run 
        previously for any other office whose territory now includes a 
        population that is more than one-third of the population in the 
        territory of the new office. 
           Subd. 2a.  [AGGREGATED EXPENDITURES.] If a candidate makes 
        expenditures from more than one principal campaign committee for 
        nomination or election to statewide office in the same election 
        year, the amount of expenditures from all of the candidate's 
        principal campaign committees for statewide office for that 
        election year must be aggregated for purposes of the application 
        of applying the limits on campaign expenditures under 
        subdivision 2, clauses (a) to (c). 
           Subd. 3.  [ENDORSEMENT OF GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 
        A SINGLE CANDIDATE.] Notwithstanding subdivision 2, clause (a), 
        a candidate for endorsement for the office of lieutenant 
        governor at the convention of a political party may make 
        expenditures and approved expenditures of $30,000 or five 
        percent of the amount in subdivision 2, clause (a), whichever is 
        greater, to seek endorsement.  This amount shall be in addition 
        to the amount which may be expended pursuant to subdivision 2, 
        clause (a).  For the purposes of sections 10A.11 to 10A.34, a 
        candidate for governor and a candidate for lieutenant governor, 
        running together, are considered a single candidate.  Except as 
        provided in subdivision 2, paragraph (b), all expenditures made 
        by or all approved expenditures made on behalf of the candidate 
        for lieutenant governor are considered to be expenditures by or 
        approved expenditures on behalf of the candidate for governor. 
           Subd. 4.  [EXPENDITURES BEFORE FEBRUARY 28, 1978.] The 
        limits prescribed in this section shall not apply to any 
        expenditure or approved expenditure made or advance of credit 
        incurred before February 28, 1978 unless the goods or services 
        for which they were made or incurred are consumed or used after 
        February 28, 1978. 
           Subd. 5.  [CONTESTED PRIMARY RACES.] Notwithstanding the 
        limits imposed by subdivision 2, the winning candidate in a 
        contested race in a primary who received fewer than twice as 
        many votes as any one of the candidate's opponents in that 
        primary may make aggregate expenditures and permit approved 
        expenditures to be made on behalf of the candidate equal to 120 
        percent of the applicable amount limit as set forth in 
        subdivision 2, as adjusted by section 10A.255.  A candidate in a 
        contested primary race may not, under this subdivision, make 
        aggregate expenditures and approved expenditures of but no more 
        than 100 percent of the expenditure limits imposed by 
        subdivision 2 limit until after the primary. 
           Subd. 6.  [LIMIT IN NONELECTION YEAR.] During an election 
        cycle, in any year before an the election year for the office 
        held or sought by the candidate, the aggregate amount of a 
        candidate shall not make campaign expenditures by and nor permit 
        approved expenditures to be made on behalf of a the candidate 
        for or holder of that office shall not exceed 20 percent of the 
        expenditure limit set forth in subdivision 2. 
           Subd. 7.  [PUBLICATION OF EXPENDITURE LIMITS.] On or before 
        December 31 of each nonelection year the board shall determine 
        and publish in the State Register the expenditure limits for 
        each office for the next calendar year as prescribed by 
        subdivision 2. 
           Subd. 10.  [EFFECT OF OPPONENT'S CONDUCT.] (a) A candidate 
        who has agreed to be bound by the expenditure limits imposed by 
        this section as a condition of receiving a public subsidy for 
        the candidate's campaign is released from the expenditure limits 
        but remains eligible to receive a public subsidy if the 
        candidate has an opponent who does not agree to be bound by the 
        limits and receives contributions or makes or becomes obligated 
        to make expenditures during that election cycle in excess of the 
        following limits: 
           (1) up to ten days before the primary election, receipts or 
        expenditures equal to 20 percent of the expenditure limit for 
        that office as set forth in subdivision 2; or 
           (2) after ten days before the primary election, cumulative 
        receipts or expenditures during that election cycle equal to 50 
        percent of the expenditure limit for that office as set forth in 
        subdivision 2. 
           (b) A candidate who has not agreed to be bound by 
        expenditure limits, or the candidate's principal campaign 
        committee, shall file written notice with the board and provide 
        written notice to any opponent of the candidate for the same 
        office within 24 hours of exceeding the limits in paragraph (a), 
        clause (2).  The notice must state only that the candidate or 
        candidate's principal campaign committee has received 
        contributions or made or become obligated to make campaign 
        expenditures in excess of the limits in paragraph (a), clause 
        (2).  Upon receipt of the notice, the candidate who has had 
        agreed to be bound by the limits is no longer bound by the 
        expenditure limits. 
           Subd. 11.  [CARRYFORWARD; DISPOSITION OF OTHER FUNDS.] 
        After all campaign expenditures and noncampaign disbursements 
        for an election cycle have been made, an amount up to 50 percent 
        of the election year expenditure limit for the office may be 
        carried forward.  Any remaining amount up to the total amount of 
        the public subsidy from the state elections campaign fund and 
        any public matching subsidy must be returned to the state 
        treasury for credit to the general fund under section 10A.324.  
        Any remaining amount in excess of the total public subsidy must 
        be contributed to the state elections campaign fund or a 
        political party for multicandidate expenditures as defined in 
        section 10A.275. 
           Subd. 12.  [UNUSED POSTAGE AND CREDIT BALANCES CARRIED 
        FORWARD.] Postage that is purchased but not used during an 
        election cycle and credit balances at vendors that exceed a 
        combined total of $500 must be carried forward and counted as 
        expenditures during the election cycle during which they are 
        used. 
           Subd. 13.  [INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES; LIMITS INCREASED.] 
        (a) The expenditure limits in this section are increased by the 
        sum of independent expenditures made in opposition to a 
        candidate plus independent expenditures made on behalf of the 
        candidate's major political party opponents, other than 
        expenditures by an association targeted to inform solely its own 
        dues-paying members of the association's position on a candidate.
           (b) Within 48 hours after receipt of an expenditure report 
        or notice required by section 10A.20, subdivision 3, 6, or 6b, 
        the board shall notify each candidate in the race of the 
        increase in the expenditure limit for the candidates against 
        whom the independent expenditures have been made. 
           (c) Within three days after providing this notice, the 
        board shall pay each candidate against whom the independent 
        expenditures have been made, if the candidate is eligible to 
        receive a public subsidy and has raised twice the minimum match 
        required, an additional public subsidy equal to one-half the 
        independent expenditures.  The amount needed to pay the 
        additional public subsidy under this subdivision is appropriated 
        from the general fund to the board. 
           Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.255, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [METHOD OF CALCULATION.] The dollar amounts 
        provided in section 10A.25, subdivision 2, must be adjusted for 
        general election years as provided in this section.  By June 1 
        of the Each general election year, the executive director of the 
        board shall determine the percentage increase in the consumer 
        price index from December of the year preceding the last general 
        election year to December of the year preceding the year in 
        which the determination is made.  The dollar amounts used for 
        the preceding general election year must be multiplied by that 
        percentage.  The product of the calculation must be added to 
        each dollar amount to produce the dollar limitations to be in 
        effect for the next general election.  The product must be 
        rounded up to the next highest whole dollar $10 increment.  The 
        index used must be the revised consumer price index for all 
        urban consumers for the St. Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area 
        prepared by the United States Department of Labor with 1982 as a 
        base year. 
           Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.255, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [PUBLICATION OF EXPENDITURE LIMIT.] By June April 
        15 of each election year the board shall publish in the State 
        Register the expenditure limit for each office for that calendar 
        year under section 10A.25 as adjusted by this section.  The 
        revisor of statutes shall code the adjusted amounts in the next 
        edition of Minnesota Statutes, section 10A.25, subdivision 2. 
           Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.265, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.265 [FREEDOM TO ASSOCIATE AND COMMUNICATE.] 
           Nothing in this chapter shall may be construed as abridging 
        to abridge the right of an association to communicate with its 
        members. 
           Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.27, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.27 [ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS CONTRIBUTION LIMITS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [CONTRIBUTION LIMITS.] (a) Except as 
        provided in subdivision 2, no a candidate shall not permit the 
        candidate's principal campaign committee to accept aggregate 
        contributions made or delivered by any individual, political 
        committee, or political fund in excess of the following: 
           (a) (1) to candidates for governor and lieutenant governor 
        running together, $2,000 in an election year for the office 
        sought and $500 in other years; 
           (b) (2) to a candidate for attorney general, $1,000 in an 
        election year for the office sought and $200 in other years; 
           (c) (3) to a candidate for the office of secretary of 
        state, state treasurer or state auditor, $500 in an election 
        year for the office sought and $100 in other years; 
           (d) (4) to a candidate for state senator, $500 in an 
        election year for the office sought and $100 in other years; and 
           (e) (5) to a candidate for state representative, $500 in an 
        election year for the office sought and $100 in the other year. 
           (b) The following deliveries are not subject to the 
        bundling limitation in this subdivision: 
           (1) delivery of contributions collected by a member of the 
        candidate's principal campaign committee, such as a block worker 
        or a volunteer who hosts a fund raising event, to the 
        committee's treasurer; and 
           (2) a delivery made by an individual on behalf of the 
        individual's spouse.  
           Subd. 2.  [CONTRIBUTIONS FROM POLITICAL PARTY UNITS LIMIT.] 
        No A candidate shall not permit the candidate's principal 
        campaign committee to accept contributions from any political 
        party units in aggregate in excess of ten times the amount that 
        may be contributed to that candidate as set forth in subdivision 
        1. 
           Subd. 4.  [DEFINITION OF POLITICAL PARTY.] For the purposes 
        of this section, a political party means the aggregate of the 
        party organization within each house of the legislature, the 
        state party organization, and the party organization within 
        congressional districts, counties, legislative districts, 
        municipalities, and precincts. 
           Subd. 5.  [INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES.] Nothing in This 
        section shall be construed as limiting independent expenditures 
        on behalf of a candidate. 
           Subd. 7.  [CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES BEFORE FEBRUARY 
        28, 1978.] Contributions and approved expenditures made prior to 
        February 28, 1978 which are in excess of the limits imposed by 
        this section shall not be in violation of this section but shall 
        be disclosed as required by this chapter. 
           Subd. 8.  [EXCESS LOANS PROHIBITED.] No A candidate shall 
        not permit the candidate's principal campaign committee to 
        accept a loan from other than a financial institution for an 
        amount in excess of the contribution limits imposed by this 
        section.  No A candidate shall not permit the candidate's 
        principal campaign committee to accept any a loan from a 
        financial institution for which that the financial institution 
        may hold any an endorser of that the loan liable to pay any 
        an amount in excess of the amount that the endorser may 
        contribute to that candidate. 
           Subd. 9.  [TRANSFERS AMONG COMMITTEES; CONTRIBUTIONS TO AND 
        FROM CERTAIN OTHER CANDIDATES.] (a) A candidate or the treasurer 
        of a candidate's principal campaign committee shall not accept a 
        transfer or contribution from another candidate's principal 
        campaign committee or from any other committee bearing the 
        contributing candidate's name or title or otherwise authorized 
        by the contributing candidate, unless the contributing 
        candidate's principal campaign committee is being dissolved.  A 
        candidate's principal campaign committee shall not make 
        a transfer or contribution to another candidate's principal 
        campaign committee, except when the contributing committee is 
        being dissolved.  
           (b) A candidate's principal campaign committee shall not 
        accept a transfer or contribution from, or make a transfer or 
        contribution to, a committee associated with a person who seeks 
        nomination or election to the office of President, Senator, or 
        Representative in Congress of the United States. 
           (c) A candidate or the treasurer of a candidate's principal 
        campaign committee shall not accept a contribution from a 
        candidate for political subdivision office in any state, unless 
        the contribution is from the personal funds of the candidate for 
        political subdivision office.  A candidate or the treasurer of a 
        candidate's principal campaign committee shall not make a 
        contribution from the principal campaign committee to a 
        candidate for political subdivision office in any state. 
           Subd. 10.  [PROHIBITED LIMITED PERSONAL CONTRIBUTIONS.] A 
        candidate who accepts a public subsidy may not contribute to the 
        candidate's own campaign during a year more than ten times the 
        candidate's election year contribution limit under subdivision 1.
           Subd. 11.  [CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CERTAIN TYPES OF 
        CONTRIBUTORS.] A candidate shall not permit the candidate's 
        principal campaign committee to accept a contribution from a 
        political committee other than a political party unit as defined 
        in section 10A.275, a political fund, a lobbyist, or a 
        large giver contributor, if the contribution will cause the 
        aggregate contributions from those types of contributors to 
        exceed an amount equal to 20 percent of the expenditure limits 
        for the office sought by the candidate.  For purposes of this 
        subdivision, "large giver contributor" means an individual, 
        other than the candidate, who contributes an amount that is more 
        than $100 and more than one-half the amount an individual may 
        contribute. 
           Subd. 12.  [CONTRIBUTIONS TO OTHER POLITICAL COMMITTEES OR 
        FUNDS.] The treasurer of a political committee or political 
        fund, other than a candidate's principal campaign committee or a 
        political party unit as defined in section 10A.275, shall not 
        permit the political committee or political fund to accept 
        aggregate contributions from an individual, political committee, 
        or political fund in an amount more than $100 a year. 
           Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.275, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [EXCEPTIONS.] Notwithstanding any other 
        provisions of this chapter, the following expenditures by a 
        state political party, a party unit, or two or more party units 
        acting together, with at least one party unit being either:  the 
        state party organization committee or the party organization 
        within a congressional district, county, or legislative 
        district, shall are not be considered contributions to or 
        expenditures on behalf of any a candidate for the purposes of 
        section 10A.25 or 10A.27, and shall must not be allocated to any 
        candidates pursuant to under section 10A.22, subdivision 5 
        10A.20, subdivision 3, paragraph (g): 
           (a) (1) expenditures on behalf of candidates of that party 
        generally without referring to any of them specifically in any 
        advertisement a published, posted, or broadcast advertisement; 
           (b) (2) expenditures for the preparation, display, mailing, 
        or other distribution of an official party sample ballot listing 
        the names of three or more individuals whose names are to appear 
        on the ballot; 
           (c) (3) expenditures for any a telephone conversation 
        including the names of three or more individuals whose names are 
        to appear on the ballot; 
           (d) (4) expenditures for any a political party fundraising 
        effort on behalf of three or more candidates; or 
           (e) (5) expenditures for party committee staff member 
        services that benefit three or more candidates.  
           Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.28, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.28 [PENALTY FOR EXCEEDING LIMITS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [CANDIDATE EXCEEDING EXPENDITURE LIMITS.] A 
        candidate subject to the expenditure limits in section 10A.25 
        who permits the candidate's principal campaign committee to make 
        expenditures or permits approved expenditures to be made on the 
        candidate's behalf in excess of the limits imposed by section 
        10A.25, as adjusted by section 10A.255, is subject to a civil 
        fine up to four times the amount by which the expenditures 
        exceeded the limit. 
           Subd. 2.  [CIVIL FINE EXCEEDING CONTRIBUTION LIMITS.] A 
        candidate who permits the candidate's principal campaign 
        committee to accept contributions in excess of the limits 
        imposed by section 10A.27, and the treasurer of a political fund 
        or political committee, other than a principal campaign 
        committee, who permits the committee or fund to accept 
        contributions in excess of the limits imposed by section 10A.27, 
        shall be is subject to a civil fine of up to four times the 
        amount by which the contribution exceeded the limits. 
           Subd. 3.  [CONCILIATION AGREEMENT.] If the board finds that 
        there is reason to believe that excess expenditures have been 
        made or excess contributions accepted contrary to the provisions 
        of subdivision 1 or 2, the board shall make every effort for a 
        period of not less than at least 14 days after its finding to 
        correct the matter by informal methods of conference and 
        conciliation and to enter a conciliation agreement with the 
        person involved.  A conciliation agreement made pursuant to 
        under this subdivision shall be is a matter of public record.  
        Unless violated, a conciliation agreement shall be is a bar to 
        any civil proceeding under subdivision 4. 
           Subd. 4.  [CIVIL ACTION.] If the board is unable after a 
        reasonable time to correct by informal methods any a matter 
        which that constitutes probable cause to believe that excess 
        expenditures have been made or excess contributions accepted 
        contrary to subdivision 1 or 2, the board shall make a public 
        finding of probable cause in the matter.  After making a public 
        finding, the board shall bring an action, or transmit the 
        finding to a county attorney who shall bring an action, in the 
        district court of Ramsey county or, in the case of a legislative 
        candidate, the district court of a county within the legislative 
        district, to impose collect a civil fine as prescribed imposed 
        by the board pursuant to under subdivision 1 or 2.  All money 
        recovered pursuant to under this section shall must be deposited 
        in the general fund of the state. 
           Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.29, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.29 [CIRCUMVENTION PROHIBITED.] 
           Any attempt by an individual or association to circumvent 
        the provisions of this chapter by redirecting funds a 
        contribution through, or contributing funds making a 
        contribution on behalf of, another individual or association is 
        a gross misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.30, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] There is hereby 
        established An account within is established in the special 
        revenue fund of the state to be known as the "state elections 
        campaign fund." 
           Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.31, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.31 [DESIGNATION OF INCOME TAX PAYMENTS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [AMOUNT ALLOWED DESIGNATION.] Every An 
        individual resident of Minnesota this state who files an income 
        tax return or a renter and homeowner property tax refund return 
        with the commissioner of revenue may designate on their original 
        return that $5 shall be paid from the general fund of the state 
        into the state elections campaign fund.  If a husband and wife 
        file a joint return, each spouse may designate that $5 shall be 
        paid.  No individual shall be is allowed to designate $5 more 
        than once in any year.  The taxpayer may designate that the 
        amount be paid into the account of a political party or into the 
        general account.  
           Subd. 2.  [DESIGNATION OF ACCOUNT.] The taxpayer may 
        designate that the amount designated be paid into the account of 
        a political party or into the general account. 
           Subd. 3.  [FORM.] The commissioner of the department of 
        revenue shall provide on the first page of the income tax form 
        and the renter and homeowner property tax refund return a space 
        for the individual to indicate a wish to allocate pay $5 ($10 if 
        filing a joint return) from the general fund of the state to 
        finance election campaigns.  The form shall must also contain 
        language prepared by the commissioner which that permits the 
        individual to direct the state to allocate pay the $5 (or $10 if 
        filing a joint return) to:  (i) (1) one of the major political 
        parties; (ii) (2) any minor political party as defined in 
        section 10A.01, subdivision 13, which that qualifies under the 
        provisions of subdivision 3a; or (iii) (3) all qualifying 
        candidates as provided by subdivision 7.  The renter and 
        homeowner property tax refund return shall must include 
        instructions that the individual filing the return may designate 
        $5 on the return only if the individual has not designated $5 on 
        the income tax return. 
           Subd. 3a.  [QUALIFICATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES.] (a) A 
        major political party as defined in section 10A.01, subdivision 
        12, qualifies for inclusion on the income tax form and property 
        tax refund return as provided in subdivision 3, provided that if 
        it qualifies as a major political party by July 1 of the taxable 
        year. 
           (b) A minor political party as defined in section 10A.01, 
        subdivision 13 qualifies for inclusion on the income tax form 
        and property tax refund return as provided in subdivision 3, 
        provided that 
           (1)(a) if a petition is filed, it is filed by June 1 of the 
        taxable year; or 
           (b) if the party ran a candidate for statewide office, that 
        office must have been the office of governor and lieutenant 
        governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, or 
        attorney general; and 
           (2) if the secretary of state certifies to the commissioner 
        of revenue by July 1, 1984, and by July 1 of every odd-numbered 
        the taxable year thereafter the parties which qualify as minor 
        political parties under this subdivision.  
           A minor party shall be certified only if the secretary of 
        state determines that the party satisfies the following 
        conditions:  
           (a) (1) the party meets the requirements of section 10A.01, 
        subdivision 13, and in the last applicable general election, the 
        party ran a candidate for the statewide offices listed in clause 
        (1)(b) of this subdivision office of governor and lieutenant 
        governor, secretary of state, state auditor, or attorney 
        general, who received votes in each county that in the aggregate 
        total at least one percent of the total number of individuals 
        who voted in the election; 
           (b) (2) it is a political party, not a principal campaign 
        committee; and 
           (c) (3) it has held a state convention in the last two 
        years, adopted a state constitution, and elected state officers; 
        and 
           (d) an officer of the party has filed with the secretary of 
        state a certification that the party held a state convention in 
        the last two years, adopted a state constitution, and elected 
        state officers to that effect. 
           Subd. 4.  [APPROPRIATION.] (a) The amounts designated by 
        individuals for the state elections campaign fund, less three 
        percent, are appropriated from the general fund and shall, must 
        be transferred and credited to the appropriate account in the 
        state elections campaign fund, and are annually appropriated for 
        distribution as set forth in subdivisions 5, 5a, 6, and 7.  An 
        amount equal to The remaining three percent shall must be 
        retained kept in the general fund for administrative costs.  
           (b) In addition to the amounts in paragraph (a), $1,500,000 
        for each general election is appropriated from the general 
        fund for transfer to the general account of the state elections 
        campaign fund. 
           Subd. 5.  [ALLOCATION TO CANDIDATES.] (a) [GENERAL 
        ACCOUNT.] In each calendar year the money in the general account 
        shall must be allocated to candidates as follows: 
           (1) 21 percent for the offices of governor and lieutenant 
        governor together; 
           (2) 3.6 4.2 percent for the office of attorney general; 
           (3) 1.8 2.4 percent each for the offices of secretary of 
        state, and state auditor, and state treasurer; 
           (4) in each calendar year during the period in which state 
        senators serve a four-year term, 23-1/3 percent for the office 
        of state senator, and 46-2/3 percent for the office of state 
        representative; and 
           (5) in each calendar year during the period in which state 
        senators serve a two-year term, 35 percent each for the offices 
        of state senator and state representative. 
           (b) [PARTY ACCOUNT.] In each calendar year the money in 
        each party account shall must be allocated as follows: 
           (1) 14 percent for the offices of governor and lieutenant 
        governor together; 
           (2) 2.4 2.8 percent for the office of attorney general; 
           (3) 1.2 1.6 percent each for the offices of secretary of 
        state, and state auditor, and state treasurer; 
           (4) in each calendar year during the period in which state 
        senators serve a four-year term, 23-1/3 percent for the office 
        of state senator, and 46-2/3 percent for the office of state 
        representative; 
           (5) in each calendar year during the period in which state 
        senators serve a two-year term, 35 percent each for the offices 
        of state senator and state representative; and 
           (6) ten percent for the state committee of a political 
        party;. 
           Money allocated to each state committee under this clause 
        (6) must be deposited in a separate account and must be spent 
        for only those items enumerated in section 10A.275;.  Money 
        allocated to a state committee under this clause (6) must be 
        paid to the committee by the state treasurer as notified by the 
        state campaign finance and public disclosure board as it is 
        received in the account on a monthly basis, with payment on the 
        15th day of the calendar month following the month in which the 
        returns were processed by the department of revenue, provided 
        that these distributions would be equal to 90 percent of the 
        amount of money indicated in the department of revenue's weekly 
        unedited reports of income tax returns and property tax refund 
        returns processed in the month, as notified by the department of 
        revenue to the state campaign finance and public disclosure 
        board.  The amounts paid to each state committee are subject to 
        biennial adjustment and settlement at the time of each 
        certification required of the commissioner of revenue under 
        subdivisions 7 and 10.  If the total amount of payments received 
        by a state committee for the period reflected on a certification 
        by the department of revenue is different from the amount that 
        should have been received during the period according to the 
        certification, each subsequent monthly payment must be increased 
        or decreased to the fullest extent possible until the amount of 
        the overpayment is recovered or the underpayment is distributed. 
           Subd. 5a.  [PARTY ACCOUNT FOR LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES.] To 
        assure ensure that moneys money will be returned to the counties 
        from which they were it was collected, and to assure ensure 
        that the distribution of those moneys money rationally relates 
        to the support for particular parties or for particular 
        candidates within legislative districts, money from the party 
        accounts for legislative candidates shall must be distributed as 
        follows: provided in this subdivision.  
           Each candidate for the state senate and state house of 
        representatives whose name is to appear on the ballot in the 
        general election shall receive money from the candidate's party 
        account set aside for allocated to candidates of for the state 
        senate or state house of representatives, whichever applies, 
        according to the following formula;: 
           For each county within the candidate's district, the 
        candidate's share of the dollars allocated designated by 
        taxpayers who resided in that county and credited to the 
        candidate's party account and set aside for allocated to that 
        office shall must be: 
           (a) (1) the sum of the votes cast in the last general 
        election in that part of the county in the candidate's district 
        for all candidates of that candidate's party (i) whose names 
        appeared on the ballot in each voting precinct of the state and 
        (ii) statewide and for the state senate and state house of 
        representatives, divided by 
           (b) (2) the sum of the votes cast in that the entire county 
        in the last general election for all candidates of that 
        candidate's party (i) whose names appeared on the ballot in each 
        voting precinct in the state and (ii) statewide and for the 
        state senate and state house of representatives, multiplied by 
           (c) (3) the amount in the candidate's party account 
        allocated designated by taxpayers who resided in that county and 
        set aside for the candidates for the allocated to that office 
        for which the candidate is running. 
           The sum of all the county shares calculated in the formula 
        above is the candidate's share of the candidate's party account. 
           In a year in which an election for the state senate occurs, 
        with respect to votes for candidates for the state senate only, 
        "last general election" means the last general election in which 
        an election for the state senate occurred. 
           For any a party under whose name no candidate's name 
        appeared on the ballot in each voting precinct in the state 
        statewide in the last general election, amounts in the party's 
        account shall must be allocated based on (a) (1) the number of 
        people voting in the last general election in that part of the 
        county in the candidate's district, divided by (b) (2) the 
        number of the people voting in that the entire county in the 
        last general election, multiplied by (c) (3) the amount in the 
        candidate's party account allocated designated by taxpayers who 
        resided in that county and set aside for the candidates for the 
        allocated to that office for which the candidate is running. 
           In a year in which the first general election after a 
        legislative reapportionment is held the legislature is 
        redistricted, "the candidate's district" means the newly drawn 
        district, and voting data from the last general election will 
        must be applied to the area encompassing the newly drawn 
        district, notwithstanding that the area was in a different 
        district in the last general election. 
           If in a district there was no candidate of a party for the 
        state senate or state house of representatives in the last 
        general election, or if a candidate for the state senate or 
        state house of representatives was unopposed, the vote for that 
        office for that party shall be is the average vote of all the 
        remaining candidates of that party in each county of that 
        district whose votes are included in the sums in clauses (a) (1) 
        and (b) (2).  The average vote shall must be added to the sums 
        in clauses (a) (1) and (b) (2) before the calculation is made 
        for all districts in the county. 
           Money from a party account not distributed to candidates 
        for state senator and representative in any election year shall 
        be returned to the general fund of the state.  Money from a 
        party account not distributed to candidates for other offices in 
        an election year shall be returned to the party account for 
        reallocation to candidates as provided in clauses (1) to (6) in 
        the following year.  Money from the general account refused by 
        any candidate shall be distributed to all other qualifying 
        candidates in proportion to their shares as provided in this 
        subdivision.  
           Subd. 6.  [DISTRIBUTION OF PARTY ACCOUNTS.] As soon as the 
        board has obtained from the secretary of state the results of 
        the primary election, but in any event no later than one week 
        after certification by the state canvassing board of the results 
        of the primary, the board shall distribute the available funds 
        money in each party account, as certified by the commissioner of 
        revenue on September 1, to the candidates of that party who have 
        signed the a spending limit agreement as provided in under 
        section 10A.322 and filed the affidavit of contributions 
        required by section 10A.323, who were opposed in either the 
        primary election or the general election, and whose names are to 
        appear on the ballot in the general election, according to the 
        allocations set forth in subdivision subdivisions 5 and 5a.  The 
        public subsidy from the party account may not be paid in an 
        amount greater than the expenditure limit of the candidate or 
        the expenditure limit that would have applied to the candidate 
        if the candidate had not been freed from expenditure limits 
        under section 10A.25, subdivision 10.  If a candidate files the 
        affidavit required by section 10A.323 after September 1 of the 
        general election year, the board shall pay the candidate's 
        allocation to the candidate at the next regular payment date for 
        public subsidies for that election cycle that occurs at least 15 
        days after the candidate files the affidavit. 
           Subd. 6a.  [PARTY ACCOUNT MONEY NOT DISTRIBUTED.] Money 
        from a party account not distributed to candidates for state 
        senator or representative in any election year must be returned 
        to the general fund of the state, except that the subsidy from 
        the party account an unopposed candidate would otherwise have 
        been eligible to receive must be paid to the state committee of 
        the candidate's political party to be deposited in a special 
        account under subdivision 5, paragraph (b), clause (6), and used 
        for only those items permitted under section 10A.275.  Money 
        from a party account not distributed to candidates for other 
        offices in an election year must be returned to the party 
        account for reallocation to candidates as provided in 
        subdivision 5, paragraph (b), in the following year. 
           Subd. 7.  [DISTRIBUTION OF GENERAL ACCOUNT.] (a) Within two 
        weeks after certification by the state canvassing board of the 
        results of the general election, the board shall distribute the 
        available funds money in the general account, as certified by 
        the commissioner of revenue on November 1 and according to 
        allocations set forth in subdivision 5, in equal amounts to all 
        candidates for each statewide office who: 
           (1) have signed a spending limit agreement under section 
        10A.322; 
           (2) have filed the affidavit of contributions required by 
        section 10A.323; 
           (3) were opposed in either the primary election or the 
        general election; and 
           (4) are either a candidate for statewide office who 
        received at least five percent of the votes cast in the general 
        election for that office, and to all candidates or a candidate 
        for legislative office who received at least ten percent of the 
        votes cast in the general election for the specific office for 
        which they were candidates, provided that seat. 
           (b) The public subsidy under this subdivision may not be 
        paid in an amount that would cause the sum of the public subsidy 
        paid from the party account plus the public subsidy paid from 
        the general account and the public subsidy paid to match 
        independent expenditures to exceed 50 percent of the expenditure 
        limit for the candidate.  If a candidate is entitled to receive 
        an opponent's share of the general account public subsidy under 
        section 10A.25, subdivision 10, the opponent's share must be 
        excluded in calculating the 50 percent limit or 50 percent of 
        the expenditure limit that would have applied to the candidate 
        if the candidate had not been freed from expenditure limits 
        under section 10A.25, subdivision 10.  Money from the general 
        account not paid to a candidate because of the 50 percent limit 
        must be distributed equally among all other qualifying 
        candidates for the same office until all have reached the 50 
        percent limit or the balance in the general account is 
        exhausted.  The board shall not use the information contained in 
        the report of the principal campaign committee of any candidate 
        due ten days before the general election for the purpose of 
        reducing the amount due that candidate from the general account. 
           Subd. 10.  [DECEMBER DISTRIBUTION.] In the event that on 
        the date of either certification by the commissioner of revenue 
        as provided in subdivisions subdivision 6 and or 7, less than 98 
        percent of the tax returns have been processed, the commissioner 
        of revenue shall certify to the board by December 1 the amount 
        accumulated in each account since the previous certification.  
        By December 15, the board shall distribute to each candidate 
        according to the allocations as provided in subdivision 
        subdivisions 5 and 5a the amounts to which the candidates are 
        entitled.  
           Subd. 10a.  [FORM OF DISTRIBUTION.] A distribution to a 
        candidate must be in the form of checks a check made "payable to 
        the campaign fund of ......(name of candidate)......."  
           Subd. 10b.  [REMAINDER.] Any Money accumulated after the 
        final certification shall must be maintained kept in the 
        respective accounts for distribution in the next general 
        election year. 
           Subd. 11.  [WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.] For the purposes of this 
        section, a write-in candidate is a candidate only upon complying 
        with the provisions of section sections 10A.322, subdivision 
        1 and 10A.323. 
           Subd. 12.  [UNOPPOSED CANDIDATE NOT ELIGIBLE.] A candidate 
        who is unopposed in both the primary election and the general 
        election is not eligible to receive a public subsidy from the 
        state election campaign fund.  The subsidy from the party 
        account the candidate would otherwise have been eligible to 
        receive must be paid to the candidate's political party to be 
        deposited in a special account under section 10A.31, subdivision 
        5, clause (6), and used for only those items permitted under 
        section 10A.275. 
           Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.315, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.315 [SPECIAL ELECTION SUBSIDY.] 
           (a) Each eligible candidate for a legislative office in a 
        special election must be paid a public subsidy equal to the sum 
        of: 
           (1) the party account money at the last general election 
        for the candidate's party for the office the candidate is 
        seeking; and 
           (2) the general account money paid to candidates a 
        candidate for the same office at the last general election.  
           (b) If the filing period for the special election coincides 
        with the filing period for the general election, the candidate 
        must meet the matching requirements of section 10A.323 and the 
        special election subsidy must be distributed in the same manner 
        as money is distributed to legislative candidates in a general 
        election. 
           (c) If the filing period for the special election does not 
        coincide with the filing period for the general election, the 
        procedures in this paragraph apply.  A candidate who wishes to 
        receive this public subsidy must submit a signed agreement under 
        section 10A.322 to the board not later than the day after the 
        candidate files the affidavit of candidacy or nominating 
        petition for the office.  The candidate and must meet the 
        matching contribution requirements of section 10A.323.  The 
        special election subsidy must be distributed in the same manner 
        as money in the party and general accounts is distributed to 
        legislative candidates in a general election. 
           (d) (c) The amount necessary to make the payments required 
        by this subdivision section is appropriated from the general 
        fund to the state treasurer board. 
           Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.321, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.321 [ESTIMATES OF MINIMUM AMOUNTS TO BE RECEIVED.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [CALCULATION AND CERTIFICATION OF 
        ESTIMATES.] The commissioner of revenue shall calculate and 
        certify to the board before July 1 in an each election year an 
        estimate of the total amount in the state general account of the 
        state elections campaign fund and the amount of money each 
        candidate who qualifies, as provided in section 10A.31, 
        subdivisions 6 and 7, may receive from the candidate's party 
        account in the state elections campaign fund.  This estimate 
        must be based upon the allocations and formulas in section 
        10A.31, subdivision subdivisions 5 and 5a, any necessary vote 
        totals provided by the secretary of state to apply the formulas 
        in section 10A.31, subdivision subdivisions 5 and 5a, and the 
        amount of money expected to be available after 100 percent of 
        the tax returns have been processed.  
           Subd. 2.  [PUBLICATION, CERTIFICATION, AND NOTIFICATION 
        PROCEDURES.] Before the first day of filing for office, the 
        board shall publish and forward to all filing officers the 
        estimates calculated and certified under subdivision 1 along 
        with a copy of section 10A.25, subdivision 10.  Within seven 
        days after the last day for filing for office, the secretary of 
        state shall certify to the board the name, address, office 
        sought, and party affiliation of each candidate who has filed 
        with that office an affidavit of candidacy or petition to appear 
        on the ballot.  The auditor of each county shall certify to the 
        board the same information for each candidate who has filed with 
        that county an affidavit of candidacy or petition to appear on 
        the ballot.  Within seven days afterward, the board shall 
        estimate the minimum amount to be received by each candidate who 
        qualifies, as provided in section 10A.31, subdivisions 6 and 7.  
        By August 15 the board shall notify all candidates of 
        their estimated minimum amount.  The board shall include with 
        the notice a form for the agreement provided in section 10A.322 
        along with a copy of section 10A.25, subdivision 10. 
           Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.322, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.322 [PUBLIC SUBSIDY SPENDING LIMIT AGREEMENTS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [AGREEMENT BY CANDIDATE.] (a) As a 
        condition of receiving a public subsidy, a candidate shall 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; and 10A.324. 
           (b) Before the first day of filing for office, the board 
        shall forward agreement forms to all filing officers.  The board 
        shall also provide agreement forms to candidates on request at 
        any time.  The candidate may sign an agreement and submit it to 
        the filing officer on the day of filing an affidavit of 
        candidacy or petition to appear on the ballot, in which case the 
        filing officer shall without delay forward signed agreements to 
        the board.  Alternatively, The candidate may submit shall file 
        the agreement directly to with the board at any time before 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 shall forward a copy notify the commissioner 
        of revenue of any agreement signed under this subdivision to the 
        commissioner of revenue.  
           (d) Notwithstanding any provisions of this section 
        paragraph (b), when 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 at any 
        time before the deadline for submission of a signed agreement 
        under section 10A.315 not later than the day after the candidate 
        files the affidavit of candidacy or nominating petition for the 
        office. 
           Subd. 2.  [HOW LONG AGREEMENT IS EFFECTIVE.] The agreement, 
        insofar as it relates to the expenditure limits in section 
        10A.25, as adjusted by section 10A.255, and the contribution 
        limit in section 10A.27, subdivision 10, remains effective for 
        candidates until the dissolution of the principal campaign 
        committee of the candidate or the end of the first election 
        cycle completed after the agreement was filed, whichever occurs 
        first. 
           Subd. 3.  [ESTIMATE; ACTUAL AMOUNT.] For the purposes of 
        subdivisions 1 to 3 only, the total amount to be distributed to 
        each candidate is calculated to be the candidate's share of the 
        total estimated funds in the candidate's party account as 
        provided in section 10A.321, subdivision 1, plus the total 
        amount estimated as provided in section 10A.321, subdivision 1, 
        to be in the general account of the state elections campaign 
        fund and set aside for that office divided by the number of 
        candidates whose names are to appear on the general election 
        ballot for that office.  If for any reason the amount actually 
        received by the candidate is greater than the candidate's share 
        of the estimate, and the contributions thereby exceed the 
        difference, the agreement must not be considered violated. 
           Subd. 4.  [REFUND RECEIPT FORMS; PENALTY.] The board shall 
        make available to a political party on request and to any 
        candidate for whom an agreement under this section is effective, 
        a supply of official refund receipt forms that state in boldface 
        type that (1) a contributor who is given a receipt form is 
        eligible to claim a refund as provided in section 290.06, 
        subdivision 23, and (2) if the contribution is to a candidate, 
        that the candidate has signed an agreement to limit campaign 
        expenditures as provided in this section.  The forms must 
        provide duplicate copies of the receipt to be attached to the 
        contributor's claim.  A candidate who does not sign an agreement 
        under this section and who willfully issues an official refund 
        receipt form or a facsimile of one to any of the candidate's 
        contributors is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.323, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.323 [MATCHING REQUIREMENTS 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 shall 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, state treasurer, 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 and the total amount of those contributions received, 
        disregarding the portion of any contribution in excess of $50.  
           The candidate or the candidate's treasurer shall submit the 
        affidavit required by this section to the board in writing by 
        September 1 of the general election year to receive the payment 
        based on the results of made following the primary election, by 
        September 15 to receive the payment made October 1, by October 1 
        to receive the payment made October 15, and by November 1 to 
        receive the payment made November 15, and by December 1 to 
        receive the payment made December 15 following the general 
        election.  
           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 shall submit the 
        affidavit required by this section to the board within five days 
        after filing the affidavit of candidacy. 
           Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.324, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [WHEN RETURN REQUIRED.] A candidate shall 
        return all or a portion of the public subsidy received from the 
        state elections campaign fund or the public matching subsidy 
        received under section 10A.315, under the circumstances in this 
        section or section 10A.25, subdivision 11. 
           (a) To the extent that the amount of public subsidy 
        received by the candidate exceeds the expenditure limits for the 
        office held or sought, as provided in section 10A.25 and as 
        adjusted by section 10A.255, the treasurer of the candidate's 
        principal campaign committee shall return the excess to the 
        board. 
           (b) To the extent that the amount of public subsidy 
        received exceeds the aggregate of:  (1) actual expenditures made 
        by the principal campaign committee of the candidate; and (2) 
        approved expenditures made on behalf of the candidate, the 
        treasurer of the candidate's principal campaign committee shall 
        return an amount equal to the difference to the board.  The cost 
        of postage that was not used during an election cycle and 
        payments that created credit balances at vendors at the close of 
        an election cycle are not considered expenditures for purposes 
        of determining the amount to be returned.  Expenditures in 
        excess of the candidate's spending limit do not count in 
        determining aggregate expenditures under this paragraph. 
           Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.324, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [HOW RETURN DETERMINED.] Whether or not a 
        candidate is required under subdivision 1 to return all or a 
        portion of the public subsidy must be determined from the report 
        required to be filed with the board by that candidate by January 
        31 of the year following an election.  For purposes of this 
        section, a transfer from a principal campaign committee to a 
        political party is considered to be a noncampaign disbursement.  
        The cost of postage that was not used during an election cycle 
        and payments that created credit balances at vendors at the 
        close of an election cycle are not considered expenditures for 
        purposes of determining the amount to be returned.  Any An 
        amount required to be returned must be submitted in the form of 
        a check or money order and must accompany the report filed with 
        the board.  The board shall forward deposit the check or money 
        order to in the state treasurer for deposit in treasury for 
        credit to the general fund.  The amount returned must not exceed 
        the amount of public subsidy received by the candidate. 
           Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 10A.34, is 
        amended to read: 
           10A.34 [REMEDIES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [PERSONAL LIABILITY.] A person charged with 
        a duty under sections 10A.02 to 10A.34 shall be this chapter is 
        personally liable for the penalty for failing to discharge it. 
           Subd. 1a.  [RECOVERING LATE FILING FEES.] The board may 
        bring an action in the district court in Ramsey county to 
        recover any a late filing fee imposed pursuant to any provision 
        of under this chapter.  All Money recovered shall must be 
        deposited in the general fund of the state. 
           Subd. 2.  [INJUNCTION.] The board or a county attorney may 
        seek an injunction in the district court to enforce the 
        provisions of sections 10A.02 to 10A.34 this chapter. 
           Subd. 3.  [NOT A CRIME.] Unless otherwise provided, a 
        violation of sections 10A.02 to 10A.34 this chapter is not a 
        crime. 
           Sec. 47.  [10A.35] [COMMERCIAL USE OF INFORMATION 
        PROHIBITED.] 
           Information copied from reports and statements filed with 
        the board may not be sold or used by an individual or 
        association for a commercial purpose.  Purposes related to 
        elections, political activities, or law enforcement are not 
        commercial purposes.  An individual or association who violates 
        this section is subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.  An 
        individual who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a 
        misdemeanor.  
           Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 200.02, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 23.  [MINOR POLITICAL PARTY.] (a) "Minor political 
        party" means a political party that is not a major political 
        party as defined by subdivision 7 and that has adopted a state 
        constitution, designated a state party chair, and met the 
        requirements of paragraph (b) or (c), as applicable. 
           (b) To be considered a minor party in all elections 
        statewide, the political party must have presented at least one 
        candidate for a partisan office voted on statewide at the 
        preceding state general election who received votes in each 
        county that in the aggregate equal at least one percent of the 
        total number of individuals who voted in the election, or its 
        members must have presented to the secretary of state a 
        nominating petition in a form prescribed by the secretary of 
        state containing the signatures of party members in a number 
        equal to at least one percent of the total number of individuals 
        who voted in the preceding state general election.  
           (c) To be considered a minor party in an election in a 
        legislative district, the political party must have presented at 
        least one candidate for a legislative office in that district 
        who received votes from at least ten percent of the total number 
        of individuals who voted for that office, or its members must 
        have presented to the secretary of state a nominating petition 
        in a form prescribed by the secretary of state containing the 
        signatures of party members in a number equal to at least ten 
        percent of the total number of individuals who voted in the 
        preceding state general election for that legislative office. 
           Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 290.06, 
        subdivision 23, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 23.  [REFUND OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL PARTIES 
        AND CANDIDATES.] (a) A taxpayer may claim a refund equal to the 
        amount of the taxpayer's contributions made in the calendar year 
        to candidates and to any a political party.  The maximum refund 
        for an individual must not exceed $50 and, for a married couple, 
        filing jointly, must not exceed $100.  A refund of a 
        contribution is allowed only if the taxpayer files a form 
        required by the commissioner and attaches to the form a copy of 
        an official refund receipt form issued by the candidate or party 
        and signed by the candidate, the treasurer of the candidate's 
        principal campaign committee, or the party chair, after the 
        contribution was received.  The receipt forms must be numbered, 
        and the data on the receipt that are not public must be made 
        available to the campaign finance and public disclosure board 
        upon its request.  A claim must be filed with the 
        commissioner not no sooner than January 1 of the calendar year 
        in which the contribution is was made and no later than April 15 
        of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the 
        contribution is was made.  A taxpayer may file only one claim 
        per calendar year.  Amounts paid by the commissioner after June 
        15 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the 
        contribution is was made must include interest at the rate 
        specified in section 270.76. 
           (b) No refund is allowed under this subdivision for a 
        contribution to any a candidate unless the candidate: 
           (1) has signed an agreement to limit campaign expenditures 
        as provided in section 10A.322 or 10A.43; 
           (2) is seeking an office for which voluntary spending 
        limits are specified in section 10A.25 or 10A.43; and 
           (3) has designated a principal campaign committee.  
           This subdivision does not limit the campaign 
        expenditure expenditures of a candidate who does not sign an 
        agreement but accepts a contribution for which the contributor 
        improperly claims a refund.  
           (c) For purposes of this subdivision, "political party" 
        means a major political party as defined in section 200.02, 
        subdivision 7, or a minor political party qualifying for 
        inclusion on the income tax or property tax refund form under 
        section 10A.31, subdivision 3a.  
           A "major party" or "minor party" includes the aggregate of 
        the party that party's organization within each house of the 
        legislature, the state party organization, and the party 
        organization within congressional districts, counties, 
        legislative districts, municipalities, and precincts.  
           "Candidate" means a congressional candidate as defined in 
        section 10A.41, subdivision 4, or a candidate as defined in 
        section 10A.01, subdivision 5, except a candidate for judicial 
        office.  
           "Contribution" means a gift of money. 
           (d) The commissioner shall make copies of the form 
        available to the public and candidates upon request. 
           (e) The following data collected or maintained by the 
        commissioner under this subdivision are private:  the identities 
        of individuals claiming a refund, the identities of candidates 
        to whom those individuals have made contributions, and the 
        amount of each contribution.  
           (f) The commissioner shall report to the campaign finance 
        and public disclosure board by each August 1 of each year a 
        summary showing the total number and aggregate amount of 
        political contribution refunds made on behalf of each candidate 
        and each political party.  These data are public. 
           (g) The amount necessary to pay claims for the refund 
        provided in this section is appropriated from the general fund 
        to the commissioner of revenue. 
           Sec. 50.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
           Subdivision 1.  The revisor of statutes shall renumber the 
        definition subdivisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 10A.01, 
        in alphabetical order and make necessary cross-reference changes 
        consistent with the renumbering. 
           Subd. 2.  The revisor of statutes shall renumber each 
        section or subdivision of Minnesota Statutes listed in column A 
        with the number listed in column B.  The revisor shall also make 
        necessary cross-reference changes consistent with the 
        renumbering. 
                 Column A                    Column B 
                 10A.10                      10A.025, subd. 2 
                 10A.22, subd. 6             10A.025, subd. 3 
                 10A.23                      10A.025, subd. 4 
                 10A.19                      10A.105 
                 10A.25, subd. 11            10A.257, subd. 1 
                 10A.25, subd. 12            10A.257, subd. 2 
                 10A.22, subd. 7             10A.27, subd. 13 
                 10A.065, subd. 1            10A.273, subd. 1 
                 10A.065, subd. 1a           10A.273, subd. 2 
                 10A.065, subd. 2            10A.273, subd. 3 
                 10A.065, subd. 3            10A.273, subd. 4 
                 10A.065, subd. 4            10A.273, subd. 5 
                 10A.20, subd. 11            10A.36 
                 10A.265                     10A.37 
           Subd. 3.  In chapter 10A, the revisor of statutes must 
        change "shall" wherever it appears so that the use of words of 
        authority in that chapter conforms to the instructions in the 
        Minnesota Rules Drafting Manual.  In following the manual's 
        instructions, the revisor must not use "shall" to impose duties. 
           Sec. 51.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 10A.065, subdivision 5; 
        10A.22, subdivisions 1, 4, and 5; 10A.255, subdivision 2; 
        10A.275, subdivisions 2 and 3; 10A.324, subdivisions 2 and 4; 
        10A.325; 10A.335; 10A.40; 10A.41; 10A.42; 10A.43; 10A.44; 
        10A.45; 10A.46; 10A.47; 10A.48; 10A.49; 10A.50; and 10A.51, are 
        repealed. 
           Presented to the governor May 21, 1999 
           Signed by the governor May 24, 1999, 10:40 a.m.

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