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S.F. No. 1228 - Elections Emergency Planning Task Force
Author: Senator Katie Sieben
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
Date: March 4, 2015


S.F. No. 1228 creates the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force to look at issues related to emergency planning for elections. The bill also appropriates money to the Legislative Coordinating Commission to fund the act.

Section 1 establishes the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force.  Subdivision 1 provides for the task force to have 13 members representing various perspectives. Vacancies are filled by the entity making the original appointment.  Members must be appointed by July 1, 2015.

Subdivision 2 sets forth the duties of the task force relating to various aspects of emergency planning for elections.

Subdivision 3 requires the Secretary of State to convene the first meeting by August 1, 2015. Members of the task force elect a chair and vice-chair from among the members.

Subdivision 4 provides that public members of the task force are compensated in the same manner as public members on other task forces.

Subdivision 5 requires the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) to provide staff to assist the task force.

Subdivision 6 requires the task force to submit a report by January 1, 2016 to the legislature. The report should summarize the findings of the task force and list the recommendations for developing a statewide elections emergency plan.

Subdivision 7 provides that the task force expires the day after it submits its report or January 1, 2016, whichever is earlier.

Section 2 makes an appropriation from the general fund to the Legislative Coordinating Commission for the purposes of the bill.

Section 3 provides an immediate effective date.


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