Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/13/1994 08:30 AM FIN

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  HB 47     An Act  relating to  the delivery  of the  primary                 
            ballots  to persons  making  application for  them                 
            when, by operation of political party rule, two or                 
            more  primary ballots  must  be  provided  to  the                 
            public.                                                            
                                                                               
            CS HB 47  (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "no recommendations"  and with a zero  fiscal note                 
            by the Office of the Governor.                                     
  HOUSE BILL 47                                                                
                                                                               
       "An Act relating to the delivery of the primary ballots                 
       to  persons   making  application  for  them  when,  by                 
       operation of political party rule,  two or more primary                 
       ballots must be provided to the public."                                
                                                                               
  Representative  Martin  noted that  HB  47 had  been drafted                 
  following the  1992 Primary  Election in  which an  absentee                 
  ballot  applicant  had not  indicated  a  ballot preference.                 
  Through this legislation, the  absentee voter would  receive                 
  the  appropriate primary election  ballot, as  determined by                 
  their  political affiliation  on  record.   The  legislation                 
  would  create  a  30  day  limitation on  party  affiliation                 
  changes to facilitate the election process.                                  
                                                                               
  JOE SWANSON, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF  ELECTIONS, OFFICE OF THE                 
  LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, commented that the fiscal note had been                 
  zeroed out.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  noted  her  preference  of  an "open"                 
  primary and asked  the legal options  for that choice.   Mr.                 
  Swanson advised it would not be optional due to a mandate by                 
  the  Supreme  Court.   Currently  there  are  regulations in                 
  effect which are based on that court order and which are not                 
  in statute.  The proposed legislation clarifies regulations.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Larson asked  if the bill  would change  the court                 
  ruling which would  specify that each party  make individual                 
  determinations whether to open or close the primary.                         
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  asked if  Section  #6, Page  5, would                 
  annul a  regulation.   Mr. Swanson replied  that Section  #6                 
  would provide a cost savings measure and would automatically                 
  take the regulations off of  the books.  Discussion followed                 
  between Committee members and Mr. Swanson regarding the open                 
  and primary ballot systems.                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED to amend Page 4, Line 16 and Line                 
  17,    deleting    "statutory"    and   inserting    "open".                 
                                                                               
                                2                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Representative Therriault OBJECTED.   Representative Parnell                 
  stated  that  the   language  would  be  too   broad  and  a                 
  mischaracterization of the intention.                                        
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Hoffman,  Brown,  Foster,   Grussendorf,                 
                      Larson.                                                  
       OPPOSED:       Martin, Parnell, Therriault, Hanley.                     
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre and MacLean were  not present for the                 
  vote.                                                                        
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED (5-4).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley MOVED to report CS  HB 47 (FIN) out of                 
  Committee with  individual recommendations  and with  a zero                 
  fiscal note.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                   
                                                                               
  CS  HB  47 (FIN)  was  reported  out of  Committee  with "no                 
  recommendations" and with a zero  fiscal note by the  Office                 
  of the Governor.                                                             
  HB 47     An Act  relating to  the delivery  of the  primary                 
            ballots  to persons  making  application for  them                 
            when, by operation of political party rule, two or                 
            more  primary ballots  must  be  provided  to  the                 
            public.                                                            
                                                                               
            CS HB 47  (FIN) was reported out of Committee with                 
            "no recommendations"  and with a zero  fiscal note                 
            by the Office of the Governor.                                     
  HOUSE BILL 47                                                                
                                                                               
       "An Act relating to the delivery of the primary ballots                 
       to  persons   making  application  for  them  when,  by                 
       operation of political party rule,  two or more primary                 
       ballots must be provided to the public."                                
                                                                               
  Representative  Martin  noted that  HB  47 had  been drafted                 
  following the  1992 Primary  Election in  which an  absentee                 
  ballot  applicant  had not  indicated  a  ballot preference.                 
  Through this legislation, the  absentee voter would  receive                 
  the  appropriate primary election  ballot, as  determined by                 
  their  political affiliation  on  record.   The  legislation                 
  would  create  a  30  day  limitation on  party  affiliation                 
  changes to facilitate the election process.                                  
                                                                               
  JOE SWANSON, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF  ELECTIONS, OFFICE OF THE                 
  LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, commented that the fiscal note had been                 
  zeroed out.                                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  noted  her  preference  of  an "open"                 
  primary and asked  the legal options  for that choice.   Mr.                 
  Swanson advised it would not be optional due to a mandate by                 
  the  Supreme  Court.   Currently  there  are  regulations in                 
  effect which are based on that court order and which are not                 
  in statute.  The proposed legislation clarifies regulations.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Larson asked  if the bill  would change  the court                 
  ruling which would  specify that each party  make individual                 
  determinations whether to open or close the primary.                         
                                                                               
  Representative  Brown  asked if  Section  #6, Page  5, would                 
  annul a  regulation.   Mr. Swanson replied  that Section  #6                 
  would provide a cost savings measure and would automatically                 
  take the regulations off of  the books.  Discussion followed                 
  between Committee members and Mr. Swanson regarding the open                 
  and primary ballot systems.                                                  
                                                                               
  Representative Brown MOVED to amend Page 4, Line 16 and Line                 
  17,    deleting    "statutory"    and   inserting    "open".                 
                                                                               
                                2                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Representative Therriault OBJECTED.   Representative Parnell                 
  stated  that  the   language  would  be  too   broad  and  a                 
  mischaracterization of the intention.                                        
                                                                               
  A roll call vote was taken on the MOTION.                                    
                                                                               
       IN FAVOR:      Hoffman,  Brown,  Foster,   Grussendorf,                 
                      Larson.                                                  
       OPPOSED:       Martin, Parnell, Therriault, Hanley.                     
                                                                               
  Representative Navarre and MacLean were  not present for the                 
  vote.                                                                        
                                                                               
  The MOTION PASSED (5-4).                                                     
                                                                               
  Representative Hanley MOVED to report CS  HB 47 (FIN) out of                 
  Committee with  individual recommendations  and with  a zero                 
  fiscal note.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                   
                                                                               
  CS  HB  47 (FIN)  was  reported  out of  Committee  with "no                 
  recommendations" and with a zero  fiscal note by the  Office                 
  of the Governor.                                                             

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