Legislature(1999 - 2000)

04/06/2000 03:36 PM Senate STA

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                  SB 120-DIVISION OF ELECTIONS                                                                                  
SENATOR ELTON asked, because of the unusual circumstances, if any                                                               
amendments offered would be held for a later meeting.                                                                           
VICE CHAIR GREEN replied the remainder of the meeting is for the                                                                
purpose of hearing public testimony, and to recess to the call of                                                               
the chair.                                                                                                                      
MS. GAIL FENUMIAI, Election Program Specialist for the Division of                                                              
Elections, stated SB 120 was an identical bill to HB 163 but                                                                    
changes have been made.                                                                                                         
MS. BROWN stated a proposed committee substitute for SB 120                                                                     
contains some of the changes made to HB 163.                                                                                    
SENATOR PHILLIPS moved to adopt CS for SB 120 (STA) (version H) for                                                             
discussion purposes only.  SENATOR ELTON objected for the purpose                                                               
of making the following statement:  debating the merits of SB 120                                                               
v. the merits of CS for SB 120, SENATOR ELTON removed his                                                                       
MS. BROWN explained the changes made in CSSB 120.  The use of                                                                   
stickers that was adopted in HB 163 was incorporated into CS for SB
120.  Jury service exemption was included in CS for SB 120.                                                                     
Sections 63-70 were deleted from HB 163 and CS for SB 120.  On page                                                             
6, line 25, Section 12 regarding seals and emblems, have been                                                                   
added.  Sections regarding run-off elections and redistricting                                                                  
have been added.                                                                                                                
MS. FENUMIAI stated general support for CS for SB 120.  Some                                                                    
provisions in CS for SB 120 the Division of Election (DOE) does not                                                             
support.  The use of stickers DOE does not support, also section 45                                                             
regarding run-off elections DOE has concerns about.  Ms. Fenumiai                                                               
referred to the 1998 election.  DOE has concerns about the                                                                      
certification process for absentee ballots, the estimated cost of                                                               
a House District run-off would be about $18,000 and a Senate                                                                    
District run-off would be about $37,500.                                                                                        
The effective date of CS for SB 120 is July 1, 2000 and DOE has                                                                 
asked for a delayed effective date.  DOE would like to have an                                                                  
effective date for sections 51-52 of January 1, 2001.                                                                           
SENATOR ELTON asked for a list of legislative races, in the last                                                                
decade, that have been decided by less than 50 percent of the vote.                                                             
Number 1790                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE HAL SMALLEY referred to HB 155, regarding municipal                                                              
assemblies forms of reapportionment.  Representative Smalley                                                                    
expressed concerns about CS for SB 120.  He proposed an amendment                                                               
to delete sections 86-89 and part of the title that refers to that.                                                             
SENATOR ELTON stated opposition for the 50 percent requirement, and                                                             
expressed concerns about other provisions in the bill.                                                                          
VICE CHAIR GREEN stated CS for SB 120 with the proposed amendment                                                               
would be held in committee.                                                                                                     

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