The1st meeting of the Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Task Force of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government was held on Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at 10:00 AM, in Room 131 of the Capitol Annex. Representative Adrian Arnold, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.
Members:Senator Alice Kerr, Co-Chair; Representative Adrian Arnold, Co-Chair; Senators Ed Miller, Albert Robinson, and Elizabeth Tori; Representatives Woody Allen, James Bruce, Perry Clark, James Comer and Joseph Fischer.
Guests: Representative Eddie Ballard.
LRC Staff: Laura Hendrix, Melissa Bybee and Terisa Roland.
Chairman Arnold called the meeting to order. Roll call was requested and two new members were welcomed including Representatives James Comer and Joseph Fischer.
Chairman Arnold then requested a moment of silence in memory of Representative Gross Lindsay’s recently deceased wife.
Chairman Arnold brought to the attention of the Committee that this would be a short session and if four constitutional amendments were passed, then, no constitutional amendments could be passed at the 2002 session due to the four-amendment limit. He suggested taking caution as to passing amendments.
Representative Bruce asked what was the recommendation of the Chairman: to pass none, or recommend two now and two for 2002 session. Chairman Arnold replied that if one is needed, it could be passed, but again stressed caution.
Senator Robinson commented they should study all the constitutional amendments that are coming up keeping in mind that they cannot be voted on until the legislative races, meaning even numbered years. He stated that there is nothing wrong with studying them and prioritizing them unless something unforeseen should come up.
Representative Ballard spoke on HB 85, which is a bill to challenge the bona fide status of a candidate before or after the primary election, or before or after the general election.
Representative Fischer questioned as to whether or not there should be a time limit such as six months or so after an election in which to make such a challenge so that the election could become a settled matter at a definite point in time.
Representative Ballard replied that an amendment to the bill setting a time limit of a month to 60 days would be acceptable.
Representative Bruce made a motion for a amendment of a 30-day limit after a primary or general election in which to challenge bona fide status of a candidate.
Chairman Arnold stated that as a Task Force, they could not formally approve the bill and its amendment, but could recommend same as favorable.
Chairman Arnold called for a second on the motion for amendment calling for a 30-day deadline after the primary or general election to challenge the bona fide status of election candidates. The motion passed.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 A.M.