Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Election financing, filing modifications OK'd for Hennepin County

House Photography file photo
House Photography file photo

Consistent election filings in Hennepin County and greater transparency are aims of a bill heading to the House Floor.

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley), HF396 would make straightforward where candidates file and transfer oversight of campaign finance reporting requirements for political groups engaged in campaign activity for certain elected offices and ballot questions in the county.

It was approved Thursday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee. There is no Senate companion.

"Several of the laws governing campaign finance in Hennepin County are unique to the county and are outdated, or in some cases conflict with state law," Freiberg said.

House State Government Finance and Elections Committee 02/11/21

Changes called for in the bill, Freiberg said, should provide more clarity to candidates, political action committees and citizens, while ensuring more timely and appropriate disclosure of campaign finance information.

Currently, candidates running for local office in Hennepin County cities with a population of at least 75,000, or for the Minneapolis school board, file to run with the county. Under the bill, candidates running for county office would continue filing with the county, but local race candidates would file with the local entity for which they are running. "Just like everywhere else in the state," Freiberg said.

Political action committees can now choose whether they file with Hennepin County or the state campaign board, said Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms.

This bill would instead require some reports to be filed with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, and some be filed with the political subdivision.

"Committees that have filed with the state are not subject to a reporting schedule that has them reporting on their activities in a local election year. What we saw, for example, in the 2017 Minneapolis elections is those committees that happen to have been filed with the state did not have to report on the activities until after the Minneapolis election had already occurred," Gelms said.

Related Articles

Priority Dailies

Ways and Means Committee OKs proposed $512 million supplemental budget on party-line vote
(House Photography file photo) Meeting more needs or fiscal irresponsibility is one way to sum up the differences among the two parties on a supplemental spending package a year after a $72 billion state budg...
Minnesota’s projected budget surplus balloons to $3.7 billion, but fiscal pressure still looms
(House Photography file photo) Just as Minnesota has experienced a warmer winter than usual, so has the state’s budget outlook warmed over the past few months. On Thursday, Minnesota Management and Budget...

Minnesota House on Twitter