Completed rulemaking projects

 

Withdrawn Revisor's ID Number R-04450 Possible Amendment to and Repeal of Rules Governing Campaign Finance Regulation and Reporting; Independent Expenditures; Economic Interest Disclosure; and Audits and Investigations; Minnesota Rules, chapters 4501 through 4525

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board was considering rule amendments and repeals that would have 1) clarified conduct, actions, and relationships that prevent an expenditure from being independent and related topics; 2) clarified which expenditures qualify as noncampaign disbursements and related topics; 3) clarified the disclaimer requirements and exemptions for statements of attribution on independent expenditures and campaign material; 4) allowed staff review investigations to be resolved more quickly through the use of findings, conclusions, and orders; 5) clarified how to report reimbursements and the purpose of expenditures; 6) clarified when contributions made electronically are received; 7) specified the deadlines for actions necessary to qualify for public subsidy payments in a special election called under Minnesota Statutes section 204B.13; and 8) revisited the definition of securities for economic interest statements to ensure that it is not overbroad.

The Board withdrew this rulemaking because the potential rules were enacted into statute during the 2018 legislative session.

Click here to view the Notice of Withdrawal that was published in the State Register on June 25, 2018

Click here to view a summary of the new legislation

Click here to view the rule committee agendas and materials

Click here to view the Request for Comments published in the State Register on December 5, 2016

Please contact Jodi Pope at (651) 539-1183 or jodi.pope@state.mn.us if you have any questions about the withdrawal.

Revisor's ID Number R-4551 Technical amendments

In December 2016, as part of a broader rulemaking proposal, the Board sought comments on technical amendments to its rules that were necessary to conform those provisions to recent statutory changes. The legislature enacted the proposed technical amendments into law during the 2017 session. Consequently, the Board withdrew the proposed technical amendments.

Click here to view the Request for Comments published in the State Register on December 5, 2016

Click here to view the Notice of Withdrawal for the technical and clarifying amendments published in the State Register on July 17, 2017

Rules regarding investigation and audit procedures

A new law enacted during the 2014 legislative session directed the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to adopt rules governing Board audit and investigation procedures. The law required the Board to use the expedited rulemaking process to adopt the rules.

The Board chair appointed a rulemaking committee to draft the proposed rules. After four meetings and a public hearing, the committee recommended a draft of the proposed rules to the Board. On July 8, 2014, the Board approved the proposed expedited rules and authorized the executive director to publish a Notice of Intent to Adopt Expedited Rules without a Public Hearing. The Notice and the proposed expedited rules were published in the State Register on July 28, 2014. Although a Statement of Need and Reasonableness was not required for expedited rules, the Board also prepared an explanation of its proposed expedited rules.

The Board received four comments during the official comment period, which ended on August 27, 2014. The Board incorporated many of the suggestions into the proposed rules. On October 7, 2014, the Board adopted the final version of the proposed rules.

The Office of Administrative Hearings approved the proposed rules on October 22, 2014. The Governor's Office approved the proposed rules on November 14, 2014. The Notice of Adoption was published in the State Register on December 1, 2014. The rules were effective upon publication in the State Register.

Click here to view the documents in the rulemaking record.