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The Conference Committee respectfully reports that it has considered HB 1286 and the amendments thereto made by the Senate, and the disagreement of the two houses thereon, and recommends that HB 1286 be amended as follows:


    On the Senate engrossed bill, delete all amendments thus restoring the bill to the printed version.

    On page 1, line 10 of the printed version, delete everything after "shall" and insert "receive alternative political status.".

    On page 1, line 11, delete everything before "Any" .

    On page 1, line 12, delete "per cent" and insert "percent".

    On page 1, line 13, delete "lose its" and insert "no longer be classified as".

    On page 3, between lines 16 and 17, insert:

    "Section 7. That § 12-5-1 be amended to read:

    12-5-1. A new political party may be organized and participate in the primary election by filing with the secretary of state not later than the last Tuesday of March at five p.m. prior to the date of the primary election, a written declaration signed by at least two and one-half one percent of the voters of the state as shown by the total vote cast for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, which declaration shall contain:

            (1)    The name of the proposed party; and
            (2)    A brief statement of the principles thereof;
whereupon the party shall, under the party name chosen, have all the rights of a political party whose ticket was on the ballot at the preceding general election. No signature on a declaration is valid if the declaration was signed more than one year prior to filing of the declaration.
    A political party loses the right to participate in the primary election for failure to meet the definition of political party as defined in § 12-1-3.
    The national and state chairperson of a recognized political party may request in writing, subscribed and sworn to by each chairperson before any officer qualified to administer oaths and take acknowledgments, to no longer be recognized as a political party. The political party shall also comply with the requirements for dissolution pursuant to chapter 12-27. ".


    On page 1, line 1, of the Senate engrossed bill, delete everything after "Act to" and insert "authorize certain political parties to be classified under alternative political status, to revise certain provisions regarding nominating petitions, and to declare an emergency.".

On page 1, delete lines 2 and 3.

Respectfully submitted,             Respectfully submitted,

____________________________        ____________________________
Steven Haugaard                Brock L. Greenfield
House Committee Chair            Senate Committee Chair

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