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Agriculture and Rural Development

NINTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 15, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Greg Davids, Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, called the eighth meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2005, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

DAVIDS, Greg, Chair KOENEN, Lyle
BLAINE, Greg, Vice Chair MAGNUS, Doug
FINSTAD, Brad MOE, Frank
HAMILTON, Rod OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
HEIDGERKEN, Bud PENAS, Maxine
JOHNSON, Ruth URDAHL, Dean
JUHNKE, Al WELTI, Andy

Members excused:

HF118 (Urdahl) Food manufacturers and sellers protected from legal actions taken against them to recover damages for alleged injury or weight gain resulting from consumption of food

Rep. Urdahl presented HF118.

A quorum was present at 2:36 p.m.

Rep. Magnus moved approval of the minutes: Wednesday, February 9, 2005. The motion prevailed.

Rep. Urdahl moved HF118.

Rep. Urdahl moved to amend HF118 with the H0118DE3, the delete everything amendment (please see attached). The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Testifying on HF118, as amended:

Kate Flom, President, MN Trial Lawyers Association
Joel Carlson, MN Trial Lawyers Association

Rep. Urdahl moved to amend HF118, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, line 15, after "A" and before "manufacturer", insert "producer, grower,"

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Continued testimony on HF118, as amended:

Joe Price, Attorney, Faegre & Benson
Tom Day, Vice President of Government Affairs, Hospitality of MN
Daryn McBeth, Executive Director, MN Agri-Growth Council
Jerry Whithaus, Director of Marketing Services, Hormel Foods Corp.
John Exner, President/Legal Council, Midwest Food Processors Assoc.
Bruce Kleven, Sugar Industry




Rep. Urdahl renewed his motion that HF118, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Civil Law. The motion prevailed.

Chair Davids announced the agenda for the next hearing.



The meeting was adjourned at 3:37 p.m.



Rep. Greg Davids, CHAIR


Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant