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Agriculture and Rural Development

TWENTY-SECOND MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 08, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SECOND 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 twenty-second meeting to order at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2006, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

A quorum was not present.

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:

Chair Davids welcomed Rep. Aaron Peterson to present HF2645.

HF2645 (Peterson, A.) relating to Swift County; increasing the size of the board of the rural development finance authority; amending Laws 1995, chapter 264, article 5, section 39, subdivision 4.

Rep. Peterson presented HF2645.

HF2781 (Davids) relating to capital investment; appropriating money for design of a National Center for Biofuels Research at the University of Minnesota; authorizing the issuance of general obligation funds.

Testifying on HF2781:
Dick Hemmingson, University of Minnesota

A quorum was present.

Chair Davids moved HF2781 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Capital Investment.

Chair Davids amended his motion and recommended that HF2781 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education.

Chair Davids laid over HF2781.

Chair Davids moved HF2645 be recommended to pass and be sent to the General Register.

Chair Davids moved to amend HF2645 (2645A1). The motion prevailed, the amendment was adopted.

Rep. Peterson presented HF2645, as amended.

Testifying on HF2645:
Belinda Sanders, Swift Co. Rural Development Finance Authority Board
Sue Pirsig, Swift County Grow

Chair Davids renewed his motion that HF2645, be recommended to pass, as amended and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed.

Report from Minnesota Board of Animal Health regarding bovine tuberculosis.

Testifying were:
Dr. Bill Hartman, Executive Director, MN Board of Animal Health
Mike Doncarlos, Minnesota DNR
Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Dir. of Disease Investigation & Emergency Response, Dept. of Ag
Don Schiefelbein, MN State Cattleman’s Association

Chair Davids moved HF2781 be recommended to pass.

Chair Davids moved to amend HF2781 as follows:
Page 1, line 9, delete “on” and insert a period after “Research”
Page 1, line 10, delete “the Twin Cities campus.”

The motion prevailed, the amendment was adopted.

Chair Davids renewed his motion that HF2781, be recommended to pass, as amended, and be re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education. The motion prevailed.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:17 p.m.


Rep. Greg Davids, Chair


Cris Wohlford
Committee Legislative Assistant