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Agriculture and Rural Development

FOURTEENTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 08, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTEENTH 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 fourteenth meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 08, 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:

HF1389 (Gunther) County agricultural society exemption from local zoning ordinances clarified

Rep. Gunther presented HF1389.

A quorum was present at 2:32 p.m.

Rep. Hamilton moved approval of the minutes: Wednesday, March 3, 2005. The motion prevailed.

Chair Davids moved HF1389.

Testifying on HF1389:
Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Federation of County Fairs

Chair Davids renewed his motion that HF1389 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed.

Chair Davids announced the agenda and noted possible room change for tomorrow’s joint hearing. He also noted the agenda for next week’s hearings.

HF560 (Hamilton) State policy on minimizing energy use and requiring renewable fuels clarified.

Rep. Hamilton moved HF560.

Rep. Hamilton presented HF560.

Testifying on HF560:
Warren Formo, Program Manager, MN Corn Growers Association
Jerry Schoenfeld, MN Soybean Growers Association
Tim Morse, Director of the Travel Management Division, Department of Administration
Tim Gerlach, Program Director, Outdoor Air Programs, American Lung Association of MN


Rep. Juhnke moved to amend HF560, as follows:

Page 2, line 36, delete "may" and insert "must"
Page 3, line 1, after "legislature" insert "on February 1 of each year"

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Hamilton renewed his motion that HF560 be recommended to pass, as amended, and be placed on the General Register. The motion prevailed.

HF1205 (Urdahl) Rural economic development base funding level established including ethanol producer payments

Rep. Urdahl moved HF1205.

Rep. Urdahl moved to amend HF1205, as follows:

Page 2, line 1, delete "processing and marketing facilities" and insert "activities"

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Urdahl moved to amend HF1205, as follows:

Page 4, line 34, delete "catch-up" and insert "deficiency"

The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Urdahl presented HF1205.

Testifying on HF1205:
Steve Ernest, Director, Finance & Budget Division, MN Department of Agriculture
Chris Radatz, Director Public Policy, MN Farm Bureau
Thom Petersen, Director Government Relations, MN Farmers Union

Rep. Urdahl renewed his motion that HF1205 be recommended to pass, as amended, and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Finance. The motion prevailed.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:56 p.m.


Rep. Greg Davids, Chair




Denise Berger
Committee Legislative Assistant