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Minnesota Legislature
2005-2006 Regular Session

FORTY SIXTH MEETING - Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs

March 16, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY SIXTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS & VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Chair Tingelstad, Chair of the Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Committee, called the forty sixth meeting to order at 10:31 AM on Thursday, March 16, 2006, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

TINGELSTAD, Kathy, Chair
BEARD, Michael
CYBART, Lloyd
DEMMER, Randy
DEMPSEY, Jerry
HAWS, Larry
HOPPE, Joe
HOSCH, Larry
JOHNSON, Ruth
JOHNSON, Sheldon
KAHN, Phyllis
LIEBLING, Tina
LILLIE, Leon
LOEFFLER, Diane
MCNAMARA, Denny
OLSON, Mark
PETERSON, Aaron
PETERSON, Neil
SEIFERT, Marty
SEVERSON, Dan
WARDLOW, Lynn
WELTI, Andy


Members excused:

A Quorum was present.

Representative Aaron Peterson moved the approval of the minutes of Wednesday, March 15, 2006. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2847 (Ozment) Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association and Teachers Retirement Association merged, contribution rates adjusted, benefit increase provided, technical changes provided, and money appropriated.

Chair Tingelstad moved that HF2847 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on State Government Finance.

Chair Tingelstad moved the H2847-A4 amendment.

The following witnesses testified regarding the H2847-A4 amendment:

Representative Ozment
Representative Thissen
Laurie Hacking, Executive Director, Teachers Retirement Association
Luther Thompson, Executive Director, Legal & Legislative Services, Teachers
Retirement Association

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion on the H2847-A4 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Tingelstad updated her original motion as follows:

Delete “State Government Finance” and insert “Education Finance”

The following witnesses testified regarding HF2847:

Jan Alswager, Education Minnesota
Roger Aronson, Minneapolis Principles Association
Representative Thissen

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion that HF2847 be recommended to pass as amended and be referred to the Committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF2847 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION FINANCE.

Chair Tingelstad recognized all of the teachers and former teachers in the audience.

HF2362 (Smith) Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association and expanded list plans mutual fund authority clarified, and investment authority revised to exclude below-investment grade bonds.

Chair Tingelstad moved that HF2362 [also known as Pension Bill I] be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on State Government Finance.

Chair Tingelstad moved the LCPR06-121 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Severson assumed the gavel at 12:05 PM.

The following witnesses testified regarding HF2362:

Representative Smith
Larry Martin, Legislative Commission on Pensions & Retirement

Representative Severson moved to recess at 12:17 PM.

Chair Tingelstad resumed the meeting at 6:19 PM.

Chair Tingelstad temporarily laid HF2362 on the table for future consideration.

HF3418 (Hansen) Board of Water and Soil Resources drainage authorities reports required and work group created.

Chair Tingelstad moved that HF3418 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development.

Chair Tingelstad moved the H3418A1 amendment.

Chair Tingelstad moved to update H3418A1 as follows:

Line 1.5, delete “consensus” and insert “and findings” after recommendations

Line 1.13, delete “reducing barriers” and insert “identify barriers and promote incentives”

Line 1.16, after “counties,” insert “industry, and”

Chair Tingelstad renewed the HF3418A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following witnesses testified regarding HF3418:

Representative Hansen
Thom Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union
Ray Bohn, Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts
Steve Woods, Assistant Director, Board for Water & Soil Resources

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion that HF3418 be recommended to pass as amended and be referred to the Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF3418 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

Chair Tingelstad moved to take HF2362 from the table, to be recommended to pass as amended and be referred to the Committee on State Government Finance.

Chair Tingelstad moved the LCPR06-121-A9 amendment.

The following witnesses testified regarding the LCPR106-121-A9 amendment:

Representative Smith
Larry Martin, Legislative Commission on Pensions & Retirement

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion on LCPR06-121-A9. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Lillie moved the LCPR06-121-A8 amendment.

The following witnessed testified regarding the LCPR106-121-A8 amendment

Representative Lillie
Representative Smith
Larry Martin, Legislative Commission on Pensions & Retirement

Representative Leon Lillie renewed his motion on the LCPR106-121-A8. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Wardlow moved the A06-1215 amendment.

Representative Wardlow updated the A06-1215 amendment as follows:

Line 1.2, delete “Page 6” and insert “Page 39” and delete “line 22” and insert “line 5”

Line 1.3, delete “Sec. 4” and insert “Section 36”

Line 2.21, delete “Page 6” and insert “Page 39”; delete “line 24” and insert “line 9”; delete “3” and insert “36”; delete “4” and insert “37”

Representative Wardlow moved to amend the A06-1215 amendment as follows:

After line 2.9, insert the following paragraph:
“(c) The cost to purchase service credit under this section must be made in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 356.551”

THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Wardlow moved to amend the A06-1215 amendment as follows:

Line 2.12, delete “or anticipating employee layoffs”

Representative Wardlow withdrew his motion.

Representative Loeffler moved to amend the A06-1215 amendment as follows:

Line 2.12, delete “or anticipating employee layoffs” and delete “or reorganization”

Representative Loeffler withdrew her amendment.

Representative Loeffler moved to amend the A06-1215 amendment as follows:

Line 2.12, delete “or anticipating employee layoffs”

THE MOTION PREVAILED AND REPRESENTATIVE LOEFFLER’S ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following witnesses testified regarding the A06-1215 amendment.

Representative Wardlow
Morgan Fleming, Middle Management Association
Dave Bergstrom, Executive Director, Minnesota State Retirement System

Representative Wardlow renewed his motion on the A06-1215 amendment as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Olson moved the LCPR06-121-A6 amendment.

The following witnesses testified regarding LCPR06-121-A6:

Representative Olson
Larry Martin, Legislative Commission on Pensions & Retirement

Representative Olson renewed his motion on the LCPR06-121-A6. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Tingelstad moved to orally amend HF2362 as follows:

Page 41-42, delete Article 4, Section 4

Page 42, line 10, delete “(a)”

Page 42, delete line 11

The following witnesses testified regarding the oral amendment:

Representative Smith
Sarah Psick, City of St. Louis Park
Larry Martin, Legislative Commission on Pensions & Retirement
Bill Galespie, Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association
Mary Vanek, Executive Director, PERA

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion on her oral amendment. Chair called Division, there being 8 AYES and 7 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND REPRESENTATIVE TINGELSTAD’S ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kahn moved the LCPR06-BA036 amendment.

Representative Kahn temporarily withdrew her LCPR06-BA036 amendment.

Representative Kahn moved the S2239-A16 amendment.

The following witnesses testified regarding the S2239-A16 amendment:

Brian Rice, Minneapolis Police Relief Association
Representative Smith
Carla Heyl, Office of the State Auditor
Phillip Kapler, St. Paul Teacher’s Retirement Fund

Representative Kahn renewed her motion on the S2239-A16 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kahn moved the CLPR06-BA036 amendment.

Representative Kahn moved to update CLPR06-BA036 as follows:

Line 1.7, delete “Clearwater Health Services in Bagley” and insert “Clearwater County Memorial Hospital, doing business as Clearwater Health Services in Bagley”

Representative Kahn renewed her CLPR06-BA036 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion that HF2362 be recommended to pass as amended and be referred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF2362 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE.

HF2367 (Smith) Correctional state employees retirement plan process for evaluation of potential inclusions in plan coverage required.

Chair Tingelstad moved that HF2367 [also known as Pension Bill II] be recommended to pass and be referred to the Committee on Education Finance.

Chair Tingelstad moved the LCPR06-BA034 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following witnesses testified regarding HF2367:

Jan Alswager, Education Minnesota
Kimberly Nelson, Political/Communications Director, SEIN Local 284
Howard Bicker, Executive Director, State Investments Board
Mary Vanek, Executive Director, PERA
Dave Bergstrom, Director of the State Retirement System
Laurie Hacking, Teachers Retirement Association Director

Chair Tingelstad renewed her motion that HF2367 be recommended to pass as amended and be referred to the Committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF2367 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION FINANCE.

The meeting adjourned at 9:04 PM.



REP. KATHY TINGELSTAD, CHAIR


Sarah Durenberger
Committee Legislative Assistant