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Commerce and Labor

TWELFTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 01, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWELFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND LABOR

MINUTES


Representative Joe Atkins, Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee, called the meeting to order at 4:05 P.M. on March 1, 2007, in the Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

ATKINS, Joe (Chair)
LILLIE, Leon (Vice-Chair)
MULLERY, Joe
MAHONEY, Tim
DAVNIE, Jim
PETERSON, Aaron
JOHNSON, Sheldon
ANZELC, Tom
DOMINGUEZ, Augustine
KNUTH, Kate
TILLBERRY, Tom
ZELLERS, Kurt
PAULSEN, Erik
DeLaFOREST, Chris
SIMPSON, Dean
ANDERSON, Sarah
BERNS, John

No members were absent or excused.

A quorum was present.

Representative Anzelc moved that the minutes of February 27, 2007, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 305 (Huntley) A bill for an act relating to health; establishing the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007; establishing public policy to protect employees and the general public from the known hazards of secondhand smoke; requiring persons to refrain from smoking in certain areas.

Representative Huntley and Severson moved HF 305.

The following people testified on HF 305:

Representative Tom Huntley
Representative Dan Severson
Marc Manley, M.D., M.P.H., V.P. & Medical Director Population Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN, also MN Medical Association
Michael Bromelkamp, CPA, MBA, CIA, Principal Olsen Thielen & Co. Ltd.
Kristin Beckman, SEIU
John Vannetta, M.D., Duluth, MN
Bruce Nelson, Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, St. Paul
Sandy Beitsch, St. Paul
Wahnita Felien, Richfield
Steve Pollard, Stillwater, MN
Jim Reiland, Brooklyn Park
Charles Senkler, Fabulous Fern's, Tavern League of MN
Colin Minehart, Mainstreet Grill, Alden
Jim Farrell, Executive Dir. of MN Licensed Beverage Association
Mary Yazwa, Inver Grove Heights, MN
King Wilson, Executive Director, Allied Charities of MN
Marty Stub, Sheetmetal Workers and Union Contractors Assn.
Sue Jeffers, Stub & Herbs, Minneapolis Bar Owners Assn.

Representative Atkins moved the H0305A14 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved the H0305A17 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved that HF 305, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:44 P.M.


Rep. Joe Atkins, Chair


John Reich, Committee Legislative Asst.
More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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04:20 - Gavel, and discussion of HF305 (Huntley) Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 adopted establishing public policy to protect employees and the public from hazards of secondhand smoke and prohibiting persons from smoking in specified areas.
13:40 - Testimony from proponents.
52:08 - Testimony from opponents.
Runs 1 hour, 40 minutes.


HF305 (Huntley) A bill for an act relating to health; establishing the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007; establishing public policy to protect employees and the general public from the known hazards of secondhand smoke; requiring persons to refrain from smoking in certain areas
Those interested in testifying may contact the Committee Administrator, Elizabeth Emerson at (651) 296-7175 or elizabeth.emerson@house.mn
A website for comments and a short survey is provided at www.house.mn/commerce. (Results of this survey and comments will be provided to all committee members.)