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FIFTEENTH MEETING - Commerce and Labor

2007-2008 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTEENTH 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 4:06 P.M. on March 13, 2007, in the Basement Hearing Room 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

There were no members absent or excused.

A quorum was present.

Representative Johnson moved that the minutes of, 2007 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1190 (Nelson) Plumbing Council established.

Representative Atkins moved HF 1190.

The following people testified on HF 1190:

Representative Pete Nelson
Carl Krimmens, Executive Secretary, MN Pipe Trades Association

Representative Zellers moved the HF1190A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved that HF 1190 be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1283 (Nelson) Misrepresentation of employees as independent contractors prohibited, and review of certifications of independent contractor status required.

Representative Atkins moved HF 1283.

The following people testified on HF 1283:

Representative Pete Nelson

Representative Atkins moved that HF 1283 be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 571 (Hilstrom) Defining best value; changing provisions for acquisition and competitive bidding.

Representative Atkins moved HF 571.

The following people testified on HF 571:

Representative Hilstrom
Richard Miller, Attorney for MN State Building and Construction Trades Council
Harry Mallander, Executive Director of St. Paul Building and Trades Council

Representative Atkins moved that HF 571 be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1335 (Poppe) Real estate appraisers; consistent use of State Building Code's definition of a "story above grade" required.

Representative Atkins moved that HF 1335 be recommended to pass and sent to the Consent Calendar. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 754 (Mullery) Plumbers licenses required statewide.

Representative Mullery moved HF 754.

The following people testified on HF 754:

Representative Joe Mullery
Carl Krimmens, Executive Secretary, MN Pipe Trades Association
Tom Hansen, President, MN Pipefitters

Representative Mullery moved the H0754A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved that HF 754, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1336 (Mahoney) Council of High Pressure Piping Systems established, and fees required.

Representative Mahoney moved HF 1336.

Representative Mahoney testified on HF 1336.

Representative Berns moved the HF1336A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 1336 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1208 (Mahoney) State Building Code modified, and construction code and licensing provisions modified and recodified.

Representative Mahoney moved HF 1208.

Representative Mahoney moved the A07-0239 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved the A07-0285 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved the H1208A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Knuth moved the A07-0294 amendment.

Representative Knuth moved to amend the A07-0294 amendment as follows: L 1.1 after "1208," delete "the first committee engrossment" and insert β€œthe delete all amendment (A07-0239)" and L 1.3 delete the number β€œ36" and insert the number β€œ35" THE AMENDMENT WAS INCORPORATED.

Representative Mahoney incorporated the A07-0294 amendment, as amended.

Representative Mahoney moved the A07-0285. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved the A3-12-07 amendment.

Representative Mahoney withdrew the A3-12-07 amendment.

Representative Atkins laid HF 1208 on the table.

HF 997 (Kahn) Off-sale wine licenses authorized for supermarkets.

Representative Atkins moved HF 997.

The following people testified on HF 997:

Jamie Pfuhl, Executive Director, MN Grocers Association
Mary Kowalski, Owner, Kowalski Companies, Inc.
Chuck Lynch, Vice President of Operations, Cub Foods
Dan Bahr, Liquor Store Manager, Bemidji
William Herring, Police Chief and Public Safety Director, City of Woodbury
Don Gerdesmeier, Teamsters Joint Council 32
Sam Kaplan, MN Wine and Spirits Association
Jim Thomas, owner, Thomas Liquors, Beer, Wine, & Spirits Association

Representative Atkins moved that HF 997 over for possible inclusion in the omnibus liquor bill.

HF 1609 (Clark) Employee statements protected form employer retaliation, complaint procedures established, investigative jurisdiction specified, and civil penalties

Representative Atkins moved HF 1609.

Representative Atkins moved the H1609A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 1609:

Representative Karen Clark
Fardin Oliaein, former MPCA scientist

Representative Atkins moved that HF 1609 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Atkins recalled HF 1208 from the table.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend the A07-0285 amendment as follows: L 1.2 after "Page"
insert "48" and after "line" insert "27" L1.3 after "Sec." insert "59" THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 1208, as amended, be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:03 P.M.


Rep. Joe Atkins, Chair



John Reich, Committee Legislative Asst.
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Agenda:

HF1190 (Nelson) Plumbing Council established. HF1283 (Nelson) Misrepresentation of employees as independent contractors prohibited, and review of certifications of independent contractor status required. HF754 (Mullery) Plumbers licenses required statewide. HF1336 (Mahoney) Council of High Pressure Piping Systems established, and fees required. HF0571(Hilstrom) Defining best value; changing provisions for acquisition and competitive bidding. HF1208 (Mahoney) State Building Code modified, and construction code and licensing provisions modified and recodified. HF1335 (Poppe) Real estate appraisers; consistent use of State Building Code's definition of a "story above grade" required. HF1609 (Clark) Employee statements protected from employer retaliation, complaint procedures established, investigative jurisdiction specified, and civil penalties imposed. HF0997 (Kahn) Off-sale wine licenses authorized for supermarkets. Presentation and testimony on HF0997 will begin at 5:00pm. Those wishing to testify may contact Elizabeth Emerson, Committee Administrator, at 651-296-7175 or elizabeth.emerson@house.mn.

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