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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

9th MEETING - Finance

March 05, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 9th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:15 A.M. on Monday, March 5, 2007, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Carlson, Chair
Sailer, Vice Chair
Clark
Cornish
Erhardt
Garofalo
Hackbarth
Hausman
Hilty
Howes
Huntley
Jaros
Juhnke
Kahn
Kohls
Lenczewski
Lieder
Mahoney
Murphy, M.
Otremba
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker
Westrom



Members excused: Anderson, B., Finstad, Greiling, Mariani

A quorum was present.

Rep. Huntley moved approval of the minutes of Monday, February 26, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Kahn moved adoption of the State Government Finance Division Report on HF163 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0163.1.pdf. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

HF163 (Huntley) Duluth post employment benefits accounts authorized to pay benefits to retired employees and to generate revenue dedicated to meet certain city obligations.

Rep. Huntley moved that HF163 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Juhnke moved adoption of the Agriculture, Rural Economics and Veterans Affairs Finance Division Report on HF9 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0009.1.pdf. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

HF9 (Juhnke) Dairy investment income and corporate franchise tax credit provided for qualifying investments in dairy operations.

Rep. Juhnke moved that HF9 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Juhnke moved adoption of the Agriculture, Rural Economics and Veterans Affairs Finance Division Report on HF158 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0158.1.pdf. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

HF158 (Urdahl) Livestock farming operations construction materials sales tax exemption provided.

Rep. Juhnke moved that HF158 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Juhnke introduced HF539 (Juhnke) Trunk highway Route No. 145 technical correction provided, and Legislative Route No. 262 removed. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0539.0.pdf).

Rep. Juhnke moved that HF539 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Juhnke amended his motion that HF539 be recommended to pass and be placed on the Consent Calendar. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Emily Adriaens, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of the Housing Policy & Finance and Public Health Finance Division.

Rep. Clark provided priorities of the Housing Policy & Finance and Public Health Finance Division.

John Walz, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.

Rep. Huntley provided priorities of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.

Rep. Juhnke provided priorities of the Agriculture, Rural Economics and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.

Rep. Hilty moved adoption of the Energy Finance and Policy Finance Division Report on HF446
First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0446.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

HF446 (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted.

Rep. Kahn moved that HF446 First Committee Engrossment be moved with no recommendation and re-referred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo February 19, 20 & 22, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1451 (Juhnke) Department of Agriculture money appropriated for invasive aquatic species research.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF162 (Haws) Minnesota GI Bill program established to provide postsecondary education assistance to veterans, and money appropriated.
HF774 (Dill) Bois Forte Band of Chippewa renewable energy facility feasibility grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1610 (Hausman) Agricultural society authorized to retain certain admissions sales tax proceeds.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF132 (Mahoney) Minnesota Biomedical Sciences Research Facilities Authority and funding program established, University of Minnesota authorized to apply for funds, bonds issued, reports required, and money appropriated.
HF1346 (Koenen) Bird Island; Victory Center construction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1369 (Garofalo) Cannon River pedestrian bridge funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1370 (Murphy, M.) Midway Township sewer reconstruction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

HF1371 (Murphy, M.) North Shore Express Intercity Rail Initiative funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1375 (Liebling) Rochester; Mayo Civic Center Complex improvements design funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF1481 (Peterson, N.) Bloomington; Hyland K70 ski jump funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1523 (Bigham) Washington County Disabled Veteran's Rest Camp funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1528 (Paymar) St. Paul; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts renovation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1536 (Hansen) Mississippi River barrier construction provided to prevent aquatic invasive species from migrating up river, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1545 (Olin) Roseau flood hazard mitigation project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1252 (Murphy, M.) Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind student transition services funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF803 (Benson) Interactive whiteboard technology pilot program funding provided in school districts throughout the state, and money appropriated.
HF988 (Winkler) Technology task force and grants established for schools, school district technology plan developed, and money appropriated.
HF1080 (Morgan) School district technology needs aid provided, and money appropriated.
HF1338 (Brynaert) Extended employment services for persons with disabilities funding provided, purpose and need established, and money appropriated.
HF1345 (Dittrich) Minnesota Early Learning Foundation funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1349 (Paulsen) India Center established at the University of Minnesota, and money appropriated.
HF1352 (Moe) Youth job skills development statewide program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1355 (Clark) WomenVenture grant provided for women's business development program, and money appropriated.
HF1358 (Solberg) Grand Rapids; Northern Minnesota RuralPlex Initiative grant provided to operate a pilot workforce program, and money appropriated.
HF1366 (Rukavina) Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board forest land purchase authorized using the Douglas J. Johnson economic trust fund, Iron Range Miners' Memorial Forest established, and funds transfer authorized.
HF1374 (Anzelc) Northeast Entrepreneur Fund technical assistance and business training funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1379 (Paulsen) Postsecondary study abroad grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF1383 (Moe) American Indian scholarship administration transferred, office required to distribute scholarships, and money appropriated.
HF1386 (Jaros) Duluth Children's Museum funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1410 (Anzelc) Technical and vocational revenue program for collaborative high school and postsecondary vocational programs established.
HF1411 (Howes) Small schools declining enrollment revenue provided.
HF1414 (Davnie) Learning Law and Democracy Foundation grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1415 (Hortman) Hazardous pupil transportation services levy authorized.
HF1422 (Hilstrom) School finance equalizing factors indexed.
HF1423 (Anzelc) Independent School District No. 361, International Falls, authorized to purchase property with its building lease levy authority.
HF1427 (Ward) Independent School District No. 181, Brainerd, fund transfer authorized.
HF14282 (Davnie) Site decision-making program grants provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF1485 (Clark) Minority enterprise retention funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1487 (Peterson, A.) Independent School District No. 891, Canby, border aid provided, and money appropriated.
HF1497 (Johnson) Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board funding provided for the building lives program, and money appropriated.
HF1508 (Moe) Textbook Pricing and Access Act adopted, pilot textbook rental program established, and money appropriated.

HF1533 (Slocum) Hennepin-Carver Workforce Investment Board funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1535 (Poppe) Workforce Development, Inc., employment and training services pilot project funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1563 (Cornish) Cooperative secondary facilities program eligibility expanded, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1564 (Greiling) Special education maintenance of effort adjustment provided.
HF1565 (Welti) Consolidating school districts state aid increased.
HF1566 (Hornstein) Safe schools levy increased.
HF1567 (Simon) Special education programs funding restored, and special education appropriation made open and standing.
HF1568 (Hornstein) Pupil transportation formulas modified for charter schools.
HF1584 (Benson) School district operating cost differential revenue provided.
HF1585 (Simon) Special education programs funding restored, special education revenue formulas fully funded, and special education aid appropriation made open and standing.
HF302 (Peterson, S.) Early childhood and prekindergarten grant programs established, kindergarten developmental assessment expanded, and money appropriated.
HF533 (Lieder) Veterans' tuition and fee assistance and reimbursement provided for military veterans and their surviving spouses and children at public colleges and universities, and money appropriated.
HF685 (Slawik) Preschool program and home visiting program for children diagnosed with mental illness or development delays funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF976 (Slawik) After-school community learning grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF1264 (Eastlund) Early childhood education access grants contribution and early childhood educational expenses income tax credit authorized.
HF989 (Hilstsrom) Open enrollment students authorized to participate in academic courses and extracurricular and cocurricular activities on the same basis as resident district students.
HF101 (Demmer) Agricultural land excluded from the tax base for school bonded debt levies.
HF521 (Heidgerken) Veteran's Day paid day off provided to veterans employed by school districts, Veteran's Day educational instruction required, and private employers encouraged to grant paid holiday to veterans.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1350 (Eken) White Earth Band of Chippewa renewable energy feasibility grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1357 (Walker) Low-income heating assistance funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1377 (Johnson) Greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy development process and report required.
HF1392 (Hilty) Hydrogen renewable energy initiative established, hydrogen energy use policies established, and money appropriated.
HF1455 (Morrow) Rural renewable energy initiatives provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF1034 (Peterson, A.) Heating and cooling policy for state building projects established.
HF1513 (Hausman) Monticello nuclear power plant phaseout, contingency planning, and storage approval required.
HF1544 (Gunther) Propane prepurchase funding provided as part of the low-income home energy assistance program, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1373 (Hansen) Roadsides for wildlife program funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF854 (Sailer) Video display device collection, transportation, and recycling provided; and civil penalties imposed.
HF1488 (Peterson, A.) Ecological services for native habitats funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1489 (Peterson, A.) Clean Water Legacy Act ecological services funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1522 (Lillie) Gateway Trail tunnel funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1 (Thissen) Children's health security account and program created, eligibility criteria and covered services specified, Legislative Task Force on Children's Health Care Coverage established, and money appropriated.
HF1361 (Fritz) Deaf and hard-of-hearing mentor program funding provided for families of infants and children that have a hearing loss, and money appropriated.
HF1397 (Huntley) Duluth nursing facility payment rates increased to the Duluth median fate.
HF1408 (Howes) Programs for the all-inclusive care of the elderly (PACE) programs authorization modified.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF972 (Huntley) Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities, community service providers, and nursing facilities rate increase provided; and money appropriated.
HF320 (Anzelc) Public Employees Retirement Association nursing facilities cost reimbursement methods established, and money appropriated.
HF1517 (Gunther) Commission Serving Deal and Hard-of-Hearing People funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1524 (Sailer) American Indian child welfare project expanded, and money appropriated.
HF1587 (Tschumper) Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans staff positions authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1619 (Hilstrom) Incarcerated individuals allowed to remain eligible for medical assistance until conviction.
HF1620 (Kalin) Chisago County nursing facilities payment rates increased to geographic group III median rate.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1387 (Benson) Long-term homeless supportive services funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1409 (Gottwalt) Well contractor's license provisions modified.

The following bill is hereby recalled after consultation with the author and division chairs.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1252 (Murphy, M.) Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind student transition services funding provided; and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF595 (Laine) Newborn home visiting program and family home visiting program established, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1344 (Kranz) Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1353 (Hilstrom) Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1456 (Dominguez) Squad car camera technology upgrade grants money appropriated.
HF1461 (Smith) Verdict, awards, and judgments interest regulated.
HF1473 (Smith) Crime victims service programs and crime prevention grants authorized, and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF1496 (Johnson) Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative pilot project funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1510 (Lesch) Public safety funding provided to replace eliminated federal funds, and money appropriated.
HF1464 (Hilstrom) Emergency 911 emergency telecommunications service fee increased, statewide public safety radio communication system provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF503 (Hilstrom) Sexual solicitation of children through the Internet crimes provided.
HF950 (Carlson) Fourth Judicial District obsolete references and provisions removed, unintentional repeal corrected, bail proceeds payment resumed for Hennepin County municipalities, and money appropriated.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF219 (Walker) Personal sick leave benefits extended to include care for specified relatives.
HF1519 (Murphy, E.) Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board appropriations provided from money received by the board from other public bodies, decennial comprehensive planning and zoning review funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1614 (Lenczewski) Tax compliance expanded efforts required, and money appropriated.
HF1616 (Mariani) Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020 funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Monday, February 26, 2007
HF1347 (Thissen) Special motor vehicle license plates remembering victims of impaired drivers authorized.
HF1351 (Hornstein) Long-range transportation solutions study provided.
HF1363 (Morrow) Trunk Highway 14 and Nicollet County State-Aid Highway 41 interchange construction provided, and money appropriated.
HF1365 (Kohls) Local bridge improvement program established, and previous bridge improvement fund appropriations criteria expanded.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
HF1467 (Dittrich) Commissioner of transportation directed to enter into agreements with radio and television media for public service announcements in exchange for traffic information.
HF1463 (Hortman) Metropolitan area sales tax referendum required to impose a tax for transportation and transit, county sales taxes for transportation purposes authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1475 (Hornstein) Paratransit services coordination and service standards provided, intercounty service required, and one-stop paratransit call centers established.
HF1479 (Peterson, S.) Transit fund and transportation endowment fund established, rebate plan rejected, and money appropriated.
HF1521 (Lillie) Trunk Highway 36 improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1527 (Rukavina) Special motor vehicle bronze star veteran's license plates authorized.
HF1601 (Anderson, B.) Novice driver safety education program established, driver instruction permit and provisional drivers' license provisions modified, and money appropriated.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 A.M.


Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair


Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF163 (Huntley) Duluth postemployment benefits accounts authorized to pay benefits to retired employees and to generate revenue dedicated to meet certain city obligations. HF9 (Juhnke) Dairy investment income and corporate franchise tax credit provided for qualifying investments in dairy operations. HF158 (Urdahl) Livestock farming operations construction materials sales tax exemption provided. HF446 (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted. HF539 (Juhnke) Trunk highway Route No. 145 technical correction provided, and Legislative Route No. 262 removed. Presentations by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base.

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03:12 - Gavel. 04:11 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF163&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF163</A> (Huntley) Duluth postemployment benefits accounts authorized to pay benefits to retired employees and to generate revenue dedicated to meet certain city obligations. 16:08 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF9&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF9</A> (Juhnke) Dairy investment income and corporate franchise tax credit provided for qualifying investments in dairy operations. 19:28 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF158&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF158</A> (Urdahl) Livestock farming operations construction materials sales tax exemption provided. 22:08 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF539&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF539</A> (Juhnke) Trunk highway Route #145 technical correction provided, and Legislative Route #262 removed. 24:45 - Presentations by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base. 1:12:15 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF446&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF446</A> (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted. Runs 1 hour, 13 minutes.