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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

8th MEETING - Finance

February 28, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 8th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Sailer, Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:38 A.M. on Monday, February 26, 2007, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Carlson, Chair
Sailer, Vice Chair
Cornish
Finstad
Garofalo
Greiling
Hackbarth
Hausman
Hilty
Howes
Huntley
Kohls
Lenczewski
Lieder
Mahoney
Otremba
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker



Members excused: Anderson, B., Clark, Erhardt, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Mariani, Murphy, M., Westrom

A quorum was present.

Kathy Schill, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of the Committee on Taxes.

Cynthia Templin, House Fiscal Analyst, responded to questions regarding division accounts and funding base of the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Carlson moved approval of the minutes of Monday, February 19, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

The bill under consideration:
HF472 First Engrossment (Morrow) Renewable energy production incentives eligibility period extended.

Rep. Solberg moved adoption of the Energy, Finance and Policy Division Report on HF472 First Engrossment. (See language at: http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0472.0.pdf)). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF472 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and placed on the Consent Calendar. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The bill under consideration:
HF779 First Committee Engrossment (Bly) Native American languages; Council on Indigenous Languages funding provided, and money appropriated.

Rep. Carlson moved adoption of the Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Report on HF779 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0779.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.



Vice Chair Sailer moved that HF779 First Committee Engrossment be moved with no recommendation and re-referred to E-12 Education Policy Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Jim Reinholdz, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.

Jim Reinholdz, House Fiscal Analyst presented division accounts and funding base of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.

Rep. Wagenius provided priorities of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.

Rep. Paymar provided priorities of the Public Safety Finance Division.

Rep. Lenczewski provided priorities of the Committee on Taxes.

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

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1094 (Peterson, A.) Cellulosic ethanol producer payment program established.
HF1140 (Faust) County and district agricultural societies funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1202 (Juhnke) Environment, natural resources, and agriculture funding provided, revenue and fund disposition modified, food safety and defense task force established, NextGen energy provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF279 (Haws) War Orphans Act educational benefits eligibility clarified and extended for surviving military spouses and children.
HF291 (Dominguez) Veterans home employees granted commissary privileges when working double shifts.
HF402 (Hansen) Residential microbial pesticide applicator licensure study required.
HF451 (Jaros) Honor guard member reimbursement provided for National Guard funerals, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1099 (Peterson, A.) Lewis and Clark Rural Water System grants appropriations converted from the bonds proceeds fund to the general fund.
HF1102 (Hilty) Fond du Lac Technical and Community College land acquisition funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1120 (Sailer) Independent School District No. 38, Red Lake, maximum effort capital loan provided; bonds issued; and money appropriated.
HF1124 (Loeffler) Lowry Avenue Bridge funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1137 (Davnie) Special school district No. 1, Minneapolis, bonding authority continued; and Independent School District No. 625, St. Paul, bonding authorization provided.
HF1207 (McNamara) Red Wing juvenile corrections facility vocational education building funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1018 (Hausman) State general obligation bond proceeds provisions modified.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
HF274 (Juhnke) Rural Finance Authority agricultural loan funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF1216 (Simon) Southwest transitway corridor draft environmental impact statement and preliminary engineering funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1227 (Morgan) Burnsville Performing Arts Center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1243 (Bunn) Big Marine Park Reserve improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1257 (Urdahl) Greater Minnesota business development public infrastructure grant program funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1263 (Abeler) Anoka County forensic crime lab funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1268 (Fritz) Faribault; Paradise Center for the Arts funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1269 (Davnie) Minneapolis; Target Center city bonds principal repayment grant provided, state bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1308 (Tingelstad) Anoka County regional forensic crime laboratory funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
As of Thursday, February 22, 2007, the following bill was recalled from the Division on Capital Investment after consultation with division chairs.
HF1137 (Davnie) Special school district No. 1, Minneapolis, bonding authority continued; and Independent School District No. 625, St. Paul, bonding authorization provided.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1081 (Kalin) Independent School District No. 138, North Branch, targeted all-day everyday kindergarten program established, and money appropriated.
HF1082 (Loeffler) Four-year-old kindergarten programs funding increased.
HF1083 (Anzelc) Maximum effort capital loan school districts tax base modified to calculate debt service levies.
HF1084 (Davnie) Special education programs funding increased and restored.
HF1085 (Howes) Special education programs funding increased and restored.
HF1086 (Davnie) Four-year-old students made eligible for extended time programs.
HF1106 (Rukavina) Virginia; B'nai Abraham Synagogue historical preservation funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1107 (Bly) Alternative livestock research and outreach funding provided to the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, and money appropriated.
HF1142 (Atkins) Higher education state grant program modified.
HF1147 (Sailer) Independent School District No. 38, Red Lake, security improvements funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1149 (Morrow) Rural Policy and Development Center fund grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1150 (Morrow) Rural Policy and Development Center funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1151 (Swails) Minnesota Learning Resource Center funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1153 (Sertich) Independent School District No. 698, Floodwood, fund transfer authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1168 (Haws) Minnesota Youth Program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1185 (Davnie) School districts and intermediate school districts building lease levy increased.
HF1186 (Greiling) Collaborative urban educator recruitment and training programs grants authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1187 (Laine) Minnesota Learning Resource Center money appropriated.
HF1192 (Eken) Small schools revenue created as a component of general education revenue.
HF1198 (Mariani) Limited English proficiency programs five-year limit on funding removed.
HF1199 (Rukavina) State involvement in trade policies provided, and report required.
HF585 (Bly) Early childhood developmental screening expanded, kindergarten entrance assessment established, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF417 (Bigham) Elementary and middle school years education international baccalaureate pilot program established and money appropriated.
HF233 (Hilstrom) International baccalaureate pilot program established across all grades of a school district, and money appropriated.
HF804 (Atkins) International baccalaureate, preadvanced placement, and advanced placement programs participation increased; and money appropriated.
HF1088 (Davnie) College in the schools program aid provided, and money appropriated.
HF1137 (Davnie) Special school district No. 1, Minneapolis, bonding authority continued; and Independent School District No. 625, St. Paul, bonding authorization provided.
HF1253 (Wollschlager) Augsburg College; Step UP program funding provided to provide educational opportunities to chemically dependent students, and money appropriated.
HF1272 (Slawik) Early childhood family education program funding increased, and minimum population guarantee used to calculate early childhood family education program revenue increased.
HF1275 (Lesch) St. Paul neighborhood circulators grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1276 (Murphy, E.) St. Paul; professional development funding provided to parks and library staff who interact with children and families, and money appropriated.
HF1277 (Mariani) St. Paul; grant provided to notify citizens of youth services available in the community, and money appropriated.
HF1292 (Slawik) Child care finance provisions modified, and money appropriated.

HF1318 (McFarlane) Special education funding increased, and two-year lag in base funding increased.
HF1320 (Severson) Statutory operating debt fund transfers for school districts authorized.
HF1323 (Urdahl) Special education program funding increased.
HF1324 (Heidgerken) Levy authority authorized for unfunded severance and retirement costs faced by school districts that have participated in the cooperative secondary facilities program.
HF1253 (Wollschlager) Augsburg College; Step UP program funding provided to provide educational opportunities to chemically dependent students, and money appropriated.
HF1272 (Slawik) Early childhood family education program funding increased, and minimum population guarantee used to calculate early childhood family education program revenue increased.
HF1275 (Lesch) St. Paul neighborhood circulators grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1276 (Murphy, E.) St. Paul; professional development funding provided to parks and library staff who interact with children and families, and money appropriated.
HF1277 (Mariani) St. Paul; grant provided to notify citizens of youth services available in the community, and money appropriated.
HF1292 (Slawik) Child care finance provisions modified, and money appropriated.
HF1318 (McFarlane) Special education funding increased, and two-year lag in base funding increased.
HF1320 (Severson) Statutory operating debt fund transfers for school districts authorized.
HF1323 (Urdahl) Special education program funding increased.
HF1324 (Heidgerken) Levy authority authorized for unfunded severance and reitrement costs faced by school districts that have participated in the cooperative secondary facilities program.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1098 (Peterson, A.) Geothermal investment loans revolving fund established, and money appropriated.
HF1145 (Peterson, A.) Geothermal energy incentives established.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF1214 (Knuth) Rural wind development assistance program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1221 (Kalin) Energy savings activities required under the conservation investment program.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1126 (Eken) Red River mediation implementation funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1143 (Morrow) Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF152 (Nornes) Senior citizen resident fishing license provided.
HF354 (Anzelc) Timber harvesting local economic impact statement required.
HF607 (Anzelc) Plasma torch gasification facility feasibility study funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF654 (Loeffler) Diseased shade tree removal and replacement funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF299 (Dill) Timber permit extension, cancellation, and terminations provided.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1071 (Huntley) Hearing aid and instrument loan bank established for infants and children who are deaf or who have a hearing loss, and money appropriated.
HF1170 (Hausman) Living-at-home/block nurse programs grant amounts increased and indexed, number of programs increased, grant administration funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF705 (Loeffler) Mental retardation and related conditions (MR/RC) waiver, family support grants, and semi-independent living services funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF708 (Thissen) Medicare Part D assistance program established, ombudsman for managed care funding provided, limited medical assistance coverage provided for individuals eligible under Medicare Part D, and money appropriated.
HF725 (Madore) Assistive technology provided for people with disabilities, statewide study and reports required, and money appropriated.
HF785 (Norton) Parental contribution for services for persons with developmental disabilities modified.
As of Monday, February 19, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance after consultation with the author and division chairs.
HF726 (Tschumper) Minnesota community action grants funding provided, and money appropriated.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF625 (Nornes) MinnesotaCare four-month uninsured requirement for children eliminated.
HF570 (Murphy, E.) Long-term hospital payment rates adjusted, and money appropriated.
HF1288 (Murphy, E.) Day training and habilitation transportation rates modified, and money appropriated.
HF1289 (Heidegerken) Nursing home per diem reimbursements determination procedures modified.
HF1297 (Huntley) Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities, community service providers, and nursing facilities rate increase provided.
HF1068 (Jaros) St. Louis County group residential housing supplemental rates modified for a specified facility.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1096 (Clark) Bridges rental housing assistance funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1131 (Moe) Capacity building grants funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1208 (Mahoney) State Building Code modified, and construction code and licensing provisions modified and recodified.
HF726 (Tschumper) Minnesota community action grants funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF1233 (Benson) Foodshelf programs funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1252 (Murphy, E.) Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind student transition services funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF250 (Peterson, A.) Ambulance service and interhospital transfer provisions modified.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1154 (Olin) Minnesota Public Radio, Inc., and public educational radio stations funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF1181 (Kahn) Noncommercial television grants money appropriated.
HF1315 (Hamilton) Minnesota Commission on New Americans established, appointments provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1148 (Thao) Asian-American juvenile crime prevention grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF425 (Paymar) Motor vehicle theft victims emergency grants authorized and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF684 (Paymar) County reimbursement for housing short-term offenders funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1304 (Tingelstad) Human trafficking; legal advocacy trafficking victims grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1307 (Hilstrom) Peace officer hirings and peace officer overtime funding provided to local governments, and money appropriated.
HF1311 (Lesch) St. Paul; integrated domestic violence response framework funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1181 (Kahn) Noncommercial television grants money appropriated.
HF768 (Kalin) Absentee ballot voting eligibility expanded.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF376 (Paulsen) State contracts web site with a searchable database required, and money appropriated.
HF1048 (Pelowski) Department of Employee Relations abolished and duties transferred.
HF1246 (Bigham) Kids Voting Minnesota funding provided, and money appropriated.
As of Thursday, February 22, 2007, the following bill was recalled from the Division on State Government Finance after consultation with the division chairs.
HF1181 (Kahn) Noncommercial television grants money appropriated.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Monday, February 19, 2007
HF1112 (Madore) Transit fund established, metropolitan sales tax imposed and funds dedicated to transit, and motor vehicle sales tax revenues transferred.
HF1119 (Morrow) Nicollet County road reconstruction funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1191 (Olson) Department of Transportation; property appraisal requirements amended.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
HF246 (Hortman) Metropolitan Council required to study and report on light rail and commuter rail feasibility for the Interstate 394 corridor, and feasibility of combining 394 and Southwest Rail Transit Corridors, and money appropriated.
HF1210 (Dean) Stillwater; Boomsite rest area restoration, reopening, and maintenance required, and site transfer prohibited.
HF1231 (Marquart) Special motor vehicle disabled American veteran license plates authorized.
HF1244 (Masin) Motor vehicle sales tax proceeds apportionment provided.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:46 A.M.




Representative Brita Sailer, Vice Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant