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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

6th MEETING - Finance

February 12, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 6th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M. on Monday, February 12, 2007, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


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



Member excused: Erhardt

A quorum was present.

Helen Roberts, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of the State Government Finance Division.

Rep. Kahn provided priorities of the State Government Finance Division for the session.

Rep. Kahn moved approval of the minutes of Monday, February 5, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Chair Carlson moved adoption of the Capital Investment Finance Division Report on HF 87. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0087.0.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Carlson moved that HF 87 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Rep. Thao presented HF 87 (Thao) St. Paul Asian Pacific Cultural Center pre-design expenditures authorized from previous appropriation.

Ms. Naomi Chu, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, responded to questions regarding HF 87.

Chair Carlson renewed the motion that HF 87 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Hackbarth moved adoption of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division
Report on HF 293, First Committee Engrossment. (See language at
http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0293.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Wagenius moved that HF 293, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Tingelstad presented HF 293, First Committee Engrossment (Tingelstad) Environment and
Natural Resources funding provided, and Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources meeting requirements modified.

John Velin, Director of Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR),
responded to questions regarding HF 293, First Committee Engrossment.

Rep. Solberg moved to amend HF 293, First Committee Engrossment as follows:

Page 3, line 26, after the period insert "Land subject to easements acquired under this appropriation may not be enrolled in the sustainable forest management incentive program."

Joel Michael, House Research responded to questions regarding the amendment.

Kathy Novak, House Research explained an oral amendment to be incorporated into the amendment, as follows:

After the word "program", insert, "under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 290C"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Bill Marx, House Fiscal Analyst Director, responded to questions regarding HF 293, First Committee Engrossment, as amended.

Rep.Wagenius renewed the motion that HF 293, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Cornish introduced and gave each of the members of the Finance Committee a book called
the RMJ (Rural Minnesota Journal), Education Rural Minnesota's Children, September 2006.
Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Vice Chair Sailer assumed chair at 11:20 A.M.

Ron Soderberg, House Fiscal Analyst, presented division accounts and funding base of the
Minnesota Heritage Finance.

Rep. Jaros provided priorities of the Minnesota Heritage Finance Division for the session.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo February 5 and February
8, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 589 (Peterson, A.) Bioenergy producer payment program established for cellulosic biofuel production, bioenergy production incentive program and working lands conservation program created, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 769 (Hansen) Native plant agronomic research funding provided, technical advisory committee established, and money appropriated.
HF 801 (Hornstein) Bioenergy producer payment program established; bioenergy production incentive program established; bioenergy working lands conservation program established; rulemaking, general obligation bonds authorized, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 592 (Loeffler) Diseased shade trees removal and replacement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 604 (Laine) Fridley; Springbrook Nature Center redevelopment funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 624 (Norton) Rochester; National Volleyball Center phase II expansion funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 697 (Welti) Chester Woods Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 728 (Moe) Bemidji State University adjacent land purchase funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 757 (Doty) Upsala regional community center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 582 (Solberg) Workforce transition assistance pilot program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 596 (Slocum) Office of Educational Accountability funding provided through the University of Minnesota, and money appropriated.
HF 597 (Brown) Voluntary full-day kindergarten funding authorized, and full funding phased in.
HF 613 (Murphy, M.)Adult basic education appropriations updated, and money appropriated.
HF 621 (Johnson) Mississippi River Parkway Commission funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 626 (Nornes) Academic competitiveness highlighting individual excellence and valuing education (ACHIEVE) scholarship program established.
HF 637 (Dittrich) Full-day kindergarten authorized, state aid provided, sliding scale fee imposed, and money appropriated.
HF 640 (Howes) Walker Area Community Center funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 649 (Morgan) Special education excess cost program funding increased.
HF 659 (Slawik) Child care license fees reduced, and money appropriated.
HF 668 (Garofalo) School aid payment percentage increased from 90 percent to 95 percent.
HF 675 (Rukavina) Higher education office, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, University of Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 682 (Hilstrom) Resident tuition at public postsecondary institutions provided.

Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 306 (Greiling) Youth mental health screening and suicide prevention funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 440 (Madore) Adults with disabilities program funding increased, and money appropriated.
HF 694 (Morgan) Declining enrollment school district funding increased.
HF 703 (Peterson, A.) School districts that have participated in the cooperative secondary facilities program authorized to levy for certain unfunded severance and retirement costs.
HF 720 (Lanning) Workforce transition assistance pilot program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 722 (Mariani) Resident tuition regulated.
HF 743 (Mullery) Women in nontraditional careers grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF 751 (Hornstein) General Education Development (GED) test fee waiver authorized in cases of homelessness.
HF 759 (Slawik) Minnesota Children's Museum funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 762 (Mullery) Library basic system support grants limitations modified.
HF 770 (Rukavina)Giants Ridge Recreation Area definition provided.
HF 776 (Benson) School lunch aid increased, and money appropriated.
HF 778 (Haws) Special education program funding for districts with extraordinary special education service needs created.
HF 783 (Eastlund) Tuition increase limits on public postsecondary institutions established.
HF 786 (Hilstrom) Special education program funding increased; intensive intervention funding source established.
HF 797 (Rukavina) Certain provisions for senior citizen's tuition modified, certain reporting requirements amended, and certain banking services authorized.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 607 (Anzelc) Plasma torch gasification facility feasibility study funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 653 (Anzelc) Public Utilities Holding Company Act adopted.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 711 (Moe) Midwest Bioenergy Research Center matching funds provided, and money appropriated.
HF 774 (Dill) Bois Forte Band of Chippewa renewable energy facility feasibility grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF 789 (Kalin) Energy efficiency and conservation improvement plans by public utilities and setting energy savings goals required.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 602 (Dill) International Wolf Center renovations funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 733 (Lieder)Red River Valley flood protection farmstead ring levees construction funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 298 (Huntley) Family planning access increased to prevent unintended pregnancies, nurses authorized to dispense oral contraceptives at clinics, reimbursement rates increased, grant reductions eliminated, and money appropriated.
HF 463 (Murphy, E.) MinnesotaCare small employer buy-in option created.
HF 705 (Loeffler) Mental retardation and related conditions (MR/RC) waiver, family support grants, and semi-independent living services funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF 726 (Tschumper) Minnesota community action grants funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 727 (Tschumper) Waivered services program for persons with developmental disabilities county repayment requirement eliminated for certain expenditures.
HF 760 (Fritz) Remembering With Dignity project funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 764 (Loeffler) Chemical dependency allocations modified.
HF 782 (Huntley) Certain hospital payment reductions eliminated and money appropriated.
HF 784 (Murphy, E.) Medical assistance asset limit and excess income standard for aged, blind, or disabled persons increased.
Recalled from the Division on Higher Education and Workforce Development Policy and Finance after consultation with the division chairs.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 621 (Johnson) Mississippi River Parkway Commission funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 678 (Murphy, E.) Heart disease and stroke prevention funding provided, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 688 (Moe) Regional emergency medical services programs funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 695 (Clark) Lead Poisoning Prevention Act modified relating to testing and blood lead levels reporting, sale of children's items containing lead prohibited, medical assistance coverage provided, and lead hazards in properties disclosure required.
HF 696 (Clark) Lead abatement program modified, and money appropriated.
HF 724 (Madore) Family homeless prevention and assistance program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 758 (Laine) Emergency assistance and transitional housing funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 777 (Lesch) Housing opportunity tax abatement program established.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 583 (Eken) Indian Affairs Council funding provided to acquire burial site in Becker County, and money appropriated.

Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 692 (Morrow) Nicollet County Historical Society funding provided for improvements to the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter, and money appropriated.
HF 779 (Bly) Native American languages; Council on Indigenous Languages funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 161 (Mullery) County and regional jail booking fees increased.

HF 342 (Paymar) Mentoring grant for children of incarcerated parents authorized, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 687 (Ward) Defibrillator purchase grants provided to local law enforcement agencies, and money appropriated.
HF 787 (Hosch) Portable radios and related equipment by local government units participating in statewide public safety radio communication system purchase provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 147 (Johnson) Mississippi River Parkway Commission expiration date extended to 2012.
HF 222 (Tillberry) University of Minnesota former steam plant employees included in the state health insurance group.
HF 621 (Johnson) Mississippi River Parkway Commission funding provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Monday, February 5, 2007
HF 581 (Lenczewski) I-494 corridor transit way feasibility study provided, and money appropriated.
HF 603 (Ward) Brainerd; Mississippi River crossing corridor matching funds provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 606 (Peppin) Rogers tornado relief I-94 noise barrier funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 612 (Pelowski) Port development assistance funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 619 (Koenen) Transportation funding provided with transportation certificates of assignment.
HF 639 (Hortman) Greenhouse motor vehicle emissions reduction initiative enacted, statewide transportation plan modified to reflect environmental impacts, and money appropriated.
HF 641 (Severson) Sauk Rapids Bridge project funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 642 (Severson) Sauk Rapids Bridge project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
HF 689 (Demmer) Trunk Highway 52 in Olmsted County specific service sign required.
HF 691 (Erickson) Highways, local roads, and local bridges funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF 693 (Lesch) Driver's license reinstatement fee and surcharge partial installation payments authorized.
HF 701 (Brynaert) Mankato district transportation headquarters funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 709 (Ruth) Trunk highway project expedited construction authorized.
HF 713 (Erhardt) Special motor vehicle license plates authorized for all disabled veterans.
HF 714 (Erhardt) Special motorcycle license plates authorized for combat wounded veterans.
HF 730 (Lieder) Special license plates provisions modified.
HF 734 (Lieder) Transit fund and accounts established, and motor vehicle lease sales tax disposition modified.
HF 735 (Lieder) State entry authorized onto real property for geotechnical investigation under eminent domain, bridge and culvert provisions modified, rail service improvements funds regulated, state rail bank property regulated, and penalties imposed.
HF 745 (Greiling) Special retired firefighter emblem motor vehicle license plates authorized.
HF 753 (Howes) Special Gold Star vehicle license plate created for family members of military personnel who have died in active service, and plate fees exempted for surviving spouses or parents.
HF 799 (Holberg) Transportation, Metropolitan Council, and public safety funding provided; bonds issued; fees, funds, and accounts modified; motor vehicle sales and lease tax proceeds allocated, and money appropriated.



The meeting was adjourned at 11:31 A.M.




Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF87 (Thao) St. Paul Asian Pacific Cultural Center predesign expenditures authorized from previous appropriation. HF293 (Tingelstad) Environment and natural resources funding provided, and Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources meeting requirements modified. Presentations by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base

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03:16 - Gavel. 03:50 - Presentation by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base. 14:16 - Presentation by Representative Kahn regarding State Government Finance Division areas. 16:20 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF87&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF87</A> (Thao) Saint Paul Asian Pacific Cultural Center predesign expenditures authorized from previous appropriation. 28:14 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF293&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF293</A> (Tingelstad) Environment and natural resources funding provided, Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources meeting requirements modified, and money appropriated. 1:16:20 - Presentation by House fiscal staff about division accounts and funding base. Runs 1 hour, 25 minutes.