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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

12TH MEETING - Finance

March 21, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 12TH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 7:12 P.M. on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


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



Members excused: Anderson, B., Clark, Howes, Otremba

A quorum was present.

Rep. Murphy moved approval of the minutes of Monday, March 19, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Hausman moved adoption of the Capital Investment Finance Division Report on HF886 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0886.1.pdf ). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

HF886 First Committee Engrossment (Hausman) Capital Investment Omnibus Bill

Rep. Hausman moved that HF886 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Hausman moved to amend HF886 First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H0886A9). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hausman moved to amend HF886 First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment A07-0504).

Rep. Urdahl responded to questions regarding amendment A07-0504.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Tingelstad responded to questions regarding HF886 First Committee Engrossment, as amended.

Rep. Hausman moved that HF886 First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


The following Finance Committee Bills were referred my memo March 19, 20 & 21 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF1664 (Kalin) East central Minnesota renewable energy plant feasibility study grant authorized.
HF1350 (Eken) White Earth Band of Chippewa renewable energy feasibility grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF2227 (Juhnke) Agricultural, veterans, and military affairs funding provided, programs established, accounts and fees modified, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF2155 (Hackbarth) Elk River Economic Development Authority; plasma gasification of waste into methanol for biodiesel production process study funding provided, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF666 (Welti) Dairy animal revolving loan program established, and money appropriated.
As of Monday, March 19, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs after consultation with the division chairs.
HF1525 (Hackbarth) Aquaculture water use permitting fees limited.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF612 (Pelowski) Port development assistance funding provided, and money appropriated. HF2211 (Olin) Badger indoor ice arena funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2212 (Loeffler) State Capitol building restoration and renovation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2222 (Otremba) Central Lakes Regional Sanitary District sewer system funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2236 (Liebling) Southeastern Minnesota Regional Public Safety Training Center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2240 (Rukavina) Laurentian Energy Authority renewable biomass energy production funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF2277 (Pelowski) Winona State University Memorial Hall improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2284 (Demmer) Mantorville; Stage Coach Trail and welcome center design grant provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF443 (Peterson, S.) Alternative school year calendar program grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF790 (Moe) Minnesota Public Facilities Authority Act provisions modified, technical and housekeeping changes made, and Pollution Control Agency project priority rule modified.
HF835 (Demmer) Alternative school calendar pilot program established to examine the impact of school calendar arrangements on student learning, and money appropriated.
HF990 (Norton) Parent and family involvement school district policies required.
HF1700 (Hornstein) Parent and community involvement in learning funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1888 (Dittrich) Academic rigor and 3R high schools provided, and money appropriated.
HF2011 (Hornstein) Expansion of the rites of passage program funding authorized as a way to narrow the racial achievement gap; program evaluation required, and money appropriated.
HF2021 (Brynaert) Office of Educational Accountability funding provided through the University of Minnesota, measurement experts convened to consider how school performance report card data are most usefully displayed, and money appropriated.
HF2166 (Benson) Minnesota Historical Society grant provided for professional development for teachers, and money appropriated.
HF2169 (Peterson, A.) Sparsity revenue calculation modified, and levy reestablished for school districts in statutory operating debt.
HF2173 (Eastlund) Independent School District No. 15, St. Francis, compensatory pilot grants increased for two years, and money appropriated.
HF2204 (Rukavina) Board of Invention funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2221 (Peterson, S.) Board of Teaching funding increased, and money appropriated.
HF1588 (Winkler) State employees electronic health records pilot project established, and money appropriated.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF712 (Fritz) Safe Patient Handling Act adopted, programs and committees established, and money appropriated.
HF1092 (Anzelc) Online Learning Option Act modified.
HF1406 (Otremba) Preschool programs operated by schools exempted from child care licensure.
HF1810 (Poppe) Family day care demonstration project authorized.
HF1887 (Slawik) Hearing loss early education intervention coordinator provided, and money appropriated.
HF2023 (Erickson) Advisory task force to consider and recommend a redesign of middle schools convened, and money appropriated.
HF2085 (Mariani) Quantum opportunities program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2250 (Bly) Dakota language teacher training immersion program established at the University of Minnesota, and money appropriated.
HF2263 (Tillberry) Education transition revenue modified.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF2281 (McNamara) Nonresident tuition rebate provided.
HF2286 (Rukavina) Taconite proceeds distribution to school districts modified.
HF2288 (Brynaert) Mankato Civic Center Arena and Women's Hockey Development Center funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2291 (Greiling) Telecommunications/Internet access equity aid full funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF481 (Hosch) School districts authorized to grant required course credits to students who satisfactorily complete science, math, or arts courses as part of career and technical education programs.
HF748 (Hosch) Naturopathic physician-prescribed medicines authorized to be administered in schools.
HF1091 (Peterson, S.) Supplemental education service providers approval rules modified.
HF1800 (Dettmer) Staff development goals and expenditures clarified relating to education.
HF665 (Dittrich) School bus equipment standards modified, pupil transportation requirements clarified, "multifunctional school activity bus" defined, and licensure exception created.
As of Tuesday, March 20, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Higher Education and Workforce Development after consultation with the division chairs.
HF1223 (Hilty) Elections; postsecondary institutions required to submit student residential housing lists, eligible proof of residence forms of identification expanded, and employee-list submission by residential facility operators eliminated.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF446 (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted.
HF2200 (Magnus) Hydrogen use as energy resource promoted to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF2246 (Westrom) Renewable energy production incentive allocations modified, home biomass use rebates established, other renewable energy requirements provided, and money appropriated.
HF2253 (Peterson, A.) Community-based energy development projects provisions modified, renewable energy projects regulated, Public Utilities Commission policies required, wind energy permits authorized, and renewable energy option program sunset repealed.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF2278 (Welti) Propane prepurchase program established, and consumer protections provided to delivered-fuel customers.
HF2280 (Huntley) Nuclear-powered electric generating plant certificate of need prohibition removed, Legislative Electric Energy Task Force sunset extended, study required, and money appropriated.
HF2175 (Kalin) Public building report card required reporting energy use in public buildings on a publicly accessible database, and money appropriated.
As of Tuesday, March 20, 2007, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Division on
Energy Finance and Policy after consultation with the division chairs.
HF446 (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted.
HF2155 (Hackbarth) Elk River Economic Development Authority; plasma gasification of waste into methanol for biodiesel production process study funding provided, and money appropriated.
As of Wednesday, March 21, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Energy Finance and Policy after consultation with the division chairs.
HF1251 (Atkins) Insurance actions; direct actions authorized and direct liability imposed on insurers in certain actions, actions regulated, claims preserved, and money appropriated.

To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF1525 (Hackbarth) Aquaculture water use permitting fees limited.
HF1674 (Eken) Environmental review rules relating to biofuel production facilities adoption required.
HF2199 (Hansen) South St. Paul span arch bridge funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF1980 (Swails) Point of use water treatment evaluation provided, and money appropriated.
HF1343 (Hansen) Wetland conservation provisions and agency service requirements modified, civil enforcement provided, and money appropriated.
HF1476 (Knuth) Individual sewage treatment systems provisions modified.
HF1930 (Hansen) Local water management accountability and oversight improvement provided, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF2282 (Demmer) Mantorville; Stage Coach Trail and welcome center design grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF419 (Sailer) Off-highway vehicle damage account modified.
HF589 (Peterson, A.) Clean energy equipment loan program established; cellulosic biofuel development and bioenergy initiatives provided; Reinvest in Minnesota energy program created; enforcement provided; technical committee authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1127 (Moe) Four-by-four truck trail development restricted.
HF1431 (Moe) Board of Water and Soil Resources membership modified.
HF1520 (Dill) Phosphorus reduction requirements on wastewater treatment facilities modified based on need.
HF1750 (Hansen) Critical Areas Act of 1973 modified, and money appropriated.
HF1885 (Hansen) Invasive species emergency management provided, and money appropriated.
HF1907 (Clark) Hazardous substances state rules and federal regulations compliance additional facilities specified.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF297 (Huntley) Health care premiums restricted, universal health care plan required, MinnesotaCare provisions modified, residents right to affordable health care stated, money appropriated, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF368 (Peterson, A.) Statewide hospitality fee eliminated, and money appropriated.
HF369 (Peterson, A.) Second inspection fee and the statewide hospitality fee for elementary and secondary schools eliminated.
HF450 (Peterson, A.) Big Stone County nursing facility planned closure rate adjustment authorized.
HF586 (Bly) Rice County nursing facilities designated as metro for determining reimbursement rates.
HF781 (Loeffler) Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities facilities replacement authorized, payment rate for new facilities established, and money appropriated.
HF1067 (Huntley) Mental health provisions modified, county board duties clarified, mental health service delivery reform provided, grants authorized; and medical assistance and MinnesotaCare coverage modified.
HF1583 (Nelson) Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities licensure authorized to replace one larger facility, transition period rate established, payment rate for new facilities provided, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF175 (Erickson) MinnesotaCare; aid and attendance benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs excluded from income definition.
HF601 (Walker) Crisis nursery grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF605 (Walker) Minnesota Family Investment Program and child care provisions modified.
HF1290 (Slawik) Child safety system and child safety fund established, reports required, and money appropriated.
HF1404 (Thissen) Hospital outpatient services rate increase provided for a specified essential hospital for children with disabilities.
HF1395 (Eken) Nursing facilities, ICFs/MR, and community-based long-term care providers rate increases provided; nursing facility payment rates floor established; long-term care payment rate account established; and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF2275 (Norton) Dental providers critical access reimbursement modified, and additional staff required to administer critical access dental program.

HF655 (Huntley) Medicinal use of marijuana authorized, civil and criminal penalties imposed, and money appropriated.
HF1078 (Huntley) Hospital public interest review and alternative approval process modified, and hospital accountability requirements established for tax purposes.
HF1987 (Slawik) Hearing loss early education intervention coordinator provided, and money appropriated.
HF638 (Tingelstad) Adoption assistance program eligibility requirements modified.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF1155 (Madore) Statewide self-advocacy network project established relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities, and money appropriated.
1809 Dominguez Essential community provider status applications and renewals authorized, safety net health care providers grants provided, reimbursement rates modified, MinnesotaCare outreach grants and study required, and money appropriated.
HF2241 (Clark) Health and human services grants and programs and Housing Finance Agency funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1986 (Tschumper) Atrazine state standards levels required to meet federal standards.
HF1997 (Tschumper) Carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting pesticides and nervous system toxin pesticides registration and review of public health risks provided.
HF1907 (Clark) Hazardous substances state rules and federal regulations compliance additional facilities specified.
HF196 (Greiling) Mental health provisions modified, inmate assessments required, children's mental health grants and training established, medical assistance covered services modified, Crisis Intervention Team State Council created, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF2258 (Clark) Arsenic health risk level standard required.
HF1450 (Lesch) Homeless outreach grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF1621 (Bunn) Environmental health tracking and biomonitoring program established, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF1206 (Kelliher) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act adopted.
As of Wednesday, March 21, 2007, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Division
on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance after consultation with the
division chairs.
HF1450 (Lesch) Homeless outreach grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF1907 (Clark) Hazardous substances state rules and federal regulations compliance additional facilities specified.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF1040 (Howes) Ice skating rinks and arenas grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF952 (Howes) Ice skating rinks and arenas grants provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF311 (Hornstein) Cell phones; moving violation fines doubled when committed while operating mobile phone.
HF821 (Smith) Property offense monetary thresholds adjusted.
HF1342 (Smith) Qualified domestic violence-related offenses and crimes of violence defined, and technical changes provided.
HF1393 (Hilstrom) MINNCOR prison industries governing laws clarified and updated, and community corrections counties expenditure and cost statements date adjusted.
HF2210 (Clark) Restorative justice services grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF2217 (Dominguez) Alternative dispute resolution study and assessment provided, and money appropriated.
HF2224 (Walker) African-American juvenile crime prevention grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF1440 (Kahn) Certificates of pay equity compliance required as condition for certain state contracts, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF2267 (Murphy, M.) Arrowhead Regional Corrections Agency productive day pilot project funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1975 (Kranz) Local Community Rail Security Act of 2007 adopted providing for protection of railroad property from terrorism, criminal activities, and accidents; civil penalties and remedies imposed; and money appropriated.

HF196 (Greiling) Mental health provisions modified, inmate assessments required, children's mental health grants and training established, medical assistance covered services modified, Crisis Intervention Team State Council created, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF243 (Walker) Ombudsman for corrections reestablished, and money appropriated.
HF414 (Liebling) Crime victims emergency needs fund grants authorized and money appropriated.
HF698 (Hilstrom) Mentoring program organizations authorized to request criminal background checks from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and money appropriated.
HF700 (Eastlund) Safe cabs program established to provide matching-grants to communities providing safe transportation for intoxicated persons, report required, and money appropriated.
HF867 (Bigham) Burglary in the second degree crime definition modified.
HF1220 (Hilstrom) Child advocacy center grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF1465 (Kohls) Commissioner of corrections required to develop a standard formula for calculating the per diem cost in county and regional jails.
HF1628 (Lesch) License tab violations surcharge reduced.
HF1733 (Paymar) Re-entry grant addressing domestic violence and intimate partner violence authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1734 (Dominguez) Minneapolis; employment services for ex-criminal offenders pilot project established, and money appropriated.
HF1737 (Atkins) Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided.
HF1858 (Cornish) Peace officer training related to domestic violence no contact orders funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1859 (Cornish) Uniform statewide no contact order form developed, and money appropriated.
HF1251 (Atkins) Insurance actions; direct actions authorized and direct liability imposed on insurers in certain actions, actions regulated, claims preserved, and money appropriated.
HF1450 (Lesch) Homeless outreach grant program established, and money appropriated.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF1034 (Peterson, A.) Heating and cooling policy for state building projects established.
HF1309 (Hilstrom) Political subdivision defined relating to state auditor.
SF538 (Peterson, A.) Heating and cooling policy for state building projects established.
HF451 (Jaros) Honor guard member reimbursement provided for National Guard funerals, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF1223 (Hilty) Elections; postsecondary institutions required to submit student residential housing lists, eligible proof of residence forms of identification expanded, and employee-list submission by residential facility operators eliminated.
HF446 (Kahn) Outdoor light pollution restricted.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF571 (Hilstrom) Best value defined relating to construction contracts, and acquisition and competitive bidding provisions modified.
HF729 (Emmer) Competitive bidding contracts prohibited with companies or entities that have certain criminal or civil judgments.
HF1608 (Bigham) Secretary of State; registrations, filings, and dissolutions of certain entities regulated; fees provided; foreign limited partnership name changes regulated; and notaries public regulation provided.
As of Wednesday, March 21, 2007, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Division
on State Government Finance after consultation with the division chairs.
HF1040 (Howes) Ice skating rinks and arenas grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF952 (Howes) Ice skating rinks and arenas grants provided, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Monday, March 19, 2007
HF2188 (Brynaert) Driver's license road examination required upon every third renewal.
HF2195 (Demmer) Rochester; Trunk Highway 52 and 65th Street NW interchange construction permits issued.
HF2203 (Paymar) Outdoor advertising permits surcharge imposed, funding provided for removal of dilapidated billboards, and money appropriated.
HF2206 (Kalin) Impound lot operators recovery costs provided, and abandoned vehicle account established.
HF2213 (Morrow) Tow permit for oversized and overweight vehicles required.
HF2219 (Severson) Gasoline and special fuel tax rates increased, and phase-in of motor vehicle sales tax revenues to transportation provided.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
HF2264 (Sviggum) Trunk highway projects funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF896 (Doty) All-terrain vehicle account purposes modified, and gasoline usage attributable to all-terrain vehicle operation amount modified.
HF2287 (Dill) Municipal airport authorities and property tax levies authorized.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.



Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair



Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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