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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

13th MEETING - Finance

March 26, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 13th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 9:15 A.M. on Monday, March 26, 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
Erhardt
Finstad
Garofalo
Greiling
Hackbarth
Hausman
Hilty
Howes
Huntley
Jaros
Juhnke
Kahn
Kohls
Lenczewski
Lieder
Mahoney
Mariani
Murphy, M.
Otremba
Paymar
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker
Westrom



Member excused: Pelowski

A quorum was present.

Rep. Hausman moved approval of the minutes of Monday, March 21, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Slawik moved adoption of the Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Report on HF 20 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0020.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Thissen presented HF20 First Committee Engrossment (Thissen) Prekindergarten scholarship granting organizations contribution income tax credit provided.

Rep. Thissen moved that HF20 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Slawik moved adoption of the Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Report on HF123. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0123.0.pdf).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Slawik presented HF123 (Slawik) Education expense tax credit and deduction applied to certain expenditures for pre-kindergarten expenses and museum memberships.

Rep. Slawik moved that HF123 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Slawik moved adoption of the Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Report on HF 1264 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH1264.1.pdf).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Eastland presented HF1264 First Committee Engrossment (Eastlund) Early childhood education access grants contribution and early childhood educational expenses income tax credit authorized.

Chair Carlson moved that HF1264 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Dill presented HF719 First Engrossment (Dill) Lake County; temporary suspension of tax-forfeited lands proceeds provided to reimburse county for purchase of Clair A. Nelson Memorial Forest land.

Chair Carlson moved that HF719 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Kahn moved adoption of the State Government Finance Division Report on SF463 Unofficial Engrossment. (See language at http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/showPDF.php).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hortman presented SF463 Unofficial Engrossment (Hortman) Notaries public fees increase

Rep. Kahn moved that SF463 Unofficial Engrossment 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 HF849 First Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0849.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hackbarth explained HF849 First Engrossment (Moe) Shoreland resorts development regulation provided.

Rep. Howes moved that HF849 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Hilty moved adoption of the Energy Finance and Policy Division Report on HF1221 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH1221.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Kalin presented HF1221 First Committee Engrossment (Kalin) Energy savings activities required under the conservation investment program.

Rep. Hilty moved that HF1221 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

Rep Hilty moved to amend HF1221 First Committee Engrossment. (See attached Amendment H1221DE2).

Rep. Hilty incorporated a technical amendment to Amendment H1221DE2, as follows:

Page 3, line 24, delete the first "of" and insert "and'
Page 12, line 17, delete the first "certified" and insert “labeled"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Vice Chair Sailer assumed chair at 9:50 A.M.

Jeremy DeFiebre, Management Analyst 4, Department of Commerce and Christy Brusven, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce responded to questions regarding HF1221, First Committee Engrossment, as amended.

Rep. Hilty renewed the motion that HF1221 First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways & Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Carlson resumed chair at 10:36 A.M.

Rep. Huntley moved adoption of the Health and Human Services Finance Division Report on HF305 First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0305.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Huntley and Rep. Severson presented HF305 First Committee Engrossment (Huntley) Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 adopted establishing public policy to protect employees and the public from hazards of secondhand smoke and prohibiting persons from smoking in specified areas.

Rep. Huntley moved that HF305 First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Seifert moved to amend HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as follows:

Page 5, line 5.6, strike "or matches"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Westrom moved to amend HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached Amendment H0305A31).

Rep. Peppin incorporated an amendment to Amendment H0305A31, as follows:

Page 1, line 1.7, delete "Indian country" and insert "Tribal Lands"

Rep. Westrom requested a roll call on the motion to adopted Amendment H0305A31, as amended:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Finstad, Garofalo, Hackbarth, Kohls, Otremba, Peppin, Seifert, Solberg, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Clark, Cornish, Erhardt, Hausman, Hilty, Howes, Huntley, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Lenczewski, Lieder, Mahoney, Mariani, Murphy, Paymar, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Sertich, Severson, Simon, Slawik, Thissen, Wagenius, Walker

There were 11 Ayes and 27 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Westrom moved to amend HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached Amendment H0305A30).

Rep. Westrom requested a roll call on the motion.

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Finstad, Garofalo, Hackbarth, Jaros, Juhnke, Kohls, Lieder, Otremba, Peppin, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Seifert, Sertich, Solberg, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Clark, Cornish, Erhardt, Hausman, Hilty, Howes, Huntley, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Murphy, Paymar, Severson, Simon, Slawik, Thissen, Wagenius. Walker

There were 18 Ayes and 20 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Rukavina moved to amend HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached Amendment A07-0180).


Rep. Clark incorporated an amendment to Amendment A07-0180, as follows:

Page 1, line 1.4, delete "allocate sufficient funds in the biennium"

Page 1, line 1.5, delete "ending June 30, 2009," and insert "enable"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Howes moved to amend HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached Amendment H0305A30, modified, as follows):

Page 1, line 1.23, after "minors", insert "or entrance of employees"

Rep. Howes requested a roll call on the motion.

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Finstad, Garofalo, Hackbarth, Howes, Jaros, Juhnke, Kohls, Lieder, Mahoney, Otremba, Peppin, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Seifert, Sertich, Solberg, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Clark, Cornish, Erhardt, Hausman, Hilty, Huntley, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mariani, Murphy, Paymar, Severson, Simon, Slawik, Thissen, Wagenius, Walker

There were 20 Ayes and 18 Nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS MODIFIED, WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Huntley renewed the motion that HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Rukavina moved to amend Rep. Huntley's motion that HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Bill Marx, Chief Fiscal Analyst, responded to questions regarding the HF305 First Committee Engrossment, as amended, proposed motion.

A division was requested on the motion. There were 20 Ayes and 12 Nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo March 21-24, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF1612 (Fritz) Veterans and soldiers counseling services access improved, and money appropriated.
HF1955 (Olin) Cattle; indemnity provided for destroyed cattle relating to bovine tuberculosis, rules authorized for control of bovine tuberculosis, and other animal health statues and rules repealed.
HF2196 (Sailer) Waste pesticide collection program provisions modified, and minimum annual program expenditure amount increased.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
HF1838 (Hosch) Pesticide application limitations provided, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
NONE
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
HF2308 (Marquart) Independent School District No. 801, Browns Valley, declining pupil aid funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2314 (Erickson) Special education funding task force established.
HF2315 (Anzelc) Isolated schools declining enrollment revenue funding increased.
HF2245 (Greiling) General education aid modified.

Friday, March 23, 2007
HF1455 (Morrow) Rural renewable energy initiatives provided, and money appropriated.
HF744 (Mullery) School conference and activity employment leave granted, and parent authorized to consent to a significant individual to participate in school conferences.
HF1317 (Hornstein) Elementary and secondary class sizes measuring and reporting provided.
HF2327 (Haws) Business incubator for startup science-based companies funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2338 (Gunther) Entrepreneurial and small business assistance grants provided, and money appropriated.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
HF2352 (Demmer) Giving high school science teachers adequate time for planning and laboratory preparation, setup and cleanup; appropriating money.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
HF2305 (Hilty) Energy activities funding provided, mortgage companies and licensees provisions modified, credit services organizations registration fee increased, residential mortgage fraud prohibited, and penalties imposed, and money appropriated.
HF1674 (Eken) Environmental review rules relating to biofuel production facilities adoption required.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF1515 (Davnie) Credit counseling and debt management services businesses regulated, and money appropriated.
HF1748 (Atkins) Residential mortgage lending licensing and education requirements modified, examination powers provided, and criminal penalty prescribed.
HF1790 (Knuth) Commerce department license technology fees provided and account established, and money appropriated.
HF2320 (Peterson, A.) Biomass; Pollution Control Agency funding provided to fully characterize emissions from biomass gasification facilities, and money appropriated.
HF2321 (Peterson,A.) Biomass gasification facilities air emissions assessment study authorized, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
HF2299 (Demmer) Lake Zumbro restoration funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2302 (Welti) Great River Ridge Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF76 (Shimanski) Crow River South Fork canoe route designated.
HF422 (Seifert) Redwood River designated as a canoe and boating route.
HF520 (Seifert) Minnesota River Trail loop extension provided.
HF1116 (Dill) Game and fish definitions, fees, license and stamp provisions, and possession and taking provisions modified; apprentice hunter validation provided; commercial fishing provisions modified; and criminal and civil penalties imposed.
HF1235 (Berns) Zebra mussel control pilot program established, and money appropriated.
HF1236 (Berns) Zebra mussel control pilot program established, and money appropriated.
HF1280 (Hortman) Diesel truck idling reduction device grants provided, and money appropriated.
HF1416 (Ward) Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Citizens Advisory Council established, state park permit exemption provided, and money appropriated.
HF1417 (Juhnke) Kandiyohi County; Green Lake Eurasian water milfoil pilot project established.
HF1421 (Wagenius) Natural Resources Department easement acquisition requirements established.
HF1483 (Winkler) Regional water quality protection and restoration provided, and money appropriated.
HF1540 (Wagenius) Endocrine disruptors in waters of the state report required.
HF1913 (Wagenius) Natural resources terms defined relating to native prairie restoration.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
HF1420 (Poppe) Individual sewage treatment design, installation, maintenance, inspection, and operation licensing requirements modified.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.



Thursday, March 22, 2007
HF202 (Thissen) Chemical dependency treatment fund eligibility expanded.
HF2317 (Loeffler) Hennepin County new chance program for young parents funding provided, and money appropriated.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF245 (Anzelc) Adult foster care licensing requirements modified.
HF334 (Hosch) MinnesotaCare income exclusions allowed for certain medical expenses.
HF1169 (Walker) Child welfare, placement, and licensing provisions modified.
HF1722 (Murphy, E.) Pharmacy dispensing fee modified, and report required.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
HF173 (Erickson) Nursing facilities payment rates in specified counties increased to the geographic group III median rate.
HF192 (Urdahl) Meeker County nursing facilities placed in geographic group II.
HF221 (Urdahl) Meeker County day training and habilitation provider rate reimbursement increased, and proposal required to address the disparity between providers across the state.
HF399 (Rukavina) Long-Term Care Patient Access to Pharmaceuticals Act established, and penalties provided.
HF408 (Rukavina) Independent living skills services provided by certain additional qualified people, and Centers for Independent Living regulated.
HF663 (Urdahl) Nursing facility payment rates increased to the 60th percentile rate.
HF683 (Huntley) Affordable health care right for every resident established, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF915 (Ruth) Steele County nursing facilities payment rates increased to the geographic group III median rate.
HF970 (Demmer) Dodge and other specified counties nursing facilities payment rates increased to the Olmsted County median rate.
HF1075 (Anzelc) Koochiching County nursing facility payment rates increased, and money appropriated.
HF1580 (Dettmer) Adult foster care and family adult day services license requirements modified.
HF1725 (Moe) Leech Lake youth treatment center proposal grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF2254 (Ruth) Waseca County nursing facility payment rates modified for services to ventilator-dependent persons.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF1891 (Haws) Veterans Homes Board member and executive director service qualifications modified.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
HF609 (Loeffler) Food stamp requirements modified.
HF917 (Clark) Lice and scabies treatment products that contain the pesticide Lindane prohibited.
HF1726 (Thissen) Health Records Act adopted.
HF2100 (Clark) Bisphenol-A and phthalates prohibited in products for young children.
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.
HF1155 (Madore) Statewide self-advocacy network project established relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
NONE
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
HF2292 (Morrow) State natural disaster assistance grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF2293 (Ozment) Claims against the state settlement provided relating to corrections, and money appropriated.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF506 (Olin) Domestic abuse no contact order repeat violator felony penalty imposed, and qualified domestic violence-related offenses defined.
HF1273 (Kranz) Sexual assault counselors testimonial confidentiality provided, "mistake of age" defense eliminated for certain criminal sexual assault offenders, and penalties enhanced for nonconsensual sexual contact committed by massage professionals.
HF2328 (Haws) Regional inter-local service sharing grants provided relating to delivery of public safety services, and money appropriated.

To the Division on State Government Finance.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
HF1155 (Madore) Statewide self-advocacy network project established relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities, and money appropriated.
Friday, March 23, 2007
HF176 (Thissen) Preservation of State Documents Act established.
HF333 (Lillie) State employees compensated for time they were not able to work due to the 2005 partial government shutdown.
HF1598 (Lillie) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified for the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, the Minnesota Nurses Association, and the Office of Higher Education.
HF1638 (Kahn) Grants management process, governance, and structure established; and money appropriated.
HF1669 (Rukavina) Amusement games permits, penalties, and inspection provided.
HF2336 (Welti) Board of Electricity fund transfer repealed, and money appropriated.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
HF1618 (Kahn) Domestic partners of state employees provided health insurance benefits if they are also made available to spouses.
As of Thursday, March 22, 2007, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Division on
State Government Finance after consultation with the division chairs.
HF571 (Hilstrom) Best value defined relating to construction contracts, and acquisition and competitive bidding provisions modified.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
HF2296 (Peppin) I-94 noise barrier funding provided to mitigate the effects of 2006 Rogers tornado, and money appropriated.
HF571 (Hilstrom) Best value defined relating to construction contracts, and acquisition and competitive bidding provisions modified.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:01 P.M.




Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF20 (Thissen) Prekindergarten scholarship granting organizations contribution income tax credit provided. HF123 (Slawik) Education expense tax credit and deduction applied to certain expenditures for prekindergarten expenses and museum memberships. HF1264 (Eastlund) Early childhood education access grants contribution and early childhood educational expenses income tax credit authorized. HF719 (Dill) Lake County; temporary suspension of tax-forfeited lands proceeds provided to reimburse county for purchase of Clair A. Nelson Memorial Forest land. HF849 (Moe) Shoreland resorts development regulation provided. SF463 (Hortman) Notaries public fees increase HF1221 (Kalin) Energy savings activities required under the conservation investment program. HF305 (Huntley) Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 adopted establishing public policy to protect employees and the public from hazards of secondhand smoke and prohibiting persons from smoking in specified areas.

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13:17 - Gavel. 13:40 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF20&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF20</A> (Thissen) Prekindergarten scholarship granting organizations contribution income tax credit provided. 18:47 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF123&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF123</A> (Slawik) Education expense tax credit and deduction applied to certain expenditures for prekindergarten expenses and museum memberships. 21:50 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF1264&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF1264</A> (Eastlund) Early childhood education access grants contribution and early childhood educational expenses income tax credit authorized. 27:00 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF719&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF719</A> (Dill) Lake County; temporary suspension of tax-forfeited lands proceeds provided to reimburse county for purchase of Clair A Nelson Memorial Forest land. 32:40 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=SF463&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>SF463</A> (Hortman) Notaries public fees increase. 37:10 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF849&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF849</A> (Moe) Shoreland resorts development regulation provided. 43:50 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF1221&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF1221</A> (Kalin) Energy savings activities required under the conservation investment program. 1:34:04 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF305&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF305</A> (Huntley) Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 adopted establishing public policy to protect employees and the public from hazards of secondhand smoke and prohibiting persons from smoking in specified areas. 2:48:04 - Motion to re-refer <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF305&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF305</A>. Runs 2 hour, 45 minutes.