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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

19th MEETING - Finance

April 24, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 19th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:15 A.M. on Tuesday, April 24, 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
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker
Westrom




A quorum was present.

Rep. Sertich moved approval of the minutes of April 16, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Lieder moved adoption of the Transportation Finance and Policy Division Report for HF1351, First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH1351.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved that HF1351, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

Rep. Hornstein presented HF1351, First Committee Engrossment (Hornstein) Long-range transportation solutions study provided.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1351A29). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A24).

Matt Burress, House Research, explained amendment H1351A24.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A17). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A20).

Judd Schetnan, Metropolitan Council responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A20.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A31). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A32).

Phillip Qualy, United Transportation Union, Labor Professional Centre, responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A32.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hilty moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A30).

Matt Burress responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A30.

Betsy Parker, Director of Government Affairs, Minnesota Department of Transportation, responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A30.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Thissen moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment A07-0849). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A22).

Betsy Parker responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A22.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A26, modified).

Bob DeBoer, Director of Policy Development, Citizen's League, responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A26, as modified.

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

Rep. Juhnke moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A33). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Carlson recessed the meeting at 9:25 A.M.
Chair Carlson reconvened the meeting at 1:41 P.M.

Rep. Solberg moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment A07-0717). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Kahn moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Page 14, line 16, delete "ten" and insert "twelve"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.



Rep. Kahn moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Page 24, line 7, after the word "transportation" insert “including bicycle commutation and recreation"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A16). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Otremba moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment A07-0823). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A23).

A division was requested on the motion. There were 13 Ayes and 12 Nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Westrom moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A14).

Matt Burress responded to questions regarding Amendment H1351A14.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani moved to reconsider amendment H1351A26. (See attached amendment H1351A26). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS RECONSIDERED.

Rep. Mariani withdrew Amendment H1351A26.

Rep. Mariani moved to amend HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1351A35). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder renewed the motion that HF1351, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Carlson moved adoption of the State Government Finance Division Report on HF1598, First Engrossment. See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF1598.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Carlson moved that SF1073, Second Engrossment, (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/SF1073.2.pdf) be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Lillie presented SF1073, Second Engrossment (Lillie) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified for the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, the Minnesota Nurses Association, and the Office of Higher Education.

Chair Carlson renewed the motion that SF1073, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Mariani moved adoption of the K-12 Finance Division Report for HF1564. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF1564.0.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani moved that HF1564 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Rep. Mariani presented HF1564 (Greiling) Special education maintenance of effort adjustment
provided.

Rep. Mariani renewed the motion that HF1564 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Mariani moved adoption of the K-12 Finance Division Report for HF2245. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF2245.0.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Mariani moved that HF2245 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Mariani presented HF2245 (Greiling) General education aid modified.

Rep. Mariani renewed the motion that HF2245 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Lieder moved adoption of the Transportation Finance and Policy Division Report for HF562, First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH0562.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder moved that HF562, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Lieder presented HF562 (Lieder) Town road sign replacement program implemented, and money appropriated.

Rep. Lieder moved to amend HF562, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H0562A1).

Kent Sulem, Minnesota Association of Minnesota Townships, responded to questions regarding Amendment H0562A1.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder renewed the motion that HF562, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following Finance Committee Bills were referred by memo on April 16, 20 & 23, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Monday, April 23, 2007
HF2448 (Morrow) Biofuel; lignocullulosic ethanol production grant authorized, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, April 23, 2007
HF2449 (Sertich) Hibbing Memorial Building expansion funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, April 16, 2007
HF2430 (Sertich) Hibbing sewer and water extensions funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2431 (Nornes) Vergas; Roger Hanson Memorial Trail completion funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2428 (Rukavina) Eveleth wastewater treatment plant renovation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Friday, April 20, 2007
SF642 (Sparks) Ditch buffers requirements modified; annual drainage authority reports required and drainage repair and inspection requirements modified.
HF2440 (Hausman) Minnestoa State Fair; fish habitat educational display bonds authorized and money appropriated.
HF1045 (Dominguez) State lottery gross proceeds in lieu of sales tax distribution for metropolitan parks and open space clarified, and parks and open space commission member compensation modified.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Friday, April 20, 2007
SF2053 (Rosen) Propane prepurchase program established in Department of Commerce, and consumer protections provided to delivered-fuel customers.
To the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
Monday, April 23, 2007
SF1221 (Torres) Child welfare, placement, and licensing provisions modified.
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Friday, April 20, 2007
SF683 (Erickson Ropes) Commissary privileges authorized.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Friday, April 20, 2007
SF289 (Senjem) Mississippi river Parkway Commission expiration date changed to 2012
Monday, April 23, 2007
SF1436 (Robling) Political subdivision defined relating to state auditor.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Friday, April 20, 2007
HF2444 (Peterson, A.) Benson; Pacific Avenue pavement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2437 (Hausman) Driver's license vision-screening standards study required.
As of Friday, April 20, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Public Safety Finance after consultation with the division chair.
HF2293 (Ozment) Claims against the state settlement provided relating to corrections, and money appropriated.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:07 P.M.



Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair


Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF1351 (Hornstein) Long-range transportation solutions study provided. HF1598 (Lillie) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified for the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, the Minnesota Nurses Association, and the Office of Higher Education. HF562 (Lieder) Town road sign replacement program implemented, and money appropriated. HF1564 (Greiling) Special education maintenance of effort adjustment provided. HF2245 (Greiling) General education aid modified.

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