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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

14TH MEETING - Finance

April 02, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 14TH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:19 A.M. on Monday, April 2, 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
Greiling
Hackbarth
Hausman
Hilty
Howes
Huntley
Jaros
Juhnke
Kahn
Kohls
Lenczewski
Mahoney
Mariani
Murphy, M.
Otremba
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Simon
Slawik
Solberg
Sviggum
Thissen
Wagenius
Walker
Westrom




Members excused: Garofalo, Lieder

A quorum was present.

Rep. Hausman moved approval of the minutes of Monday, March 26, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Jaros moved adoption of the Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Report on HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH1660.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Jaros moved that HF1660, First Committee Engrossment, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Rep. Jaros presented HF1660, First Committee Engrossment, (Jaros) Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Omnibus Bill.

Rep. Sviggum moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660DE2).

Rep. Sviggum requested a roll call on the motion:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Cornish, Hackbarth, Howes, Kohls, Peppin, Seifert, Sviggum

Voting Nay: Carlson, Greiling, Hausman, Hilty, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Otremba, Paymar, Pelowski, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Sertich, Simon, Slawik, Solberg, Thissen, Wagenius

There were 8 Ayes and 22 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.


Rep. Kohls moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660A11). THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Seifert moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660A10).

Rep. Seifert requested a roll call on the motion:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Cornish, Hackbarth, Howes, Kohls, Peppin, Seifert, Severson, Sviggum

Voting Nay: Carlson, Greiling, Hausman, Hilty, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Otremba, Paymar, Pelowski, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Sertich, Simon, Slawik, Solberg, Thissen, Wagenius

There were 9 Ayes and 22 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Kohls moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660A8). THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Kohls moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660A7).

Rep. Kohls requested a roll call on the motion:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Cornish, Finstad, Kohls, Peppin, Poppe, Seifert, Simon, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Greiling, Hausman, Hilty, Howes, Huntley, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Otremba, Paymar, Pelowski, Rukavina, Sailer, Sertich, Slawik, Solberg, Thissen, Wagenius

There were 10 Ayes and 22 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Kohls moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660A15).

Rep. Kohls requested a roll call on the motion:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Cornish, Finstad, Hackbarth, Kohls, Peppin, Seifert, Severson, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Greiling, Hausman, Hilty, Howes, Huntley, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Otremba, Paymar, Pelowski, Poppe, Sailer, Sertich, Simon, Slawik, Solberg, Thissen, Wagenius

There were 10 Ayes and 23 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Peppin moved to amend HF1660, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1660A14).

Rep. Peppin requested a roll call on the motion:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Cornish, Finstad, Hackbarth, Kohls, Peppin, Seifert, Severson, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Greiling, Hausman, Hilty, Howes, Huntley, Jaros, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Otremba, Paymar, Pelowski, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Sertich, Simon, Slawik, Solberg, Thissen, Wagenius


There were 10 Ayes and 23 Nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Jaros renewed the motion that HF1660, First Committee Engrossment, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Muphy moved adoption of the Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Report on
HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH1056.2.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Slawik moved that HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Rep. Slawik presented HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment, (Slawik) Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Omnibus Bill.

Rep. Slawik moved to amend HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1056A61). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Slawik moved to amend HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1056A60). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Sviggum moved to amend HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1056A59).

Emily Adriaens, Fiscal Analyst, responded to questions regarding Amendment H1056A59.

Rep. Westrom requested a roll call on the motion:

Voting Aye: Anderson, B., Cornish, Finstad, Hackbarth, Kohls, Peppin, Seifert, Severson, Sviggum, Westrom

Voting Nay: Carlson, Clark, Greiling, Hausman, Hilty, Huntley, Jaros, Juhnke, Kahn, Lenczewski, Mahoney, Mariani, Murphy, Otremba Paymar, Pelowski, Poppe, Rukavina, Sailer, Sertich, Simon, Slawik, Solberg, Thissen, Wagenius, Walker

There were 10 Ayes and 26 Nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Rep. Slawik renewed the motion that HF1056, Second Committee Engrossment, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Mahoney moved that SF167 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Mahoney moved to delete the Senate language and insert the language of HF648, Second Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Mahoney presented SF167, as amended by HF648, Second Engrossment (Mahoney). (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF0648.2.pdf). Unemployment Insurance policy, housekeeping, and style modifications provided; administrative rules incorporated into statute; and fraud penalties modified.

Rep. Mahoney moved to amend SF167, as amended by HF648, Second Engrossment (See attached amendment H0648A3). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOTED.

Rep. Mahoney moved to amend SF167, as amended by HF648, Second Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H0648A4).


Lee Nelson, Director, Unemployment Insurance Legal Affairs, DEED, responded to questions regarding Amendment H0648A4.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOTED.

Rep. Seifert moved to amend SF167, as amended by HF648, Second Engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Strike Section 2

Lee Nelson, Director, Unemployment Insurance Legal Affairs, DEED, responded to questions regarding the proposed amendment.

Rep. Seifert withdrew the amendment.

Rep. Mahoney renewed the motion that SF167, as amended by HF648, Second 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 during the week of March 19, 2007.

To the Division on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF1621 (Bunn) Environmental health tracking and biomonitoring program established, and money appropriated.
HF1997 (Tschumper) Carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting pesticides and nervous system toxin pesticides registration and review of public health risks provided.
To the Division on Capital Investment.
NONE
To the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.
Monday, March 26, 2007
HF2357 (Rukavina) Virginia industrial park development funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF985 (Benson) Board of School Administrators rulemaking authority extended.
HF1283 (Nelson) Independent contractor exemption certificates required, penalties provided, notice to the commissioners of revenue and employment and economic development authorized, and review of certifications of independent contractor status required.
HF1319 (Tillberry) Regional center for the visual arts pilot program established, and money appropriated.
HF1599 (Masin) Northwest Airlines, Inc., mechanics unemployment benefits eligibility and extra benefits provided.
HF1609 (Clark) Employee statements protected from employer retaliation, complaint procedures established, investigative jurisdiction specified, and civil penalties imposed.
HF1694 (Davnie) Teacher training to integrate learning technologies into K-12 classrooms provided, and money appropriated.
HF1793 (Hilstrom) Special education; task force established to compare federal and state special education requirements, and money appropriated.
HF1852 (Abeler) Student achievement of locally developed academic standards reporting required.
HF1853 (Benson) Reading instruction clarified to require supporting children with dyslexia and related language disorders.
HF2008 (Clark) American Indian tribal contributions integrated into student learning and teacher preparation and licensing requirements, and committees on American Indian education programs established.
HF2373 (Fritz) Job Skills Partnership Board funding provided to provide training for bar and restaurant employees to transition to other employment, and money appropriated.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
HF1844 (Walker) Hair braiding registration required.
To the Division on Energy Finance and Policy.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF2137 (Sailer) Petroleum inspection fee use for weatherization assistance authorized.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
HF1359 (Atkins) Auto insurance benefits modified, and claims practices regulated.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
HF2384 (Hornstein) Solar Energy Advancement Act of 2007 adopted establishing a rebate program or installation of solar technologies funded by a surcharge on retail electricity bills.
To the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
Monday, March 26, 2007
HF1017 (Brod) LeSueur County lake cleanup funding provided, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF1183 (Loeffler) Community forest management and forest and shade tree pest control provided, and money appropriated.
HF2368 (Doty) Garrison wastewater treatment facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
HF2397 (Rukavina) Aurora wastewater treatment facility funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2398 (Rukavina) Iron Junction water and sewer extensions funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
As of Tuesday, March 27, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Environment and Natural Resources Finance after consultation with the division chairs.
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 26, 2007
HF908 (Liebling) Developmental disabilities quality assurance system expanded to include additional service recipients, statewide quality assurance system established, State Quality Commission created, sunset dates repealed, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF913 (Thissen) Hennepin and Ramsey Counties group residential housing provider supplemental rates authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1041 (Abeler) Controlled substances prescription electronic reporting system established.
HF1296 (Laine) Doula services health insurance coverage required, medical assistance coverage provided, and doula presence upon request added to the patient bill of rights.
HF1472 (Huntley) Compulsive gambling education, treatment, and assessment provided, social and economic costs of gambling study provided, and money appropriated.
HF1576 (Fritz) Quality of care impact statement required prior to contracting for basic health care services to persons with disabilities.
HF1590 (Brynaert) Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative pilot project authorized, enhanced regional children's mental health service system developed, and money appropriated.
HF1719 (Huntley) Medical assistance eligibility treatment of assets modified.
HF1729 (Huntley) Health care, welfare data, medical assistance eligibility, and MinnesotaCare provisions modified; MinnesotaCare II and Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange established; and Section 125 plans required.
HF1873 (Bunn) Health care cost containment goals annual reports required, health care transormation task force established, universal coverage goals modified, performance payments modified, grants and projects provided, and money appropriated.
HF2178 (Thissen) Long-term care programs funding restored, services expanded, new grant programs established, statewide priority created to enhance the mobility of older adults, studies required, tax credit established, and money appropriated.
HF794 (Otremba) Medical assistance coverage modified to include consultations with psychologists, and medical assistance reimbursement rate for critical access mental health services increased
HF594 (Otremba) Medical assistance nonemergency medical transportation competitive bidding modified, level of need criteria specified, and reimbursement rate increased.
HF499 (Magnus) Chemical use assessments modified, and duties imposed on the commissioner of human services related to chemical health.
HF479 (Walker) Universal health care system provided, preventive care and early intervention focus required, cost reductions and comprehensive benefits provided, and plan implementation by 2010 required.
HF2161 (Cornish) Methamphetamine treatment programs funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1809 (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.
HF1726 (Thissen) Health Records Act adopted.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
HF1401 (Fritz) Reverse mortgage incentive program established, eligibility requirements and other standards provided, and money appropriated.
HF1855 (Huntley) Nonprofit hospitals and outpatient surgical centers required to report on community benefits in a standard way, and work group established.
HF1991 (Loeffler) Human services technical changes provided; and child care, chemical and mental health, child welfare, public assistance, continuing care, and health care provisions modified.
HF1998 (Loeffler) Continuing care provisions, data practices, long-term care provisions, and other human services provisions modified.
HF2159 (Abeler) Care coordination for children with high-cost medical conditions required through the U special kids program, and money appropriated.
HF2182 (Loeffler) Human services advisory committee established to simplify program administration, and studies and reports required.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
SF238 (Sheran) Statewide smoking ban
To the Division on Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance.
Monday, March 26, 2007
HF2356 (Clark) HOME Line tenant hotline services program funding provided, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF934 (Clark) Polybrominated diphenyl ether manufacture and sale restricted.
HF1984 (Huntley) Pharmacies authorized to accept return of unused drugs and medical devices from county jails and juvenile correctional facilities.
HF2184 (Liebling) Medical education and research cost distribution formula modified.
HF2366 (Clark) Monticello; radiation emissions report required.
HF1907 (Clark) Hazardous substances state rules and federal regulations compliance additional facilities specified.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
HF931 (Mullery) Predatory mortgage lending practices prohibited, and civil and criminal penalties imposed.
As of Tuesday, March 27, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance after consultation with the division
chairs.
HF1726 (Thissen) Health Records Act adopted.
As of Thursday, March 29, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance after consultation with the division
chairs.
HF931 (Mullery) Predatory mortgage lending practices prohibited, and civil and criminal penalties imposed.
To the Division on Minnesota Heritage Finance.
NONE
To the Division on Public Safety Finance.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF1053 (Olin) Theft of a computer that contains identity information about the owner or any other person felony penalty imposed.
HF584 (Mullery) Metal theft penalties increased.
As of Tuesday, March 27, 2007, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on
Public Safety Finance after consultation with the division chairs.
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.
To the Division on State Government Finance.
Monday, March 26, 2007
HF1160 (Hilstrom) Local governments and school districts postemployment benefits trusts authorized, and money appropriated.
HF2252 (Davnie) Sustainable growth working group established, and money appropriated.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HF1996 (Winkler) Legislative Commission on Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness established, and money appropriated.
To the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
SF1525 (Doll) Pipeline violations penalties increase

HF2371 (Bigham) Trunk Highway 10/61 corridor; Cottage Grove corridor vista enhancement project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2376 (Hornstein) Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and neighborhood electric vehicles projects 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.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
HF2391 (Hornstein) Metropolitan area transit and paratransit capital expenditures additional financing provided, and bonds authorized.
HF2396 (Rukavina) White road and trail project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 A.M.


Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF1660 (Jaros) Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Omnibus Bill HF1056 (Slawik) Early Childhood Learning Finance Division Omnibus Bill HF2241 (Clark) Housing Policy and Public Health Finance Division Omnibus Bill HF648 (Mahoney) Unemployment Insurance policy, housekeeping, and style modifications provided; administrative rules incorporated into statute; and fraud penalties modified. HF854 (Sailer) Video display device collection, transportation, and recycling provided; and civil penalties imposed. HF1940 (Beard) Airport funding advisory task force and state airports fund established, and money appropriated. HF1078 (Huntley) Hospital public interest review and alternative approval process modified. HF931 (Mullery) Predatory mortgage lending practices prohibited, and civil and criminal penalties imposed. HF2245 (Greiling) General education aid modified. HF2068 (Jaros) Minnesota Film and TV Board funding provided, and money appropriated. HF667 (Simon) Major highway projects annual report filing required. Bill removed: HF1351 (Hornstein) Transportation Policy Omnibus Bill.

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11:45 - Gavel. 14:18 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF1660&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF1660</A> (Jaros) Omnibus Minnesota heritage finance bill. 1:23:55 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=HF1056&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>HF1056</A> (Slawik) Omnibus early childhood learning finance bill. 2:18:39 - <A HREF=http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?billnumber=SF167&session_number=0&ls_year=85&year=2007>SF167</A> (Mahoney) Unemployment Insurance policy, housekeeping, and style modifications provided; administrative rules incorporated into statute; and fraud penalties modified. Runs 1 hour, 54 minutes.