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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

48th MEETING - Finance

May 06, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA 48th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 9:16 A.M. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 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
Garofalo
Hackbarth
Hausman
Heidgerken
Hilty
Howes
Huntley
Jaros
Juhnke
Kahn
Lieder
Mahoney
Murphy, M.
Otremba
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Poppe
Rukavina
Seifert
Sertich
Severson
Slawik
Solberg
Thissen
Wagenius
Westrom



Members excused: Finstad, Greiling, Kohls, Lenczewski, Mariani, Simon, Walker
A quorum was present.

Rep. Garofalo moved approval of the minutes of Tuesday, April 29, 2008. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Murphy moved that HF3082, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Murphy moved to amend HF3082, First Engrossment. (See attached amendment
H3082-31A). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Murphy, M. presented HF3082, First Engrossment, as amended (Murphy, M.) Public and
state employee retirement provisions modified, and money appropriated. (See language at
http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/HF3082.1.pdf).

Testified on HF3082, First Engrossment, as amended:

Lawrence A. Martin, Executive Director, Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Luther Thompson, Teachers Retirement Association
Dave Bergstrom, Executive Director, Minnesota State Retirement System
Phillip G. Kapler, Executive Director, St. Paul Teachers' Retired Fund Association (SPTRFA)
Jan Alswager, Education Minnesota

Rep. Murphy renewed the motion that HF3082, First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Carlson moved that HF2748 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.




Rep. Liebling presented HF2748 (Liebling) Administrative services unit required to apportion the necessary amount to purchase medical professional liability insurance coverage and authorizing fees to be adjusted to compensate for the apportioned amount, and money appropriated.

Rep. Thissen moved to amend HF2748. (See attached amendment H2748A1).

Rep. Thissen incorporated the following oral amendment to Amendment H2748A1, as follows:

Page 1, line 24, delete "or" and insert "of"

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

Testified on HF2748, as amended:

Juli Vangsness from the Health -Related Boards

Chair Carlson welcomed Christopher Pesklo, Close Up Organizer/Social Studies Teacher who introduced students from the ALC International Academy, LEAP, 631 Albert Street, North, St. Paul, MN 55014

Chair Carlson renewed the motion that HF2748, 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 Housing Policy and Public Health Finance Division Report for HF3812, First Committee Engrossment. (See language at http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS85/CEH3812.1.pdf). THE MOTION PREVAILEDAND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep Thissen moved that SF2833, Third Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Thiseen moved to amend SF2833, Third Engrossment. (See attached amendment
HDA-844).

Rep. Thissen incorporated the following oral amendment to Amendment HDA-844, as follows:

Page 1, line 17, after "on the" insert “estimated"

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

Rep. Thiseen moved to amend SF2833, Third Engrossment, as amended:

Page 4, line 9, after the period, insert: “The Commissioner shall convene a group of stakeholders to address the exceptions for public swimming pools and make recommendations to the legislature by December 15, 2010."

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Thissen presented SF2833, Third Engrossment, as amended (Thissen) Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Act

Testified on SF2833, Third Engrossment, as amended:

John Stein, Director, Environmental Health, Minnesota Department of Health

Rep Thissen renewed the motion that SF2833, Third 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 May 1 & 5, 2008.

As of Thursday, May 1, 2008, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness.

HF4219 (Heidgerken) School district capital account transfers provided.
HF4220 (Heidgerken) Workers' Compensation Advisory Council; Distribution of surplus money provided in assigned risk plans.
HF4222 (Urdahl) Litchfield; Willmar; Public Facilities Authority loans provided for certain wastewater treatment projects.
HF4225 (Urdahl) School district capital account transfers provided.

As of Thursday, May 1, 2008, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on Environment and Natural Resources Finance.
SF3385 (Chaudhary/Eken) Omnibus environment and natural resources policy provisions modifications.

As of Thursday, May 1, 2008, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
SF3366 (Berglin/Hosch) Rebased medical assistance nursing facility operating cost payment rates phase-in modification.

As of Thursday, May 1, 2008, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on Transportation Finance and Policy.
HF4224 (Anzelc) Enhanced driver's license and enhanced identification card created, application, issuance, and appearance of card provided, and commissioner of public safety directed to seek approval of card by Homeland Security secretary.

As of Monday, May 5, 2008, the following bill is hereby recalled from the Division on Health Care and Human Services Finance.
HF2748 (Liebling) Administrative services unit required to apportion the necessary amount to purchase medical professional liability insurance coverage and authorizing fees to be adjusted to compensate for the apportioned amount, and money appropriated.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:01 A.M.


Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair


Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF3082 (Murphy, M.) Public and state employee retirement provisions modified, and money appropriated. HF2748 (Liebling) Administrative services unit required to apportion the necessary amount to purchase medical professional liability insurance coverage and authorizing fees to be adjusted to compensate for the apportioned amount, and money appropriated. SF2833 (Thissen) Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Act

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