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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

TWENTYSIXTH MEETING - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

March 13, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTYSIXTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND
FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Jeanne Poppe, Vice Chair of the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division, called the meeting to order at 12:35 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Rukavina, Tom, Chair
Poppe, Jeanne, Vice-Chair
Atkins, Joe
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Clark, Karen
Dettmer, Bob

Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
McFarlane, Carol
Mahoney, Tim
Moe, Frank
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

A quorum was present.

HF 1252 (Murphy)

Representative Murphy moved that HF 1252 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Murphy presented HF 1252, appropriating money for transition services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind students.

Representative Murphy introduced Greta Palmberg, Transition Specialist, VECTOR Transition Services; Sandy Lewandowski, Superintendent, Intermediate School District 287; and Martha Davies, Student, VECTOR Transition Services.

Greta Palmberg, Transition Specialist, VECTOR Transition Services, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1252.

Martha Davies, Student, VECTOR Transition Services, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1252.

Sandra Lewandowski, Superintendent, Intermediate School District 287, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1252.

Questions and discussion followed.

Minutes
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March 13, 2007
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Representative Murphy restated motion that HF 1252 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Murphy moved to amend HF 1252 as follows:

Page one, line 6, delete "health" and insert "employment and economic development"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Murphy renewed her motion that HF 1252 as amended be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

HF 1338 (Brynaert)

Representative Brynaert moved that HF 1338 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Brynaert moves that HF 1338 be amended with amendment A07-0153, attached.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Brynaert presented HF 1338 as amended, appropriating money for extended employment services for eprsons with disabilities; establishing the purpose and need for extended employment services.

Representative Brynaert introduced Steve Ditschler, CEO, ProAct.

Steve Ditschler, CEO, ProAct, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 1338.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Brynaert renewed her motion that HF 1338 as amended be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

HF 254 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 254 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney presented HF 254, appropriating money for job training programs.

Representative Mahoney introduced Mike Bingham, CEO, Twin Cities RISE!; Andre Corbett, Student, Twin Cities RISE!, and Henry Todd Van Dellen, lobbyist, Twin Cities RISE!.

Mike Bingham, CEO, Twin Cities RISE!, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 254.

Vice Chair Poppe recognized 9th grade students from St. Louis Park High School who were in attendance as part of the Minesota Historical Society Capitol Historic Site's "Voice of the People: Your Role in Minnesota Government" tour and educational program.

Andre Corbett, Student, Twin Cities RISE!, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 254.

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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 13, 2007
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Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina assumed the chair at 1:23 P.M.

Further questions and discussion followed.

HF 648 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 648 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Mahoney withdrew his amendment A07-0179.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 648 with amendment A07-0289, attached.

Lee Nelson, Director, Legislative Affairs, Department of Employment and Economic Development, provided testimony in support of amendment A07-0289.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 648 with amendment A07-0289, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 648 as amended be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1430 (Clark)

Representative Clark moved that HF 1430 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance omnibus bill.

Representative Clark presented HF 1430, allowing grants-in-aid to workforce development intermediaries.

Carrie Thomas, Policy Director, Jobs Now Coalition, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1430.

Questions and discussion followed.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 P.M.


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair



Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF648 (Mahoney) making various policy, housekeeping, and style changes to the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Law HF1252 (Murphy) appropriating money for transition services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind students HF1338 (Brynaert) appropriating money for extended employment services for persons with disabilities HF973 (Clark) authorizing employment support for persons with mental illness HF1430 (Clark) allowing grants-in-aid to workforce development intermediaries HF254 (Mahoney) appropriating money for job training programs HF426 (Hamilton) has been removed from the agenda

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