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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

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

April 02, 2007

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

HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND
FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair of the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division, called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M. on Monday, April 2, 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
Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Dettmer, Bob
Moe, Frank
Slocum, Linda

A quorum was present.

Chair Rukavina invited Representative Michael Nelson to present HF 1283.

Representative Bly moved that HF 1283 be recommended to pass and be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Representative Nelson presented HF 1283.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Bly moved to amend HF 1283 with the amendment HO797A38, attached.

Questions and discussion followed.

Gary Thaden, Government Affairs Director, National Electrical Contractors Association, introduced himself and offered testimony regarding HF 1283.

Representative Bly renewed his motion to amend HF 1283 with the amendment HO797A38, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Bly renewed his motion that HF 1283 as amended be recommended to pass and be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
April 2, 2007
Page Two



Chair Rukavina invited Representative Loren Solberg to present HF 2385.

Representative Brynaert moved that HF 2385 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee.

Representative Solberg presented HF 2385.

Questions and discussion followed.

Kevin Walli, Counsel, Ainsworth Engineering, offered testimony regarding HF 2385.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Brynaert moved that HF 2385 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Norton moved that the minutes of the March 27, 2007 meeting be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina invited Representative Tom Huntley to present HF 305.

Representative Rukavina moved that SF 238 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 305 be substituted for SF 238. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Huntley presented HF 305.

Discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 305 with the amendment HO305A38, attached.

Representative Rukavina presented the amendment.

Mike Gengler, Gulden's Restaurant and Bar, Maplewood, Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to HF 305.

Questions and discussion followed.

Joan Lindski, Waitress, Duluth, Minnesota, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 305.

Questions and discussion followed.

Pat McKone, Senior Director, American Lung Association, Duluth, Minnesota, provided testimony regarding HF 305.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion to amend HF 305 with the amendment HO305A38. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved to amend HF 305 with amendment H0305A36, attached.

Representative Atkins presented the amendment.

Representative Atkins renewed his motion to amend HF 305 with the amendment HO305A36. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.


Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
April 2, 2007
Page Three



Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 305 with amendment H0305A40, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion to amend HF 305 with the amendment HO305A40. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 305 with amendment H0305A37, attached.

Representative Nornes presented the amendment.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Nornes renewed his motion to amend HF 305 with the amendment HO305A37. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Marty Strub, Industry Liaison, Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 10, introduced himself and testified in opposition to HF 305.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 305 as amended be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 A.M.


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair



Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF1283 (Nelson) requiring independent contractor exemption certificates HF2385 (Solberg) requiring a closed wood products manufacturing plant to be maintained for a period of time HF305 (Huntley) establishing the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007

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