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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

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

February 27, 2008

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

HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND
FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Jean 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 Wednesday,
February 27, 2008, 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
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Atkins, Joe
Murphy, Mary

Vice Chair Poppe invited Representative Norton to come forward to present her bills.

HF 3151 (Norton)

Representative Norton indicated her intention to move that HF 3151 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Norton presented HF 3151, relating to appropriations; appropriating money for a Lifetrack Resources pilot project in Rochester.

Karri Blair, Employment Services Manager, IMAA, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 3151.

Discussion and questions followed.

Diane Heldt, Program Director, Lifetrack Resources, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 3151.

Discussion and questions followed.

A quorum was now present


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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
February 27, 2008
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Representative Norton moved that HF 3151 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Further discussion and questions followed.

Representative Norton renewed her motion that HF 3151 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3150 (Norton)

Representative Norton moved that HF 3150 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Norton presented HF 3150, relating to economic development; providing assistance for small business development; appropriating money.

Mike Ryan, Director, SBDC, University of St. Thomas, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3150.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Norton renewed her motion that HF 3150 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3050 (Olin)

Representative Haws moved that HF 3050 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Olin presented HF 3050, relating to economic development; appropriating money for business assistance in greater Minnesota.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Mahoney assisted Representative Olin in responding to questions.

Further discussion and questions followed.

Representative Haws renewed his motion that HF 3050 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 743 (Mullery)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 743 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 743 be amended with the A08-1082 amendment, attached.

Discussion followed.


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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
February 27, 2008
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Representative McFarlane moved to amend the amendment A08-1082 as follows:

Page 1, line14, after "trades" delete "and" and insert ","

Page 1, line19, after "trades" delete "and" and insert ","

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend the amendment A08-1082 as follows:

Page 1, line 7, delete "energy" and insert "engineering"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 743 with the amendment A08-1082 as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mullery presented HF 743 as amended, relating to employment; appropriating money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers.

Amy Brenegan, Director, Office of the Economic Status of Women, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 743.

Discussion and questions followed.

Mary Dahlquist, Director, Apprenticeship Opportunity Pilot Project, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 743.

Discussion and questions followed.

Brad Lehto, Chief of Staff, Minnesota AFL-CIO, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 743.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Mullery discussed the appropriation amounts for HF 743.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 743 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3299 (Gunther)

Representative Gunther moved that HF 3299 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Gunther presented HF 3299, relating to economic development; implementing certain strategic entrepreneurial economic development initiatives, appropriating money.

Dan McElroy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3299.

Chair Rukavina assumed the chair at 1:45 P.M.

Commissioner McElroy assisted Representative Gunther by walking through the language of the bill.


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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
February 27, 2008
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Discussion and questions followed.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 P.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair


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Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF3151 (Norton) Lifetrack Resources pilot project in Rochester HF3150 (Norton) Small business development assistance provided HF3050 (Olin) Greater Minnesota business development funding HF3299 (Gunther) Entrepreneurial economic development initiatives implemented HF743 (Mullery) appropriating money for grants to encourage women to enter nontraditional careers

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