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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

FIFTY-FOURTH MEETING - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

March 10, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTY-FOURTH 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 6:05 P.M. on Monday,
March 10, 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
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Gunther, Bob
Murphy, Mary

A quorum was present.

Chair Rukavina invited Representative Dill to begin his presentation of HF 3602.

HF 3602 (Dill)

Representative Dettmer moved that HF 3602 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.

Chair Rukavina discussed the motion, and suggested hearing the bill first and then deciding what the appropriate motion should be.

Representative Dill presented HF 3602, relating to economic development; amending business subsidy provisions; defining terms.

Connie Christenson, Economic Development Representative, Economic Development Association of Minnesota, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 3602.

Discussion and questions followed.

Kathy Hahne, Attorney with Faegre and Benson and representing the Economic Development Association of Minnesota, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 3602.

Discussion and questions followed.

Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 10, 2008
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Representative Dettmer renewed his motion that HF 3602 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3628 (Eastlund)

Representative Eastlund moved that HF 3628 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 Eastlund presented HF 3628, relating to higher education; requiring a common course numbering system for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Representative Eastlund moved to amend HF 3628 with the amendment H3628DE1, attached.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Scott Formo, President, Minnesota State College Student Association, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 3628.

Amy Bothun, Student at Augsburg College, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 3628.

Discussion and questions followed.

Manuel Lopez, Associate Vice Chancellor for Continuous Improvement, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to
HF 3628.

J. J. Jouppi, Executive Director, Minnesota State University Student Association, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to HF 3628.

Monte Bute, Professor at Metropolitan State University, on behalf of Interfaculty Association, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to HF 3628.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Eastlund provided further comment on HF 3628.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Eastlund renewed his motion that HF 3628 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.

Vice Chair Poppe requested a division. With 9 voting in favor and 7 voting in opposition, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3684 (Slocum)

Representative Slocum moved that HF 3684 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 Slocum presented HF 3684, relating to employment; appropriating money for the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Investment Board.

Joe Samargia, Lobbyist for Hennepin-Carver Workforce Investment Board, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3684.

Bruce Nauth, Hennepin-Carver Workforce Investment Board, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3684.

Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 10, 2008
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Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Slocum renewed her motion that HF 3684 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.

Vice Chair Poppe assumed the chair.

HF 3722 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 3722 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 Rukavina presented HF 3722, relating to unemployment insurance; providing for extended unemployment benefits under certain circumstances.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 3722 with the amendment H3722DE2, attached.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend the amendment H3722DE2 as follows:

Page 5, line 4, after "from" delete "the" and after "insurance" delete "trust fund" and

insert "program administrative funds generated by penalties imposed under Chapter 268."

Page 6, line 25, delete "befits" and insert "benefits"

Discussion and questions followed.

Lee Nelson, Director, Unemployment Insurance Program, Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3722.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Severson requested a fiscal note on HF 3722 from Lee Nelson.

Representative Rukavina provided further comment on HF 3722.

Further discussion and questions followed.

Lee Nelson provided further testimony regarding HF 3722.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Rukavina provided further comment on HF 3722.

Lee Nelson provided further testimony regarding HF 3722.

Discussion and questions followed.

Dave Dederichs, Manager, Fiscal and Labor Management Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3722.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 3722 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.


Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 10, 2008
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HF 2892 (Sailer)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 2892 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 Sailer presented HF 2892, relating to economic development; modifying programs of Minnesota Job Skills Partnership; appropriating money.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 2892 with the amendment H2892A1, attached.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Sailer continued her presentation of HF 2892 as amended.

Richard Tvedten, System Director, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 2892.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 2892 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.

Chair Rukavina resumed the chair.

HF 43 (Buesgens)

Representative Severson moved that HF 43 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 Buesgens presented HF 43, relating to higher education; providing stable undergraduate tuition rates.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Severson renewed his motion that HF 43 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 3782 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 3782 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 presented HF 3782, relating to economic development; establishing an Office of Science and Technology in the Department of Employment and Economic Development; providing for small business assistance and development; appropriating money.

Representative Ruth moved that the minutes of March 4, 2008 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Haws moved that the minutes of March 5, 2008 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Kerry Marusich, President, Third Wave Systems, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3782.

Discussion and questions followed.

Minutes
Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 10, 2008
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Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 3782 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.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 P.M.


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair



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Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF2629 (Rukavina) requiring use of certain funds for direct unemployed worker assistance HF3602 (Dill) amending business subsidy provisions HF3722 (Rukavina) providing for extended unemployment benefits under certain circumstances HF3684 (Slocum) appropriating money for the Hennepin-Carver Workforce Investment Board HF3628 (Eastlund) requiring a common course numbering system for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities HF2892 (Sailer) modifying programs of Minnesota Job Skills Partnership; appropriating money HF3782 (Mahoney) establishing an Office of Science and Technology in the Department of Employment and Economic Development HF43 (Buesgens) providing stable undergraduate tuition rates

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