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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

SIXTY-FIRST MEETING - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

March 25, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH 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 4:05 P.M. on Tuesday,
March 25, 2008, in the Basement Hearing Room 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
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Eastlund, Rob

A quorum was present.

HF 3722 (Rukavina)

Chair Rukavina moved that HF 3722 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina moved to amend HF 3722 with the delete everything amendment H3722DE6, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Rukavina moved to amend the delete everything amendment H3722DE6 with the amendment H3722A4, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Rukavina presented HF 3722 as amended, relating to unemployment insurance; providing for extended unemployment benefits under certain circumstances.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Haws moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A3
Representative Haws presented the amendment
H3722A3.


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March 25, 2008
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Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Haws renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A3. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Welti moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A1, attached.

Representative Welti presented the amendment H3722A1.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Welti renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Haws moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A2, attached.

Representative Haws presented the amendment H3722A2.

Doug Berg, Fiscal Analyst, Minnesota House of Representatives, assisted Representative Haws with his presentation.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Haws renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A2. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A6, attached.

Representative Mahoney presented the amendment H3722A6.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A6. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A10, attached.

Representative Nornes indicated that he had an author's amendment to the amendment H3722A10, and that it was being copied for distribution.

Chair Rukavina asked Representative Nornes to present the amendment while the copies were being prepared.

Representative Nornes presented the amendment H3722A10.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment
H3722A10-A, attached, in replacement of the amendment H3722A10. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Severson moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A19, attached.

Representative Severson presented the amendment H3722A19.


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March 25, 2008
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Representative Severson moved to amend the amendment H3722A19 as follows:

Page 1, line 3, delete "33" and insert "35"

Page 1, line 3, delete "7" and insert "9"

Representative Severson continued his presentation.

Chair Rukavina discussed the amendment and the bill language being amended, and expressed his opposition to the amendment.

Doug Berg, Fiscal Analyst, Minnesota House of Representatives, assisted in Chair Rukavina's discussion.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Severson requested clarification from Doug Berg.

Further discussion and questions followed.

Representative Severson withdrew the amendment H3722A19.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 3722 as amended as follows:

Page 49, delete Section 30.

Representative Mahoney presented the amendment.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A14, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment H3722A14.

Lee Nelson, Commissioner's Appeals Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H3722A14.

Discussion and questions followed.

Chair Rukavina spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A14.

Further discussion and questions followed.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A14. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A9, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment H3722A9.

Discussion and questions followed.

Chair Rukavina spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A9.


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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 25, 2008
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Further discussion and questions followed.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A9. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A5, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment H3722A5.

Discussion and questions followed.

Chair Rukavina spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A5.

Representative Gunther commented further on the amendment H3722A5.

Further discussion and questions followed.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment
H3722A5.

Representative Gunther requested a roll call.

Chair Rukavina asked the Clerk to call the roll for the vote on the amendment H3722A5, as attached. With 5 Ayes, 2 Nays, and 3 Absent, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A23, attached.

Representative Nornes presented the amendment H3722A23.

Discussion and questions followed.

Chair Rukavina spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A23.

Representative Nornes renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment
H3722A23. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Moe moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment HI-ED, attached.

Representative Moe presented the amendment HI-ED.

Discussion and questions followed.

Representative Moe renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment
HI-ED. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A12, attached.

Representative Nornes presented the amendment H3722A12.

Discussion and questions followed.

Chair Rukavina spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A12.


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March 25, 2008
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Representative Nornes renewed his motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment
H3722A12. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Norton moved to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment H3722A21, attached.

Representative Norton presented the amendment H3722A21.

Discussion and questions followed.

Chair Rukavina asked Representative Gunther to comment on the amendment H3722A21.

Representative Gunther spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A21.

Representative Mahoney spoke in opposition to the amendment H3722A21.

Representative Norton renewed her motion to amend HF 3722 as amended with the amendment
H3722A21. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Chair Rukavina moved that HF 3722 as amended be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Representative Gunther commented on HF 3722 as amended.

Chair Rukavina commented on HF 3722 as amended.

Chair Rukavina moved that HF 3722 as amended be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina thanked everyone for their hard work, and discussed plans for future meetings.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 P.M.


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair


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Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF3722 (Rukavina) Higher Education and Work Force Development Supplemental Budget Bill

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