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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

FORTY FIRST MEETING - Joint meeting - Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division

January 25, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST JOINT MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INTERIM

HOUSE ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCE DIVISION
SENATE ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES BUDGET DIVISION
HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND FINANCE DIVISION
SENATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUDGET DIVISION


MINUTES


Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 12:30 P.M. on January 25, 2008, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

House members present:

Wagenius, Jean (Chair)
Rukavina, Tom (Chair)
Anzelc, Tom
Clark, Karen
Dill, David
Doty, Al (Vice Chair)
Eken, Kent
Gardner, Paul
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hansen, Rick
Haws, Larry
Hoppe, Joe
Hortman, Melissa
Knuth, Kate
Mahoney, Tim
McNamara, Denny
Norton, Kim
Ozment, Dennis
Scalze, Bev
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Carlson, Lyndon (ex-officio)
Solberg, Loren (ex-officio)


House members excused:

Atkins, Joe
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Dettmer, Bob
Eastlund, Rob
Magnus, Doug
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Murphy, Mary (ex-officio)
Nornes, Bud
Peterson, Aaron
Poppe, Jeanne
Tingelstad, Kathy
Welti, Andy

A quorum was present.

Chair Anderson explained the purpose of the meeting.

The following testified on the impacts of sulfide mining:

David Chambers, Executive Director, Center for Science in Public Participation
Thomas Power, Economics Professor, University of Montana
Nancy Schuldt, Water Projects Coordinator, Fond du Lac Reservation
Bob Tammen, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
James Skurla, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Richard Lichty, Retired
Jim Miller, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Peter Pastika, Administrator, City of Babbitt
Bob Bratlich, United Steelworkers of America
Peter Zetterberg, University of Minnesota
Tim Strom, House Research
Brad Moore, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Marty Vadis, Director of Lands and Minerals Division, MPCA
Jennifer Engstrom, MPCA
Ann Foss, MPCA
Frank Ongaro, Executive Director, Mining Minnesota
Joe Scipioni, Chief Operating Officer, Polymet
LaTisha Gietzen, Vice President of Environment and Public Affairs, Polymet
Bill Brice, Director of Government and Community Relations, Franconia Minerals

The meeting adjourned at about 5:30 P.M.


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Jean Wagenius, Chair

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Melissa Hysing, Committee Legislative Assistant