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Minnesota Legislature
2007-2008 Regular Session

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

March 22, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTYSECOND 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 12:35 P.M. on Thursday, March 22, 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
Dettmer, Bob
Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Mahoney, Tim

A quorum was present.

HF 722 (Mariani)

Chair Rukavina moved that HF 722 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Representative Mariani presented HF 722, regulating the charging of resident tuition.

Representative Mariani introduced Emmanuel Rojas, Student.

Emmanuel Rojas, Student, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 722.

Bruce Corrie, Professor, Concordia College, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 722.

Rose Vega-Shannon, lobbyist, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 722.

Questions and discussion followed.

Dell Erickson, citizen, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to HF 722.

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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 22, 2007
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Norman Buehler, citizen, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to HF 722.

Further discussion followed.

Representative Bly assumed the chair at 7:17 P.M.

Chair Rukavina resumed the chair at 7:21 P.M.

HF 1974 (Hortman)

Representative Hortman moved that HF 1974 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Representative Hortman presented HF 1974, appropriating money for law school loan repayment assistance.

Representative Hortman introduced Holly Knight, Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.

Holly Knight, Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1974.

Chair Rukavina suggested amending HF 1974 with an oral amendment, as follows:

Page 1, line 7, after "to" add "the Office of Higher Education for a grant to"

Representative Hortman moved to amend HF 1974 with the oral amendment, as follows:

Page 1, line 7, after "to" add "the Office of Higher Education for a grant to"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Questions and discussion followed.

Heather Vliegu, Executive Director, Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1974.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Hortman renewed her motion that HF 1974 as amended be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division.

Representative Haws moved that the minutes of March 21, 2007 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1253 (Wollschlager))

Representative Welti moved that HF 1253 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Wollschlager presented HF 1253, providing support for an academic program for chemically dependent students, appropriating money.

Representative Wollschlager introduced Dave Hadden, Assistant Director, Step Up Program, Augsburg College.

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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 22, 2007
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Dave Hadden, Assistant Director, Step Up Program, Augsburg College, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 1253.

Questions and discussion followed.

HF 1349 (Paulsen)

Representative Severson moved that HF 1349 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Brod, for chief author Representative Paulsen, presented HF 1349, establishing an India Center at the University of Minnesota, appropriating money.

Questions and discussion followed.

HF 1676 (Murphy)

Representative Murphy moved that HF 1676 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Murphy presented HF 1676, providing funding for the Minitex program, appropriating money.

Representative Murphy introduced Kristi Tornquist, Dean, Learning Resources and Technology Services, Minitex.

Kristi Tornquist, Dean, Learning Resources and Technology Services, Minitex, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 1676.

Questions and discussion followed.

The meeting recessed until 6:00 P.M.

The meeting reconvened at 6:10 P.M.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


Rukavina, Tom, Chair
Poppe, Jeanne, Vice-Chair
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Dettmer, Bob

Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Hortman, Melissa
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Moe, Frank
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Ruth, Connie
Severson, Dan

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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 22, 2007
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Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Atkins, Joe
Clark, Karen

A quorum was present.

HF 2074 (Kahn)

Representative Poppe moved that HF 2074 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Kahn presented HF 2074, requiring registration of certain relative homesteads; appropriating money for a University of Minnesota area neighborhood alliance.

Representative Kahn introduced Robert Jones, Senior Vice President, University of Minnesota.

Robert Jones, Senior Vice President, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 2074.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Poppe moved to amend HF 2074 with an oral amendment, as follows:

Page 1, delete Section 1.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Slocum moved to amend HF 2074 with amendment H2074A1, attached.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Poppe renewed her motion that HF 2074 as amended be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

HF 1508 (Moe)

Representative moved that HF 1508 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Moe moved to amend HF 1508 with the delete everything amendment H1508DE3, attached.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Moe moved to amend HF 1508 as amended with an oral amendment, as follows:

Page 2, after line 30, insert "(d) For the purposes of this section mass market and trade

books that are not published, marketed or sold primarily for use in or by postsecondary

institutions are excluded"

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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 22, 2007
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THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Moe presented HF 1508 as amended, creating a testbook pricing and access act, establishing a pilot textbook rental program; requiring a report; appropriating money.

Representative Moe introduced Scott Formo, President, Minnesota State College Student Association.

Scott Formo, President, Minnesota State College Student Association, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 1508.

Questions and discussion followed.

Bruce Hildebrand, AA Publishing, introduced himself and provided testimony in opposition to HF 1508.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Moe invited Martin Sampson, Faculty Liaison, University of Minnesota, to testify regarding HF 1508.

Martin Sampson, Faculty Liaison, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 1508.

Questions and discussion followed.

HF 924 (Dominguez)

Chair Rukavina moved that HF 924 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the State Register.

Representative Dominguez presented HF 924, regulating unpaid work for cash assistance.

Representative Dominquez introduced Linden Gawboy, Member, Welfare Rights Committee.

Linden Gawboy, Member, Welfare Rights Committee, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 924.

Phyllis Walker, President, AFSCME Local 3800, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 924.

Representative Dominquez acknowledges others in the audience who were also in support of
HF 924.

Chair Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 924 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the State Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 626 (Nornes)

Representative Nornes moved that HF 626 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Nornes presented HF 626, establishing the academic competitiveness highlighting individual excellence and valuing education scholarship program.

Representative Nornes introduced Mark Misukanis, Director of Fiscal Policy and Research, Office of Higher Education.

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Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division
March 22, 2007
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Mark Misukanis, Director of Fiscal Policy and Research, Office of Higher Education, introduced himself and provided testimony in support of HF 626.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 626 with an oral amendment, as follows:

Page 2, line 26, after "take" insert "and pass"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Questions and discussion followed.

HF 877 (Norton)

Representative Norton moved that HF 877 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Norton presented HF 877, establishing a loan forgiveness program account and program for speech-language pathologists; appropriating money.

Representative Norton introduced Meredith Boo, Speech-Language Pathologist, Bloomington Public Schools.

Meredith Boo, Speech-Language Pathologist, Bloomington Public Schools, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 877.

Monica Devers, Associate Profesor, St. Cloud State University, introduced herself and provided testimony in support of HF 877.

Questions and discussion followed.

HF 851 (Gunther)

Representative Gunther moved that HF 851 be held over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division omnibus bill.

Representative Gunther presented HF 851, appropriating money for jobs and economic development; modifying mortgage licensing requirements; modifying programs; regulating activities and practices; recodifying and modifying construction codes and licensing provisions; modifying the State Building Code; providing penalties; instructing the revisor to renumber statutory provisions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina made announcements about next week's schedule.

Irik Nathanson, Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 851.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 P.M.


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair



Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF722 (Mariani) regulating the charging of resident tuition HF1253 (Wollschlager) providing support for an academic program for chemically dependent students HF1349 (Paulsen) establishing an India Center at the University of Minnesota HF1676 (Murphy) providing funding for the Minitex program HF1974 (Hortman) appropriating money for law school loan repayment assistance

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