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Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections

SEVENTEENTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 14, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA SEVENTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
March 14, 2007

GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS, REFORM, TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS

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Representative Gene Pelowski, Chair of the Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:02 A.M. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Pelowski, Chairman
Morgan, Vice Chair
Anderson, S.
Brod
Emmer
Hilty
Howes
Kahn
Kalin
Nelson
Olson
Peterson, N.
Poppe
Simon
Winkler
Wollschlager

A quorum was present.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1710 (Hilty)

A bill for an act relating to state government; clarifying private cemeteries; etc.

Representative Hilty moved that HF 1710 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1710:

Scott Anfinson, State Archaeologist, Department of Administration
Jim Jones, Jr., Cultural Resource Director, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

Representative Emmer moved to amend HF 1710 as follows:

Page 3, line 5, delete everything after the period

Page 3, delete lines 6 and 7

Page 3, line 8, delete everything before the period

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF 1710, as amended, as follows:

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Page 4, line 24, delete "construction" and insert "disturbance"

Page 6, line 4, after "tombstone" insert "or obvious grave marker"

Page 2, line 28, delete "contract" and insert "professional"

Page 2, line 28, before "anthropologist" insert "qualified"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty renewed his motion that HF 1710, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1051 (Hilty)

A bill for an act relating to state government; changing the state Indian Affairs Council; etc.

Representative Hilty moved that HF 1051 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1051:

Andrew Small, Advisor, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
George Goggley, Jr., Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF 1051 (see attached H1051A2 amendment).

Representative Hilty incorporated an amendment to the H1051A2 amendment as follows:

Page 1, line 3, delete "groups" and insert "sovereign nations"

Discussion was held on the proposed amendment, as amended.

Representative Emmer moved to table HF 1051. THE MOTION FAILED.

Representative Hilty renewed the motion to amend HF1051 with the H1051A2, as amended.

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote.

Those voting yes: Pelowski, Anderson, S., Hilty, Howes, Kahn, Kalin, Nelson,
Peterson, N., Poppe, Simon, and Winkler.

Those voting nay: Brod, Emmer, Wollschlager

Absent: Morgan, Olson

There were 11 ayes, 3 nays, and 2 absent, THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF 1051, as amended, (see H1051A1 amendment).

Mark Shepard, House Research, explained a technical change to the H1051A1 amendment:

Page 1, line 3, add "(4)"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

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Representative Hilty renewed his motion that HF 1051, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote.

Those voting aye: Pelowski, Hilty, Kahn, Kalin, Nelson, Peterson, N., Poppe, and Simon.

Those voting nay: Anderson, S., Brod, Emmer, Olson and Wollschlager.

Absent: Howes, Morgan, and Winkler.

There were 8 ayes, 5 ayes, and 3 absent, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1546 (Simon)

A bill for an act relating to elections; providing for automatic voter registration of applicants for a driver's license, instruction permit, or identification card; etc.

Representative Simon moved that HF 1546 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF 1546 (see attached H1546A1 amendment).
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1546, as amended:

Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Joe Mansky, Ramsey County Elections Manager
Beth Fraser, Director of Governmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State

A handout on identification requirements was distributed to members of the committee.

Representative Simon renewed his motion that HF 1546, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote on HF 1546, as amended.

Those voting aye: Pelowski, Hilty, Kahn, Kalin, Morgan, Nelson, Poppe, Simon, Winkler and Wollschlager.

Those voting nay: Anderson, S., Brod, Emmer, Olson, and Peterson, N.

There were 10 ayes, and 5 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 A.M.


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REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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Kathy L. Anderson, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF1051( Hilty) Indian Affairs Council membership and other provisions modified.
HF1710 (Hilty) Private cemeteries clarified.
HF1546 (Simon) Driver's license and identification card applicants automatic voter registration provided, and money appropriated.
HF524 (Peterson, N.) Campaign finance disclosure requirements modified, independent expenditures by political party units limited, electioneering communications regulated, and work group established.
HF729 (Emmer) Competitive bidding contracts prohibited with companies or entities that have certain criminal or civil judgments. (Billl added)