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Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections

TWENTY-FIRST MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 22, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
March 22, 2007

GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS, REFORM, TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS

MINUTES


Representative Gene Pelowski, Chair of the Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee, called the meeting to order at 7:31 A.M. on Thursday, March 22, 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
Peterson, N.
Poppe
Simon
Winkler
Wollschlager

Excused: Olson

A quorum was present.

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

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1638 (Kahn)

A bill for an act relating to state government; establishing a grants management process, governance, and structure; etc.

Representative Kahn moved that HF 1638 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Testifying on HF 1638:

Dana Badgerow, Commissioner, Department of Administration
Marcia Avner, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Representative Kahn renewed her motion that HF 1638 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 908 (Liebling) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to human services; expanding a quality assurance system to include additional service recipients; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 908 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 908 First Engrossment (see attached H0908A4 amendment).

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 908 First Engrossment, as amended:

Steve Larson, Executive Director, The ARC of Minnesota

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 908 First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1172 (Wollschlager)

A bill for an act relating to state debt collection; changing certain time limits; collection costs, and referrals relating to debt collection duties of commissioner of revenue; etc.

Representative Wollschlager moved that HF 1172 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Testifying on HF 1172:

Wayne Sather, Attorney, Minnesota Department of Revenue

Representative Wollschlager renewed her motion that HF 1172 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1294 (Berns)

A bill for an act relating to state government; eliminating the Minnesota Council on Disability sunset; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 1294 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1294:

Ken Rogers, Minnesota State Council on Disability
Joan Willshire, Minnesota State Council on Disability

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 1294 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Morgan assumed the gavel.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1688 (Pelowski)

A bill for an act relating to state government; changing terminology for Office of Enterprise Technology; etc.

Representative Pelowski moved that HF 1688 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1688:

Jack Ries, Project Manager, Office of Enterprise Technology

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Representative Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 1688 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Pelowski resumed the chair.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1340 (Tingelstad)

A bill for an act relating to state government; revising certain laws governing state boards and advisory groups; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 1340 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1340 (see attached H1340A3 amendment).
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1340, as amended, (see attached H1340A4 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 1340, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1116 (Dill) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to game and fish; modifying definitions; providing for and modifying certain fees; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 1116 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1116 First Engrossment(see attached A07-0423 amendment).

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1116 First Engrossment, as amended:

Bob Meier, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF 1116 First Engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Page 2, line 10, after the period, insert:

"The fees must be set in an amount that neither significantly over recovers nor
underrecovers costs."

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Howes requested a roll call on the final vote.

Those voting aye: Pelowski, Brod, Hilty, Kalin, Morgan, Peterson, N., Poppe, Simon and Wollschlager.

Those voting nay: Anderson, S., Emmer, Howes, and Winkler.

There were 9 ayes and 4 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1418 (Eken) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to natural resources; modifying rulemaking authority; modifying authority to designate infested waters; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 1418 First Engrossment be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1418 First Engrossment:

Jim Japs, Assistant Director, Department of Natural Resources

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1418 First Engrossment, as follows:

Page 6, line 18, delete "273" and insert "236, article 1"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 1418 First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1303 (Welti)

A bill for an act relating to the open meeting law; authorizing meetings by telephone or other electronic means under certain conditions; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 1303 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1303 (see attached H1303A2 amendment).
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1303, as amended:

Gary Carlson, Lobbyist, League of Minnesota Cities

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1303, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, line 21, delete "heath" and insert "health"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1303, as amended, (see attached H1303A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1303, as amended:

Mary Vanek, Executive Director, Public Employees Retirement Association
(PERA)

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 1303, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1493 (Simon)

A bill for an act relating to state government; providing rulemaking authority for surplus property; etc.

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Representative Simon moved that HF 1493 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1493:

Kent Allin, Department of Administration

Representative Simon renewed his motion that HF 1493 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1555 (Simon)

A bill for an act relating to state government; including definition terms for energy forward pricing mechanisms; etc.

Representative Simon moved that HF 1555 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1555:

Tim Morse, Director of Travel Management, Department of Administration

Representative Simon renewed his motion that HF 1555 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1494 (Simon)

A bill for an act relating to elections; campaign finance;
providing contribution limits for certain candidates; etc.

Representative Simon moved that HF 1494 be recommended to pass and placed on the
General Register.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF 1494, as follows:

Page 1, line 19, after the semicolon, insert "and"

Page 1, delete lines 20 and 21

Page 1, line 22, delete "(7)" and insert "(6)"

Page 1, line 22, delete "supreme court justice or court of appeals judge"

and insert "judicial office"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Simon renewed his motion that HF 1494, as amended, be recommended
to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 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..

HF908 (Liebling) Developmental disabilities quality assurance system expanded to included additional service recipients, commission created, sunset dates repealed, money appropriated.
HF1340 (Tingelstad) State boards and advisory groups governing laws revised.
HF1294 (Berns) Minnesota Council on Disability sunset eliminated.
HF1638 (Kahn) Grants management process, governance, and structure established, money appropriated.
HF1688 (Pelowski) Office of Enterprise Technology terminology changed
HF1493 (Simon) Surplus property rulemaking authority granted to the commissioner of administration.
HF1116 (Dill) Game and fish definitions, fees, licenses and stamp provisions, and possession and taking provisions modified; apprentice hunter validation provided; and criminal and civil penalties imposed.
HF1418 (Eken) Natural resources; modifying rulmaking authority; designate infested waters; modifying water supply plan requirements; state park permit provisions.
HF1865 (Poppe) Common carrier railroad employee rules required, money appropriated.
HF1172 (Wollschlager) Revenue Department debt collection time limits, collection costs, and referrals provisions modified.
HF1494 (Simon) Campaign finance contribution limits provided for certain candidates.
HF1555 (Simon) Energy forward pricing mechanisms terms defined.
HF1303 (Welti) Open meeting law; meetings by telephone or other electronic means authorized under certain conditions.