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THIRTY-THIRD MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 13, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-THIRD MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
March 13, 2008

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 8:02 A.M. on Thursday, March 13, 2008, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

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

A quorum was present.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 2983 (Peterson, S.) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to early childhood education; creating an Office of Early Learning; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 2983, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 2983, First Engrossment, (see attached H2983DE7 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 2983 First Engrossment, as amended:

Michelle Weber, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of
Education

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 2983, First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3596 (Faust)

A bill for an act relating to education; prohibiting the commissioner of education from enforcing unadopted rules, etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3596 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

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Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 3596 (see attached H3596DE1 amendment).

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 3596, as amended:

Charlie Kyte, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School
Administrators
Michelle Weber, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department
of Education
Brad Lundell, Legislative Consultant, Minnesota Administrators for Special
Education

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 3596, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3328 (Anzelc) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to natural resources; creating a Minnesota forests for the future program; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3328, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 3328, First Engrossment:

Marty Vadis, Director of Lands and Minerals, Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 3328, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3068 (Dill) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing a uniform expiration date for snowmobile registrations and trail stickers; extending effective period of temporary permits for snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and watercraft; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3068, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Testifying on HF 3068, First Engrossment:

Bob Meier, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 3068, First Engrossment, (see attached H3068A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 3068, First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3547 (Dill) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to natural resources; modifying aquatic farm provisions; authorizing certain fees; modifying horse pass requirements; modifying report requirements for game and fish fund; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3547, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Testifying on HF 3547, First Engrossment:

Ed Boggess, Assistant Director, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 3547, First Engrossment (see attached H3547A5 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 3547 First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3933 (Loeffler)

A bill for an act relating to state government; specifying duties and rights of executive branch employees; providing remedies; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3933 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3566 (Nelson) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to workers' compensation; adopting recommendations of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council; etc.

Representative Nelson moved that HF 3566, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Testifying on HF 3566, First Engrossment:

Patricia Todd, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and
Industry

Representative Nelson renewed his motion that HF 3566, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3238 (Gardner), Second Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to waters; providing for sustainable water use; requiring conservation rate structures; requiring disclosure of contaminated wells; requiring sharing groundwater information; creating Pollution Control Agency ombudsman for groundwater pollution education and assistance; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3238, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski amended his motion that HF 3238, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 3238, Second Engrossment, (see attached H3238A5). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 3238, Second Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 3729 (Hilty) First Engrossment

A bill for an act relating to energy; establishing Legislative Energy Commission; abolishing Legislative Electric Energy Task Force; making conforming correction; etc.

Representative Hilty moved that HF 3729, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:29 AM.


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REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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

HF3238 (Gardner) Sustainable water use provided; conservation rate structures, emergency management plan, contaminated well disclosure, and information sharing required, and ombudsman created, fees increased, and advisory committee expiration date extended.
HF3596 Faust) Education commissioner prohibited from enforcing unadopted rules.
HF2983 (Peterson, S.) Office of Early Learning established.
HF3328 (Anzelc) Minnesota forests for the future program created.
HF3068 (Dill) Snowmobile registration and sticker expiration date provided, temporary permit effective period extended for snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and watercraft, and temporary permit information requirements modified.
Bills added:
HF3933 (Loeffler) Executive branch employee duties and rights specified.
HF3547 (Dill) Omnibus game and fish bill.
HF3566 (Nelson) Workers' Compensation Advisory Council recommendations adopted.
HF3891 (Loeffler) Minnesota Milestones goals and indicators in budget preparation incorporated, Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy and a working group established, and Sesquicentennial Commission additional duties provided.
HF3729 (Hilty) Legislative Energy Commission established, and Legislative Electric Energy Task Force abolished, conforming corrections made, and money appropriated.