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TWENTY-THIRD MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - May 10, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-THIRD MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
May 10, 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 8:03 A.M. on Thursday, May 10, 2007, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

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

Excused: Howes, Olson, Peterson, N.

A quorum was present.

Representative Morgan moved that the minutes of March 23, 2007, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: H. F. 1978 (Murphy, M.)

A bill for an act relating to retirement; correcting errors and omissions in 2006 omnibus retirement and other legislation; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF 1978 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF 1978 (see attached H1978-6A). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1978, as amended:

Larry Martin, Executive Director, Legislative Commission on Pensions and
Retirement
Brian Rice, St. Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association
Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor
Jody Hauer, Legislative Auditor's Office
Keith Carlson, Executive Director, Minnesota Inter-County Association
Phillip Kapler, St. Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association

Representative Morgan moved to amend HF 1978, as amended, as follows:

Page 106, line 27, strike "5.0" and insert "2.5"

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A division was requested on the motion. There were 6 ayes and 6 nays, THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Kahn moved to amend HF 1978, as amended (see attached H1978A1).

Testifying on the proposed amendment:

Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kahn moved to amend HF 1978, as amended (see attached MS/HRD).

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Emmer moved to amend HF 1978, as amended, as follows:

Page 90, lines 33-35, reinstate the stricken language

Testifying on the proposed amendment:

Robert Johnson, Lobbyist, Minnesota Professional Firefighters, Minneapolis
Police Federation and Teamsters Local 320 Law Enforcement

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote on the motion.

Those voting aye: Anderson, S., Brod, Emmer, Kalin, Morgan, Simon, Winkler, Wollschlager and Pelowski.

Those voting nay: Hilty, Kahn, Nelson, and Poppe.

There were 9 ayes and 4 nayes, THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Brod moved to amend HF 1978, as amended, as follows:

Page 106, line 27, delete "5.0 percent" and insert "2.5 percent, unless the assets
of the plan are equal to or greater than the accrued liability of the plan, in which
case the final amount may not exceed five percent.

Testifying on the proposed amendment:

Phillip Kapler, St. Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association

A division was requested on the motion. There were 6 ayes and 6 nays, THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that HF 1978, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Scheduled for hearing: S. F. 1075* (Pappas)/H.F. 1332 (Clark)

A bill for an act relating to the State Board of Investment; requiring divestment from certain investments relating to Sudan; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 11A.

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Chairman Pelowski moved that SF 1075 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration.

Testifying on SF 1075:

Scott Wisor, Sudan Divestment Task Force
Ellen Kennedy, Professor, University of St. Thomas and Carlton College
Howard Bicker, Director, State Board of Investment
Dan O'Keefe, Executive Vice President, Benfield Companies of Minnesota
Ben Neho, Student Activist, Genocide Intervention Network
Robin Phillips, Executive Director, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Chairman Pelowski renewed his motion that SF 1075 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 AM.


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REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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

HF1978 (Murphy, M) Omnibus Pensions and Retirement bill from the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.
SF1075/HF1332 (Clark) Sudan; State Board of Investment divestment from certain investments relating to Sudan required.
HF1468 (Eken) Legislator's salaries established by council, composition of the compensation council provided, and constitutional amendment proposed. (Added to agenda).