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NINETEENTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 19, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINETEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND METRO AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
MINUTES



Representative Debra Hilstrom, Chair of the Local Government and Metro Affairs Committee, started the nineteenth meeting at 4:01pm on Monday, March 19, 2007 in the Basement of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HILSTROM, Debra, Chair
TSCHUMPER, Ken, Vice-Chair
BEARD, Mike
BUESGENS, Mark
DOMINGUEZ, Augustine
HAUSMAN, Alice
HOLBERG, Mary Liz
HOWES, Larry
KOENEN, Lyle
LANNING, Morrie
LENCZEWSKI, Ann
MARQUART, Paul
OLSON, Mark
SOLBERG, Loren
SCALZE, Bev


HF1685 (Mullery): Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority powers clarified.

Representative Mullery presented HF1685 and took questions from the committee.

Carol Kelleher, Hennepin County, testified on behalf of HF1685 and took questions from the committee.

A quorum was present at 4:05pm and the meeting was officially called to order.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1685 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1514 (Atkins): Aggregate material host fees authorized.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1514 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to Committee on Taxes.

Chair Hilstrom moved to amend HF1514 (see H1514DE1).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins presented HF1514 and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified for or against HF1514:
Joe Harris, Dakota County Commissioner
Ken Sulem, Minnesota Association of Townships
Don Vry, Aggregate and Ready Mix Association
Time Worke, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1514, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1808 (Atkins): Tax increment financing plan modification procedures clarified to not apply to certain acquisitions of property.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1808 be referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.

Representative Lanning assumed the gavel at 4:25pm.

Representative Atkins presented HF1808 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Lanning renewed Representative Hilstrom's motion that HF1808 be referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1762 (Simon): City charter commission discharge mechanism provided.
Chair Lanning moved that HF1762 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Simon presented HF1762, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Lanning moved to orally amend HF1762 as follows:
Strike everything after Page 1, Line 20.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Paul Bakken testified on behalf of HF1762, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom re-assumed the gavel at 4:39pm.

Chair Hilstrom moved to orally amend HF1762 as follows:
Page 1, line 13, after "(2)" insert "If a proposed charter has been presented to the voters pursuant to section 410.10 at a general or special election and"
Page 1, line 15, after "(3)" insert "If a proposed charter has been presented to the voters pursuant to section 410.10 at a general or special election and"

THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following individuals testified in opposition to HF1762:
Betty Fedde, Resident of Eagan, Minnesota
Arthur Seaberg, Resident of Eagan Minnesota

Representative Simon answered remaining questions from the committee.

Representative Lanning renewed his motion that HF1762, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF2093 (Anderson, B.): Clearwater local sales and use tax authorized.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF2093 be referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.

Representative Anderson presented HF2093, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF2093 be referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1205 (Kranz): Displaced residents relocation compensation required relating to manufactured homes.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1205 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Kranz presented HF1205 and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF1205 and took questions from the committee:
Ron Elwood, Legal Aid
Mark Brunner, Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1205 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1486 (Pelowski) Charitable organizations authorized to participate in joint powers agreements.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1486 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Chair Hilstrom moved to amend HF1486 (see H1486DE1).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Pelowski presented HF1486, as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Bryan Laher, United Way testified on behalf of HF1486 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1486, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF2102 (Hansen): Lilydale food and beverage tax authorized.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF2102 be referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.

Representative Hansen presented the bill and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom moved to orally amend HF2102 as follows:
page 1, line 7, before "1.5" insert "up to"
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF2102, as amended, be referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1343, 1st Engrossment (Hansen): Wetland replacement requirements and agency service requirements modified, civil enforcement provided, and money appropriated

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1343, 1st Engrossment be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Environment & Natural Resources Finance Division.

Representative Hansen presented HF1343 and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified for or against HF1343:
Janette Brimmer, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Craig Johnson, League of Minnesota Cities
Doug Fischer Anoka County Engineers Association
Tom Jes, citizen of Plymouth, Minnesota
John Waller, citizen of Hugo, Minnesota
Elizabeth Mursko, City Administrator for the city of Columbus, Minnesota
Peter Coyle, Builders Association of the Twin Cities

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1343, 1st engrossment be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Environment & Natural Resources Finance Division.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1930 (Hansen): Board of Water and Soil Resources oversight of local government water management

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1930 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Environment & Natural Resources Finance Division.

Representative Lanning moved to amend HF1930 (see A07-0404).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hansen presented HF1930, as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1930, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Environment & Natural Resources Finance Division.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF2175 (Kalin): Requiring the commissioner of administration to construct accessible database reporting energy use in public buildings; appropriating money.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF2175 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations, Reform, Technology, & Elections.

Chair Hilstrom moved to amend HF2175 (see H2175A1).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMETN WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kalin presented HF2175, as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Dave Fielding, Minnesota Department of Administration testified on behalf of HF2175 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom moved to orally amend HF2175 as follows:
Page 2, line 30: delete "(1)"
Delete page 2, line 31 through page 2, line 34.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF2175, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations, Reform, Technology, & Elections without further recommendation.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF301 (Davnie): Blighted housing rehabilitation program established, and nuisance properties transferred to nonprofit housing organizations.

Representative Davnie provided an informational overview of HF301 and took questions from the committee.

Perry DeStefano, Attorney, testified on behalf of HF301 and took questions from the committee.

HF2176 (Kalin): Requiring the state to maintain searchable databases on tax increment financing and JOBZ; appropriating money.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF2176 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Chair Hilstrom moved to amend HF2176 (see 07-3408).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kalin presented HF2176, as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Rebecca Otto, Minnesota Auditor, testified on behalf of HF2176 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF2176, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1919 (Marquart): Plats of land contents, survey, and approval provided.

Representative Marquart moved that HF1919 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety & Civil Justice.

Representative Marquart moved to amend HF1919 (see A07-0413).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Marquart presented HF1919, as amended.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF1919 and took questions from the committee:
Lynn Caswell, Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors
Mike Welling, Minnesota Association of County Surveyors

Representative Marquart renewed his motion that HF1919, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety & Civil Justice.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1476, 1st Engrossment (Knuth): Individual sewage treatment systems provisions modified.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1476, 1st Engrossment be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Agriculture & Rural Economies Finance Division.

Representative Knuth presented HF1476, 1st En. and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom moved to orally amend HF1746, 1st En. as follows:
Page 2, line 33: delete "a year" and insert "2 years"
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Annalee Garletz, Association of Minnesota Counties testified on behalf of HF1746, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1476, 1st Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Agriculture & Rural Economies Finance Division.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1872 (Thissen): Hennepin County; Hennepin Healthcare system personnel conflicts of interest regulated.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1872 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

Chair Hilstrom moved to amend HF1872 (see A07-0373).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen presented HF1872 as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Andy Mitchell, Hennepin County testified on behalf HF1872 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1872, as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1376 (Holberg): Extinguishing interest in abandoned town road requirements modified.

Representative Holberg moved that HF1376 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Transportation Finance Division.

Representative Holberg moved to amend HF1376 (see H1376DE3).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Holberg presented HF1376, as amended and took questions from the committee.
James Blanchard, Citizen of Lakeville, Minnesota, testified on behalf of HF1376 and took questions from the committee.

Kent Sulem, Minnesota Association of Townships testified on HF1376 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom tabled HF1376.

HF1432 (Huntley): St. Louis County civil service director provisions modified.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF1432 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Anzelc presented HF1432 on behalf of Representative Huntley, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1432 on behalf of Representative Huntley, and took questions from the committee.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF611, 1st Engrossment (Anzelc): Workplace communications between labor organizations and employees protected, and certain employer conduct prohibited.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF611, 1st engrossment, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Anzelc presented HF611, and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom moved to amend HF611 (see A07-0426).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following individuals testified on HF611 and took questions from the committee:
Craig Johnson, League of Minnesota Cities
Paul Larson, Department of Employee Relations

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF611, 1st engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF284, 1st Engrossment (Ruth): Special assessment deferments authorized form members of the armed forces.

Representative Lanning moved that HF284, 1st Engrossment be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Ruth presented HF284.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF284 and took questions from the committee:
Jen O'Rourke, League of Minnesota Cities
Eric Ahlness, National Guard Officer

Representative Lanning renewed his motion that HF284, 1st Engrossment be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1141 (Emmer): Hennepin and Wright Counties change of boundaries by resolution authorized.

Representative Lanning moved that HF1141 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Emmer presented HF1141, and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF1141 and took questions from the committee:
Michael Beyer, Mayor of Rockford, Minnesota
Cynthia Garry, citizen of Rockford, Minnesota
Jeanette Granci, citizen of Rockford, Minnesota

Representative Lanning renewed his motion that HF1141 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF2104 (Dill): Cook County local lodging and admissions taxes authorized.

Chair Hilstrom moved that HF2104 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.

Representative Dill presented HF2104 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF2104 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes without further recommendation.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

SF1045(Ortman)/ HF1161 (Kohls): Scott County and Housing and Redevelopment Authority renamed Scott County Community Development Agency

Chair Hilstrom picked up SF1045 in lieu of HF1161, and moved that SF1045 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Kohls presented SF1045 and took questions from the committee.

Chair Hilstrom renewed her motion that SF1045 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1490 (Beard): Scott County hiring process and personnel provisions modified.

Representative Beard moved that HF1490 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Beard presented HF1490 and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF1490 and took questions from the committee:
David Unmacht, County Administrator, Scott County
Lori Huss, Employee Relations Representative, Scott County

Representative Beard renewed his motion that HF1490 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1708 (Peterson, N): Hennepin County design-build contract provisions modified.

Representative Lanning moved that HF1708 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Lanning moved to amend HF1708 (see H1708A1).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Peterson presented HF1708 as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Representative Lanning renewed his motion that HF1708, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF86 (Hackbarth): Elk River designated as state energy city.

Representative Lanning moved that HF86 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Hackbarth presented HF86, and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF86, and took questions from the committee.
Vance Zehringer, Chair, Energy City Commission, City of Elk River
Ron Bratlie, Commissioner, Energy City Commission, City of Elk River
Bryan Adams, Commissioner, Energy City Commission, City of Elk River

Representative Lanning renewed his motion that HF86 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

Representative Scalze assumed the gavel at 8:15pm.

HF2223 (Abeler): Authorizing home rule charter cities to provide by charter the procedures for appointment of housing and redevelopment commissioner

Representative Lanning moved that HF2223 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Abeler presented HF2223, and took questions from the committee.

Representative Lanning renewed his motion that HF2223 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1629 (Hilstrom): Fair market value determination clarified in certain dedication proceedings.

Representative Hilstrom moved that HF1629 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Hilstrom moved to amend HF1629 (see 07-0427).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilstrom presented HF1629, as amended, and took questions from the committee.

Representative Hilstrom moved to incorporated an amendment into the 07-0427 amendment as follows:
Page 1, line 7, delete "city" and insert "municipality"
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS INCORPORATED.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF1629 and took questions from the committee.
Peter Coyle, Builders Association of the Twin Cities
James Vagle, Builders Association of the Twin Cities

Representative Hilstrom renewed her motion that HF1629, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

Representative Holberg moved to take HF1376 off the table for reconsideration.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Holberg moved that HF1376, as amended be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

Vice-Chair Tschumper assumed the gavel at 8:36pm.

HF822, 1st Engrossment (Clark): Neighborhood revitalization policy board required to study and report on continued needs for funding.

Vice-Chair Tschumper moved that HF822, 1st Engrossment, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Clark presented HF822, and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF822:
Jeffrey Strand, citizen of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Paul Hyde, Real Estate Recycling
Carol Ann Pass, East Phillips Improvement Coalition

Vice-Chair Tschumper renewed his motion that HF822,1st Engrossment, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF267 (Olson): Municipal boundary adjustment advisory task force extended.

Representative Olson moved that HF267 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Olson moved to amend HF267 (see A07-0373).
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Olson presented HF267, as amended, and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified on behalf of HF267 and took questions from the committee:
Nancy Larson, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities
Kent Sulem, Minnesota Association of Townships

Representative Olson renewed his motion that HF267, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

Representative Dominguez moved that the minutes of March 12, 2007 be adopted.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Representative Solberg moved that the minuets of March 14, 2007 be adopted.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.


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Representative Debra Hilstrom
Chair

Erin Huppert
Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF2104 (Dill) Cook County local lodging and admission taxes authorized.
HF2093 (Anderson, B.) Clearwater local sales and use tax authorized.
HF1514 (Atkins) Aggregate material host fees authorized.
HF1808 (Atkins) Tax increment financing plan modification procedures clarified to not apply to certain acquisitions of property.
HF1685 (Mullery) Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority powers clarified.
HF1762 (Simon) City charter commission discharge mechanism provided.
HF1205 (Kranz) Displaced residents relocation compensation required relating to manufactured homes.
HF301 (Davnie) Blighted housing rehabilitation program established, and nuisance properties transferred to nonprofit housing organizations. (Informational Hearing)
HFXXXX (Kalin) A bill for an act relating to energy; requiring commissioner of administration to construct accessible database reporting energy use in public buildings; appropriating money.
HFXXX (Kalin) A bill for an act relating to state government; requiring the state to maintain searchable databases on tax increment financing and JOBZ; appropriating money.
HF2102 (Hansen) Lilydale food and beverage tax authorized.
HF1343 (Hansen) Wetland replacement requirements and agency service requirements modified, civil enforcement provided, and money appropriated.
HF1930 (Hansen) Local water management accountability and oversight improvement provided, and money appropriated.
HF1476 (Knuth) Individual sewage treatment systems provisions modified.
HF1486( Pelowski) Charitable organizations authorized to participate in joint powers agreements.
HF1919 (Marquart) Plats of land contents, survey, and approval provided.
HF1872 (Thissen) Hennepin County; Hennepin Healthcare system personnel conflicts of interest regulated.
HF1432 (Huntley) St. Louis County civil service director provisions modified.
HF1629 (Hilstrom) Fair market value determination clarified in certain dedication proceedings.
HF267 (Olson) Municipal boundary adjustment advisory task force extended.
HF1161 (Kohls) Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority renamed the Scott County Community Development Agency.
HF1141 (Emmer) Hennepin and Wright counties change of boundaries by resolution authorized.
HF284 (Ruth) Special assessment deferments authorized for members of the armed forces.
HF86 (Hackbarth) Elk River designated as the state energy city.
HF1490 (Beard) Scott County hiring process and personnel provisions modified.
HF1376 (Holberg) Extinguishing interest in abandoned town road requirements modified.
HF1708 (Peterson, N.) Hennepin County design-build contract provisions modified.
HF822 (Clark) Neighborhood revitalization policy board required to study and report on continued needs for funding.
HF611 (Anzelc) Workplace communications between labor organizations and employees protected, and certain employer conduct prohibited.
HFXXXX (Abeler) Authorizing home rule charter cities to provide by charter the procedures for appointment of housing and redevelopment commissioner.
HF1916 (Brod) Construction permits clarified relating to ownership of a contiguous nonconforming lot or parcel.

HF1876 (Hilstrom) has been removed from the agenda.