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Minnesota Legislature

18th MEETING - Finance

2009-2010 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA 18th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlson, Chair of the Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at
8:54 A.M. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


Carlson, Lyndon, Chair
Benson, John, Vice Chair
Buesgens, Mark
Brod, Laura
Champion, Bobby Joe
Clark, Karen
Emmer, Tom
Garofalo, Patrick
Greiling, Mindy
Hackbarth, Tom
Hausman, Alice
Hilty, Bill
Howes, Larry
Huntley, Thomas
Juhnke, Al
Kahn, Phyllis
Kiffmeyer, Mary
Knuth, Kate
Kohls, Paul
Lenczewski, Ann
Murphy, Mary
Paymar, Michael
Pelowski, Gene
Peppin, Joyce
Rukavina, Tom
Seifert, Marty, Ex-Officio
Shimanski, Ron
Simon, Steve
Slawik, Nora
Smith, Steve
Solberg, Loren
Thissen, Paul
Wagenius, Jean
Winkler, Ryan

A quorum was present.

Rep. Solberg moved approval of the minutes of Monday, April 6, 2009. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Rep. Paymar moved adoption of the Public Safety Finance Division Report for HF1242, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Paymar moved that HF1242, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Rep. Seifert presented HF1242, First Committee Engrossment (Seifert) Brandon's law established, and procedures implemented for investigating missing person cases.

Testified on HF1242, First Committee Engrossment:

Dale & Sally Zamlen, parents of Dan Zamlen

Rep. Paymar renewed the motion that HF1242, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Paymar moved adoption of the Public Safety Finance Division Report for HF1657, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Paymar moved that HF1657, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Paymar presented HF1657, First Committee Engrossment (Paymar) Public safety omnibus finance bill.

Rep. Paymar renewed the motion that HF1657, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Carlson announced that the Finance Committee will be taking amendments to HF1122, First Committee Engrossment (Juhnke) today, but then laying over HF1122, First Committee Engrossment. At the Friday, April 17th meeting, we will be amending the portion of the Military Affairs from the HF1781, State Government Finance Bill (Kahn) into HF1122, First Committee Engrossment (Juhnke) to align it with the Senate.

Rep. Juhnke moved adoption of the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division Report for HF1122, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Juhnke moved HF1122, First Committee Engrossment.

Rep. Juhnke moved to amend HF1122, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1122A40). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Juhnke presented HF1122, First Committee Engrossment, as amended (Juhnke) Agriculture and veterans affairs omnibus finance bill.

HF1122, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, was laid over.

Rep. Carlson announced that the Finance Committee will be taking amendments to HF2229, First Committee Engrossment (Murphy) but then laying it over. The Finance Committee will divide portions of the bill and amend onto the HF1169 Economic Development, (Rukavina) HF0002, First Committee Engrossment, K-12 (Greiling), HF2123, First Committee Engrossment, Environment and Energy (Wagenius/Hilty) and HF1781, First Committee Engrossment, State Government (Kahn) bills to align with the Senate.

Rep. Murphy moved adoption of the Cultural and Outdoor Heritage Finance Division Report for HF2229, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Murphy moved HF2229, First Committee Engrossment.

Rep. Murphy, M. presented HF2229, First Committee Engrossment (Murphy, M.) Cultural and outdoor resources omnibus finance bill.

HF2229, First Committee Engrossment was laid over.

Chair Carlson recessed the meeting at 10:35 A.M.
Chair Carlson reconvened the meeting at 6:35 P.M.

Rep. Champion moved adoption of the Transportation Policy and Finance Division Report for HF1309, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Champion moved that HF1309, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Champion moved to amend HF1309, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H1309A9). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Lieder presented HF1309, First Committee Engrossment, as amended (Lieder) Transportation omnibus finance bill.

Matt Burress, House Research, responded to questions regarding HF1309, First Committee Engrossment, as amended.

Rep. Champion renewed the motion that HF1309, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.



Rep. Slawik moved adoption of the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division Report for HF2088, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Slawik moved that HF2088, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Rep. Slawik moved to amend HF2088, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H2088A3). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Slawik presented HF2088, First Committee Engrossment, as amended (Slawik) Early childhood education omnibus finance bill.

Rep. Slawik renewed the motion that HF 2088, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Wagenius moved adoption of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Report for HF2123, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Wagenius moved that HF2123, First Committee Engrossment be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Wagenius moved to amend HF2123, First Committee Engrossment. (See attached amendment H2123A31). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Wagenius presented HF2123, First Committee Engrossment, as amended (Wagenius) Environment and natural resources omnibus finance bill.

Jim Reinholdz, Fiscal Analyst, responded to questions regarding HF2123, First Engrossment, as amended.

Marty K. Vadis, Director, Lands and Minerals, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), responded to questions regarding HF2123, First Committee Engrossment, as amended.

Rep. Hilty moved to amend HF1754, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment H1754A3). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hilty moved to amend HF2123, First Committee Engrossment as amended. (See HF1754, First Committee Engrossment, as amended with amendment H1754A3). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Murphy moved to amend HF2123, First Committee Engrossment, as amended. (See attached Amendment PMA04 which is portions of the HF2229, First Committee Engrossment, (Murphy, M.) Cultural and Outdoor Heritage Finance Omnibus Bill). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Wagenius moved that HF2123, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following Finance Committee bills were referred by memo on April 6, April 7 and April 14, 2009.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2289 Cy Thao Reimbursement grant for certain farmers incurring crop damages funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Capital Investment Division.
HF Author Title
HF2282 Greg Davids Caledonia; City Hall energy efficiency improvements funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF2283 Greg Davids Caledonia; Wastewater treatment plant funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.
HF2284 Greg Davids Caledonia; Sewer and water infrastructure funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Capital Investment Division.
HF Author Title
HF1634 Karen Clark Minneapolis; Minnesota African American History Museum funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2285 Rick Hansen History education learning program grants established, money appropriated.
HF1673 Jean Wagenius Conservation easement management account established, contributions required.
HF1634 Karen Clark Minneapolis; Minnesota African American History Museum funding provided, bonds issued, money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Energy Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF2029 Jim Davnie Consumer small loan lenders and residential mortgage originators and servicers regulated, bank restrictions on holding real estate modified, calculation of reserves and nonforfeiture values of preneed funeral insurance contracts provided, annual audit requirements for insurers revised, life and health guaranty association benefit limits regulated, inflation indexing removed, and township mutuals regulated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
SF1012 Jean Wagenius Environment and natural resources funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2288 Andy Welti Spring inventory, assessment, and monitoring funding provided, money appropriated.
HF2290 John Persell Local grant program provided to acquire and manage aquatic management areas.
HF2295 Rick Hansen Department gift cards and certificates authorized, and money appropriated.
HF424 Rick Hansen Critical Areas Act of 1973 modified, and money appropriated.
HF2133 Kent Eken Storm water discharges regulation modified, and money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF200 Jim Abeler Broker use for medical transportation services prohibited, county social workers allowed to make level of need determinations, special transportation services renamed, and medical transportation requirements modified.
HF374 Paul Thissen Medical transportation requirements modified, and reimbursement modified.
HF657 Paul Thissen Critical access nursing facilities designated, rate decrease for certain nursing facilities provided, and any cost savings appropriated.
HF1110 Paul Thissen Persons with disabilities service programs and licensure provisions modified, report required, alternate overnight supervision technology allowed, and home and community-based waivered services changes made.
HF1522 Jeff Hayden Public policies and priorities for child welfare established, Northstar Care for Children established, and changes to adoption assistance made.
HF2069 Tina Liebling Chemical health pilot projects created.
SF230 Kim Norton Licensure for physician assistants created.
HF1708 Larry Hosch Mental health provisions amended, medical assistance reimbursement and eligibility changed, provider qualification and training requirements changed, mental health behavioral aide services amended, an excluded service added, special contracts with bordering states changed, and new methodology rate required.
HF599 Erin Murphy Human services commissioner required to modify the reimbursement methodology for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics and implement related initiatives.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF2286 Erin Murphy Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota capacity building grant for financial counseling program expansion funding provided, money appropriated.
HF2287 Bill Hilty University of Minnesota, Duluth; Natural Resources and Research Institute funding provided, money appropriated.
HF2006 Bobby Joe Champion Road authorities required to mitigate construction impacts on small businesses, construction mitigation grant program established, money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF504 Phyllis Kahn Women's heart health program established, and money appropriated.
HF1002 Erin Murphy Nursing education demonstration project grant established, and money appropriated.
HF1328 Paul Thissen Youth violence addressed as a public health problem, prevention and intervention programs addressing risk factors of youth violence coordinated and aligned.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the K-12 Education Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2291 Marsha Swails Teacher licensure by portfolio funding provided, money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on State Government Finance.
HF Author Title
HF2277 Julie Bunn Capital gains volatility reduction account established, commissioner of finance directed to adjust amounts in the account based on forecasts of individual income tax revenue resulting from taxation of capital gains income in comparison to a five-year aver
HF2293 Jeremy Kalin State green product aggregation program established for state agencies.
HF1137 Bill Hilty Ballot validity and recount provisions modified, penalty imposed.
HF1744 Bill Hilty Technology accessibility standards created for the state, rulemaking authorized, advisory committee established for techology standards for accessibility and usability, report required, and money appropriated.

As of Monday, April 6, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Transportation Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF2294 Melissa Hortman Trunk highway bridge improvement program requirements amended, and trunk highway bond authorization amended.
HF898 Frank Hornstein Greenhouse gas reduction goals and strategies added to various state and metropolitan programs and plans, goals established for per capita reduction in vehicle miles driven to reduce greenhouse gases and money transferred.
HF73 Lieder General fund money transfer to state airports fund required.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2301 Al Juhnke Clear water activities relating to agriculture funding provided, and money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF152 Al Juhnke Seed potato inspection fee statute technical changes made.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1950 Phyllis Kahn Digital radio conversion funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2165 Karen Clark Ojibwe and Dakota immersion program funding provided, and money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF696 David Dill Omnibus lands bill.
HF1132 David Dill Forest products scale cutting on state land eliminated.
HF1727 Rick Hansen Wellhead protection areas made eligible for the reinvest in Minnesota reserve program, conservation reserve program modified, and money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF181 Paul Thissen MinnesotaCare eligibility provisions modified.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the K-12 Education Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2203 Dave Olin Northland college grant provided for an online high school agricultural education program, and money appropriated.
HF181 Paul Thissen MinnesotaCare eligibility provisions modified.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the K-12 Education Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2165 Karen Clark Ojibwe and Dakota immersion program funding provided, and money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1609 Steve Smith Forensic Laboratory Advisory Board duties and responsibilities modified, investigation report's public availability clarified, Department of Administration required to provide office space and services to the board, money appropriated.
HF108 Thissen Seat belt violation made a primary offense in all seating positions regardless of age.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1827 Michael Paymar Judicial sanctions enforced, fines, fees, and surcharges included.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on State Government Finance.
HF Author Title
HF7 Ryan Winkler Laws prohibiting misuse of state funds clarified and strengthened.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Cultural & Outdoor Resources Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF1493 Leon Lillie State parks and trails funding provided, money appropriated, planning and report required.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF181 Paul Thissen MinnesotaCare eligibility provisions modified.
HF2306 Tom Huntley Health care provider tax proceeds dedicated to MinnesotaCare and health care access, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF2312 Tom Huntley Federal incentive payments issuance required, temporary rate increase provided for certain hospitals, voluntary intergovernmental transfer payments authorized, medical assistance payments authorized under certain circumstances, and additional certified pu
HF2316 Tom Huntley Certain hospital payment unallotments restored.
HF884 Paul Thissen Medical supplies and equipment purchasing alliance created.
HF866 Larry Hosch School districts required to obtain employee health coverage through the public employees insurance program.
HF986 Paul Thissen County maintenance of effort provisions amended for mental health provisions.
HF1795 Maria Ruud Birthing center licensure established, liability limited for hospitals and physicians in certain situations, fees established, and licensed birthing centers designated as essential community providers.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division.
HF Author Title
HF2311 Melissa Hortman Southeast Asian youth job skills development program grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF869 Tom Rukavina Midwest Higher Education Compact state membership funding provided and money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF19 Joe Mullery Postponement provided for property sales.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF2247 Debra Hilstrom Homelessness prevention and safer homes and neighborhoods accounts established, report required, money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Public Safety Finance Division.
HF Author Title
HF804 Paul Thissen Guardian and conservator governing provisions modified.
HF2247 Debra Hilstrom Homelessness prevention and safer homes and neighborhoods accounts established, report required, money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby referred to the Division on State Government Finance.
HF Author Title
HF354 Debra Hilstrom Mortgage foreclosure proceedings on homestead property mediation provided prior to commencement, and homestead-lender mediation account created.
HF723 Mary Murphy Omnibus pensions bill.
HF834 Paul Kohls State employee suggestion system established, money appropriated.

As of Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the following bills are hereby recalled from the Division on State Government Finance.
HF Author Title
HF2277 Julie Bunn Capital gains volatility reduction account established, commissioner of finance directed to adjust amounts in the account based on forecasts of individual income tax revenue resulting from taxation of capital gains income in comparison to a five-year aver



The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.




Representative Lyndon Carlson, Chair




Lill Pohlkamp, Committee Legislative Assistant
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HF1242 (Seifert) Brandon's law established, and procedures implemented for investigating missing person cases. HF1657 (Paymar) Public safety omnibus finance bill HF1122 (Juhnke) Agriculture and veterans affairs omnibus finance bill HF2229 (Murphy, M.) Cultural and outdoor resources omnibus finance bill HF1309 (Lieder) Transportation omnibus finance bill HF2088 (Slawik) Early childhood education omnibus finance bill HF2123 (Wagenius) Environment and natural resources omnibus finance bill

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03:29 - Gavel. 03:50 - HF1242 (Seifert) Brandon's law established, and procedures implemented for investigating missing person cases. 25:49 - HF1657 (Paymar) Omnibus Public Safety Finance bill. 47:49 - HF1122 (Juhnke) Omnibus Agriculture, Rural Economies, and Veterans Affairs Finance bill. 1:35:26 - HF2229 (Murphy, M.) Omnibus Cultural and Outdoor Resources Finance bill. The committee went in to recess. Runs 1 hour, 42 minutes.