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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirtieth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - November 04, 2009

State of Minnesota Thirtieth Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division & The Civil Justice Committee


Representative Mullery, Chair, called the thirtieth meeting to order at 10:13 a.m. on November 4, 2009 in Room 5 of the State office Building.

10:13

Chair Hilty assumed the gavel.

The clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Atkins, Joe
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Obermueller, Mike
Welti, Andy
Mullery, Joe
Drazkowski, Steve
Holberg, Mary Liz
Kelly, Tim
Mahoney, Tim
BUESGENS, Mark


Members excused:

Brynaert, Kathy
Sailer, Brita
Champion, Bobby Joe
Hilstrom, Debra
Hortman, Melissa
Olin, Dave
Paymar, Michael
Scott, Peggy

Members absent:

Falk, Andrew
Westrom, Torrey
Anderson, Bruce
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Persell, John



A quorum was not present.

Informational hearing on HF1182 (Bly) Public service corporation exemptions repealed.

Handout: Provisions of Chapter 117 that energy-related entities are currently exempt from but would be subject to under Rep. Bly’s bill
110409Bly001.pdf

Handout: 117.189 PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATION EXCEPTIONS.
(Changes from last session.)
110409Bly003.pdf

Handout: Proposed Bill Language
110409Bly002.pdf

10:14 a.m.

Rep. Bly made opening remarks.

Members asked questions.

10:24 a.m.

Speaking in favor of HF1182.
Mr. Thom Petersen, Government Relations Director
Minnesota Farmer's Union
651-288-4067 (w) | 651-639-0421 (fax) |
thom@mfu.org
600 County Rd D W, Suite 14, St. Paul, MN 55112-3521 | 651-639-1223
www.mfu.org

Members asked questions.

10:30 a.m.
Mr. Russell Martin, Elko MN
952-461-3352 (w) |

10:36 a.m.
Ms. Bev Topp, Eureka Township
952-469-4859 (w) |

Handout: Michelle Leonard (December 20, 2007) "Residents Suggest Caution When Eyeing
Power Line Plans." Farmington Independent, pp. 1A, 2A.

Members asked questions.

10:45 a.m.
Mr. Steve Coman
RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, Inc.
952-873-2859 (fax) |
steve.coman@respyro.com
21595 286th Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011 | 952-873-3113

Handout: Maps of Coman residence.
110409SteveComan001.pdf

Handout: Coman, Steve. Letter to committee members. November 4, 2009.
110409SteveComan002.pdf

Members asked questions.

Utilities testifying against the bill:

10:54 a.m.
Mr. Michael Ahern
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
612-340-2881 (w) | 612-723-6478 (c) |
ahern.michael@dorsey.com
50 S 6th St, Ste 1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:59 a.m.

Members asked questions.

11:03 a.m.
Mr. Lee Sundberg, Director of Government Affairs
Minnesota Rural Electric Association
763-424-7238 (w) | 763-439-2511 (c) | 763-424-5820 (fax) |
lee@mrea.org
11640 73rd Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-424-1020
www.mrea.org

11:10 a.m.

Members asked questions.

11:20 a.m.
Mr. Rick Evans, Director, Regional Government Affairs
Xcel Energy
612-337-2256 (w) | 952-920-5167 (h) | 612-770-1966 (c) |
rick.evans@xcelenergy.com
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993
www.xcelenergy.com

11:25 a.m.

Members asked questions.

Bob Eleff, House Research, explained lines 1.10-1.13.

11:34 a.m.
Mr. Craig Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations Representative
League of Minnesota Cities
651-281-1259 (w) | 651-470-1825 (c) | 651-215-4116 (fax) |
cjohnson@lmc.org
145 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103-2044

Testifying in favor of the bill.

11:41 a.m.
John Schmick, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
Shenehon Company, Business and Real Estate Valuations
612-333-6533 (w) | 612-344-1635 (fax) |
schmick@shenehon.com
88 South 10th Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | 612-333-6533
ationSpecialist@shenehon.com

Members asked question.

11:54 a.m.
Mr. Gregory Soule, Attorney at Law
Best & Flanagan LLP
612-349-5653 (w) | 612-339-5897 (fax) |
gsoule@bestlaw.com
225 S 6th St, Suite 4000, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4690 | 612-339-7121

Handout: Soule, Gregory. Testimony.
110409GregSoule.pdf

12:03 p.m.
Ms. Carol Overland, Attorney at Law
Overland Law Office
overland@redwing.net
P.O. Box 176, Red Wing, MN 55066 | (612) 227-8638
www.legalectric.org

Handout: Overland, Carol. Specific things that would help landowners.
110409CarolOverland.pdf

Members asked questions.
Mr. Robert Johnson
AEI Fund Management, Inc
651-227-7333 (w) | 651-227-7705 (fax) |
rjohnson@aeifunds.com
1300 Minnesota World Trade Center, 30 Seventh St E, St. Paul, MN 55101-4901 | 651-227-7333
www.aeifunds.com

Handout: Johnson, Robert. Letter to Rep. Hilty. November 2, 2009
110409RobertJohnson.pdf


12:18 p.m.
Joyce Osborn, Landowner, Scott County/Burnsville

12:22 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned.




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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

Informational hearing on HF1182 (Bly) Public service corporation exemptions repealed.