STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
CIVIL JUSTICE POLICY COMMITTEE MINUTES
Representative Mullery, Chair, called the meeting to order at 4:39 P.M. on Monday, February 22, 2010, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
The Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Kulick Jackson, Vice Chair
Drazkowski, GOP Lead
A quorum was present.
Representative Olin moved approval of the Minutes for February 16, 2010, and February 17, 2010. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Chair Mullery announced that this would be an informational hearing only on the following bills:
HF 999 (Mullery): A bill for an act relating to civil law; providing for civil union relationships; substituting civil union contracts for marriage for purposes of Minnesota law; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 363A.27; 517.01; 517.02; 517.03; 517.07; 517.08; 517.10; 517.101; 517.20; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 517; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 517.04; 517.041; 517.05; 517.06; 517.09; 517.13; 517.14; 517.15; 517.16; 517.18.
HF 1740 (Winkler): A bill for an act relating to marriage; recognizing certain marriages performed in other states; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 517.03, subdivision 1; 517.20
HF 893 (Kahn): A bill for an act relating to marriage; providing for gender-neutral marriage laws; enacting the Marriage and Family Protection Act; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 363A.27; 517.01; 517.03, subdivision 1; 517.08, subdivision 1a; 517.09.
Chair Mullery gave a brief description of HF 999.
Representative Winkler gave a brief description of HF 1740
Representative Kahn gave a brief description of HF 893.
Testifying for the bills:
Ryan and Chris Dolan, St. Paul
Randi, Philip, and Jacob Reitan, Eden Prairie
Polly and Deborah Talen, Minneapolis
The Reverend Douglas Donley, University Baptist Church, Dinkytown
Dale Carpenter, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Testifying in opposition to the bills:
Father Michael Becker, Minnesota Catholic Bishops
Teresa Stanton Collett, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Willard Harley, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, White Bear Lake
David Glesne, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fridley
Barb Davis White, Minneapolis
A brief question and answer period followed the testimony.
Chair Mullery announced that the written testimony of Russ Stanton, Inter Faculty Organization, would be entered into the record.
The meeting adjourned at 6:15 P.M.
Joe Mullery, Chair
Vickie Benson, Committee Legislative Assistant