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Minnesota Legislature

FOURTEENTH MEETING - Commerce and Labor

2009-2010 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND LABOR

MINUTESA


Representative Joe Atkins, Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee, called the meeting to order at 4:36 P.M. on March 26, 2009, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

ATKINS, Joe (Chair)
LILLIE, Leon (Vice-Chair)
MULLERY, Joe
DAVNIE, Jim
JOHNSON, Sheldon
THAO, Cy
FRITZ, Patti
SIMON, Steve
KNUTH, Kate
SLOCUM, Linda
ZELLERS, Kurt
DAVIDS, Greg
HOPPE, Joe
ANDERSON, Sarah
MURDOCK, Mark
SANDERS, Tim

The following members were excused:

HOSCH, Larry
ANZELC, Tom

A quorum was present.


Representative Davids moved that the minutes of March 24, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1345 (Abeler) Claims processing practices by third-party administrators of health coverage plans prohibited, health claims clearinghouses regulated, and insurer audits of health claims payments time limit provided.

Representative Davids moved HF 1345.

Representative Davids moved the H1345A4 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Davids moved to reconsider the H1345A4 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Davids moved to orally amend the H1345A4 amendment as follows:
Delete line 1.5 through 1.20. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Davids moved the H1345A4 amendment, as amended. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Davids moved the H1345A6 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.


The following people testified on HF 1345:

Representative Jim Abeler
Lin Nelson, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Representative Davids moved the H1345A5 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved HF 1345, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1169 (Rukavina) Public employer purchases and acquisitions of equipment and apparel regulated.

Representative Atkins moved the Committee Report on HF 1169 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Atkins moved HF 1169.

The following people testified on HF 1169:

Representative Tom Rukavina
Jim Rhodes, Department of Administration
Kent Allin, Department of Administration
Hue Nguyen, League of MN Cities

Representative Atkins moved HF 1169 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 448 (Mullery) Emergency 911 systems allowed to include referral to mental health crisis teams.

Representative Johnson moved the Committee Report on HF 448 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Mullery moved HF 448.

The following people testified on HF 448:

Representative Joe Mullery

Representative Mullery moved HF 448 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1823 (Simon) Church benefits board authorized to act as trustee of a trust.

Representative Simon moved HF 1823.

The following people testified on HF 1823:

Representative Steve Simon
Bob Ryland, ELCA Board of Pensions

Representative Simon moved HF 1823 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 42 (Thissen) Temporary MinnesotaCare eligibility provided for certain individuals receiving unemployment benefits, guaranteed issue required in the individual insurance market for certain individuals who had received money temporary MinnesotaCare coverage, and money appropriated.

Representative Atkins moved HF 42.

Representative Atkins moved the H0042DE5 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved the H0042A7 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 42:

Representative Paul Thissen

Representative Atkins moved HF 42, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on Health & Human Services Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 458 (Thissen) Consumer product development and regulation advisory council created, and comprehensive framework established for consumer products that protect, support, and enhance human health, the environment, and economic development, and appointments provided.

Representative Atkins moved the Committee Report on HF 458 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Atkins moved HF 458.

Representative Atkins moved the A09-0280 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 458:

Representative Paul Thissen

Representative Atkins moved HF 458, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to Environment Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 250 (Knuth) Children's health protected from toxic chemicals in products, disclosure required by manufacturers of children's products that contain chemicals of high concern, Pollution Control Agency authorized to designate priority chemicals and safer alternative replacement required, exemption process provided, clearinghouse participation authorized, and legislative reports required.

Representative Atkins moved the Committee Report on HF 250 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Knuth moved HF 250.

Representative Knuth moved the H0250A4 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 250:

Representative Kate Knuth


Representative Lillie assumed the gavel at 5:11 p.m.

Representative Atkins assumed the gavel at 5:15 p.m.


Representative Atkins moved the H0250A5 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Kathleen Schuler, Healthy Legacy
John Easter, American Chemistry Council
Douglas Troutman, The Soap & Detergent Association

Representative Atkins moved to reconsider the H0250A5 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.




Representative Atkins moved to orally amend the H0250A5 amendment as follows:
Delete "Page 9" and insert "Page 8". THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved the H0250A5 amendment, as amended. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Knuth moved to orally amend HF 250 as follows:
Delete lines 9.30 through 9.32. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Zellers moved the H0250A6 amendment.

Representative Zellers requested a roll call on the H0250A6. The results were as follows:

AYES:
Davids
Hoppe
Murdock
Sanders
Zellers

NAYS:
Atkins
Fritz
Johnson
Knuth
Lillie
Simon
Slocum
Thao

On a vote of 5 AYES to 8 NAYS, THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Zellers moved the H0250A7 amendment.

Representative Zellers moved to orally amend the H0250A7 amendment as follows:
Delete lines 1.11 through 1.22. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Zellers moved the H0250A7 amendment, as amended. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Knuth moved HF 250, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 326 (Clark) Bisphenol-A prohibited in products for young children.

Representative Atkins moved the Committee Report on HF 326 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Atkins moved HF 326.


Representative Lillie assumed the gavel at 5:48 p.m.


The following people testified on HF 326:

Representative Karen Clark
Lindsay Dahl, Healthy Legacy

Representative Atkins moved HF 326, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 2099 (Zellers) Commerce licensing and regulation provided, and prelicense and continuing education requirements established.

Representative Zellers moved HF 2099.

Representative Zellers moved the A09-0225 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Zellers moved the H2099A101 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 2099:

Representative Kurt Zellers
Peter Bratsch, MN Department of Commerce
Dominic Sposeto, Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Representative Zellers moved HF 2099, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 2163 (Loeffler) Small employer health insurance market expanded, and small employer health coverage standard application form development process created.

Representative Lillie moved HF 2163.

Representative Lillie moved the H2163A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 2163:

Representative Diane Loeffler
Joy Mosley, Biotest Labs


Representative Atkins assumed the gavel at 6:14 p.m.


Chris Schneeman, Agents Coalition for Health Care Reform
Phil Griffin, MN Council of Health Plans
Bob Johnson, Insurance Federation of Minnesota

Representative Lillie moved HF 2163, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 2130 (Juhnke) Clarifying on-sale event license requirement

Representative Atkins moved HF 2130.

The following people testified on HF 2130:

Representative Al Juhnke

Representative Atkins moved HF 2130 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Liquor Omnibus Bill.


Representative Lillie assumed the gavel at 6:33 p.m.


HF 1512 (Atkins) Electronic bingo authorized, pull-tab dispensing devices modified, clarifying and conforming changes made.

Representative Atkins moved HF 1512, as amended.

Representative Atkins moved to reconsider the H1512A3 amendment.

Representative Atkins moved to remove the H1512A3 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS REMOVED.

Representative Atkins moved the H1512A4 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 1512:

Representative Joe Atkins

Representative Atkins moved HF 1512, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 612 (Lesch) Sick leave minimum standards established.

Representative Atkins moved the Committee Report on HF 612 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Atkins moved HF 612.

Representative Atkins moved the H0612A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved the H0612A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 612:

Representative John Lesch
Bernie Hesse, UFCW
Barb Johnson, citizen
Erin Anderson, ACORN
Rob Reinhart, Minnesota Employment Law Council
Jeremy Estenson, MN Chamber of Commerce
Karen Cossette, Lehman’s Garage
Robin Schroeder, Schroeder Company
Jennifer O’Rourke, League of MN Cities
Mike Hickey, National Federation of Independent Business
Buzz Anderson, MN Retailers
Josh Whitney-Wise, SEIU

Representative Atkins moved to orally amend HF 612 as follows:
Delete Subd. 7.
Delete Subd. 8. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Atkins moved HF 612, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1214 (Davnie) Eviction provisions clarified, governing contracts for deeds modified, and contracts regulated for deeds involving residential property and residential leases with an option to purchase.

Representative Davnie moved the Committee Report on HF 1214 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Davnie moved HF 1214.

Representative Davnie moved to orally amend HF 1214 as follows:
Delete Sec. 3. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 1214:

Representative Jim Davnie
Ron Elwood, Legal Aid
Christine Berger, MN Realtors

Representative Davnie moved HF 1214, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Lillie assumed the gavel at 7:28 p.m.


HF 2138 (Atkins) Insurance continuation coverage regulated, Minnesota law conformed to the requirements necessary for assistance eligible individuals who are not enrolled in continuation coverage to receive a federal premium subsidy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Representative Atkins moved HF 2138.

Representative Atkins moved the H2138A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 2138:

Representative Joe Atkins

Representative Atkins moved HF 2138, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 1476 (Atkins) Exclusive liquor stores allowed to sell multiple use bags.

Representative Atkins moved HF 1476.

Representative Atkins moved the H1476DE2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Simon moved the H1476A1 amendment to amend the H1476DE2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF 1476:

Representative Joe Atkins

Representative Atkins moved HF 1476, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:39 P.M.


Rep. Joe Atkins, Chair


Christopher Kwapick, Committee Legislative Asst.
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Agenda:

HF1169 (Rukavina) Public employer purchases and acquisitions of equipment and apparel regulated. HF1823 (Simon) Church benefits board authorized to act as trustee of a trust. HF1345 (Abeler) Claims processing practices by third-party administrators of health coverage plans prohibited, health claims clearinghouses regulated, and insurer audits of health claims payments time limit provided. HF42 (Thissen) Temporary MinnesotaCare eligibility provided for certain individuals receiving unemployment benefits, guaranteed issue required in the individual insurance market for certain individuals who had received money temporary MinnesotaCare coverage, and money appropriated. HF458 (Thissen) Consumer product development and regulation advisory council created, and comprehensive framework established for consumer products that protect, support, and enhance human health, the environment, and economic development, and appointments provided. HF250 (Knuth) Children's health protected from toxic

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