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TWELFTH MEETING - Commerce and Labor

2009-2010 Regular Session

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

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND LABOR

MINUTES


Representative Leon Lillie, Vice-Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee, called the meeting to order at 4:36 P.M. on March 19, 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
FRITZ, Patti
SIMON, Steve
ANZELC, Tom
KNUTH, Kate
SLOCUM, Linda
ZELLERS, Kurt
DAVIDS, Greg
HOPPE, Joe
ANDERSON, Sarah
MURDOCK, Mark

The following members were excused:

THAO, Cy
HOSCH, Larry
SANDERS, Tim

A quorum was present.


Representative Simon moved that the minutes of March 17, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF818 (Hilstrom) Financial records disclosure in connection with financial exploitation investigations authorized, procedures for reporting and investigating maltreatment modified, duties of financial institutions in cases of financial exploitation specified, and penalties imposed.

Representative Davids moved HF818.

Representative Davids moved the Committee Report on HF818 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Davids moved the H0818A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF818:

Representative Debra Hilstrom
Sandra Anderson, Retired Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Manager, Founder and Director Wells Fargo Elder Services, Wells Fargo Bank, Vice Chair Minnesota Board on Aging
Kevin Hansen, Elder Care

Representative Davids moved HF818, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF1149 (Juhnke) Telecommunications promotion activities provisions modified.

Representative Hoppe moved HF1149.

Representative Hoppe moved the Committee Report on HF1149 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hoppe moved the H1149A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF1149:

Representative Joe Hoppe

Representative Hoppe moved HF1149, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF908 (Urdahl) Shared work employer plans extended by one year.

Representative Zellers moved the Committee Report on HF908 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Zellers moved HF908.

Representative Zellers moved the H0908DE1 amendment.

Representative Zellers moved the H0908A2 amendment to the H0908DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Zellers moved the H0908DE1 amendment, as amended. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF908:

Representative Dean Urdahl
Steve Michael, DuraSupreme

Representative Zellers moved HF908, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Atkins assumed the Gavel at 5:00 p.m.


HF357 (Falk) Community-based energy development project tariff and contract provisions modified.

Representative Atkins moved HF357.

Representative Atkins moved the H0357A8 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people testified on HF357:

Representative Andrew Falk
General Wesley Clark
Bob Olson, Independent Community Bankers
Debra Birgen, Missouri River Energy Services
Bill Black, MN Municipal Utilities Association
Glen Skarbakka, Great River Energy
Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires
Kenric Scheevel, Dairyland Power Co-Op
Rick Evans, Xcel Energy
Adam Sokolski, Iberdrola Renewables

Representative Atkins moved HF357, as amended, be laid over.


HF1418 (Nelson) Plumbing regulated.

Representative Davnie moved the Committee Report on HF1418 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Davnie moved HF1418.

The following people testified on HF1418:

Representative Michael Nelson

Representative Davnie moved HF1418, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development Finance & Policy Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Lillie assumed the gavel at 5:42 p.m.


HF1619 (Atkins) Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Act's funeral and burial expense benefits increased.

Representative Atkins moved HF1619.

The following people testified on HF1619:

Representative Joe Atkins
Elaine Love, Farmers Insurance
Vicky Rizzolo, American Family Insurance

Representative Atkins moved HF1619 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Atkins assumed the gavel at 5:45 p.m.


HF705 (Loeffler) Preventive health care promoted by requiring high deductible health plans used with a health savings account to cover preventive care with no deductible as permitted by federal law.

Representative Atkins moved HF705.

The following people testified on HF705:

Dave Renner, MN Medical Association
Dave Arons, American Cancer Society
Representative Diane Loeffler
Kathryn Kmit, MN Council of Health Plans
Mike Hickey, National Federation of Independent Businesses

Representative Atkins moved HF705 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:59 P.M.





Rep. Joe Atkins, Chair


Christopher Kwapick, Committee Legislative Asst.
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Agenda:

HF357 (Falk) Community-based energy development project tariff and contract provisions modified. HF1619 (Atkins) Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Act's funeral and burial expense benefits increased. HF818 (Hilstrom) Financial records disclosure in connection with financial exploitation investigations authorized, procedures for reporting and investigating maltreatment modified, duties of financial institutions in cases of financial exploitation specified, and penalties imposed. HF1149 (Juhnke) Telecommunications promotion activities provisions modified. HF1418 (Nelson) Plumbing regulated. HF705 (Loeffler) Preventive health care promoted by requiring high deductible health plans used with a health savings account to cover preventive care with no deductible as permitted by federal law. HF908 (Urdahl) Shared work employer plans extended by one year. HF690 (Hortman), HF1214 (Davnie) and HF 326 (Clark) have been removed from the agenda.

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