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TENTH MEETING - K-12 Education Policy and Oversight

2009-2010 Regular Session

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


K-12 EDUCATION POLICY & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair of the K-12 Education Policy & Oversight Committee, called the tenth meeting to order at 8:35 AM on Thursday, February 5, 2009 in the basement hearing room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll:

Members present:

MARIANI, Carlos (Chair)
KATH, Kory
ABELER, Jim
BRYNAERT, Kathy
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMMER, Randy
DITTRICH, Denise
DOEPKE, Connie
DOWNEY, Keith
FAUST, Tim
GREILING, Mindy
LOON, Jenifer
MCFARLANE, Carol
MURDOCK, Mark
NEWTON, Jerry
NORNES, Bud
NORTON, Kim
OBERMUELLER, Mike
PETERSON, Sandra
SLAWIK, Nora
SWAILS, Marsha


Members Excused:

BENSON, John



A quorum was present.

Rep. Faust moved that the minutes of February 4, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

HF322 (Nornes) - A bill for an act relating to education finance; increasing the number of signatures necessary to require an election to revoke an operating referendum; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 126C.17, subdivision 9.
Rep. Nornes moved that HF322 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the committee on State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections.
Rep. Nornes presented HF322.
Testifying in favor of HF322 were:

Superintendent Deron Stender, Frazee-Vergas School District
Handout: "K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee, February 5, 2009"
Mr. Scott Croonquist, Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Questions and discussion followed.

Mr. Tom Deans, Minnesota School Boards Association, testified on the history of school referendums.

Rep. Nornes renewed his motion that HF322 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the committee on State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology, and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF320 (Dettmer) – A bill for an act relating to education; allowing school districts to pay t he costs of conducting a criminal history background check on an employee, contractor, or volunteer; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 123B.03, subdivision 1.

Chair Mariani moved that HF320 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division.

Rep. Dettmer presented HF320.

Testifying against HF320 was:

Ms. Grace Kelliher, Minnesota School Boards Association

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF320 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF195 (Norton) – A bill for an act relating to education; modifying the Labor Day school start provision for two years.

Rep. Norton moved that HF195 be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division.

Rep. Norton moved the A09-0015 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Norton presented HF195, as amended.

Testifying on behalf of HF195, as amended, were:

Superintendent John Currie, Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan School District
Superintendent John Landgaard, Worthington School District
Mr. Kirk Schneidawind, Minnesota School Boards Assocation
Ms. Jan Alswager, Education Minnesota

Testifying against HF195, as amended, were:

Mr. Paul Bugbee, Bug-Bee Hive Resort
Mr. Joel Carlson, Congress of Minnesota Resorts
Mr. Ed Becker, In-We-Go Resort
Mr. Joe Bagnoli, Minnesota State Fair
Handout: "Minnesota State Fair, Re: Early School Openings"
Mr. Kirk Schultz, Madison Hospitality Group
Mr. John Edman, Explore Minnesota Tourism

Rep. Norton renewed her motion that HF195 be recommended to pass, as amended, and referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the K-12 Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF194 (Norton) – A bill for an act relating to education; repealing the Labor Day school start provisions; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 120A.40.

Rep. Norton moved that HF194 be recommended to pass, and re-referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Division.

Rep. Norton presented HF194.

Due to time constraints, no testimony was allowed, although the Chair noted the supporters and opponents of this bill as those who testified for and against HF195.

Rep. Norton renewed her motion that HF194 be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 AM.



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REP. CARLOS MARIANI, CHAIR



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Celeste Marin
Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF322 (Nornes) Signature requirement increased for an election to revoke an operating referendum. HF194 (Norton) Labor Day school start provision repealed. HF195 (Norton) Labor Day school start provisions modified for two years. HF320 (Dettmer) School districts allowed to pay the costs of conducting a criminal history background check on an employee, contractor, or volunteer.

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