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Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance

FORTY FIRST MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - March 08, 2012

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY & FINANCE

MINUTES

Representative Hamilton, Chair of the Agriculture & Rural Development Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HAMILTON, Rod, Chair
ANDERSON, Paul, Vice Chair
ANDERSON, Bruce
EKEN, Kent
FALK, Andrew
FRANSON, Mary
FRITZ, Patti
HANSEN, Rick
HOSCH, Larry
KATH, Kory
KIEL, Debra
LEMIEUR, Mike
MCELFATRICK, Carolyn
MORROW, Terry
PERSELL, John
POPPE, Jeanne
SCHOMACKER, Joe
SHIMANSKI, Ron
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
TORKELSON, Paul
VOGEL, Bruce
WARD, John

A quorum was present.

Representative Paul Anderson moved to approve the minutes of March 1, 2012. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bruce Anderson moved HF 539.
Representative Bruce Anderson moved the H539DE2 amendment.
Testifying on the DE2 amendment were:
Representative Bruce Anderson
Chris Radatz, Public Policy Director for Minnesota Farm Bureau
Rob Vanasek, Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers
Andrea Fish, Minnesota Department of Revenue
Representative Bruce Anderson renewed his motion to pass the DE2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Bruce Anderson renewed his motion to pass HF 539 as amended and move it to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Shimanski moved HF 2564 to pass and be re-referred to the Civil Law Committee.
Testifying on HF 2564 were
Thom Petersen, Minnesota Farmers Union
Chris Radatz, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Newell Searle, Vice President of Second Harvest
Greta Gauthier, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Paul Hugunin, Minnesota Grown program, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside
Joel Carlson, Minnesota Association of Justice
Representative Hansen moved an oral amendment:
Page 2, line 31 delete "Optional" ; delete "may" and insert "shall"
Page3, line 2 delete "may" and insert "shall"
Page 3, line 4 delete "may" and insert "shall"
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Shimanski renewed his motion to pass HF 2564 as amended and re-refer it to the Civil Law Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

An informational hearing was held on the expiration of dates in Minn. Stat. 239.791, concerning ethanol.
Testifying were:
John Mages, Minnesota Corn Growers
Brian Kletscher, Highwater Ethanol, MN Bio Fuels
Tim Rudnick, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association
David Kolsrud, GEVO
Chris Ryan, GEVO

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.




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REP. ROD HAMILTON, CHAIR



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Linda Westrom
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF539 (Anderson) - Agricultural pursuit clarified as not being determinative for property tax classification, and agricultural operation defined.
  • HF2564 (Shimanski) - Agritourism activity immunity from civil liability created.
Documents:

Informational presentation on the expiration of dates in Minn. Stat. 239.791, concerning ethanol.