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Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance

FORTY-FIRST MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - April 26, 2011

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

ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES
Representative Denny McNamara, Chair of the Committee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance called the forty-first meeting to order at 8:21 a.m. on April 26, 2011, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
MCNAMARA, Denny, Chair
TORKELSON, Paul, Vice Chair
WAGENIUS, Jean
HILTY, Bill
ANDERSON, Paul
BEARD, Michael
DILL, David
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
FABIAN, Dan
FALK, Andrew
HACKBARTH, Tom
HANCOCK, David
HANSEN, Rick
KNUTH, Kate
PERSELL, John
QUAM, Duane
SCOTT, Peggy


A quorum was present at 8:21 a.m.

H.F. 1122 (Anderson, P) Terrestrial pesticide application regulating authority clarified.

Rep. Anderson moved that H.F. 1122 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy and Finance.

Rep. Anderson presented H.F. 1122.

Bruce Kleven, Cooperative Network, John Linc Stine, MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Elise Doucett testified on H.F. 1122.

Rep. Anderson renewed his motion that H.F. 1122, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy and Finance.

Rep. Wagenius requested a roll call vote.

The Committee Legislative Assistant took the roll on H.F. 1122:

AYES
MCNAMARA, Denny
ANDERSON, Paul
BEARD, Michael
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
FABIAN, Dan
HACKBARTH, Tom
HANCOCK, David
QUAM, Duane
SCOTT, Peggy
TORKELSON, Paul

NAYS
DILL, David
HANSEN, Rick
HILTY, Bill
KNUTH, Kate,
PERSELL, John
WAGENIUS, Jean

ABSTAIN
FALK, Andrew

On a vote of 10 AYES and 6 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED. H.F. 1122 was passed and re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy and Finance.

H.F. 1238 (Fabian) Subsurface sewage treatment systems ordinance adoption delay extended.

Rep. Fabian moved that H.F. 1238 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Rep. Fabian moved the H1238A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Fabian presented H.F. 1238.

Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County, Annalee Garletz, Association of MN Cities, Jeff Pelowski, Roseau County, Kirk Koudelka, MN Pollution Control Agency, Gretchen Sabel, MN Pollution Control Agency, and Darrell Gerber, Clean Water Action, testified on H.F. 1238.

Rep. Fabian renewed his motion that H.F. 1238, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

H.F. 182 (Beard) State and local water management study required.

Rep. Beard moved that H.F. 182 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Rep. Beard moved the H0182DE1 delete-all amendment to H.F. 182. THE MOTION PREVAILED. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Beard presented H.F. 182.

Lisa Frenette, Builder's Association, Bob Meier, MN Department of Natural Resources, Kirk Koudelka, MN Pollution Control Agency, Julie Blackburn, Board of Water and Soil Resources and Gary Botzek, MN Environmental Partnership, testified on H.F. 182.

Rep. Beard renewed his motion that H.F. 182, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Rep. Hansen requested a roll call vote.

The Committee Legislative Assistant took the roll on H.F. 182:

AYES
MCNAMARA, Denny
ANDERSON, Paul
BEARD, Michael
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
FABIAN, Dan
HANCOCK, David
QUAM, Duane
TORKELSON, Paul

NAYS
FALK, Andrew
HANSEN, Rick
HILTY, Bill
KNUTH, Kate,
PERSELL, John
WAGENIUS, Jean

ABSENT
DILL, David
HACKBARTH, Tom
SCOTT, Peggy

On a vote of 8 AYES and 6 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED. H.F. 182 was passed and re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Representative Anderson moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on April 18, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. McNamara called a recess to the call of the chair at 10:09 a.m.

Rep. McNamara reconvened the committee at 1:16 p.m. in the basement of the State Office Building.

H.F. 716 (Gunther) Mandatory environmental assessment worksheet category rulemaking required.

Rep. Torkelson moved that H.F. 716 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the General Register.

Rep. Torkelson moved the H716A1-0224 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Torkelson presented H.F. 716.

Rep. Torkelson moved to orally amend H.F. 716 as follows:

Pg 1, line 27, after "environmental" add "assessment" and" and
Pg 2, line 1 after "environmental" add "assessment"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. The amendment was adopted.

Peder Larson, MN Coalition for Ethanol, Jess Richards MN Pollution Control Agency and Jim Erkel, MN County Engineers Association testified on H.F. 716.

Rep. Torkelson moved to orally amend H.F. 716 as follows:

Pg 1, line 24, delete "construction or" and
Pg 1, line 25 delete "new or".

THE MOTION PREVAILED. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Torkelson renewed his motion that H.F. 716, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Torkelson assumed the gavel at 2:03.

H.F. 1545 (McNamara) Energy Reliability and Intervention Office established within Department of Commerce to replace Energy Issues Intervention Office and energy reliability administrator, and conforming changes made.

Rep. McNamara moved that H.F. 1545 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Rep. McNamara presented H.F. 1545.

Bill Grant, Department of Commerce, testified on H.F. 1545.

Rep. McNamara renewed his motion that H.F. 1545 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Torkelson called a recess to the call of the chair at 2:19 p.m.

Rep. McNamara reconvened the committee at 6:31 p.m. in room 300 N in the State Office Building.

H.F. 1509 (Torkelson) Clean Water Partnership Law modified.

Rep. Torkelson moved that H.F. 1509 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy and Finance.

Rep. Torkelson presented H.F. 1509.

Galen Reetz testified on H.F. 1509.

Rep. Torkelson renewed his motion that H.F. 1509 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

H.F. 1360 (Torkelson) Environmental Quality Board modified and duties eliminated and reassigned.

Rep. Torkelson moved that H.F. 1360 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

Rep. Torkelson presented H.F. 1360.

Bob Patton, Environment Quality Board, testified on H.F. 1360.

Rep. Torkelson renewed his motion that H.F. 1360 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy and Finance.

Rep. Wagenius requested a roll call vote.

The Committee Legislative Assistant took the roll on H.F. 1360:

AYES
MCNAMARA, Denny
ANDERSON, Paul
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
FABIAN, Dan
HANCOCK, David
QUAM, Duane
TORKELSON, Paul

NAYS
FALK, Andrew
HANSEN, Rick
HILTY, Bill
KNUTH, Kate,
PERSELL, John
WAGENIUS, Jean

ABSENT
BEARD, Michael
DILL, David
HACKBARTH, Tom
SCOTT, Peggy

On a vote of 7 AYES and 6 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED. H.F. 1360 was passed and re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m.





REP. DENNY MCNAMARA, CHAIR




Mike Harris
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1122 (Anderson) - Pesticide application regulating authority clarified.
  • HF182 (Beard) - State and local water management study required.
  • HF716 (Gunther) - Mandatory environmental review requirements modified for certain facilities.
  • HF1238 (Fabian) - Local ordinance requirements modified, and subsurface sewage treatment systems ordinance adoption delay extended.
  • HF1360 (Torkelson) - Environmental Quality Board modified and duties eliminated and reassigned.
  • HF1509 (Torkelson) - Clean Water Partnership Law modified.
  • HF1545 (McNamara) - Energy Reliability and Intervention Office established within Department of Commerce to replace Energy Issues Intervention Office and energy reliability administrator, and conforming changes made.
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Votes will be taken on all bills.