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Minnesota Legislature
2011-2012 Regular Session

28th MEETING - Higher Education Policy and Finance

February 28, 2012

STATE OF MINNESOTA 28th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION

HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND FINANCE

MINUTES

Representative Nornes, Chair of the Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:32 PM on February 28, 2012 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
NORNES, Bud, Chair
DETTMER, Bob, Vice Chair
BANAIAN, King
BENSON, Mike
DAUDT, Kurt
DOEPKE, Connie
HANCOCK, David
MAZOROL, Pat
MORROW, Terry
NORTON, Kim
PELOWSKI, Gene
POPPE, Jeanne
RUKAVINA, Tom
VOGEL, Bruce

One member was excused.

ATKINS, Joe

A quorum was present.

Representative Vogel moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on February 23, 2012 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1137 (Rukavina) Permanent university fund portion directed for a mining engineering program and forestry research.

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 1137 be heard and considered for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Omnibus Bill.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 1137 as follows:

Page 1, line 10, delete "2011" and insert "2013"

Page 2, delete section 2

Page 2, line 25, delete "sections" and insert "section", delete "and 2 are" and insert "is", delete "retroactively from", and delete "2011" and insert "2013." THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1137, as amended:
Representative Tom Rukavina
Ron Ulseth, Engineering Program Coordinator, Itasca Community College
Christine Nelson, Cliffs Natural Resources
Robert Jones, University of Minnesota

Chair Nornes moved that HF 1137, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Omnibus Bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2213 (Banaian) Minnesota State Colleges and Universities course material and information disclosure required, and MnSCU textbook task force established.

Representative Banaian moved that HF 2213 be heard and considered for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Omnibus Bill.

Testifying:
Representative King Banaian
Amanda Bardonner, Minnesota State University Student Association
Chris Tastad, Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition
Tim Taylor, Professor, Macalester College
Bruce Hildebrand, Publishers Association
Don Larsson, Inter Faculty Organization
Richard Heller, Print Disability Advocate

Chair Nornes moved that HF 2213 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Omnibus Bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nornes renewed his motion from the February 23, 2012 hearing that the Higher Education Committee forward the 2012 capital requests from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with the following recommendation to the Committee on Capital Investment: The Higher Education Committee recommends funding of these requests at the highest amount possible, in the order of priority established by the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees. With regard to the Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) funding, the committee recommends a significant investment. The Governor's recommendation for HEAPR funding of $20 million per system is insufficient to meet the critical maintenance needs of the system.

Morrow moved to amend the letter as follows:

Delete: "The Governor’s recommendation for HEAPR of $20 million per system is insufficient to meet the critical maintenance needs of the system." THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nornes renewed his motion that the Higher Education Committee forward the 2012 capital requests from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with recommendations to the Committee on Capital Investment, as amended.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:08 PM.




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REP. BUD NORNES, CHAIR





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Chelsea Thompson
Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Committee Recommendation for 2012 Capital Budget Requests

Bills Added:
  • HF1137 (Rukavina) - Permanent university fund portion directed for a mining engineering program and forestry research.
  • HF2213 (Banaian) - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities course material and information disclosure required, and MnSCU textbook task force established.
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