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Veterans Services Division

ELEVENTH MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - February 27, 2012

STATE OF MINNESOTA ELEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION

VETERANS SERVICES DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Bruce Anderson, Chair of the Veterans Services Division Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:33 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2012, in the basement hearing room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

ANDERSON, Bruce, Chair
KRIESEL, John, Vice Chair
KOENEN, Lyle DFL Lead
ALLEN, Susan
ANZELC, Tom
DAVIDS, Greg
DETTMER, Bob
FALK, Andrew
KATH, Kory
LEMIEUR, Mike
LOHMER, Kathy
O'DRISCOLL, Tim

Member(s) excused:

PERSELL, John

A quorum was present.

Representative Davids moved that the minutes of February 13, 2012, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The committee heard testimony on Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V).

Testifying:
Kathleen Vitalis, President/ CEO, Minnesota Assistance for Veterans

HF 2100 (Kriesel) Veterans and spouses of a disabled or deceased veteran hiring and promotion preference by private employer permitted.

Representative Kriesel moved HF 2100 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.

The committee heard testimony on HF 2100.
Representative Kriesel
Ralph Donais, United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota

Representative Kriesel renewed his motion that HF 2100 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 2260 (Dettmer) Congress and the President of the United States memorialized to amend federal veterans cemetery law to expand eligibility for burial in state veterans cemeteries developed with federal funding to include allied Hmong-American and Lao-American veterans of America's Secret War in Laos.

Representative Dettmer moved HF 2260 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

The committee heard testimony on HF 2260.
Representative Dettmer
Ralph Donais, United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota
Chue Chou Tchang, National President of SGU Veterans
Zachor Lee, SGU Veterans
Sia, Lo, Translator, SGU Veterans
Michael Yang, Hmong American Affairs Committee

Representative Dettmer renewed his motion that HF 2260 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2261 (Dettmer) Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery burial eligibility expanded to include deceased allied Hmong-American or Lao-American veterans of the American Secret War in Laos.

Representative Dettmer moved HF 2261 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance.

The committee heard testimony on HF 2261.
Representative Dettmer
Jerry Kyser, Vice Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota
Mike McElehiney, Legislative Liaison, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Representative Dettmer renewed his motion that HF 2261 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2259 (Dettmer) Lawful gambling net profits for military marching, color guard, or honor guard units allowable per diem reimbursement increased.

Representative Dettmer moved HF 2259 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance.

The committee heard testimony on HF 2259.
Representative Dettmer
Tom Barrett, Executive Director, Minnesota Gambling Control Board

Representative Dettmer renewed his motion that HF 2259 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:39 p.m.




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REP. BRUCE ANDERSON, CHAIR



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Brian Theis
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2100 (Kriesel) - Veterans and spouses of a disabled or deceased veteran hiring and promotion preference by private employer permitted.
  • HF2261 (Dettmer) - Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery burial eligibility expanded to include deceased allied Hmong-American or Lao-American veterans of the American Secret War in Laos.
  • HF2260 (Dettmer) - Congress and the President of the United States memorialized to amend federal veterans cemetery law to expand eligibility for burial in state veterans cemeteries developed with federal funding to include allied Hmong-American and Lao-American veterans of America's Secret War in Laos.
  • HF2259 (Dettmer) - Lawful gambling net profits for military marching, color guard, or honor guard units allowable per diem reimbursement increased.

Short Presentation/Programs Update by Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans(MAC-V) will be first on the agenda.