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2013-2014 Regular Session

FIFTEENTH MEETING - Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy

March 20, 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCE AND POLICY
Chair, Representative Joe Atkins

MINUTES

Representative Atkins, Chair of Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy, called the meeting to order at 4:06 PM on March 20, 2013 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Atkins, Chair
Fritz, Vice Chair
Hoppe, Lead
Anderson, S.
Anzelc
Davids
Dehn
Falk
Halverson
Hilstrom
Hortman
Johnson, S.
Lillie
Loon
Sanders
Schoen
Slocum
Sundin
Swedzinski
Theis
Woodard

Members excused:
Zellers

A quorum was present.

HF 694 (Lesch) Debt management and settlement; attorneys at law exemption clarified, and debt settlement services regulation modified.

Rep. Atkins moved that HF 694 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Rep. Atkins moved the H694A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people gave testimony on HF 694:

Rep. John Lesch
Ron Elwood, Legal Aid
Neil Ruther, Persells & Associates

Rep. Atkins moved that HF 694 be recommended to pass, as amended, and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 642 (Lesch) Consumer fraud regulated

Rep. Atkins moved that HF 642 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

The following people gave testimony on HF 642:

Rep. John Lesch
Prentiss Cox, University of Minnesota
Chris Renz, Minnesotans for Lawsuit Reform
Kate Johansen, MN Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Atkins moved that HF 642 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. Rep. Woodard requested a roll call, and the committee legislative assistant noted the roll as follows:

Those voting Aye:

Atkins
Fritz
Anzelc
Dehn
Falk
Halverson
Hortman
Johnson
Lillie
Schoen
Slocum
Sundin

Those voting Nay:

Hoppe
Anderson
Davids
Loon
Sanders
Swedzinski
Theis
Woodard
Zellers

Those excused:

Hilstrom
Zellers

On a vote of 12 Ayes and 8 Nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Johnson moved to approve the minutes from the meeting on March 19, 2013. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1030 (Paymar) Automobile theft prevention account money transfer to the general fund ended, and fund use restored to its original purpose.

Rep. Atkins moved that HF 1030 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.

Rep. Atkins moved the A13-0284 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people gave testimony on HF 1030:

John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney
Peter Brickwedde, Department of Commerce
Mark Haase, Council on Crime and Justice

Rep. Atkins moved that HF 1030 be recommended to pass, as amended, and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1000 (Kelly) Commissioner of Commerce required to make assessments to fund clean energy resource teams.

Rep. Hoppe moved that HF 1000 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

Rep. Hoppe moved the H1000A1 amendment.

Rep. Hoppe moved an orally amend H1000A1 by deleting line 1.2, and insert "Effective date: (b) is effective for assessments for state fiscal years commencing after July 15, 2013." To line 2.5. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hoppe moved the H1000A1 amendment, as amended. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people gave testimony on HF 1000:

Rep. Tim Kelly

Rep. Hoppe moved that HF 1000 be recommended to pass, as amended, and re-referred to the Committee on Ways & Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 902 (Slocum) Cosmetology continuing education requirements established.

Rep. Slocum moved that HF 902 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Rep. Slocum moved the A13-0248 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people gave testimony on HF 902:

Rep. Debra Slocum
Jim Hirst, Cosmotologists

Rep. Slocum moved that HF 902 be recommended to pass, as amended, and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1221 (Dehn) Various technical and housekeeping changes made related to staff adjusters, canceled licenses, and transfer fees; producer training requirements provided for flood insurance products; membership camping license requirement eliminated; obsolete collection agency rule repealed, cross references corrected, adjustments made to various dollar amounts as required by state law, and method provided to periodically update Minnesota Statutes to reflect the current dollar amounts as adjusted.

Rep. Dehn moved that HF 1221 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

The following people gave testimony on HF 1221:

Rep. Raymond Dehn
Peter Brickwedde, Department of Commerce

Rep. Dehn moved that HF 1221 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 956 (Hortman) Cogeneration and small power production; net metered systems and aggregation of meters governing provisions modified, cumulative generation limits prohibited, rulemaking authorized, solar electricity standard established, and energy improvements program repayment period clarified.

Rep. Hortman moved that HF 956 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

Rep. Hortman moved the A13-0332 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hortman moved the A13-0333 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hortman moved the H0956A18 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following people gave testimony on HF 956:

Rep. Melissa Hortman

Rep. Hortman moved that HF 956 be recommended to pass, as amended, and referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:23.




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Representative Joe Atkins, Chair



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Pete Vujovich, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Bills Added:
  • HF694 (Lesch) - Debt management and settlement; attorneys at law exemption clarified, and debt settlement services regulation modified.
  • HF902 (Slocum) - Cosmetology continuing education requirements established.
  • HF1221 (Dehn) - Commerce and insurance-related technical and housekeeping changes made; Commerce Fraud Bureau, agricultural cooperative health plan for farmers, real property appraisals, and Public Utilities Commission requests regulated; membership camping license requirement eliminated; and Minnesota Statutes periodical update method provided to reflect the current dollar amounts as adjusted.
  • HF956 (Hortman) - Omnibus energy bill.
  • HF642 (Lesch) - Consumer fraud regulated.
  • HF1030 (Paymar) - Automobile theft prevention account money transfer to the general fund ended, and fund use restored to its original purpose.
  • HF1000 (Kelly) - Emissions reduction-rate rider modified for projects, and commissioner of commerce required to make assessments to fund clean energy resource teams.
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