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FIFTEENTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 05, 2013

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

COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
Chair, Representative Michael V. Nelson

MINUTES

Representative Nelson, Chair of Committee on Government Operations, called the meeting to order at 10:04am on March 5, 2013 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Nelson, Chair
Freiberg, Vice Chair
Peppin, Lead
Dill
Dorholt
Drazkowski
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lein
O'Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis
Winkler

A quorum was present.

HF414 (Hornstein) April designated as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF414 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Peppin moved to amend HF414 (See attached H0414A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF414, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF310 (Moran) Cultural and Ethnic Leadership Communities Council for the Department of Human Services created.

Chair Nelson moved that HF310 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF310:
Antonia Wilcoxon, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Chair Nelson amended the motion that HF310 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF84 (Lesch) Dog and cat breeder licensing and inspection provided for, and money appropriated.

Testimony on HF84:
Jim Hulbert, Saint Paul

Chair Nelson moved that HF84 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy.

Testimony continued on HF84:
Terri Franzen, Minnesota Pet Breeders Association
Dr. Lisa McCargar, DVM
Douglas Ohlendorf, Hobby Breeder
Keith Streff, Animal Humane Society
William Lozito
Reese Frederickson, Assistant Prosecutor, Kanabec County
Valorie LaBeau Muggli

The committee recessed at 11:38am.

The committee reconvened at 6:11pm.

Chair Nelson moved that HF84 be amended (See attached A13-0113 amendment)

Testimony on the A13-0113 amendment:
Teri Franzen, Minnesota Pet Breeders Association

Chair Nelson moved that HF84 be amended (See attached A13-0113 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Drazkowski moved that HF84, as amended, be amended (See attached H0084A3 amendment).

Testimony on the H0084A3 amendment:
Keith Streff, Animal Humane Society

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call.

Members Voting Aye:
Peppin
Drazkowski
O'Driscoll
Pugh
Theis

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Kahn
Lein

THERE WERE 5 AYES AND 6 NAYS. THE MOTION FAILED.
Representative Pugh moved to amend HF84, as amended (See attached H0084A7 amendment).

Representative Pugh withdrew the H0084A7 amendment.

Representative Pugh moved to amend HF84, as amended (See attached H0084A11 amendment). THE MOTION FAILED.

Representative Drazkowski moved to amend HF84, as amended (See attached H0084A14 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF84, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF789 (Dorholt) Open Education Resource Council established, reports required, and money appropriated.

Representative Dorholt moved that HF789 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy.

Representative Dorholt moved to amend HF789 (See attached H0789DE1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson laid HF789, as amended, over for future consideration.

Chair Nelson moved that HF441 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF441:
Rose Hennesy Allen,

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF441 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF789 (Dorholt) Open Education Resource Council established, reports required, and money appropriated.

Chair Nelson moved that HF789, as amended, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy.

Testimony on HF789, as amended:
Jonathan Bohn, Minnesota State University Student Association
Matt Forstie, Minnseota Student Legislative Coalition
Alfonso Sintjago, University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
Bruce Hildebrand, Association of American Publishers
Russ Stanton, MNSCU Inter-Faculty Association

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF789 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF796 (Davnie) Minneapolis and St. Paul; process provided for joint governance of entertainment facilities

Chair Nelson moved that HF796 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Chair Nelson moved that HF796 be amended (See attached H0796A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF796, as amended:
Bill Huepenbecker, Minnesota Wild
Ted Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx

Chair Nelson amended the motion that HF796, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF477 (Davnie) Adult high school diploma requirements standardized, and advisory task force established.

Testimony on HF477:
Tom Cytron-Hysom, Literacy Action Network

Chair Nelson moved that HF477 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Chair Nelson amended the motion that HF477 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF462 (Poppe) Cellulosic ethanol production goal sunset date provided, definitions established, ethanol minimum content requirement converted to a biofuel requirement, petroleum replacement goal expanded, biofuels task force required, and E20 mandate language repealed.

Representative Hansen moved that HF462 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.

Testimony on HF462:
Tim Rudnicki, Minnesota Biofuels Association

Representative Hansen renewed the motion that HF462 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF738 (Isaacson) Metropolitan Council miscellaneous technical corrections made, and obsolete language removed and modified.

Chair Nelson moved that HF738 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF738
Jason Willett, Metropolitan Council

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF738 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1028 (Loeffler) Hennepin Soil and Water Conservation District discontinued and duties transferred.

Testimony on HF1028:
Rosemary Lavin, Environmental Learning, Hennepin County
Mark Zabel, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Richard Strong, Hennepin Conservation District
Jim Haertel, Board of Water and Soil Resources
Chris Lord, Anoka Conservation District

Chair Nelson moved that HF1028 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy.

Representative Peppin moved to amend HF1028 (See attached H1028DE1
Representative Peppin withdrew the H1028DE1 amendment.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF1028 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF624 (Rosenthal) House of Representatives district boundaries adjusted within senate district 49, and obsolete district description repealed.

Chair Nelson moved that HF624 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF834 (Fischer) Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee sunset date extended.

Testimony on HF834:
Keith Buttleman, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.
Judd Schednen, Metropolitan Council

Chair Nelson moved that HF834 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF697 (Mullery) Homeless Youth Task Force established.

Chair Nelson moved that HF697 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Finance.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF697 (See attached
H0697A2 amendment) THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF697, as amended:
Marcie Jefferys, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota

Chair Nelson moved that HF697, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF669 (Simonson) Statewide Radio Board expanded and updated to include the latest emergency communication technologies, Statewide Radio Board authorized to elect to become a statewide emergency communication board, tribal governments included in regional board structure, and comprehensive authority provided under board to address all emergency communications.

Chair Nelson moved that HF669 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.

Testimony on HF669:
Jackie Mines, Director of Emergency Communication Networks, Department of Public Safety,

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF669 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF765 (Laine) Office of Collaboration and Dispute Management created in the Bureau of Mediation Services, and money appropriated.

Chair Nelson moved that HF765 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.

Testimony on HF765:
Karmit Bulman, Conflict Resolution Center
Janet Collins, Conflict Resolution Center Volunteer
Josh Tilsen, Bureau of Mediation Services
Honorable Judge Eric Lipman, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF765 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF83 (Freiberg) Tenant remedies provided, single point of contact and various notice provisions provided relating to mortgage foreclosures, mortgage foreclosure dual tracking prohibited, and mandatory mediation required prior to commencing a mortgage foreclosure.

Representative Freiberg moved that HF83 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.

Representative Freiberg moved to amend HF83 (See attached H0083A19 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF83, as amended:
Grant Stevensen, St Paul Resident
Gene Sullivan, Community Associations Institute
Judge Eric Lipman, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
Rose McGee, Golden Valley Resident

Chair Nelson laid the bill over for future consideration.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:43pm.




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Representative Michael V. Nelson, Chair



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Tim Gabhart, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF414 (Hornstein) - Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month designated in April.
  • HF310 (Moran) - Cultural and Ethnic Leadership Communities Council for the Department of Human Services created.
  • HF84 (Lesch) - Dog and cat breeder licensing and inspection provided, funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF789 (Dorholt) - Open Education Resource Council established, reports required, funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF462 (Poppe) - Cellulosic ethanol production goal sunset date provided, definitions established, ethanol minimum content requirement converted to a biofuel requirement, petroleum replacement goal expanded, biofuels task force required, and E20 mandate language repealed.
  • HF441 (Hilstrom) - Employees and officers of local public pension plans required to report unlawful actions to the state auditor.
  • HF477 (Davnie) - Adult high school diploma requirements standardized, and advisory task force established.
  • HF624 (Rosenthal) - House of representatives district boundaries adjusted within senate district 49, and obsolete district description repealed.
  • HF669 (Simonson) - Statewide Radio Board expanded and updated to include the latest emergency communication technologies and authorized to elect to become a statewide emergency communication board; tribal governments included in regional board structure; and comprehensive authority provided under board to address all emergency communications.
  • HF697 (Mullery) - Homeless Youth Task Force established.
  • HF738 (Isaacson) - Metropolitan Council miscellaneous statutory technical corrections made, and obsolete language removed and modified.
  • HF765 (Laine) - Office of Collaboration and Dispute Management created in the Bureau of Mediation Services, funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF796 (Davnie) - Minneapolis and St. Paul; process provided for joint governance of entertainment facilities.
  • HF1028 (Loeffler) - Hennepin Soil and Water Conservation District discontinued and duties transferred.
  • HF834 (Fischer) - Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee sunset date extended.
Documents:

HF83 (Freiberg) Tenant remedies provided, single point of contact and various notice provisions provided relating to mortgage foreclosures, mortgage foreclosure dual tracking prohibited, and mandatory mediation required prior to commencing a mortgage foreclosure. (A Draft Second Engrossment of HF83 is attached, pending approval by the full House on March 4.)
All testimony and amendments for all bills scheduled must relate to issues within the jurisdiction of the House Government Operations Committee.