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2015-2016 Regular Session

TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING - Education Finance

March 12, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Ron Kresha, Vice Chair of the Education Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:49 p.m. on March 12th, 2015, in Room Five of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:

KRESHA, Ron, VC HERTAUS, Jerry
MURPHY, Mary, DFL Lead MARIANI, Carlos
ANDERSON, Paul MARQUART, Paul
ANZELC, Tom MULLERY, Joe
BENNETT, Peggy NEWTON, Jerry
DAVNIE, Jim NORNES, Bud
DETTMER, Bob PETERSON, Roz
ERICKSON, Sondra QUAM, Duane
FENTON, Kelly SELCER, Yvonne
WILLS, Anna
Members Excused:

LOON, Jenifer
CHRISTENSEN, Drew
SLOCUM, Linda

A quorum was present.

Representative Peterson moved the minutes of March 11th, 2015, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF718 Loon, General Education Revenue definition clarified.
Representative Kresha moved to recommend HF718 be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF733 Petersburg, Independent School District No. 761, Owatonna public schools revenue authorization referendum clarified.
Representative Kresha moved that HF733 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.
Representative Petersburg testified on HF733.
Additional Testifiers on HF733:
Peter Grant, Superintendent, Owatonna Public Schools
Tom Sager, Director of Finance, Owatonna Public Schools

Representative Kresha laid over the HF733 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.

HF947 Kresha, After-school community learning grant program established, and money appropriated.
Representative Marquart moved that HF947 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Marquart testified on HF947.
Additional Testifiers on HF947:
Kari Denissen Cunnien, Ignite After School
Cheryl Meld, McGregor Schools Community Education
Isaiah Hudson, graduate, Beacons Program

Representative Kresha laid over HF947 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.

HF876 Peterson, Area learning center funding increased, and money appropriated.
Representative Peterson moved HF876 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Peterson moved the H0876A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Peterson testified on HF876, as amended.
Additional Testifiers on HF876, as amended:
Sandy Lewandowski, Superintendent, Intermediate School District 287
Representative Kresha laid over HF876, as amended, for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.
HF1045 Wills, Minnesota Children's Museum provided funding, and money appropriated.
Representative Wills moved HF1045 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Wills testified on HF1045.
Additional Testifiers on HF1045:
Dianne Krizan, President, MN Children’s Museum

Representative Kresha laid over HF1045 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.

HF605 Newton, School counseling service adequate levels required, and money appropriated.
Representative Newton moved HF605 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Newton testified on HF605.
Additional Testifiers on HF605
Elizabeth Emerson, Minnesota School Counselors
Brad Lundell, Association of School Psychologists and School Social Workers
Grace Keliher, Minnesota School Boards
Valerie Dosland, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Scott Croonquist, Minnesota Association Metropolitan School Districts
Sam Walseth, Minnesota Rural Education Association

Representative Kresha laid over HF605 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.

The following bills heard on an informational basis:
HF838 Christensen, Equity in telecommunications access funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF854 Christensen, School district operating capital revenue increased.
HF856 Christensen, Special technology revenue established; revenue authority provided to school districts, charter schools, intermediate districts, and other cooperative units.

Denise Dittrick, Minnesota School Boards Association, testified on HF838, HF854, and HF856.

The Education Finance Committee was adjourned at 2:29 p.m.


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Representative Ron Kresha, Vice Chair


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Dorene Kainz, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Bills may be taken in any order. Bills may be added to the agenda.

Bills Added:
  • HF947 (Kresha) - After-school community learning grant program established, and money appropriated.
  • HF733 (Petersburg) - Independent School District No. 761, Owatonna; public school revenue authorization referendum clarified.
  • HF876 (Peterson) - Area learning center funding increased, and money appropriated.
  • HF1045 (Wills) - Minnesota Children's Museum funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF605 (Newton) - School counseling service adequate levels required, and money appropriated.
  • HF718 (Loon) - General education revenue technical corrections provided, and obsolete language eliminated.
  • HF838 (Christensen) - Telecommunication access equity funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF854 (Christensen) - School district operating capital revenue increased.
  • HF856 (Christensen) - Special technology revenue established; revenue authority provided to school districts, charter schools, intermediate districts, and other cooperative units.
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