STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION
EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE
Representative Jenifer Loon, Chair of the Education Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:50 P.M. on March 29th, 2016, in Room Five of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
LOON, Jenifer, Chair HERTAUS, Jerry
KRESHA, Ron, Vice Chair MARQUART, Paul
MURPHY, Mary, DFL Lead MARIANI, Carlos
ANDERSON, Paul MULLERY, Joe
ANZELC, Tom NEWTON, Jerry
BENNETT, Peggy NORNES, Bud
CHRISTENSEN, Drew PETERSON, Roz
DAVNIE, Jim QUAM, Duane
DETTMER, Bob SELCER, Yvonne
ERICKSON, Sondra WILLS, Anna
A quorum was present.
Representative Dettmer moved the minutes of March 24th, 2016 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF1529 Fenton, Education Savings Accounts for Students with Special Needs Act created, and money appropriated.
Representative Fenton moved HF1529 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Fenton moved H1529DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Fenton testified on HF1529, as amended.
Additional testifiers on HF1529, as amended:
Adam Peshek, Excellence In Education
Melissa Sirek, Parent from Eden Prairie
Amy Christensen-Bruce, Parent from Stillwater
Scott Croonquist, Association of Metropolitan School Districts
Representative Loon laid over HF1529, as amended, for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.
HF1368 Kresha, Tax credit provided for contributions to qualified foundations.
Representative Loon moved HF1368 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.
Representative Loon moved HF1368DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Kresha testified on HF1368, as amended.
Additional Testifiers on HF1368, as amended:
Nina Manzi, Non Partisan House Research Staff
Isidro Bautista, Parent from Maplewood
Randy Ash, Retired Principal
Representative Loon renewed the motion that HF1368, as amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF2670 Kresha, Early learning scholarships, home visiting programs, and parent aware activities funding increased; early learning scholarship cap eliminated; eligible age range for early learning scholarships and targeted home visiting program expanded, and money appropriated.
Representative Kresha moved HF2670 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Kresha moved H2670A4 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Kresha testified on HF2670, as amended.
Additional testifiers on HF2670, as amended:
Frank Forsberg, Greater Twin Cities United Way
Trinette Potts, Childcare Provider, 4-Star Rated Program
Gayle Kelly, Minnesota Head Start
Janet Kujat, Minneapolis, Early Childhood teacher
Representative Loon laid over HF2670, as amended, for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, or further consideration at a later date.
The Education Finance Committee was adjourned at 2:45 P.M.
Representative Jenifer Loon, Chair
Dorene Kainz, Committee Legislative Assistant