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2015-2016 Regular Session

TWENTY-FOURTH MEETING - Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance

March 10, 2015

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



ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE


MINUTES


Representative McNamara, Chair of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:18 a.m. on March 10, 2015 in Hearing Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

MCNAMARA, Denny Chair HEINTZEMAN, Josh
FABIAN, Dan, VC HORNSTEIN, Frank
CLARK, Karen JOHNSON, Clark
CORNISH, Tony NEWBERGER, Jim
FENTON, Kelly PERSELL, John
DILL, David POPPE, Jeanne
FISCHER, Peter RARICK, Jason
GREEN, Steve TORKELSON, Paul
HANCOCK, David UGLEM, Mark
HANSEN, Rick
HAUSMAN, Alice

Members Excused: HACKBARTH, Tom

A quorum was present.

Representative Heintzeman moved to approve the minutes of March 5, 2015.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Rarick moved HF1490 (Rarick) Comprehensive watershed management provided, for possible inclusion to an omnibus bill.

Testifying before the committee on HF1490 was:
Doug Thomas, Assistant Director of Regional Operations, BWSR.

Representative Hancock moved HF1489 (Hancock) Wetland Conservation Act modified, for possible inclusion to an omnibus bill.

Testifying before the committee on HF1489 were:
Dave Weirens, Assistant Director for Programs and Policy, BWSR;
Jane Reyer, Save Lake Superior Association;
Brian Napstad, Aitkin County Commissioner;
Doug Shaw, The Nature Conservancy;
Bob Tammen, Soudan, MN;
Ron Harnack, Red River Watershed Management Board;
Don Aronosti, Izaak Walton League of America;
John Hottinger, Sierra Club;
Lance Ness, President, Fish and Wildlife Alliance.

Chair McNamara called a recess at 10:03 until 5:15 p.m.

Chair McNamara reconvened the committee at 5:37 p.m. in the Basement meeting room in the State Office Building.



Representative Hansen moved HF1534 (Torkelson) Riparian buffers provided, for possible inclusion to an omnibus bill.

Testifying before the committee on HF1534 was:
Commissioner Tom Landwehr, DNR;
Commissioner Dave Frederickson, MN Dept. of Agriculture;
John Jaschke, Executive Director, BWSR;
Erin Rupp, Pollinate Minnesota;
Margot Monson, St. Paul;
Thom Petersen, Minnesota Farm Bureau;
Ron Harnack, Red River Watershed Management Board;
Doug Busselman, Minnesota Farm Bureau;
Don Arnosti, Conservation Program Director, Izaak Walton League;
Bruce Kleven;
John Lenczewski, Minnesota Trout Unlimited;
Steve Woods, Freshwater Society;
Scott Strand, Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy;
Barb Peichel, Coordinator, Clean Water Council;
Lance Ness, President, Fish and Wildlife Alliance;
Joe Duggan, Pheasants Forever;
Gary Botzek, Executive Director, Minnesota Conservation Federation.

Vice Chair Fabian assumed the Chair at 7:22 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:11 p.m.




Representative Denny McNamara, Chair




Greg Exley, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Bills Added:
  • HF1489 (Hancock) - Wetland Conservation Act modified.
  • HF1490 (Rarick) - Comprehensive watershed management provided.
  • HF1534 (Torkelson) - Riparian buffers provided.
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