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2015-2016 Regular Session

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

March 11, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIFTH 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 8:17 a.m. on March 11, 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 Cornish moved to approve the minutes of March 10, 2015.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative McNamara moved HF1326 (McNamara) Public entity purchasing requirements, recycling and solid waste provisions, subsurface sewage treatment systems provisions, compensable losses due to harmful substances, and eligibility for certain grants modified; and rulemaking required.

Testifying before the committee on HF1326 was:
Kirk Koudelka, Assistant Commissioner, MPCA;
Dave Benke, Resource Management and Assistance Division Director, MPCA;
Kathy Sather, Director, Remediation Division, MPCA.

Representative McNamara renewed his motion that HF1326 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Government Operations committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Green moved HF824 (Green) Public water work permit requirement exception provided for road projects, for possible inclusion to an omnibus bill.

Testifying before the committee on HF824 were:
Julie Ekman, Manager, DNR;
Kent Sulem, Minnesota Townships Association, Director of Government Relations;
John Lenczewski, Minnesota Trout Unlimited.

Representative Newberger moved HF668 (Newberger) State disposal facility permit issuance required to obtain local approval, for possible inclusion to an omnibus bill.



Testifying before the committee on HF668 was:
Senator John Pederson;
Greta Gauthier, Director, MPCA;
Bruce Messelt, County Administrator, Chisago County;
Amy Caucutt, Solid Waste, Olmsted County;
Trudy Richter, Solid Waste Coordinating Board.

Representative McNamara moved HF1494 (Howe) Groundwater appropriation permit requirements modified, for possible inclusion to an omnibus bill.

Testifying before the committee on HF1494 was:
Doug DeGeest, Cold Spring Brewery;
Brent Neisinger, Cold Spring Brewery;
Jason Moeckel, Section Manager, DNR.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 p.m.




Representative Denny McNamara, Chair




Greg Exley, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

If the agenda cannot be completed during the normal committee hearing time the remaining bills will be heard on 3/12/15.

Bills Added:
  • HF1326 (McNamara) - Public entity purchasing requirements modified, solid waste provisions modified, subsurface sewage treatment systems provisions modified, compensable losses due to harmful substances modified, grant eligibility modified, and rulemaking required.
  • HF1494 (Howe) - Groundwater appropriation permit requirements modified.
  • HF668 (Newberger) - State disposal facility permit issuance required to obtain local approval.
  • HF824 (Green) - Public water work permit requirement exception provided for road projects.
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