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

2015-2016 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-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 8:19 a.m. on April 15, 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
DILL, David PERSELL, John
FENTON, Kelly POPPE, Jeanne
FISCHER, Peter TORKELSON, Paul
RARICK, Jason UGLEM, Mark
GREEN, Steve
HACKBARTH, Tom
HANCOCK, David
HANSEN, Rick
HAUSMAN, Alice

A quorum was present.

Representative Heintzeman moved to approve the minutes of April 14, 2015. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Omnibus Environment Finance (HF846) bill walk-through.

Representative McNamara moved HF846 (McNamara) State government; funding provided for agriculture, environment, and natural resources; retail food establishment and food handler license fees provided; policy and technical changes made to agricultural related provisions; farm opportunity loan program established; agency rulemaking modified; fees and surcharges modified; accounts created; priority chemicals in children's products regulated; prior appropriations modified; and money appropriated, to be passed and re-referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative McNamara moved the H0846DE3 amendment.

Testifying before the committee on HF846 were:
John Linc Stine, Commissioner, MPCA,
Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, DNR,
John Jaschke, Executive Director, BWSR,
Will Seuffert, Executive Director, EQB,
Kirk Koudelka, Assistant Commissioner, MPCA,
Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project,
Bobby King, Land Stewardship Project,
Marie Kovecsi, Winona County Commissioner,
Kathy DeBuhr, Chokio, MN,
Susan Mau Larson, LifeSource,
Elizabeth Wefel, Coalition of MN Cities,
LeAnne Buck, MN Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts,
John Lenczewski, MN Trout Unlimited,
Jennifer Berquam, Association of MN Counties,
Steve Morse, MN Environmental Partnership,
Dan Larson, MN 4 Wheel Drive Association,
Paula Maccabee, Water Legacy,
Gretchen Sabel, League of Women Voters,
Brian Rice, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board,
Kathryn Hoffman, MN Center for Environmental Advocacy,
John Hottinger, Sierra Club,
Jeff Forester, MN Lakes and River Advocates,
Bob Meier, Assistant Commissioner, DNR,
Dave Benke, MPCA,
Luke Skinner, MN DNR.

Chair McNamara called a recess at 9:55 a.m.

Chair McNamara reconvened the committee at 4:38 p.m. in the Basement meeting room in the State Office Building.

Representative Hanson moved to orally amend HF0846 as follows:
Page 101, Line 101.27, after the word “or” insert the word “discretionary”.

Representative McNamara moved the H0846A34 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative McNamara moved the H0846A36 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative Fabian moved the H0846A7 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative Fabian moved to orally amend the H0846A7 amendment as follows:
Line 1.9, after the word “damage”, insert, “or to prevent a disease risk”.
Line 1.12, after the word “except”, insert “ducks and”.
The oral amendment was adopted.
Representative Hackbarth moved the H0846A8 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative Dill moved the H0846A19 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative Clark moved the H0846A23 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative Clark moved to orally amend the H0846A23 amendment as follows:
Line 1.3, after line, replace “23” with “27”, replace "comma”, with “period”.
The oral amendment was adopted.
Representative Fabian moved the H0846A33 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
Representative Fischer moved the H0846A13 amendment. The amendment was adopted.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.






Representative Denny McNamara, Chair




Greg Exley, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Omnibus Environment Finance bill (HF846) public testimony. If you want to testify please contact Amy Zipko at amy.zipko@house.mn, or 651.296.4091.

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