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2017-2018 Regular Session

TWENTIETH MEETING - Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance

March 14, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTIETH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION


JOB GROWTH & ENERGY AFFORDABILITY
POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair of the Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 3:08 PM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Room 10 of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


GAROFALO, Pat
NEWBERGER, Jim
MAHONEY, Tim
CLARK, Karen
WAGENIUS, Jean
ANDERSON, Paul
BAHR, Cal
BAKER, Dave
DAVNIE, Jim
FABIAN, Dan
HOWE, Jeff
LAYMAN, Sandy
MAYE QUADE, Erin
METSA, Jason
MORAN, Rena
NEU, Anne
O’NEILL, Marion
RARICK, Jason
SCOTT, Peggy
SUNDIN, Mike
THISSEN, Paul
VOGEL, Bob
WEST, Nolan



Representative Anderson moved the minutes of March 13, 2017 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2183 (Fabian) Thief River Falls; sales tax exemption for tax paid during construction of an eligible wholesale electronic component distribution center provided, forgiveable loan provided, business development public infrastructure program grant provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Fabian moved HF2183 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Fabian moved the H2183A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Kevin McKinnon, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development; David Doherty, President, Digi-Key; Brian Homer, Mayor, City of Thief River Falls; Anna Scholin, Non-Partisan Research Analyst, Minnesota House of Representatives; testified on HF2183.

Representative Fabian renewed his motion that HF2183, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1607 (Haley) Housing trust fund creation by local governments authorized, counties and cities authorized to impose a surcharge on document recording fees for deposit into a housing trust fund, reports required, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Garofalo moved HF1607 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF736 (Peterson) Family and medical leave savings accounts authorized, tax deductions for amounts deposited in family and medical leave savings accounts provided, amounts deposited from state withholding taxes exempted, family and medical leave savings account tax credit provided, small business development center grants provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Baker moved HF736 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Peterson presented the bill.

Representative Baker renewed his motion that HF736 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF841 (Sandstede) Broadband grant program funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Mahoney moved HF841 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Bill Coleman, Independent Community Broadband and Economic Development Consultant for Rural Minnesota and Founder, Community Technology Advisors; Janet Keogh, Supervisor, Town of North Star and Chair, Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative; Dan Larson, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Counties; Steve Fenske, Government Relations, Minnesota Association of Townships; Gary Pedersen, Minnesota Association of Townships; Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Office of Broadband Development; testified on HF841.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF841 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF1618 (Baker) Broadband grant money transferred. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Baker moved HF1618 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Brent Christensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Telecom Alliance; Dan Larson, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Counties; Mark Erickson, League of Minnesota Cities City of Winthrop; Steve Fenske, Government Relations, Minnesota Association of Townships; Gary Pedersen, Minnesota Association of Townships; Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Office of Broadband Development; testified on HF1618.

Representative Baker renewed his motion that HF1618 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF2112 (Knoblach) Housing project bonding authority allocations provided. The bill, as amended, was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Scott moved HF2112 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Garofalo moved the H2112A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Owen Metz, Vice President, Dominium; Chip Halbach, Executive Director, Minnesota Housing Partnership; Ryan Baumtrog, Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Community Development., Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Ellen Sahli, President, Family Housing Fund; Tom Schuett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Schuett Companies, Inc.; testified on HF2112.

Representative Scott renewed her motion that HF2112, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF2266 (Knoblach) Central Minnesota opportunity grant program established, reports required, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Garofalo moved HF2266 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Newberger assumed the gavel at 5:06 PM.

Representative Garofalo assumed the gavel at 5:21 PM.

HF1665 (Kresha) Voice over Internet protocol service and Internet protocol enabled service regulation prohibited. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.
Representative West moved HF1665 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Tony Mendoza, General Counsel, Minnesota Cable Communications Association; John Dukich, Director of Public Policy, Minnesota High Tech Association; Ron Elwood, Supervising Attorney, Legal Services Advocacy Project; Mary Jo George, American Association of Retired Persons; Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce; testified on HF1665.

Representative West renewed his motion that HF1665 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF739 (Hoppe) Small wireless facility collocation provided. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Bahr moved HF739 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Paul Weirtz, President, AT&T; John Dukich, Director of Public Policy, Minnesota High Tech Association; Jay Littlejohn, Outside Council, Verizon; Laura Ziegler, Senior Intergovernmental Relations Liaison, League of Minnesota Cities; testified on HF739.

The committee went into recess at 6:13 PM.

The committee reconvened at 7:37 PM.

Shelly Hanson, City Engineer, City of Bloomington; Amanda Duerr, Government Relations Representative, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association; Tony Mendoza, General Council, Minnesota Cable Communications Association; testified on HF739.

Representative Bahr renewed his motion that HF739 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF1392 (Kresha) Housing trust fund and family homeless prevention and assistance program requirements modified, rental assistance program for homeless and highly mobile students established, and money appropriated. The bill, as amended, was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Maye Quade moved HF1392 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Garofalo moved the H1392A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Patrick Ness, Policy Director, Wilder Foundation; Sondra Samuels, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northside Achievement Zone; Arviance Bryant, Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Parent Council; Carneaela Milton, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood Parent Council; testified on HF1392

Representative Maye Quade renewed her motion that HF1392, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF2156 (Clark) East Phillips Neighborhood Institute funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Clark moved HF2156 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Alondra Cano, City Council Member, City of Minneapolis; Dean Dovolis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DJR Architecture, Inc.; Carol Pass, Chair, East Phillips Neighborhood; Tammey Skinaway, Board Member, Little Earth of United Tribes; testified on HF2156.

Representative Clark renewed her motion that HF2156 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF1470 (Baker) Housing trust fund and family homeless prevention and assistance program requirements modified, rental assistance program established for homeless highly mobile students. The bill, as amended, was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Baker moved HF1470 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Baker moved the H1470A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Pam Johnson, Lobbyist, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity; Andy Pomroy, Homes for All; testified on HF1470.

Representative Baker renewed his motion that HF1470, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF875 (Daniels) Pilot program to provide, repair, and maintain motor vehicles for commuting to work created, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Anderson moved HF875 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Paul Anderson presented the bill.

Anna Odegaard, Legislative Advocate, Minnesota Asset Building Coalition; Jill Amundson, Statewide FAIM Director, West Central Communities Action; Bradley Peterson, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities; testified on HF875.

Representative Anderson renewed his motion that HF875 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Bahr assumed the gavel at 9:09 PM.

HF1204 (Rarick) Employment agents and construction codes and licensing modified, housekeeping changes made, combative sports regulated, and OSHA regulations modified.

Representative Rarick moved HF1204 be referred to the General Register.

Alexis Russell, Assistant to the Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry; testified on HF1204.

Representative Rarick renewed his motion that HF1204 be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1328 (Vogel) Financial services inclusion program funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill, as amended, was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Vogel moved HF1328 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Vogel moved the H1328A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Tracy Fischman, Executive Director, Prepare and Prosper; testified on HF1328.

Representative Vogel renewed his motion that HF1328, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF1916 (Howe) Minnesota Investment Fund, job creation fund, and redevelopment program funding provided; and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Howe moved HF1916 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Duane Northagen, Executive Director, Wright County Partnership; Martha Faust, Executive Director, Minnesota Brownfields; Allison Jones, Policy Director, Department of Employment and Economic Development; testified on HF1916.

Representative Howe renewed his motion that HF1916 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF1407 (Flanagan) Women-run cooperative child care businesses in low-income urban areas pilot program funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Thissen moved HF1407 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Elaine Wyatt, Executive Director, WomenVenture; testified on HF1407.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1407 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF2133 (Neu) Twin Cities R!se Metro Transit technician training program funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Neu moved HF2133 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Aaron Koski, Assistant Director of The Office of Equal Opportunity, Metropolitan Council; testified on HF2133.

Representative Neu renewed her motion that HF2133 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

HF2227 (Baker) Pipeline dual-training programs modified, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Representative Baker moved HF2227 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

Jessica Looman, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry; Todd Roach, Vice President of Innovation, Computype; Amy Walstien, Government Relations, Minnesota Precision Manufacturers Association; Heather McGannon, PIPELINE Project Manager, Department of Labor and Industry; testified on HF2227.

Representative Baker renewed his motion that HF2227 be laid over for possible inclusion in a later bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:37 PM.



Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Meagan Rice, Committee Legislative Assistant






More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

Bills Added:
  • HF2183 (Fabian) - Thief River Falls; sales tax exemption for tax paid during construction of an eligible wholesale electronic component distribution center provided, forgivable loan provided, business development public infrastructure program grant provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2112 (Knoblach) - Housing project bonding authority allocations provided.
  • HF2266 (Knoblach) - Central Minnesota opportunity grant program established, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1607 (Haley) - Housing trust fund creation by local governments authorized, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1665 (Kresha) - Voice over Internet protocol service and Internet protocol enabled service regulation prohibited.
  • HF739 (O'Neill) - Small wireless facility collocation provided.
  • HF1618 (Baker) - Broadband grant money transferred.
  • HF841 (Sandstede) - Broadband grant program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF736 (Peterson) - Family and medical leave savings accounts authorized, tax deductions for amounts deposited in family and medical leave savings accounts provided, amounts deposited from state withholding taxes exempted, family and medical leave savings account tax credit provided, small business development center grants provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1392 (Kresha) - Housing trust fund and family homeless prevention and assistance program requirements modified, rental assistance program for homeless and highly mobile students established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1470 (Baker) - Housing trust fund and family homeless prevention and assistance program requirements modified, rental assistance program for homeless highly mobile students established, and money appropriated.
  • HF875 (Daniels) - Pilot program to provide, repair, and maintain motor vehicles for commuting to work created; and money appropriated.
  • HF1204 (Rarick) - Employment agents and construction codes and licensing modified, housekeeping changes made, combative sports regulated, and OSHA regulations modified.
  • HF1328 (Vogel) - Financial services inclusion program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1916 (Howe) - Minnesota investment fund, Minnesota job creation fund, and Minnesota redevelopment program funding provided; and money appropriated.
  • HF2133 (Neu) - Twin Cities R!SE Metro Transit technician training program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2227 (Baker) - Pipeline dual-training programs modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF2156 (Clark) - East Phillips Neighborhood Institute funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1407 (Flanagan) - Women-run cooperative child care businesses in low-income urban areas pilot program funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
Hearing Documents:
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01:04 - HF2183 (Fabian) Thief River Falls; sales tax exemption for tax paid during construction of an eligible wholesale electronic component distribution center provided, forgivable loan provided, business development public infrastructure program grant provided, and money appropriated. 26:32 - HF1607 (Haley) Housing trust fund creation by local governments authorized, counties and cities authorized to impose a surcharge on document recording fees for deposit into a housing trust fund, reports required, and money appropriated. 31:04 - HF736 (Peterson) Family and medical leave savings accounts authorized, tax deductions for amounts deposited in family and medical leave savings accounts provided, amounts deposited from state withholding taxes exempted, family and medical leave savings account tax credit provided, small business development center grants provided, and money appropriated. 33:40 - HF1618 (Baker) Broadband grant money transferred, and HF841 (Sandstede) Broadband grant program funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:28:44 - HF2112 (Knoblach) Housing project bonding authority allocations provided. 2:20:17 - HF2266 (Knoblach) Central Minnesota opportunity grant program established, reports required, and money appropriated. 2:22:04 - HF1665 (Kresha) Voice over Internet protocol service and Internet protocol enabled service regulation prohibited. 2:46:23 - HF739 (Hoppe) Small wireless facility collocation provided. The committee recessed. Video coverage of the reconvening is not available. Runs 3 hours, 6 minutes.