STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION
STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE COMMITTEE
Representative Anderson, Chair of the State Government Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:04 PM, February 15, 2017 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
ANDERSON, Sarah Chair
NASH, Jim Vice Chair
JOHNSON, Sheldon DFL Lead
A quorum was present.
Representative Kunesh-Podein moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on February 14, 2017 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
The following gave a review of the State Auditor’s Office:
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
Mathew Lindeman, Director of Budget, Finance and Technology
Ramona Advani, General Counsel for the Minnesota State Auditor
HF 807 (Marquart) - Becker and Wright Counties; litigation cost reimbursement for defending constitutionality of the 2015 county audit law funding provided, and money appropriated.
The bill was heard on an informational basis. Representative Marquart introduced his bill.
Testifying before the committee on HF 807 were the following:
Representative Paul Marquart
Barry Nelson, Becker County Commissioner
Rebecca Otto. State Auditor
Representative Anderson moved that HF 295 and HF 458 come before the committee and be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus State Government Finance bill.
HF 458 (Lucero) - Wright, Becker, and Ramsey Counties; state auditor required to reimburse legal costs, and use of appropriations for litigation expenses regulated.
Testifying before the committee on HF 458 were the following:
Representative Eric Lucero
Matt Hilgart,- Association for Minnesota Counties Government Policy Analyst
Rebecca Otto – State Auditor
Representative Anderson renewed her motion for HF 458 to be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus State Government Finance bill.
HF 295 (Nash) - State auditor appropriation use for litigation expenses regulated, and schedule of charges for calendar year 2017 regulated.
Testifying before the committee on HF 295 were the following:
Representative Jim Nash
Rebecca Otto- State Auditor
Representative Anderson renewed her motion for HF 295 to be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus State Government Finance bill.
Representative Anderson moved that HF 400 come before the committee and be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
HF 400 (Kresha) - Vendor required to not engage in discrimination against Israel.
Testifying before the committee on HF 400 were the following:
Representative Ron Kresha
Ethan Roberts, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas
Jim Bush – United Church of Christ
Barry Cohen – Jewish Voice for Peace
Anne Bellamy – Women Against Military Madness Board Member
Reverend David Smith – Minnesota Beak the Bonds
Matt Scherer – Legislative Director at the Department of Administration
Representative Anderson moved the HO400A2 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Anderson renewed her motion that HF400, as amended, to be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means. Representative Pugh requested a roll call. The results are as follows:
AYE NAY ABSENT
On a vote of 10 AYES and 6 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:01 PM.
Representative Sarah Anderson, Chair
Sam Moyer, Committee Legislative Assistant