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Minnesota Legislature
2017-2018 Regular Session

Second MEETING - Veterans Affairs Division

January 23, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA Second MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION


VETERANS AFFAIRS DIVISION
MINUTES

Representative Dettmer Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:01 PM on January 23, 2017, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

DETTMER, Bob Chair
BLISS, Matt, Vice Chair
BECKER-FINN, Jamie
DAVIDS, Greg
FISCHER, Peter
FRANKE, Keith
LEE, Fue
LESCH, John
LUECK, Dale
MAYE QUADE, Erin
O’DRISCOLL, Tim
O’NEILL, Marion
POSTON, John
PRYOR, Laurie
ROSENTHAL, Paul


A quorum was present.

Representative Rosenthal moved to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2017 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF321 before the committee.

Representative Lien Testified on HF321

Testifiers on HF321:
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Department of Veterans Affairs
Randy Tesdahl, Adjutant, American Legion

Chair Dettmer moved HF321 be rereferred to the Committee on Transportation Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Chair Dettmer passed gavel at 1:16 to Vice Chair Bliss.

Chair Dettmer moved HF 127 before the committee.
Testifiers:
Bill Strusinski, Libby Law Office
Jim Pagliarini Testified

Chair Dettmer moved HF 127 be rerefered to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF 119 come before the committee.

Chair Dettmer moved the HF119A1 Amendment THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifiers:
Chair Dettmer
Trent Dilks, Legislative Chair, Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota.
Ralph Donais, Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council.

Representative Maye Quade moved the HF119A2 amendment.

Representative Maye Quade testified on HF119A2 amendment.

Representative Maye Quade withdrew the HF119A2 amendment.

Chair Dettmer Moved HF119 be rereferred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF232 come before the committee.

Testifiers:
Lorie Ahlness - President, Board of Directors Disabled Veterans Rest Camp Association
Randy Tesdahl - Minnesota American Legion State Adjutant
Chuck Conquist, VFW 4th District

Chair Dettmer moved HF232 be rerefered to the Committee on Legacy. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Chair Dettmer assumed gavel at 2:01

Representative O’Driscoll moved HF 261 come before the committee.

Testifers:
William Micklus, Assoc. Dir, Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute
Rich Neumeister

Rep O’Driscoll moved HF 261 be rerefered to the Committee on Public Safety. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Randy Tesdahl, Minnesota American Legion State Adjutant, gave a presentation on the American Legion.

Tommy Johnson, Seventh District Legislative Chair, Veterans of Foreign Wars, gave a presentation on the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:44 PM.





Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair




Jeremy Hansen, Committee Legislative Assistant














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Agenda:

American Legion Presentation Veterans of Foreign Wars Presentation

Bills Added:
  • HF119 (Dettmer) - Deceased veteran's spouse benefit eligibility modified.
  • HF127 (Dettmer) - Vietnam: Minnesota Remembers public television project funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF232 (Dettmer) - Veterans Rest Camp and Camp Legionville facility improvement funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF261 (O'Driscoll) - De-escalation technique training for community safety personnel funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF321 (Lien) - Eligible veterans with a disability provided exemptions from various taxes and fees.
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01:17 - HF321 (Lien) Eligible veterans with a disability provided exemptions from various taxes and fees. 15:12 - HF127 (Dettmer) Vietnam: Minnesota Remembers public television project funding provided, and money appropriated. 29:13 - HF119 (Dettmer) Deceased veteran's spouse benefit eligibility modified. 44:03 - HF232 (Dettmer) Veterans Rest Camp and Camp Legionville facility improvement funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:0:32 - HF261 (O'Driscoll) De-escalation technique training for community safety personnel funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:22:37 - American Legion presentation. 1:34:00 - Veterans of Foreign Wars presentation. Runs 1 hour, 44 minutes.