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Third MEETING - Veterans Affairs Division

2017-2018 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA Third MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION


VETERANS AFFAIRS DIVISION
MINUTES

Representative Dettmer, Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM on January 30, 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 Poston moved to approve the minutes of the January 23, 2017 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Sam Heimlich and Ernest Whitney gave a presentation on Helmets to Hardhats.

Chair Dettmer moved HF375 (Swedzinski) before the committee.

Representative Swedzinski Testified on HF375.

Testifiers on HF375:
James Fink, Commander, American Legion Post 119

Chair Dettmer moved HF375 be rereferred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Franke moved HF270 (Franke) before the committee.

Representative Franke moved the HF270A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Franke testified on HF270.

Testifiers:
Jerry Kyser, Vice Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council.

Representative Franke moved HF270, as amended, be rereferred to the committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bliss moved HF368 (Bliss) come before the committee.

Representative Bliss testified on HF368.

Testifiers:
Ben Velzen, Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota

Representative Bliss moved HF368 be rerefered to the committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer passed gavel at 1:32 to Vice Chair Bliss.

Chair Dettmer moved HF555 before the committee.

Chair Dettmer testified on HF555.

Testifiers:
Andru Peters, Adjutant, Wabasha County American Legions, Commander, American Legion Post 110.
Matt Hillgart, Association of Minnesota Counties.
Jerry Kyser, Vice Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council.

Chair Dettmer Moved HF555 be rerefferred to the committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer assumed gavel at 1:50PM.

John Flores, Vice Commander, AMVETS, gave a presentation on AMVETS.

Mick Agguire, Commander, DAV, Stephen Whitehead, Adjutant, DAV, and Trent Dilks, Legislative Director, DAV, gave a presentation on DAV.

Colonel Kevin Sliwinski, Government Relation Officer, Civil Air Patrol, gave a presentation on Civil Air Patrol.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:23 PM.





Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair




Jeremy Hansen, Committee Legislative Assistant














More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

Helmets to Hardhats presentation AMVETS presentation Disabled American Veterans presentation Civil Air Patrol presentation

Bills Added:
  • HF270 (Franke) - Military veteran jobs tax credit provided.
  • HF368 (Bliss) - Assignment of military pay or benefits prohibited, and remedies provided.
  • HF375 (Swedzinski) - County board allowed to appropriate money for a veterans memorial anywhere in the county.
  • HF555 (Dettmer) - Congressionally chartered veterans organizations reduced class rate provided.
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00:58 - Helmets to Hardhats presentation. 08:52 - HF375 (Swedzinski) County board allowed to appropriated money for a veterans memorial anywhere in the county. 13:32 - HF270 (Franke) Military veterans jobs tax credit. 21:00 - HF368 (Bliss) Assignment of military pay or benefits prohibited, and penalties and remedies provided. 33;12 - HF555 (Dettmer) Congressionally chartered veterans organizations reduced class rate provided. 50:00 - AMVETS presentation. 59:41 - Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota presentation. 1:09:42 - Civil Air Patrol presentation. Runs 1 hour, 25 minutes.