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Fifth MEETING - Veterans Affairs Division

2017-2018 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA Fifth 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 February 13, 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’NEILL, Marion
POSTON, John
PRYOR, Laurie
ROSENTHAL, Paul

Members excused:
O’DRISCOLL, Tim

A quorum was present.

Representative Lee moved to approve the minutes of the February 6, 2017 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Chair Dettmer moved HF910 (Hillstrom) before the committee.

Representative Hillstrom testified on HF910.

Testifiers on HF910:
Brian Bergson, Combat Veteran.

Chair Dettmer moved HF910, be rereferred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF728 (Hillstrom) before the committee.

Chair Dettmer moved the HF728A2 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Dettmer testified on HF726.

Testifiers on HF728:
Peggy Moon, Legislative Director, American Legion.
Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney.
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tom McGlaughlin, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Chair Dettmer moved HF728, as amended, be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Davids moved HF79 (Davids) before the committee.

Representative Davids testified on HF79.

Testifiers on HF79:
Cathy Enerson, Community and Business Development Specialist, Community and Economic Development Associates.
Jason Marquardt, Veteran Services Officer, Fillmore County.

Chair Dettmer moved HF79, be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF1059 (Howe) before the committee.

Representative Howe testified on HF1059.

Testifiers on HF1059:
Randy Tesdahl, State Adjutant, Minnesota American Legion.
Jason Marquardt, Veteran Services Officer, Fillmore County.
Tom Diamond

Chair Dettmer moved HF1059 be rereferred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer passed gavel at 2:06 pm to Representative Bliss.

Chair Dettmer moved HF755 (Dettmer) before the committee.

Chair Dettmer testified on HF755.

Testifiers on HF755:
Tiffany Kovaleski, Chief of Staff, Medal of Honor Committee.
Paul Mandell, Executive Secretary, Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board.
Chuck Jones, Adjutant, Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Chair Dettmer moved HF755 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer assumed gavel at 2:31 pm.

Ralph Donais, Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council and Jerry Kyser, Vice Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council gave a presentation on the United Veterans Legislative Council.

Jerry Wolters, Commandant, Marine Corps League gave a presentation on the Marine Corps League.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.





Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair




Jeremy Hansen, Committee Legislative Assistant














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Agenda:

United Veterans Legislative Council Presentation Marine Corps League Presentation

Bills Added:
  • HF79 (Davids) - Fillmore County; veterans home funding provided, nonstate contributions allowed, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF728 (Hilstrom) - Veterans support funding provided including support for domestic abuse prevention, mental health services, chemical abuse treatment, veterans homelessness prevention, compensation to honor guards, and veterans courts; veterans nursing home tax credit provided; and money appropriated.
  • HF755 (Dettmer) - Minnesota Medal of Honor commemorative memorial funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF910 (Hilstrom) - Disabled veterans homestead credit maximum exclusion amount extended to veterans with a 100 percent temporary disability rating, and maximum excluded amount increased to $400,000.
  • HF1059 (Howe) - Disabled veterans homestead exclusion annual application requirement eliminated.
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