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Sixth MEETING - Veterans Affairs Division

2017-2018 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA Sixth 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 20, 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 Lee moved to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2017 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF1209 (Cornish) before the committee.

Representative Cornish testified on HF1209.

Testifiers on HF1209:
Tom McLaughlin, VFW Commander’s Task Force
Mike McLaughlin, Blue Earth County Veterans Services Officer
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Jerry Kyser, Vice Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council

Chair Dettmer moved HF1209 be rereferred to the Committee on Civil Law and Data Practices. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bliss moved HF1109 (Miller) before the committee.

Representative Miller testified on HF1109.

Testifiers on HF1109:
Angie Steinbach, Montevideo Assistant City Manager
Marvin Garben, Montevideo City Council President
Representative Matt Bliss
Joe Vene, former Beltrami County Commissioner
Scotty Allison, Beltrami County Veterans Services Officer
Representative Matt Grossell
Dr. Ralph Morris
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Representative Bliss moved HF1109 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Maynard Kaderlik, past president, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Bruce Branigan, Secretary/Adjutant and Legislative Coordinator, Vietnam Veterans of America gave a presentation on the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Chair Dettmer moved HF936 (Ecklund) before the committee.

Representative Ecklund testified on HF936.

Chair Dettmer moved HF936 be rereferred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Maye Quade moved HF965 (Maye Quade) before the committee.

Representative Maye Quade testified on HF965.

Testifiers on HF965:
Paul Mandell, Executive Secretary, Capitol Architectural and Planning Board

Chair Dettmer moved HF965 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Maye Quade moved HF1096 (Maye Quade) before the committee.

Representative Maye Quade testified on HF1096.

Testifiers on HF1096:
Tom Diamond

Chair Dettmer moved HF1096 be rereferred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Ken Kline
Todd Kemery, Vice President, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Jim Dahlin, Legislative Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America gave a presentation on Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.





Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair




Jeremy Hansen, Committee Legislative Assistant














More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

Vietnam Veterans of America Presentation Paralyzed Veterans of America Presentation

Bills Added:
  • HF936 (Ecklund) - Bear hunting permit lottery preference modified.
  • HF965 (Maye Quade) - Capitol grounds plaque placement authorized in the court of honor to honor all Minnesota veterans who served in the United States armed forces during World War I.
  • HF1096 (Maye Quade) - Spousal benefit under the disabled veterans homestead exclusion extended to surviving spouses of veterans with a 70 percent disability rating or higher, and eight year limitation on the spousal benefit eliminated.
  • HF1109 (Miller) - Montevideo and Bemidji; veterans homes funding provided, nonstate contributions allowed, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1209 (Cornish) - Veterans benefit service disclosure requirements provided, and veterans affairs commissioner required to develop a disclosure statement.
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01:06 - HF1209 (Cornish) Veterans benefit service disclosure requirements provided, and veterans affairs commissioner required to develop a disclosure statement. 10:00 - HF1109 (Miller) Montevideo and Bemidji; veterans homes funding provided, nonstate contributions allowed, bonds issued, and money appropriated. 1:00:55 - Vietnam Veterans of America presentation. 1:15:22 - HF936 (Ecklund) Bear-hunting permit lottery preference modified. 1:17:48 - HF965 (Maye Quade) Capitol grounds plaque placement authorized in the court of honor to honor all Minnesota veterans who served in the United States armed forces during World War I. 1:24:22 - HF1096 (Maye Quade) Spousal benefit under the disabled veterans homestead exclusion extended to surviving spouses of veterans with a 70 percent disability rating or higher, and eight year limitation on the spousal benefit eliminated. 1:28:45 - Paralyzed Veterans of America presentation. Runs 1 hour, 40 minutes.