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Seventh MEETING - Veterans Affairs Division

2017-2018 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA Seventh 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 27, 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 Maye Quade moved to approve the minutes of the February 20, 2017 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer moved HF1597 (Howe) before the committee.

Representative Howe testified on HF1597.

Testifiers on HF1597:
Ralph Donais, Co-Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council
Brad Lindsay, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Chair Dettmer moved HF1597 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Poston moved HF1223 (Poston) before the committee.

Representative Poston testified on HF1223.

Testifiers on HF1223:
Bob Meier, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources
Peter Hark, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails
Tom Diamond, DFL Veterans Caucus

Representative Poston moved HF1223 be rereferred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Poston moved HF1318 (Poston) before the committee.

Representative Poston moved the HF1318A1 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Poston testified on HF1318.

Testifiers on HF1318:
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Chair Dettmer moved HF1318 be rereferred, as amended, to the Committee State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bliss moved HF1438 (Bliss) and HF1526 (Bliss) before the committee.

Representative Bliss testified on HF1438 and HF1526.

Testifiers on HF1438 and HF1526:
Trista Matascastillo, Development Director, Journey Home USA
Daniel Hanson, Veteran and homeownner

Representative Bliss moved HF1438 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bliss moved HF1526 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bliss moved HF1527 (1527) before the committee.

Representative Bliss testified on HF1527.

Testifiers on HF1527:
Jon Trost, Vice President, Minnesota Military Family Foundation
Tom Lyons, Minnesota Military Family Foundation Board Member
Don Kerr, Executive Director, Department of Military Affairs


Chair Dettmer moved HF1527 be rereferred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Jason Marquardt, President, Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, gave a presentation on the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers..

The meeting was adjourned at 2:37 pm.





Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair




Jeremy Hansen, Committee Legislative Assistant














More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

County Veterans Service Officers Association presentation HF 1682 (Bliss) has been removed from the agenda

Bills Added:
  • HF1223 (Poston) - Military and veteran eligibility requirements for permits and licenses modified.
  • HF1318 (Poston) - Veterans preference in hiring in the legislature and state courts established.
  • HF1597 (Howe) - State veterans cemetery burial fee for spouses and dependents of eligible veterans removed.
  • HF1438 (Bliss) - Veterans Journey Home grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1526 (Bliss) - Veterans Journey Home grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1527 (Bliss) - Support Our Troops account money use modified.
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01:53 - HF1597 (Howe) State veterans cemetery burial fee for spouses and dependents of eligible veterans removed. 26:03 - HF1223 (Poston) Military and veteran eligibility requirements for permits and licenses modified. 40:39 - HF1318 (Poston) Veterans preference in hiring in the legislature and state courts established. 47:39 - HF1438 (Bliss) Veterans Journey Home grant funding provided, and money appropriated; and HF1526 (Bliss) Veterans Journey Home grant funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:01:22 - HF1527 (Bliss) Support Our Troops account money use modified. 1;12:36 - County Veterans Service Officers Association presentation. Runs 1 hour, 35 minutes.