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THIRTEENTH MEETING - Veterans Affairs Division

2017-2018 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION


HOUSE VETERAN AFFAIRS DIVISION
MINUTES


Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair of the Veterans Affairs Division, called the meeting to order at 1:01 PM on March 12th, 2018, in Room 5 of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

Presentation of Flag, Waite Park American Legion Post 428.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.


Members present:
DETTMER, Bob - Chair



BLISS, Matt - Vice Chair
ROSENTHAL, Paul - Ranking Minority Member
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
O’DRISCOLL, Tim

Members absent:

Representative Poston moved to approve the minutes of the March 5th, 2018 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer welcomed all to Veterans Day on the Hill.

HF3507 (Lueck) Secretary of state directed to collect veteran status data from applications for appointments to state agencies, boards, councils, commissions, and task forces.

Representative Lueck moved HF3507 be re-referred to the General Register.

Representative Lueck presented HF3507.

Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State, testified in favor of HF3507.

Representative Lueck renewed his motion that HF3507 be re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3477 (Bliss) Purple Heart City or Purple Heart County designation authorized.

Representative Bliss moved HF3477 be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

Representative Bliss presented HF3477.

Bob Connor, Military Order of the Purple Heart, testified in favor of HF3477.
Willie Pargo, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, testified in favor of HF3477.
Terry Parks, Brooklyn Park City Council, testified in favor of HF3477.
David Bellis, Military Order of the Purple Heart, testified in favor of HF3477.

Representative Bliss renewed his motion that HF3477 be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Bliss assumed the gavel at 1:32 PM.

HF3429 (Dettmer) Disabled veterans homestead exclusion spousal benefit modified.

Representative Dettmer moved HF3429 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Dettmer presented HF3429.

Trent Dilkes, Disabled Americans Veterans of Minnesota, testified in favor of HF3429.

Representative Dettmer renewed his motion that HF3429 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Dettmer assumed the gavel at 1:40 PM.

HF3009 (Poston) Centers for Independent Living funding provided for services to veterans and money appropriated.

Representative Poston moved HF3009 be re-referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy.

Representative Poston presented HF3009.

Cara Ryff, Executive Director, Independent Lifestyles Inc, testified in favor of HF3009.
Chuck Wilson, Veteran, testified in favor of HF3009.
Carla Tappainer, Veteran, testified in favor of HF3009.
Jon Schneider, Veteran, testified in favor of HF3009.

Representative Poston renewed his motion that HF3009 be re-referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

American Legion 100th Anniversary Presentation.
Peggy Moon, Legislative Director, American Legion of Minnesota.
Mike Shaffer, Department Commander, American Legion of Minnesota.

Jerry Kyser, Chair, United Veterans Legislative Council, gave an update from the United Veterans Legislative Council.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:24 PM.





Representative Bob Dettmer, Chair



Justin Koob, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

VETERANS DAY ON THE HILL American Legion 100th Anniversary Presentation Update from United Veterans Legislative Council

Bills Added:
  • HF3009 (Poston) - Centers for Independent Living funding provided for services to veterans, and money appropriated.
  • HF3429 (Dettmer) - Disabled veterans homestead exclusion spousal benefit modified.
  • HF3477 (Bliss) - Purple Heart City or Purple Heart County designation authorized.
  • HF3507 (Lueck) - Secretary of state directed to collect veteran status data from applications for appointments to state agencies, boards, councils, commissions, and task forces.
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Presentation of the Flag by the Waite Park American Legion Silver Star Post 428. 01:22 - Chair comments and introductions of attendees to the hearing. 16:34 - HF3507 (Lueck) Secretary of State directed to collect veteran status data from applications for appointments to state agencies, boards, councils, commissions, and task forces. 23:16 - HF3477 (Bliss) Purple Heart City or Purple Heart County designation authorized. 31:51 - HF3429 (Dettmer) Disabled veterans homestead exclusion spousal benefit modified. 39:28 - HF3009 (Poston) Centers for independent living funding provided for services to veterans, and money appropriated. 1:00:16 - American Legion 100th Anniversary presentation. 1:15:13 - Update from United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota. Runs 1 hour, 24 minutes.