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SIXTEENTH MEETING - Commerce

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

COMMERCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Laurie Halverson, Chair of the Commerce Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:35AM on March 8th, 2019, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HALVERSON, Laurie, Chair
STEPHENSON, Zack, Vice Chair
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead
CARLSON, Andrew
DEHN, Raymond
ELKINS, Steve
HOWARD, Michael
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
KRESHA, Ron
MAHONEY, Tim
O’NEILL, Marion
RICHARDSON, Ruth
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
TABKE, Brad
THEIS, Tama

Members excused:

DAVIDS, Gregory
GAROFALO, Pat
HALEY, Barb
LESCH, John
LISLEGARD, Dave
RICHARDSON, Ruth

A quorum was present at 8:40AM.

HF893 (Huot)
Certified public accounting practice provisions modified.

Testifiers in support of HF893:
Doreen Johnson, Executive Director, Board of Accounting
Sharon Jensen, CPA, Vice Chair, Board of Accounting

Representative Halverson moved HF893 and HF0893A19-0146 (Huot) amendment to be re-referred to Ways and Means with a recommendation to State Government Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Halverson renewed the motion to move HF893, as amended, to Ways and Means with recommendation to State Government Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1840 (O’Driscoll)
Subprime references in Minnesota Statutes removed.

Representative O’Driscoll moved for HF1840 to be referred to the General Register.

Testifiers in support of HF1840:
Bill Schweitz, Minnesota Mortgage Association
Ron Elwood, Legal Aid

Representative O’Driscoll renewed the motion HF1840 be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Mahoney moved to approve the minutes of March 6th 2019. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2018 (Tabke)
Pari-mutuel Racing Commission licensing, reporting, and other regulatory provisions modified.

Representative Tabke moved HF2018 to be re-referred to Government Operations committee.

Testifiers in support of HF2018:
Tom DiPasquale, Executive Director, Minnesota Racing Commission

Representative Tabke renewed the motion for HF2018 to be re-referred to the Government Operations committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF572 (Schultz)
Net earnings of nonprofit health maintenance organizations requirements established.

Representative Halverson moved HF572 and the HF0572A2 (Schultz) amendment to be re-referred to the Health and Human Services Policy Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifiers in support of HF572:
Sarah Greenfield, O’Connell Consulting, TakeAction Minnesota

Testifiers in opposition of HF572:
Kathryn Kmit, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Minnesota Council of Health Plans

Representative Halverson renewed the motion to move HF572, as amended, to the Health and Human Services Policy Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1241 (Mahoney)
Minnesota Call Center Jobs Act; call center or customer service operation relocation notice required, and recapture of public subsidies provided.

Representative Mahoney moved HF1241 to be re-referred to the Labor Committee.

Testifiers in support of 1241:
Brad Lehto, Secretary-Treasurer, Minnesota AFL-CIO

Representative Mahoney renewed the motion HF1241 to be re-referred to the Labor Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1424 (Stephenson)
Student loan ombudsperson established, student loan servicer licensure required, student loan servicing practices prohibited, and report required.

Representative Stephenson moved HF1424 and HF1424A1 (Stephenson) amendment to be re-referred to Ways and Means with a recommendation to Higher Education Finance and Policy Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifiers in support of HF1424:
Verlena Bradley, Teacher, St. Paul Public School
Molly Geislinger, Teacher, Bloomington Public School
Bonnie Latreille, Student Borrower Protection Center

Representative Stephenson renewed the motion to move HF1424, as amended, to be re-referred to Ways and Means with a recommendation to Higher Education Finance and Policy Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1138 (Fischer)
Digital fair repair provided.

Representative Halverson moved HF1138 to be re-referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Testifiers in support HF1138:
Lucy Lloyd, Uptown Tech
Amanda LaGrange, CEO, Tech Dump/Tech Discounts
Tina Patton, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Tamara Gillard, Minnesota Computers for Schools
Bruce Miller, Minnesota Farmers Union
Neil Vill, CEO, World Data Products
Tim Schaefer, Environment Minnesota

Testifiers in opposition of HF1138:
Tony Kwilas, CompTIA
Lisa McCabe, CTIA
Terry Mikylecky, Farm Machiner Dealers
Bobby Patrick, Director of Policy, Medical Alley Association

Representative Halverson renewed the motion to move HF1138 to be re-referred to the Judiciary Committee.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:54AM.








Representative Laurie Halverson, Chair




Aimee Vue,
Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

***Bills may be taken in any order*** HF 893 (Huot) Certified public accounting practice provisions modified. HF 1138 (Fischer) Digital fair repair provided. HF 1241 (Mahoney) Minnesota Call Center Jobs Act; call center or customer service operation relocation notice required, and recapture of public subsidies provided. HF 1424 (Stephenson) Student loan ombudsperson established, student loan servicer licensure required, student loan servicing practices prohibited, and report required. HF 1840 (O'Driscoll) Subprime references in Minnesota Statutes removed. HF 2018 (Tabke) Pari-mutuel Racing Commission licensing, reporting, and other regulatory provisions modified. ***Bill added: HF 572 (Schultz) Net earnings of nonprofit health maintenance organizations requirements established. (carried over from the 3/6/19 agenda) ***Bills removed*** HF 1571 (Howard) Manufactured home parks closure or modification procedures modified. (bill was not re-referred) HF 1578 (Kotyza-Witthuhn) Credit union conversion, merger, or consolidation supermajority requirements eliminated. (met first deadline in Senate, will be rescheduled for a later date) HF 622 (Wolgamott) Real estate broker and licensee advertising requirements modified. (met first deadline in Senate, will be rescheduled for a later date) ***Bills may be added or removed*** If you would like to testify in person or provide written testimony, please email the committee administrator Laura.Taken-Holtze@house.mn Please note that public testimony will be limited to no more than THREE MINUTES per testifier. Written testimony can be included in member packets if received by Thursday, 3/7/19. Brevity is appreciated. If you have any handouts, please provide 100 copies to the Committee Legislative Assistant Aimee Vue (503 State Office Building) and email a digital copy to the committee administrator Laura.Taken-Holtze@house.mn by NOON on Thursday, 3/7/19.

Bills Added:
  • HF893 (Huot) - Certified public accounting practice provisions modified.
  • HF1138 (Fischer) - Digital fair repair provided.
  • HF1241 (Mahoney) - Minnesota Call Center Jobs Act; call center or customer service operation relocation notice required, and recapture of public subsidies provided.
  • HF1424 (Stephenson) - Student loan advocate established, licensure of student loan servicers required, certain practices prohibited in student loan servicing, and report required.
  • HF1840 (O'Driscoll) - Subprime references in Minnesota Statutes removed.
  • HF2018 (Tabke) - Pari-mutuel Racing Commission licensing, reporting, and other regulatory provisions modified.
  • HF572 (Schultz) - Health plan loss ration requirements established, and nonprofit health maintenance organizations net earnings use requirements established.
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