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FOURTEENTH MEETING - Education Policy

2019-2020 Regular Session

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

EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Cheryl Youakim, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 9:40 AM on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Room 5 of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:

YOUAKIM, Cheryl, Chair
KUNESH-PODEIN, Mary, Vice Chair
ERICKSON, Sondra, GOP Lead
BAKER, Dave
BIERMAN, Robert
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
GRUENHAGEN, Glenn
HASSAN, Hodan
HER, Kaohly
HUOT, John
MARIANI, Carlos
MOLLER, Kelly
SANDELL, Steve
SCOTT, Peggy
URDAHL, Dean
WAZLAWIK, Ami

Members Excused:
BAHR, Cal
BENNETT, Peggy

HF244 (Claflin) – School districts required to conduct radon testing.

Representative Huot moved that HF244 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Claflin introduced HF244.

Valerie Dosland, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials, testified on HF244.
Denise Dittrich, Minnesota School Boards Association, testified on HF244.
Dan Tranter, Minnesota Department of Health, answered questions about HF244.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF244 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

HF491 (Demuth) – School employees, independent contractors, and persons in positions of authority who have sexual relationships with students penalties established.

Representative Erickson moved that HF491 be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Demuth introduced HF491.

Jim Backstrom, Dakota County, testified in support of HF491.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion to refer HF491 to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1414 (Lippert) – Commissioner of education required to develop sexual health curriculum program, and report required.

Representative Youakim moved that HF1414 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Lippert introduced HF1414.

Grace Muth, Northfield High School Student, testified in support of HF1414.
Kevin Brown, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, testified in support of HF1414.
Lindsey Brice, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, testified in support of HF1414.
Dr. Nicole Chaisson, University of Minnesota, testified in support of HF1414.
Jenny Oliphant, University of Minnesota, testified in support of HF1414.
Grace Mortenson, Reaction for Action, testified in support of HF1414.
Grace Keliher, Minnesota School Boards Association, testified in opposition to HF1414.
Fred Nolan, Minnesota Rural Education Association, testified in opposition of HF1414.
Anne Elmer, JustUS, testified in support of HF1414.
Ash Koncar, Roseville Area High School Student, testified in support of HF1414.

Representative Erickson moved the H1414A4 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Erickson moved the H1414A6 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Erickson moved the H1414A2 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Erickson moved the H1414A1 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF1414, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

The meeting recessed at 12:32 PM.

The meeting reconvened at 1:09 PM.

Representative Youakim moved that HF1414 be referred to the Government Operations Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1204 (Pryor) – School sexual harassment and sex discrimination laws compliance required, training required, and money appropriated.

Representative Moller moved that HF1204 be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Moller introduced HF1204.

Jessica Melnik, Girls United Minnesota, testified in support of HF1204.
Salma Said, Girls United Minnesota, testified in support of HF1204.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion to refer HF1204 to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1094 (Her) – Mental health education requirements amended.

Representative Her moved that HF1094 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Her introduced HF1094.

Sue Abderholden, National Alliance on Mental Illness, testified in support of HF1094.
Kate Lynne Snyder, Minnesota Department of Education, testified on HF1094.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion that HF1094 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE BILL WAS LAID OVER.

HF532 (Erickson) – Background checks required on all first-time teaching applicants, and mandatory reporting expanded.

Representative Erickson moved that HF532 be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Erickson moved the H0532A1 author’s amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Erickson introduced HF532 as amended.

Cristina Parra, Nonpartisan House Research, explained changes made due to the H0532A1 amendment.
Jim Miklausich, Michelle Vaught, and Maria Zalacher, PELSB, testified on HF532.
Meg Luger, Education Minnesota, testified on HF532.
Roger Aronson, Secondary Principals Association, answered questions about HF532.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion to refer HF532, as amended, to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1566 (Kunesh-Podein) – Substance misuse prevention instruction grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.

Representative Kunesh-Podein moved that HF1566 be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Kunesh-Podein moved the H1566A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kunesh-Podein introduced HF1566 as amended.

Sheri Schuman, For Jake’s Sake, testified in support of HF1566.
Jonathan Rehlander, For Jake’s Sake, testified in support of HF1566.
Raina Meyer, Minnesota Youth Council Representative, testified in support of HF1566.
Bailey Boelter, Minnesota Youth Council Manager, testified in support of HF1566.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion to refer HF1566, as amended, to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Gruenhagen moved to approve the minutes for the Wednesday, February 27, 2019 meeting. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 3:04 PM.



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Cheryl Youakim, Chair



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Laura Helgen, Committee Legislative Assistant




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Agenda:

I. Call to Order II. HF244 (Claflin) - School districts required to conduct radon testing. III. HF491 (Demuth) - School employees, independent contractors, and persons in positions of authority who have sexual relationships with students penalties established. IV. HF1414 (Lippert) - Commissioner of education required to develop sexual health curriculum program, and report required. V. HF1094 (Her) - Mental health education requirements amended. VI. HF1204 (Pryor) - School sexual harassment and sex discrimination laws compliance required, training required, and money appropriated. VII. HF532 (Erickson) - Background checks required on all first-time teaching applicants, and mandatory reporting expanded. VIII. HF1566 (Kunesh-Podein) - Substance misuse prevention instruction grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated. IX. Adjournment

Bills Added:
  • HF1204 (Pryor) - School sexual harassment and sex discrimination laws compliance required, training required, and money appropriated.
  • HF244 (Claflin) - School districts required to conduct radon testing.
  • HF491 (Demuth) - School employees, independent contractors, and persons in positions of authority who have sexual relationships with students penalties established.
  • HF1414 (Lippert) - Sexual health curriculum model program development required, and report required.
  • HF1094 (Her) - Mental health education requirements amended.
  • HF532 (Erickson) - Background checks required on all first-time teaching applicants, mandatory reporting expanded, and teacher code of ethics codified in statute and code of ethics repealed in rule.
  • HF1566 (Kunesh-Podein) - Substance misuse prevention instruction grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
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00:20 - HF244 (Claflin) School districts required to conduct radon testing. 17:40 - HF491 (Demuth) School employees, independent contractors, and persons in positions of authority who have sexual relationships with students penalties established. 27:25 - HF1414 (Lippert) Commissioner of education required to develop sexual health curriculum program, and report required. The Committee recessed. Runs 2 hours, 43 minutes.