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FIFTEENTH MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - March 11, 2020

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

LABOR COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Erin Koegel, Vice Chair of the Labor Committee, called the meeting to order at 2:30 P.M. on March 11, 2020, in Room 120 of the Minnesota State Capitol. A quorum was present.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
SUNDIN, Mikael (Chair)
KOEGEL, Erin (Vice-Chair)
VOGEL, Bob (Minority Lead)
BRAND, Jeff
CLAFLIN, Anne
DETTMER, Bob
ECKLUND, Rob
FABIAN, Dan
HORNSTEIN, Frank
LIPPERT, Todd
MEKELAND, Shane
NELSON, Michael
NELSON, Nathan
PERSELL, John
XIONG, Jay

The following members were excused:



Representative Mekeland moved to approve the minutes from March 4, 2020. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF2986 (Sundin) - State rail safety inspection program requirements established.

Representative Sundin moved that HF 2986 be re-referred to the General Register.

Testifiers:
Phillip Qualy, UTU-SMART-TD Minnesota
David K. Brown, Minnesota State Legislative Board National Region 3 Legislative Chairman
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
Jennifer Witt, MNDOT

Representative Sundin renewed his motion that HF 2986 be re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF2987 (Sundin) - Rail yard emergency preparedness safety training provided.

Representative Sundin moved that HF 2987 be re-referred to the General Register.

Testifiers:
Phillip Qualy, UTU-SMART-TD Minnesota
Kurt Olson, UTU-SMART-TD Local 650, Union Pacific Local Safety Representative
Nick Katich, UTU-SMART-TD Local 1067
David K. Brown, Minnesota State Legislative Board National Region 3 Legislative Chairman
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
Paula Josart, attorney on behalf of injured worker
Joel Mueller, railroad engineer, BLET?
John Apitz, Executive Director, Minnesota Regional Railroads Assn.
Ed Nakelar
Dale Buckholtz, System Manager, Emergency Response, CP
John Guggenheim, Environmental Officer for CP
Paul Hester, Manager, Hazardous Materials Field Operations & Emergency Response, BNSF

AMENDMENT from Fabian: to refer HF 2987 to Environmental Policy Committee?

Representative Sundin renewed his motion that HF 2987 be re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF3732 (Lillie) - Labor agreements and compensation plan ratified.

Chair Koegel moved that HF 3732 be re-referred to State Government Finance.

Representative Sundin assumed the Chair at 3:43 P.M.

Testifiers:
Greg Hubinger, Subcommittee on Employee Relations
Kristin Batson, Minnesota Management and Budget
Dori Leland, MMB

Chair Sundin renewed the motion that HF 3732 be re-referred to State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF1741 (Huot) - Living organ donors; status discrimination prohibited, paid leave benefits extended, unpaid leave required, and a conforming change made.

Chair Sundin moved that HF 1741 be re-referred to the Commerce Committee.

Testifiers:
Jenny? Anderson, living donor and in the health insurance industry
Adam Doiron, living donor/board member of the National Kidney Foundation

Chair Sundin renewed his motion that HF 1741 be re-referred to the Commerce Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.



Chair Sundin adjourned the meeting at 4:02 P.M.







_______________________________
Representative Mikael Sundin, Chair






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Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2986 (Sundin) - State rail safety inspection program requirements established.
  • HF2987 (Sundin) - Rail yard emergency preparedness safety training provided.
  • HF4019 (Stephenson) - State Building Code; rulemaking required, permit fees established, and whistleblower protection established for independent contractors.
  • HF3732 (Lillie) - Labor agreements and compensation plan ratified.
  • HF1741 (Huot) - Living organ donors; status discrimination prohibited, paid leave benefits extended, unpaid leave required, and a conforming change made.
House TV Video:
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00:29 - HF2986 (Sundin) State rail safety inspection program requirements established.
32:49 - HF2987 (Sundin) Rail yard emergency preparedness safety training provided.
1:12:40 - HF3732 (Lillie) Labor agreements and compensation plan ratified.
1:23:51 - HF1741 (Huot) Living organ donors; status discrimination prohibited, paid leave benefits extended, unpaid leave required, and a conforming change made.
Runs 1 hour, 32 minutes.


HF2986 (Sundin) - State rail safety inspection program requirements established.
HF2987 (Sundin) - Rail yard emergency preparedness safety training provided.
HF3732 (Lillie) - Labor agreements and compensation plan ratified.
HF4019 (Stephenson) - State Building Code; rulemaking required, permit fees established, and whistleblower protection established for independent contractors.
HF1741 (Huot) - Living organ donors; status discrimination prohibited, paid leave benefits extended, unpaid leave required, and a conforming change made.

If necessary, the committee will recess at 4:00 PM and reconvene at approximately 6:00 PM in 200 State Office Building.