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SIXTEENTH MEETING - Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

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

Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

MINUTES

Representative Hansen, Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division, called the meeting to order at 12:46 P.M. on March 5th, 2019, in Hearing Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


HANSEN, Rick, Chair
CLAFLIN, Anne, Vice Chair
FABIAN, Dan, Lead
BACKER, Jeff
BECKER-FINN, Jamie
ECKLUND, Rob
FISCHER, Peter
GREEN, Steve
HEINTZEMAN, Josh
LEE, Fue
LUECK, Dale
MORRISON, Kelly
NEU, Anne
PERSELL, John
SANDELL, Steve
SUNDIN, Mike
WAGENIUS, Jean



Chair Hansen called the meeting to order at 12:46 P.M. A quorum was present.

Vice Chair Claflin moved to approve the minutes of February 28th, 2019. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The Pollution Control Agency continued its presentation of the Governor’s budget recommendations. The presenters were:
Greta Gauthier, Assistant Commissioner
Craig McDonnell, Assistant Commissioner
Kirk Koudelka, Assistant Commissioner
Will Seuffert, Executive Director, Environmental Quality Board

HF809 (Lislegard) St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority grant availability extending.

Chair Hansen moved that HF809 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with recommended referral to the Legacy Finance Division.

Testifying on HF809:
Gary Cerkvenik, St. Louis County Regional Railroad Authority

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF809 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with recommended referral to the Legacy Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF749 (Vang) Taking of turtles provisions modified.

Representative Lee moved that HF749 be laid over for possible inclusion.

Representative Lee moved to adopt the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying on HF749:
Christopher E. Smith, Minnesota Herpetological Society
Bob Meier, Department of Natural Resources
Ann Pierce, Department of Natural Resources
Sean Sisler, Department of Natural Resources

Representative Lee renewed the motion that HF749 as amended be laid over for possible inclusion. The bill was laid over.

HF1134 (Fabian) River Watch program funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Fabian moved that HF1134 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with recommended referral to the Legacy Finance Division.

Testifying on HF1134:
Asher Kingrey, International Water Institute

Representative Fabian renewed the motion that HF1134 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with recommended referral to the Legacy Finance Division.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF731 (Brand) Motor vehicles and watercraft tax and fee exemption for disabled veterans provided.

Chair Hansen moved that HF731 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Testifying on HF731:
Jerry Kyser, United Veterans Legislative Council
Bob Meier, Department of Natural Resources

Chair Hansen renewed motion that HF731 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF653 (Lillie) Greater Minnesota regional parks and trails funding provided, and money appropriated.

Chair Hansen moved that HF653 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with recommended referral to the Legacy Finance Division.

Representative Lee moved to adopt the DE1 amendment with the following correction:
Line 6.1: Delete “$7,000” and insert “$4,000”.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying on HF653:
Renee Mattson, Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission
Tom Ryan, Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission
Laura Preus, Department of Natural Resources
Boe Carlson, Three Rivers Park District

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF653 as amended be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with recommended referral to the Legacy Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was recessed at 2:23 P.M.

The meeting was reconvened at 6:00 P.M.

HF1215 (Hornstein) Solid waste management tax allocation of revenues amended.

Chair Hansen moved that HF1215 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Testifying on HF1215:
Fran Miron, Association of Minnesota Counties, Partnership on Waste and Energy, and Minnesota Inter-County Association
Chris McConn, Solid Waste Administrators Association
Craig Johnson, League of Minnesota Cities

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF1215 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The following bills were referred by memo March 1, 2019:

To the Division on Water:
Friday, March 1, 2019
HF1502 (Fischer) Salt applicator certification program established, and liability limited.
HF1569 (Lippert) Drinking water protection pilot program established, and money appropriated.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:16 P.M.







Representative Rick Hansen, Chair



Clay Schwartzwalter, Committee Legislative Assistant




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Agenda:

Continuation of Governor’s Budget Recommendations for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. HF749 (Vang) Taking of turtles provisions modified. HF809 (Lislegard) St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority grant availability extending. HF653 (Lillie) Greater Minnesota regional parks and trails funding provided, and money appropriated. HF731 (Brand) Motor vehicles and watercraft tax and fee exemption for disabled veterans provided. HF1215 (Hornstein) Solid waste management tax allocation of revenues amended. HF1134 (Fabian) River Watch program funding provided, and money appropriated.

Bills Added:
  • HF749 (Vang) - Taking of turtles provisions modified.
  • HF809 (Lislegard) - St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority grant availability extending.
  • HF653 (Lillie) - Omnibus legacy finance bill.
  • HF731 (Brand) - Motor vehicles and watercraft tax and fee exemption for disabled veterans provided.
  • HF1215 (Hornstein) - Solid waste management tax allocation of revenues amended.
  • HF1134 (Fabian) - River Watch program funding provided, and money appropriated.
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