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TWENTY-THIRD MEETING - Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-THIRD 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 12:45 P.M. on March 26th, 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 12:45 P.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Morrison moved to approve the minutes of March 21st, 2019. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1706 (Lippert) Soil and water conservation districts duties and services specified.

Chair Hansen moved that HF1706 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Testifying on HF1706:
Sheila Vanney, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF1706 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1314 (Lippert) Department of Health’s source water protection program expanded to include rivers and drinking water sources for private wells, and money appropriated.

Representative Fischer moved to adopt the Water Division Report on HF1314. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Hansen moved that HF1314 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means with a recommended re-referral to the Health and Human Services Finance Division.

Testifying on HF1314:
Nels Paulson, Conservation Minnesota
Jim Stark, Legislative Water Commission
Kirk Koudelka, Pollution Control Agency
Bob Meier, Department of Natural Resources
Chris Elvrum, Department of Health

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF1314 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means with a recommended re-referral to the Health and Human Services Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2505 (Ecklund) Forest inventory data quality improvement funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Ecklund moved that HF2505 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Testifying on HF2505:
Ray Higgins, Minnesota Forest Industries and Timber Producers Association
Forrest Boe, Department of Natural Resources

Representative Ecklund renewed the motion that HF2505 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

HF1403 (Lee) Trade in animal parts prohibited.

Representative Lee moved that HF1403 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Tesitfying on HF1403:
Christine Coughlin, Humane Society of the United States
Col. Rodman Smith, Department of Natural Resources

Representative Lee renewed the motion that HF1403 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

HF1624 (Fischer) Soil and water conservation districts funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Fischer moved that HF1624 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Testifying on HF1624:
Holly Kovarik, Pope Soil and Water Conservation District

Representative Fischer renewed the motion that HF1624 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

Vice Chair Claflin assumed the gavel at 2:06 P.M.

HF2032 (Hansen) Environment and natural resources trust funds appropriated, and previous appropriations modified.

Chair Hansen moved HF2032 for consideration before the committee.

Testifying on HF2032:
Becca Nash, Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources
Aaron Klemz, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Chair Hansen moved that HF2032 be laid over for future consideration. The bill was laid over.

The meeting was recessed at 2:15 P.M.

The meeting was reconvened at 5:00 P.M.

HF359 (Becker-Finn) Flame-retardant chemical use in certain products prohibited.

Representative Becker-Finn moved that HF359 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Testifying on HF359:
Jenna Grove, Clean Water Action
Chris Parsons, Minnesota Professional Firefighters Association
Dr. David Wallinga, Natural Resources Defense Council
Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association
Tony Kwilas, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Representative Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF359 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means. Representative Lee requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results were as follows:

AYES

HANSEN
CLAFLIN
FABIAN
BACKER
BECKER-FINN
ECKLUND
FISCHER
HEINTZEMAN
LEE
LUECK
MORRISON
PERSELL
SANDELL
SUNDIN

ABSENT

GREEN
NEU
WAGENIUS

On a vote of 14 AYES and 3 ABSENT; THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Claflin assumed the gavel at 6:06 P.M.

HF2267 (Hansen) Carpet product stewardship program provided, and report required.

Chair Hansen moved that HF2267 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Testifying on HF2267:
Nick Fiore, Circular Polymers
Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County Commissioner
Molly Pederson, Fiber Commercial Technologies
Lisa Frenette, Carpet and Rug Institute
Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association
Kirk Koudelka, Pollution Control Agency

Representative Fabian moved that HF2267 be recommended to be returned to the Committee on Ways and Means with a recommended re-referral to the Judiciary and Civil Law Finance Division and requested a roll-call vote on the motion. The results were as follows:

AYES

FABIAN
BACKER
GREEN
HEINTZEMAN
LUECK

NAYS

HANSEN
CLAFLIN
BECKER-FINN
ECKLUND
FISCHER
LEE
PERSELL
SANDELL
SUNDIN

ABSENT

MORRISON
NEU
WAGENIUS

On a vote of 5 AYES, 9 NAYS, and 3 ABSENT; THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF2267 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

Chair Hansen assumed the gavel at 6:32 P.M.

HF167 (Lee) Supplemental environmental project offers provided in conjunction with enforcement actions against polluters.

Representative Lee moved that HF167, First Division Engrossment, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Lee moved to adopt the A10 amendment.

Testifying on the A10 amendment:
Jean Coleman, Pollution Control Agency

Representative Lee renewed the motion to adopt the A10 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Lee renewed the motion that HF167 First Division Engrossment, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

Representative Ecklund assumed the gavel at 7:03 P.M.

HF2070 (Hansen) State bee established, and money appropriated.

Chair Hansen moved that HF2070 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Testifying on HF2070:
Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota
Chris Cowen, Pollinator Action Network

Chair Hansen renewed the motion that HF2070 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

Chair Hansen assumed the gavel at 7:20 P.M.

HF 1720 (Becker-Finn) Chronic wasting disease adopt-a-dumpster program funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.

Representative Becker-Finn moved that HF1720 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Becker-Finn moved to adopt the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF1720 as amended:
Pat Rivers, Department of Natural Resources
Representative Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF1720, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 P.M.








Representative Rick Hansen, Chair



Clay Schwartzwalter, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

HF1706 (Lippert) Soil and water conservation districts duties and services specified. HF1314 (Lippert) Department of Health's source water protection program expanded to include rivers and drinking water sources for private wells, and money appropriated. HF2032 (Hansen) Environment and natural resources trust funds appropriated, and previous appropriations modified. HF2505 (Ecklund) Forest inventory data quality improvement funding provided, and money appropriated. HF1624 (Fischer) Soil and water conservation districts funding provided, and money appropriated. HF1403 (Lee) Trade in animal parts prohibited. HF167 (Lee) Supplemental environmental project offers provided in conjunction with enforcement actions against polluters. HF359 (Becker-Finn) Flame-retardant chemical use in certain products prohibited. HF1720 (Becker-Finn) Chronic wasting disease adopt-a-dumpster program funding provided, report required, and money appropriated. HF2070 (Hansen) State bee established, and money appropriated. HF2267 (Hansen) Carpet product stewardship program provided, and report required. *Additional bills may be added.

Bills Added:
  • HF1706 (Lippert) - Soil and water conservation districts duties and services specified.
  • HF1314 (Lippert) - Department of Health's source water protection program expanded to include rivers and drinking water sources for private wells, and money appropriated.
  • HF2032 (Hansen) - Environment and natural resources trust funds appropriated, and previous appropriations modified.
  • HF2505 (Ecklund) - Forest inventory data quality improvement funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1624 (Fischer) - Soil and water conservation districts funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1403 (Lee) - Trade in animal parts prohibited.
  • HF167 (Lee) - Supplemental environmental project offers provided in conjunction with enforcement actions against polluters.
  • HF359 (Becker-Finn) - Flame-retardant chemical use in certain products prohibited, and exemptions allowed.
  • HF1720 (Becker-Finn) - Chronic wasting disease adopt-a-dumpster program funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2070 (Hansen) - State bee established, and money appropriated.
  • HF2267 (Hansen) - Carpet product stewardship program provided, and report required.
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00:47 - HF1706 (Lippert) Soil and water conservation districts duties and services specified. 06:09 - HF1314 (Lippert) Department of Health's source water protection program expanded to include rivers and drinking water sources for private wells, and money appropriated. 28:49 - HF2505 (Ecklund) Forest inventory data quality improvement funding provided, and money appropriated. 46:34 - HF1403 (Lee) Trade in animal parts prohibited. 1:05:30 - HF1624 (Fischer) Soil and water conservation districts funding provided, and money appropriated. 1:21:03 - HF2032 (Hansen) Environment and natural resources trust funds appropriated, and previous appropriations modified. The Division recessed. Runs 1 hour, 30 minutes. No video available of the reconvening.