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FIRST JOINT MEETING - House and Senate - Higher Education Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST JOINT MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION
& SENATE

JOINT HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE AND POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Bernardy, Chair of the House Higher Education Finance & Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 6:05 P.M. on February 18, 2019, in Room 200 of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

BERNARDY, Connie (Chair) ANDERSON, Paul (Chair)
PRYOR, Laurie (Vice-Chair) DRAHEIM, Rich (Vice-Chair)
NORNES, Bud (Minority Lead) CLAUSEN, Greg (Minority Lead)
DANIELS, Brian ABELER, Jim
FRANSON, Mary COHEN, Richard
GOMEZ, Aisha ISAACSON, Jason
KLEVORN, Ginny JENSEN, Scott
LAYMAN, Sandy MILLER, Jeremy
LIEN, Ben NEWTON, Jerry
LILLIE, Leon
LUCERO, Eric
POPPE, Jeanne
QUAM, Duane
RUNBECK, Linda
VANG, Samantha
WOLGAMOTT, Dan
XIONG, Tou

Chair Bernardy moved to adopt the joint committee procedure. The motion PREVAILED.

Dan Wolter, Chair of the Regent Candidate Advisory Committee, gave a review of the RCAC prodedure.

Representative L. Carlson presented the Regents candidate recommendation from the Fifth Congressional District – Peggy Lucas.

Chair Anderson assumed the gavel.

The Regent candidates for the student position gave a two-minute presentation:
-James Farnsworth
-Mike Kenyanya
-Sarah Kettering
-Joshua Preston

No additional nominations were made.

The candidates sat for a 15-minute question-and-answer session.

Votes:
Farnsworth – 0 House, 0 Senate
Kenyanya – 13 House, 6 Senate
Kettering – 0 House, 0 Senate
Preston – 4 House, 3 Senate

Candidate Kenyanya received the majority vote and is recommended.

Chair Bernardy assumed the gavel.

The Regent candidates for the Fifth Congressional District position gave a two-minute presentation:
-Allison Barmann
-Peggy Lucas
-Janie Mayeron

Representative Gomez nominated Dr. Abdul Omari. Three House members and two Senate members approved by a show of hands. Dr. Abdul Omari was placed into nomination.

Omari gave a two-minute presentation.

The candidates sat for an 18-minute question-and-answer session.

First vote:
Barmann – 2 House, 1 Senate
Lucas – 7 House, 0 Senate
Mayeron – 3 House, 6 Senate
Omari – 5 House, 2 Senate

A majority vote was not received. Barmann was dropped from the ballot.

Second vote:
Lucas – 5 House, 1 Senate
Mayeron – 7 House, 6 Senate
Omari – 5 House, 2 Senate

A majority vote was not received. Lucas was dropped from the ballot.

Mayeron – 9 House, 7 Senate
Omari – 8 House, 2 Senate

Candidate Mayeron received the majority vote and is recommended.

Chair Anderson assumed the gavel.

The Regent candidates for the two At-Large positions gave a two-minute presentation:
-Lynn Abrahamsen
-Susan Adams Lloyd (via phone)
-Mary Davenport
-Kao Ly Ilean Her
-Bill Luther
-Sandy Wiese

Not present:
-Robert Eddy

Representative Gomez nominated Dr. Abdul Omari. Three House members and two Senate members approved by a show of hands. Dr. Abdul Omari was placed into nomination.

Omari gave a two-minute presentation.

The candidates sat for an 30-minute question-and-answer session.

First votes for the first seat:
Abrahamsen – 0 House, 0 Senate
Lloyd – 0 House, 0 Senate
Davenport – 10 House, 6 Senate
Eddy – 0 House, 0 Senate
Her – 4 House, 1 Senate
Luther – 0 House, 2 Senate
Omari – 0 House, 0 Senate
Weise – 3 House, 0 Senate

Candidate Davenport received the majority vote and is recommended.

First votes for the second seat:
Abrahamsen – 1 House, 1 Senate
Eddy – 0 House, 1 Senate
Her – 2 House, 1 Senate
Lloyd – 0 House, 0 Senate
Luther – 6 House, 1 Senate
Omari – 4 House, 1 Senate
Wiese – 4 House, 4 Senate

A majority vote was not received. Eddy and Lloyd were dropped from the ballot.

Second votes:
Her – 6 House, 4 Senate
Luther – 1 House, 1 Senate
Omari – 3 House, 0 Senate
Weise – 7 House, 4 Senate

A majority vote was not received. Luther and Omari were dropped from the ballot.

Third votes:
Her – 10 House, 4 Senate
Weise – 7 House, 5 Senate


Chair Bernardy called for a five-minute recess.

Chair Bernardy re-convened the meeting.

Fourth votes:
Her – 10 House, 4 Senate
Weise – 7 House, 5 Senate

A majority vote was not received.

Representative Poppe moved that the rules be suspended to forward two candidates. THE MOTION PREVAILS.

Representative Poppe moves to recommend candidates Her and Weise. THE MOTION PREVAILS.

Chair Bernardy adjourned the meeting at 8:51 P.M.



Representative Bernardy, Chair



Adeline Miller, Committee Legislative Assistant





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This will be the Joint Committee on Regent Selection. The committee will recommend candidates for the Board of Regents to the Joint Convention of the Legislature.

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The Joint Committee on Regent Selection recommended candidates for the Board of Regents to the Joint Convention of the Legislature. 2:31:36-2:40:47 - The committee recessed. Runs 2 hours, 47 minutes (including recess).