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NINETEENTH MEETING - Transportation Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINETEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY FIRST SESSION

TRANSPORTATION FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION
MINUTES

Representative Hornstein, Chair of the Transportation Finance & Policy Division, called the Nineteenth meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. on March 12th, 2019 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HORNSTEIN, Frank, Chair
TABKE, Brad, VC
TORKELSON, Paul, Lead
BERNARDY, Connie
ELKINS, Steve
HAUSMAN, Alice
HEINRICH, John
KOEGEL, Erin
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
NELSON, Michael
O’DRISCOLL, Tim
PETERSBURG, John
RICHARDSON, Ruth
RUNBECK, Linda
WOLGAMOTT, Dan
YOUAKIM, Cheryl
CARLSON, Lyndon, ex-officio

Members excused: WEST, Nolan

Chair Hornstein called the meeting to order at 12:45pm.


HF219 (Carlson, L.) Relating to transportation; amending application of certain liability limits for collocated freight rail and light rail transit.

Chair Hornstein moved that HF219 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Carlson introduced his bill.

Mike Opat, Hennepin County Commissioner, testified in support of HF219.

Shep Harris, Mayor of Golden Valley, testified in support of HF219.

Chair Hornstein moved the H0219A2 Amendment.
Chair Hornstein withdrew the H0219A2 Amendment.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF219 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1290 (Kiel, D.) Relating to transportation; amending certain requirements governing railroad crossings to include on-track equipment.

Chair Hornstein moved that HF1290 be referred to the General Register.

Representative Kiel introduced her bill.

Dave Brown, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, testified in support of HF1290.

Chair Hornstein renewed his motion that HF1290 be referred to the General Register.


HF1568 (Youakim) Relating to transportation; subjecting light rail transit operators to the reckless or careless driving law.

Representative Youakim moved that HF1568 be re-referred to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee.

Representative Youakim introduced her bill.

Peter and Seth Westlake, brothers of Nic Westlake, victim of a light rail accident, testified in support of HF1568.

Judd Schetnan, Government Affairs Director, Metropolitan Council, answered a Member question on HF1568.

Representative Runbeck moved the H1568A1 Amendment. Discussion took place.

Representative Runbeck requested a roll call vote on H1568A1. The results are as follows.

ROLL CALL VOTE ON H1568A1:

HORNSTEIN, Frank, Chair NAY

TABKE, Brad, Vice Chair NAY

TORKELSON, Paul, GOP-Lead AYE

BERNARDY, Connie NAY

ELKINS, Steve NAY

HAUSMAN, Alice NAY

HEINRICH, John AYE

KOEGEL, Erin NAY

KOZNICK, Jon AYE

MASIN, Sandra NAY

NELSON, Michael NAY

O’DRISCOLL, Tim AYE

PETERSBURG, John AYE

RICHARDSON, Ruth NAY

RUNBECK, Linda AYE

WEST, Nolan ABSENT

WOLGAMOTT, Dan NAY

YOUAKIM, Cheryl NAY

With 6 AYES, 11 NAYS, and 1 Absence, THE H1568A1 AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Runbeck moved the H1568A2 Amendment. Discussion took place. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Chair Hornstein clarified that the H1568A1 roll call vote results were 6 AYES, 11 NAYS.

Representative Youakim renewed the motion to re-refer HF1568 to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee.

Representative Youakim requested a roll call vote on the motion. The results are as follows.

ROLL CALL VOTE ON HF1568:

HORNSTEIN, Frank, Chair AYE

TABKE, Brad, Vice Chair AYE

TORKELSON, Paul, GOP-Lead AYE

BERNARDY, Connie AYE

ELKINS, Steve AYE

HAUSMAN, Alice AYE

HEINRICH, John AYE

KOEGEL, Erin AYE

KOZNICK, Jon AYE

MASIN, Sandra AYE

NELSON, Michael AYE

O’DRISCOLL, Tim AYE

PETERSBURG, John AYE

RICHARDSON, Ruth AYE

RUNBECK, Linda AYE

WEST, Nolan ABSENT

WOLGAMOTT, Dan AYE

YOUAKIM, Cheryl AYE

With 17 AYES, 0 NAYS, and 1 Absence, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1674 (Hornstein, F.) Relating to mass transit; requiring a facilitated conversation between the Metropolitan Council and the Calhoun Isles Condominium Association; requiring the Metropolitan Council to conduct a vibration susceptibility study, requiring the Metropolitan Council to reimburse the Calhoun Isles Condominium Association.

Chair Hornstein moved that HF1674 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Chair Hornstein moved the H1674A1 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Van Owens-Hayes, President, Calhoun-Isles Condominium Association, testified in support of HF1674.

Chair Hornstein laid HF1674 as amended on the table for consideration later in the hearing.


HF492 (Dettmer, B) Relating to public safety; establishing a misdemeanor for traffic violations that cause great bodily harm or death to another.

Vice Chair Tabke moved to re-refer HF492 to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Dettmer moved the H0492A1 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Dettmer moved the H0492A2 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Dettmer introduced his bill.

Pat, Ginger, and Katie Larson testified in support of HF492.

Vice Chair Tabke renewed his motion to re-refer HF492 as amended to the Committee on Ways and Means.


Jim Nikora, Calhoun-Isles Condominium resident, testified in support of HF1674.


Vice Chair Tabke recessed the meeting at 2:25pm.

Vice Chair Tabke reconvened the meeting at 5:35pm in Room 500N of the State Office Building.


HF2020 (Bernardy) Relating to transportation; governing work zone safety; providing for driver’s education; establishing a work zone safety pilot program; establishing a penalty; appropriating money.

Representative Bernardy moved her bill.

Sherry Munyon, Citizens for Safe Work Zones, testified in support of HF2020.

Brad Drews, Egan Company, testified in support of HF2020.

Reid Leidle, Safety Signs, testified in support of HF2020.

Laura Soto-Berg, Flagger, testified in support of HF2020.

Ken Johnson, MN Department of Transportation, testified in support of HF2020.

Paul Aasen, MN Safety Council, testified in support of HF2020.

Ryan Berg, North Valley Asphault, testified in support of HF2020.

Shelly Schafer, MN State Patrol, testified about HF2020.

Representative Bernardy moved the H2020A1 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Bernardy moved the H2020 Oral Amendment that reads:
“Page 6, Line 28, delete Transportation and insert Public Safety
Page 6 Line 31, delete Public Safety and insert Transportation” THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF2020 as amended for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1674 (Hornstein, F.) continued.

Jim Nikora continued his testimony on HF1674.

Jim Alexander, Project Manager, Southwest LRT, testified on HF1674.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF1674 as amended for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1188 (Tabke, B.) Relating to transportation; requiring drivers to slow down when passing stopped service vehicles; authorizing recycling trucks to be equipped with and to use amber lights while collecting recycling.

Representative Tabke moved the H1188DE1. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Andy Snope, IBEW, testified in support of HF1188.

Doug Carnival, National Waste and Recycling Association, testified in support of HF1188.

Kellen Schmidt, IBEW Local 160, Lineman Xcel Energy, testified in support of HF1188.

Fmr. Rep. Chris Delaforest testified in support of HF1188.

Chair Hornstein moved to send HF1188 as amended to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF365 (Davnie,J.) relating to driver’s licenses; repealing certain driver licensing requirements related to diabetes mellitus.

Representative Davnie introduced his bill.

Leo Christensen, Constituent of Rep. Davnie’s, testified in support of HF365.

Chair Hornstein moved to re-refer HF365 to the Government Operations Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF1146 (Dehn, R.) Relating to transportation; providing for mileage-based user fee pilot program; requiring a report; appropriating money.

Representative Dehn introduced his bill.

Ken Buckeye, Program Manager, Finance Department at MN Department of Transportation, testified on HF1146.

Kristi Schroedl, Chief Financial Officer, MN Department of Transportation, testified on HF1146.

Representative Runbeck moved the A19-0176 Amendment.
Representative Runbeck withdrew the A19-0176 Amendment.

Representative Runbeck requested a roll call vote on HF1146. The results are as follows:

ROLL CALL VOTE ON HF1146:

HORNSTEIN, Frank, Chair AYE

TABKE, Brad, Vice Chair AYE

TORKELSON, Paul, GOP-Lead NAY

BERNARDY, Connie Not present for this vote.

ELKINS, Steve AYE

HAUSMAN, Alice AYE

HEINRICH, John NAY

KOEGEL, Erin AYE

KOZNICK, Jon Not present for this vote.

MASIN, Sandra AYE

NELSON, Michael AYE

O’DRISCOLL, Tim Not present for this vote.

PETERSBURG, John NAY

RICHARDSON, Ruth Not present for this vote.

RUNBECK, Linda NAY

WEST, Nolan ABSENT

WOLGAMOTT, Dan AYE

YOUAKIM, Cheryl AYE

With 9 AYES and 4 NAYS, 4 Not Present, 1 Absence, THE MOTION PREVAILED to re-refer HF1146 to the Ways and Means Committee.


HF1675 (Tabke) Relating to public safety; requiring driver education and driver’s manual to cover distracted driving; authorizing rulemaking.

Representative Tabke introduced his bill.

Representative Tabke moved to re-refer HF1675 to the Government Operations Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Chair Hornstein adjourned the meeting at 8:30pm.


Representative Frank Hornstein, Chair



Claire Steven, Committee Legislative Assistant


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Agenda:

12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building *Bills may be added or removed* The committee may recess and reconvene to complete business at 5:30 p.m. in Room 500N.

Bills Added:
  • HF219 (Carlson) - Colocated freight rail and light rail transit liability limit applications amended.
  • HF1290 (Kiel) - Railroad crossing requirements amended to include on-track equipment.
  • HF1568 (Youakim) - Light rail transit operators subjected to the reckless or careless driving law.
  • HF492 (Dettmer) - Traffic violations that cause great bodily harm or death to another misdemeanor established.
  • HF1188 (Tabke) - Drivers required to slow down when passing stopped service vehicles, and recycling trucks authorized to be equipped with and to use amber lights when collecting recycling.
  • HF1675 (Tabke) - Driver education and driver's manual required to cover distracted driving, and rulemaking authorized.
  • HF2020 (Bernardy) - Transportation; work zone safety governed, driver's education provided, work zone safety pilot program established, penalty established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1674 (Hornstein) - Metropolitan Council and Calhoun Isles Condominium Association facilitated conversation required, Metropolitan Council vibration susceptibility study required, and Metropolitan Council cost reimbursement to Calhoun Isles Condominium Association required.
  • HF1146 (Dehn) - Mileage-based user fee pilot program provided, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF365 (Davnie) - Driver license requirements relating to diabetes mellitus repealed.
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03:33 - HF219 (Carlson, L.) Colocated freight rail and light rail transit liability limit applications amended. 33:04 - HF1290 (Kiel) Railroad crossings requirements amended to include on-track equipment. 40:25 - HF1568 (Youakim) Light rail transit operators subjected to the reckless or careless driving law. 1:08:15 - HF1674 (Hornstein) Metropolitan Council and Calhoun Isles Condominium Association facilitated conversation required, Metropolitan Council vibration susceptibility study required, and Metropolitan Council cost reimbursement to Calhoun Isles Condominium Association required. 1:17:41 - HF492 (Dettmer) Traffic violations that cause great bodily harm or death to another misdemeanor established. 1:31:35 - Further consideration of HF1674 (Hornstein) Metropolitan Council and Calhoun Isles Condominium Association facilitated conversation required, Metropolitan Council vibration susceptibility study required, and Metropolitan Council cost reimbursement to Calhoun Isles Condominium Association required. The Division recessed. Runs 1 hour, 39 minutes. No video available of the reconvening.