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Minnesota Legislature

Sixth Meeting - Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

State of Minnesota Sixth Meeting
House of Representatives Ninety- First Session
Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Division

Minutes

Representative Rob Ecklund, Chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Finance & Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 2:31 P.M. on February 19, 2019 in Capitol Room 120.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:
Ecklund, Rob, Chair
Xiong, Jay, Vice Chair
Dettmer, Rob
Becker- Finn, Jamie
Brand, Jeff
Grossell, Matt
Heinrich, John
Miller, Tim
Persell, John

A quorum was present 2:32 P.M.

Representative Becker-Finn motioned to approve the minutes from February 12, 2019, motion prevailed.

Presentation from Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars

Testifiers from Minnesota VFW:
Tom Hanson, State Commander
Patrick Bohmer, State Adjutant
Tommy Johnson, Legislative Chair

Representative Xiong assumed the gavel at 2:53 P.M.

Representative Ecklund introduced HF 998.

Vice Chair Xiong motioned to approve DE1 amendment Motion prevailed.

Vice Chair Xiong motioned to move HF 998 to Ways and Means.

Testifiers on HF 998:

Brock Hunter, President- Veteran’s Defense Project
Makro Milosevic, Veteran
Tony Miller, Veteran
Bill Ward, State Public Defender
Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Public Attorney
Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney
Ben Johnson, Director Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Vice Chair Xiong renewed his motion to refer HF 998 as amended to Ways and Means with the recommendation it be sent to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division, motion prevails.

Chair Ecklund resumed the gavel at 3:58 P.M.

Representative Xiong introduced HF 430.

Representative Xiong motioned HF 430 pass and be referred to Ways and Means.

Representative Xiong moves A3 amendment. Motion prevailed.

Testifiers on HF 430:
Brock Hunter, President, Veteran’s Defense Project
Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney
Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney
Bill Ward, State Public Defender
Tommy Johnson, VFW Legislative Director

Chair Ecklund moves A4 amendment. Amendment adopted.

Representative Dettmer moves A2 amendment. Amendment not adopted.

Representative Xiong renews motion that HF 430, as amended, be referred to Ways and Means, motion prevails.

The meeting adjourned at 4:09 P.M.
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Rep. Rob Ecklund, Chair
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Josh Kilgard
Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

Presentation from the Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars Bill Hearings: HF430 (Xiong) Veterans defense project grant funding provided, and money appropriated HF998 (Ecklund) Sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder court guidance provided

Bills Added:
  • HF430 (Xiong) - Veterans defense project grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF998 (Ecklund) - Sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder court guidance provided.
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01:34 - Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars presentation. 22:29 - HF998 (Ecklund) Sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder court guidance provided. 1:27:14 - HF430 (Xiong, J.) Veterans defense project grant funding provided, and money appropriated. Runs 1 hour, 37 minutes.