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Minnesota Legislature

Ninth Meeting - Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

State of Minnesota Ninth 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 2:42 P.M. on March 12, 2019 in Capitol Room 120.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

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

Members Excused:
Grossell, Matt

A quorum was present at 2:43 P.M.

Minute corrections and approval moved by Representative Becker-Finn, motion prevailed.

Representative Xiong moves that HF 888 be re-referred to the Transportation and Finance and Policy Division.

Representative Xiong introduced HF 888.

Testifiers on HF 888:
Johnson, Ben Legislative Director, Minnesotaa Department of Veterans Affairs

Representative Xiong renewed the motion that HF 888 be re-referred to the Transportation and Finance and Policy Division.

Chair Ecklund recommends and language change prior to re-referral, motion prevailed.

Vice Chair Xiong assumed gavel at 2:51 P.M.

Chair Ecklund moves that HF 1958 be laid over for inclusion into a later finance bill.

Chair Ecklund introduced the bill.

Testifiers on HF 1958:
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Chair Ecklund renewed his motion that HF 1958 be laid over for inclusion into a later finance bill.

Chair Ecklund moved that HF 1959 be laid over for inclusion into a later finance bill.

Testifiers on HF 1959:
Johnson, Ben,+ Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Chair Ecklund renews his motion that HF 1959 be laid over for inclusion into a later finance bill.

Chair Ecklund moves that HF 1420 pass and be re-referred to the committee on Health and Human Services.

Representative Considine introduces HF 1420.

Testifiers on HF 1420:
Johnson, Ben, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Hess, Bernie, VFW 1189
Kerr, Don, Minnesota Department of Army Affairs

Chair Ecklund renewed the motion that HF 1420 pass and be re-referred to the committee on Health and Human Services, motion prevailed.

Chair Ecklund moved that HF 919 be re-referred to the general register.

Representative Xiong introduced HF 919.

Testifiers on HF 919:
Vang, Tou-fu, Hmong Veteran
Vellonga, Kathleen, Hmong Sponsor
Mckie, Jim, Vietnam Veteran

Chair Ecklund renewed his motion that HF 919 be re-referred to the general register, unanimously passes.

Representative Dettmer moved that HF 1774 be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations.

Representative Dettmer introduced HF 1774.

Testifiers on HF 1774:
Scott Walker, Director of the Coalition of Allied Vietnam Veterans
Tuong, Ha, Coalition of United Nations War Veterans
Hach, Hoeun, Sons and Daughters of Genocide of Cambodia
Kyser, Jerry, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Bui, Anh, Vietnamese Veteran
Xhao, Vietnamese Veteran

Rep. Dettmer renewed the motion that HF 1774 pass and be re-referred to the committee on Government Operations, motion prevailed.

Meeting adjourned at 4:17 P.M.

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Rep. Rob Ecklund, Chair

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Josh Kilgard,
Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

HF888 (Xiong, J.) Veterans definition expanded for purposes of veteran's identifier eligibility on state-issued identification cards HF919 (Xiong, T.) New state holiday established to recognize Hmong people who assisted the United States during the Vietnam War HF1420 (Considine) Veterans with service-connected disabilities participation in medical cannabis program permitted HF1774 (Dettmer) American Allies Day established HF1958 (Ecklund) Department of Veterans Affairs contracting with publicity representatives allowed HF1959 (Ecklund) Commissioner of veterans affairs duties clarified Please contact Owen Wirth at owen.wirth@house.mn if you wish to testify on any of these bills. Bills may be removed from the agenda.

Bills Added:
  • HF888 (Xiong) - Veterans definition expanded for purposes of veteran's identifier eligibility on state-issued identification cards.
  • HF919 (Xiong) - New state holiday established to recognize Hmong people who assisted the United States during the Vietnam War.
  • HF1420 (Considine) - Veterans with service-connected disabilities participation in medical cannabis program permitted.
  • HF1774 (Dettmer) - American Allies Day established.
  • HF1958 (Ecklund) - Department of Veterans Affairs contracting with publicity representatives allowed.
  • HF1959 (Ecklund) - Commissioner of veterans affairs duties clarified.
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