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Judiciary Finance and Civil Law

EIGHTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Thursday, February 4, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION



JUDICIARY FINANCE AND CIVIL LAW MINUTES

Representative Jamie Becker-Finn, Chair of the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law, called the virtual meeting to order at 8:30 AM on February 4, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Becker-Finn, Jamie, Chair
Moller, Kelly, Vice Chair
Scott, Peggy, Republican Lead
Feist, Sandra
Frazier, Cedrick
Her, Kaohly
Hollins, Athena
Johnson, Brian
Liebling, Tina
Long, Jamie
Mortensen, Erik
Novotny, Paul
Pfarr, Brian
Robbins, Kristin
Vang, Samantha
Xiong, Tou

Members excused:
Grossell, Matt

A quorum was present.

Representative ¬¬Feist moved that the minutes of February 2, 2021, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Moller moved that HF 75 be re-referred to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Moller presented HF 75, a bill for an act relating to forfeiture; limiting vehicles and other property subject to forfeiture; providing for recovery of property by innocent owners; modifying participation in the federal equitable sharing program; requiring reports; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 169A.63, subdivisions 1, 7, 8, 10, 13, by adding subdivisions; 609.531, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 609.5311, subdivisions 2, 3, 4; 609.5314, subdivisions 1, 2, by adding a subdivision; 609.5315, subdivisions 5, 5b, 6; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.5317.

Testifying on HF 75:
• Bob Small, Executive Director, Minnesota County Attorneys Association
• William Ward, State Public Defender, Board of Public Defense
• Nora Sandstad, Assistant County Attorney, St. Louis County
• Bill Hutton, Executive Director, MN Sheriffs Association
• Julie Blaha, State Auditor
• Lee McGrath, Managing Attorney, Institute for Justice

Representative Moller renewed the motion that HF 75 be re-referred to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 75.

AYES
Becker-Finn
Moller
Scott
Feist
Frazier
Her
Hollins
Liebling
Long
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson

EXCUSALS
Grossell


There being 15 ayes, 1 nay and 1 excusal, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 575 be re-referred to the State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that the H0575A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Huot presented HF 575 as amended, a bill for an act relating to marriage; authorizing notary publics to perform civil marriages; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 357.17; 359.04; 517.04; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 359.

Testifying on HF 575:
• Bibi Black, General Counsel, MN Secretary of State

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 575 as amended be re-referred to the State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call on HF 575 as amended.

AYES
Becker-Finn
Moller
Scott
Feist
Frazier
Her
Hollins
Liebling
Long
Mortensen
Novotny
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Scott
Johnson
Pfarr
Robbins

EXCUSALS
Grossell


There being 12 ayes, 4 nays and 1 excusal, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Feist moved that HF 321 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Feist presented HF 321, a bill for an act relating to public safety; requiring certifying entities to timely process visa certification documents; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 611A.

Testifying on HF 321:
• Rachel Kohler, Staff Attorney, Standpoint
• Julia Decker, Policy Director, ACLU-MN
• Sarah Busch, LGSW, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, Missions Inc. Programs

Representative Feist renewed the motion that HF 321 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call on HF 321.

AYES
Becker-Finn
Moller
Scott
Feist
Frazier
Her
Hollins
Johnson
Liebling
Long
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins
Vang
Xiong

NAYS


EXCUSALS
Grossell


There being 16 ayes, no nays and 1 excusal, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:56 AM.







__________________________________________
Representative Jamie Becker-Finn, Chair


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Anna Borgerding, Committee Legislative Assistant



More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF75 (Moller) - Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, innocent owners provided property recovery, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF321 (Feist) - Visa certification document timely processing by certifying entities required.
  • HF575 (Huot) - Notary publics authorized to perform civil marriages.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:12 - HF75 (Moller) Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, property recovery by innocent owners provided, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
45:24 - HF575 (Huot) Notary Publics authorized to perform civil marriages.
57:15 - HF321 (Feist) Visa certification document timely processing by certifying entities required**.
Runs 1 hour, 26 minutes.


This meeting is held in accordance to House Rule 10.01
https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/permrule.asp

1. HF 75 (Moller): Forfeiture Reform
2. HF 575 (Huot): Notary Publics authorized to perform civil marriages
3. HF 321 (Feist): Visa certification document timely processing by certifying entities required*
*Please note, the discussion of HF 321 will be limited to the provisions relevant to the Judiciary Finance & Civil Law Committee's jurisdiction. The relevant provision is Subd. 4, starting at line 2.15, related to data classification.*


**Agenda items may be added, deleted and/or taken in any order.

**If you are interested in providing written testimony, oral testimony, or a handout, please email the Committee Administrator and copy the Committee Legislative Assistant by 5 pm the day before the hearing to get instructions.

CA: Rachel.Ganani@house.mn
CLA: Anna.Borgerding@house.mn

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact Jenny with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda. If you have questions regarding the substance of the agenda, please contact the Committee Administrator, Rachel Ganani.