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FORTY-SECOND MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Tuesday, March 15, 2022

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-SECOND 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 March 15, 2022 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
Grossell, Matt
Her, Kaohly
Hollins, Athena
Johnson, Brian
Liebling, Tina
Mortensen, Erik
Novotny, Paul
Pfarr, Brian
Robbins, Kristin
Vang, Samantha
Xiong, Tou

Excused:
Long, Jamie

A quorum was present.

Representative Hollins moved that the minutes of March 10, 2022 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3322 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus.

Chair Becker-Finn moved the HF 3322A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Reyer presented HF 3322 as amended, a bill for an act relating to civil law; increasing filing fees for marriage licenses and dissolution petitions; increasing funding for the Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 357.021, subdivision 2; 517.08, subdivisions 1b, 1c; Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 357.021, subdivision 1a.

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3322, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3666 be recommended to be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Greenman presented HF 3666, a bill for an act relating to elections; prohibiting intimidation of election officials; prohibiting interference with the performance of a duty of election administration by an election official; providing penalties; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 8.31, subdivision 1; 211B.32, subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 211B.

Testifying on HF 3666:
• David Maeda, Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office
• Jared Davidson, Protect Democracy

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3666 be recommended to be referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3666.

AYES
Becker-Finn
Moller
Feist
Frazier
Her
Hollins
Liebling
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Scott
Grossell
Johnson
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins

EXCUSED
Long

There being 9 ayes and 7 nays and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3405 be recommended to be referred to the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Winkler presented HF 3405, a bill for an act relating to nursing homes; establishing the Minnesota Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board; establishing duties for the board; requiring training for nursing home workers; prohibiting retaliation against nursing home workers; providing for enforcement; authorizing rulemaking; authorizing civil actions by nursing home workers; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 177.27, subdivision 4; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 181.

Testifying on HF 3405:
• Erin Huppert, VP of Advocacy, Leading Age
• Toby Pearson, VP of Advocacy, Care Providers

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3405 be recommended to be referred to the Human Services and Finance Policy Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3405.

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

NAYS
Scott
Grossell
Johnson
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins

There being 10 ayes and 7 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 4181 be recommended to be referred to the General Register.

Representative Sundin presented HF 4181, a bill for an act relating to civil law; clarifying indemnity application when insurance coverage exists; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 604.21.

Testifying on HF 4181:
• Sheri Hanson, American Institute of Architects Minnesota
• Jeffrey W Coleman, PE, FACI
• Brian Kampf , Vice President, Architects & Engineers Practice

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 4181 be recommended to be referred to the General Register.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 4181.

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

NAYS

There being 17 ayes and 0 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3217 be recommended to be referred to the General Register.

Representative Klevorn presented HF 3217, a bill for an act relating to agriculture; protecting data about individuals connected to farming or agriculture who seek mental or behavioral health assistance or who contact the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 13.643, by adding a subdivision.

Testifying on HF 3217:
• Meg Moynihan, MDA Senior Advisor, Strategy & Innovation

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3217 be recommended to be referred to the General Register.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3217.

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

NAYS

There being 17 ayes and 0 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn recessed the meeting at 10:05 AM.

Chair Becker-Finn reconvened the meeting at 5:00 PM.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3768 be recommended to be referred to the Commerce Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Koegel presented HF 3768, a bill for an act relating to civil law; amending process for and approval of transfer of structured settlement; providing for enforcement of violations of prohibited practices; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 549.30, subdivisions 3, 6, 15, 19, by adding subdivisions; 549.31; 549.32; 549.34; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 549.

Testifiers:
• Judge Arlene Perkkio
• Eric Vaughn, Executive Director, National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA)
• Joel Carlson, representing Minnesota Association for Justice
• Craig Ulman, Senior Counsel, Hogan Lovells
• Brian Dear, Executive Director/General Counsel, National Association of Settlement Purchasers

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3768 be recommended to be referred to the Commerce Finance and Policy Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3768.

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

NAYS

There being 17 ayes and 0 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Moller moved that HF 3446 be recommended to be referred to the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Vice Chair Moller moved the HF 3446A1 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Vice Chair Moller presented HF 3446, as amended, a bill for an act relating to human services; establishing the Department of Human Services systemic critical incident review team; removing language regarding public health care programs and certain trusts; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 256.01, by adding a subdivision; 501C.1206.

Testifying on HF 3446, as amended:
• Natasha Merz, Direction, Disability Services, DHS

Vice Chair Moller renewed the motion that HF 3446, as amended, be recommended to be referred to the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3446, as amended.

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

NAYS

There being 17 ayes and 0 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hollins moved that HF 3159 be recommended to be referred to the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Hollins moved the HF 3159A2 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hollins presented HF 3159, as amended, a bill for an act relating to human services; modifying purpose of law for permanency dispositions when a child cannot be placed with parents; modifying permanency dispositions when a child cannot return home; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 260C.001, subdivision 3; 260C.513.

Testifying on HF 3159, as amended:
• Hannah Burton, Law Student Mitchel Hamline’s Institute to Transform Child Protection

Representative Hollins renewed the motion that HF 3159, as amended, be recommended to be referred to the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3159, as amended.

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

NAYS
Scott
Grossell
Johnson
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins

There being 10 ayes and 7 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3135 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus.

Representative Becker-Finn moved the HF 3135A3 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Becker-Finn presented HF 3135, as amended, a bill for an act relating to judiciary; establishing the State Board of Appellate Counsel for Parents; establishing a head appellate counsel and a program administrator; providing for attorneys to serve as counsel; permitting counties to utilize the services of the State Board of Appellate Counsel for Parents to provide appellate counsel for parents of certain juveniles; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 260C.

Testifying on HF 3135, as amended:
• Brook Beskau Warg,?Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Institute to Transform Child Protection
• Mallory Stoll,?Partner at Blahnik, Prchal & Stoll

Representative Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF3135, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3761 be recommended to be referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn presented HF 3761, a bill for an act relating to natural resources; modifying enforcement authority for appropriating water; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 103G.299, subdivisions 1, 2, 5, 10; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103G.

Testifying on HF 3761:
• Jake Wildman, Irrigators Association of Minnesota
• Katie Smith, DNR Eco. And Water Resources Division Director

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3761, as amended, be recommended to be referred to the Environment and Natural Resource Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call vote on HF 3761, as amended.

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

NAYS
Scott
Grossell
Johnson
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins

There being 10 ayes and 7 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 3850 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Thompson presented HF 3850, a bill for an act relating to state government; establishing the Minnesota Migration Act; appropriating money to study and develop reparation proposals for American descendants of chattel slavery who reside in this state; requiring a report.

Testifying on HF 3850:
• Minister Toya,?ICIL Ministries
• Jane Prince, Saint Paul City Council
• Ben Mchie, African American Registry
• Professor?Andy Johnson, Bethel
• Professor Tanden Brekke, Bethel
• Trahern Crews (Tray-hern), Saint Paul Recovery Act
• Nick Muhammad, Black Civic Network
• Pamela Ngunjiri (Go Jeri), Minnesota Churches (she/her)
• Jeremy English, Saint Paul Recovery Act
• Del Shea Perry (Dell She-ah), Be Their Voices?

Representative Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 3850 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Frazier moved that HF 4200 be recommended to be referred to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Frazier presented HF 4200, a bill for an act relating to public safety; establishing a public safety innovation board; providing for community safety grants; providing for law enforcement grants and policy; requiring reports; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 214.10, subdivision 10; 626.843, by adding a subdivision; 626.8473, subdivision 3; 626.89, subdivision 17; Laws 2021, First Special Session chapter 11, article 1, section 15, subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 299A.

Representative Becker-Finn laid over HF 4200.

Meeting adjourned at 7:21 PM.

More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3135 (Becker-Finn) - State Board of Appellate Counsel for Parents established.
  • HF3159 (Hollins) - Permanency disposition law purpose modified when child cannot be placed with parents, and permanency dispositions modified when child cannot return home.
  • HF3217 (Klevorn) - Individuals who seek mental or behavioral health assistance or who contact the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline data protected, and money appropriated for avian influenza.
  • HF3322 (Reyer) - Marriage license and dissolution petition filing fee increased, and Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership funding increased.
  • HF3405 (Winkler) - Minnesota Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board and duties established, training required for nursing home workers, retaliation against nursing home workers prohibited, enforcement provided, rulemaking authorized, and civil actions authorized by nursing home workers.
  • HF3446 (Moller) - Department of Human Services systemic critical incident review team established, and public health care program and trust language removed.
  • HF3666 (Greenman) - Elections; intimidation of election officials prohibited, interference with the performance of a duty of election administration by an election official prohibited, penalties provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3761 (Becker-Finn) - Water appropriation enforcement authority modified.
  • HF3768 (Koegel) - Transfer of structured settlement payment rights process and approval amended, structured settlement purchase companies required to register and provide a surety bond, disclosures to payees required, certain practices prohibited, enforcement of prohibited practices and judicial sanctions authorized, judicial consideration of best interest factors required, attorney evaluator appointment authorized, and money appropriated.
  • HF3850 (Thompson) - Minnesota Migration Act established, funding provided to study and develop reparation proposals for descendants of chattel slavery who reside in Minnesota, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF4200 (Frazier) - Public safety innovation board established, community safety grants provided, law enforcement grants and policy provided, reports required, rulemaking provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF4181 (Sundin) - Indemnity application clarified when insurance coverage exists.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:12 - HF3322 (Reyer) Marriage license and dissolution petition filing fee increased, and Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership funding increased.
19:35 - HF3666 (Greenman) Elections; intimidation of election officials prohibited, interference with the performance of a duty of election administration by an election official prohibited, penalties provided, and money appropriated.
52:42 - HF3405 (Winkler) Minnesota Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board and duties established, training required for nursing home workers, retaliation against nursing home workers prohibited, enforcement provided, rulemaking authorized, and civil actions authorized by nursing home workers.
1:14:43 - HF4181 (Sundin) Indemnity application clarified when insurance coverage exists.
1:25:39 - HF3217 (Klevorn) Individuals connected to farming or agriculture who seek mental or behavioral health assistance or who contact the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline data protected.
The committee recessed.
Runs 1 hour, 36 minutes.

House TV Video:
View Archive

00:17 - HF3768 (Koegel) Transfer of structured settlement process and approval amended, and prohibited practice violation enforcement provided.
29:01 - HF3446 (Moller) Department of Human Services systemic critical incident review team established, and public health care program and trust language removed.
37:46 - HF3159 (Hollins) Permanency disposition law purpose modified when child cannot be placed with parents, and permanency dispositions modified when child cannot return home.
57:21 - HF3135 (Becker-Finn) State Board of Appellate Counsel for Parents established.
1:05:34 - HF3761 (Becker-Finn) Appropriating water authority enforcement modified.
1:17:40 - HF3850 (Thompson) Minnesota Migration Act established, funding provided to study and develop reparation proposals for descendants of chattel slavery who reside in Minnesota, report required, and money appropriated.
1:58:12 - HF4200 (Frazier) Public safety innovation board established, community safety grants provided, law enforcement grants and policy provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
Runs 2 hours, 19 minutes.


· HF 3322 (Reyer) Marriage license and dissolution petition filing fee increased, and Minnesota Family Resiliency Partnership funding increased.
· HF 3666 (Greenman) Elections; intimidation of officials prohibited, election duty administration by official interference prohibited, and penalties provided.
· HF 3217 (Klevorn) Mental or behavioral health assistance data connected to farming or agriculture individuals protected.
· HF3405 (Winkler) Minnesota Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board and duties established, training required for nursing home workers, retaliation against nursing home workers prohibited, enforcement provided, rulemaking authorized, and civil actions authorized by nursing home workers.
· HF4181 (Sundin) Indemnity application clarified when insurance coverage exists.
· HF 3768 (Koegel) – Transfer of structured settlement process and approval amended, and prohibited practice violation enforcement provided.
· HF3850 (Thompson) Minnesota Migration Act established, funding provided to study and develop reparation proposals for descendants of chattel slavery who reside in Minnesota, report required, and money appropriated.
· HF4200 (Frazier) - Public safety innovation board established, community safety grants provided, law enforcement grants and policy provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
· HF3446 (Moller) Department of Human Services systemic critical incident review team established, and public health care program and trust language removed.
· HF3159 (Hollins) Permanency disposition law purpose modified when child cannot be placed with parents, and permanency dispositions modified when child cannot return home.
· HF3761 (Becker-Finn) Appropriating water authority enforcement modified.
• HF3135 (Becker-Finn) State Board of Appellate Counsel for Parents established.


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