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Ways and Means

THIRTY-THIRD MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Wednesday, April 20, 2022

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-THIRD MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION

WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Rena Moran, Chair of the Committee, called the hybrid Ways and Means Committee meeting to order at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was conducted in Capitol Room 120 and over Zoom, and broadcast via House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

MORAN, Rena (Chair)
OLSON, Liz (Vice Chair)
GAROFALO, Pat (GOP Lead)
ALBRIGHT, Tony
BECKER-FINN, Jamie
BERNARDY, Connie
ECKLUND, Rob
HANSEN, Rick
HASSAN, Hodan
HERTAUS, Jerry
HORNSTEIN, Frank
JOHNSON, Brian
KRESHA, Ron
LIEBLING, Tina
LILLIE, Leon
MARIANI, Carlos
MARQUART, Paul
MILLER, Tim
NASH, Jim
NELSON, Michael
NOOR, Mohamud
O’NEILL, Marion
PELOWSKI, Gene Jr.
PETERSBURG, John
PINTO, Dave
SCHOMACKER, Joe
SCHULTZ, Jennifer
SCOTT, Peggy
SUNDIN, Mike

A quorum was present.

HF 4017 (M. Nelson) Retirement; various retirement provisions modified related to disability assessments, military service credit purchases, correctional plan, vesting service, reinstating segmented annuities, Duluth Transit Authority, volunteer firefighters, earnings limitation, state auditor's volunteer fire relief association working group, annual investment reports, State Board of Investment, and police officer disability benefits; and administrative, technical, and clarifying changes made.

Representative Nelson moved that HF 4017 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Nelson moved to adopt the H4017A1 amendment and explained the amendment.

Representative Nelson renewed the motion to adopt the H4017A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nelson presented HF 4017.

Following discussion, Representative Nelson renewed the motion that HF 4017, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. A roll call was taken, and the results were as follows:

AYES
Moran
Olson
Garofalo
Albright
Becker-Finn
Bernardy
Ecklund
Hansen
Hornstein
Johnson
Kresha
Liebling
Lillie
Mariani
Marquart
Miller
Nash
Nelson
Noor
O’Neill
Pelowski
Petersburg
Pinto
Schomacker
Schultz
Scott
Sundin

NAYS

ABSENT
Hertaus

EXCUSALS
Hassan

There being 27 ayes, no nays, 1 absent, and 1 excusal, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1683 (Hornstein) Omnibus transportation bill.

Representative Hornstein moved HF 1683 before the committee.

Representative Hornstein presented HF 1683.

Testifying on HF 1683:
• Anna Odegaard, Legislative Advocate, Minnesota Asset Building Coalition

Representative Hornstein moved to adopt the H1683A40 amendment and explained the amendment.

Representative Hornstein renewed the motion to adopt the H1683A40 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Moran temporarily laid over HF 1683 as amended.

HF 4324 (Ecklund) Military and veteran affairs budget established; policy and technical changes made to various military and veterans affairs provisions, including veteran housing, benefits, services, bonus program, and service office grant program; veteran service organizations grant program created; report required; and money appropriated.

Representative Ecklund moved HF 4324 before the committee.

Representative Ecklund moved to adopt the H4324A5 amendment and explained the amendment.

Representative Ecklund renewed the motion to adopt the H4324A5 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Ecklund presented HF 4324 as amended.

Chair Moran temporarily laid over HF 4324 as amended.

HF 4306 (Murphy) Minnesota State Retirement System plans, Public Employees Retirement Association plans, Teachers Retirement Association, Minnesota state higher education individual retirement account plan, and St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association provisions changed; postretirement adjustment rates increased; employee contribution rates temporarily reduced; investment rate of return actuarial assumption reduced; direct state aid increased and extended to the public employees police and fire retirement plan, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and the judges retirement plan; and money appropriated.

Vice Chair Olson moved HF 4306 in front of the committee.

Vice Chair Olson moved the H4306DE3 amendment.

Vice Chair Olson moved to adopt the H4306A2 amendment to the DE3 amendment. Representative Murphy explained the amendment to the amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Vice Chair Olson renewed the motion to adopt the H4306DE3 as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT AS AMENDED WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Murphy presented HF 4306 as amended.

Chair Moran temporarily laid over HF 4306 as amended.

HF 4293 (Nelson) State government; various provisions modified relating to government agencies; contracts; executive council collateral; Juneteenth; defining terms; emergency management; data practices; Legislative Salary Council; revolving fund; state budget and finance sections; Office of Collaborations and Dispute Resolution; Office of Enterprise Translations; language access service account; grant administration, solicitation, affirmative action, technology accessibility standards, hiring processes, salary differential benefits, supported work practices, deposit and investment of local public funds, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, burial grounds, manufactured homes, managed natural landscapes, military salary differential, Mississippi river Parkway Commission, campaign finance and elections, barbering, and cosmetology; separation and retention incentive programs; Office of Small Agency study; State Emblems Redesign Commission, Legislative Task Force on Aging, and Advisory Committee on Service Worker Standards; reports required; fees set; and money appropriated.

Representative Nelson moved that HF 4293 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Nelson moved to adopt the H4293A17 amendment and explained the amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nelson presented HF 4293 as amended.

Testifying on HF 4293:
• Julie Bayerl, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Administration
• Laura Taken-Holtze, Legislative Director, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

Representative Becker-Finn moved to adopt the H4293A20 amendment and explained the amendment.

Representative Becker-Finn renewed the motion to adopt the H4293A20 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Following discussion, Representative Nelson moved that the language contained in HF 4293, as amended, be incorporated into the State Government, Veterans & Military Affairs, Pensions and Transportation Omnibus as separate articles. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hornstein moved that the language contained in HF 1683, as amended, be incorporated into the State Government, Veterans & Military Affairs, Pensions and Transportation Omnibus as separate articles. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Ecklund moved that the language contained in HF 4324, as amended, be incorporated into the State Government, Veterans & Military Affairs, Pensions and Transportation Omnibus as separate articles. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Olson moved that the language contained in HF 4306, as amended, be incorporated into the State Government, Veterans & Military Affairs, Pensions and Transportation Omnibus as separate articles. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Following discussion, Representative Nelson renewed the motion that HF 4293, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register, and that nonpartisan staff be directed to make any technical corrections and amend the title. A roll call was taken, and the results were as follows:

AYES
Moran
Olson
Becker-Finn
Bernardy
Ecklund
Hansen
Hassan
Hornstein
Liebling
Lillie
Mariani
Marquart
Nelson
Noor
Pelowski
Pinto
Schultz
Sundin

NAYS
Garofalo
Albright
Johnson
Hertaus
Kresha
Miller
Nash
O’Neill
Petersburg
Schomacker
Scott

There being 18 ayes and 11 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 11:17 A.M.


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Representative Rena Moran, Chair


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Anna Borgerding, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1683 (Hornstein) - Omnibus transportation bill.
  • HF4324 (Ecklund) - Military and veteran affairs budget established; policy and technical changes made to various military and veterans affairs provisions, including veteran housing, benefits, services, bonus program, and service office grant program; veteran service organizations grant program created; report required; and money appropriated.
  • HF4293 (Nelson) - Omnibus state government finance bill.
  • HF4017 (Nelson) - Omnibus retirement bill.
  • HF4306 (Murphy) - Minnesota State Retirement System plans, Public Employees Retirement Association plans, Teachers Retirement Association, Minnesota state higher education individual retirement account plan, and St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association provisions changed; postretirement adjustment rates increased; employee contribution rates temporarily reduced; investment rate of return actuarial assumption reduced; direct state aid increased and extended to the public employees police and fire retirement plan, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and the judges retirement plan; and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:25 - HF4017 (Nelson, M.) Omnibus pensions policy bill.
08:09 - HF1683 (Hornstein) Omnibus transportation supplemental finance and policy bill.
1:00:53 - HF4324 (Ecklund) Omnibus veterans and military affairs supplemental finance and policy bill.
1:09:25 - HF4306 (Murphy) Omnibus pension and retirement bill.
1:35:33 - HF4293 (Nelson, M.) Omnibus state government and elections supplemental finance and policy bill.
* The language of HF1683, HF4324 and HF4306 were added to HF4293 during the hearing.
Runs 2 hours, 18 minutes.


I. HF4017 (M. Nelson) Pensions policy omnibus

II. State Government, Veterans, Pensions and Transportation Omnibus
- HF1683 (Hornstein) Supplemental Transportation Finance
- HF 4324 (Ecklund) Supplemental Veterans and Military Affairs Finance
- HF4306 (Murphy) Pensions adjustments and appropriations
- HF4293 (M. Nelson) Supplemental State Government Finance
NOTE: The language of HF1683, HF 4324, and HF 4306 will be added to HF4293 during the hearing

Other bills may be added

This hybrid committee hearing will be held in-person in State Capitol Room 120 with remote participation from members and testifiers available. The capacity for State Capitol Room 120 is 60 audience seats, please plan accordingly.

AMENDMENT DEADLINE: 5:00 PM, April 19, 2022.

MEETING DOCUMENTS: Meeting documents will be posted on the House Ways & Means Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92029

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