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Civil Law and Elections

TENTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 28, 2005

STATE OF MINNESOTA TENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

CIVIL LAW AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

MINUTES



Representative Jeff Johnson, Chairman of the Civil Law Committee, called the tenth meeting to order at 12:40 PM on Monday, February 28, 2005, in Room B of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:
JOHNSON, JEFF, Chairman
DELAFOREST, Chris, Vice-Chair
BROD, Laura
DEAN, Matt
ELLISON, Keith
EMMER, Tom HILTY, Bill
LESCH, John
NELSON, Peter
SIMON, Steve
SLAWIK, Nora
WESTROM, Torrey


A quorum was present.

Representative Lesch moved approval of the February 23, 2005 Civil Law and Elections Committee minutes. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.

Representative Ellison moved HF607, restoring citizenship rights and eligibility to vote, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Representative Ellison presented HF607.

Testifying in support of HF607:

Duane K. Reed, NAACP, Minneapolis
Tom Johnson, President, Crime and Justice Department
Commissioner Peter McLaughton, Hennepin County Board
Mary Gaines, Director of Federal Forum
Cheryl Morgan Spencer, Minneapolis Urban League

Chair Johnson laid HF607 on the table.

Representative DeLaForest moved HF680, landlord and tenant; clarifying provisions relating to utility metering and billing, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Financial Institutions.

Representative DeLaForest presented HF680.

Testifying in support of HF680:

Jack Horner, Minnesota Multi-Housing

Testifying in opposition of HF680:

Paul Birnberg, Senior Attorney with Home Line Tenant Assoc.
Pam Marshall, Director Energy Cents Coalition
Andrea Skimohorn, Center Point Energy
Ron Giteck, Attorney General’s office, Residential Utilities Division
Gary Van Winkle, Staff Lawyer, South Side Legal Aid office
Civil Law Committee
Minutes of Monday, February 28, 2005


Chris Clark, attorney with X-Cell Energy

Representative DeLaForest renewed his motion that HF680 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Commerce Committee. Representative Lesch recused himself from voting. A voice vote was taken; a division was called. The vote was 5 to 5. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Ellison moved that SF518 be moved to pass and sent to the Consent Calendar.

Representative Ellison presented SF518.

Representative Ellison renewed his motion that SF518 be recommended to pass and placed on the Consent Calendar. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Emmer moved that HF672, which passed out of the Data Practices sub-committee, be recommended to pass and sent to the Commerce Committee.

Representative Emmer presented HF672.

Representative Emmer renewed his motion that HF672 be recommended to pass and sent to the Commerce Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Johnson moved HF118 be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register.

Representative Johnson moved the H0118A1 amendment. (see attached) THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Urdahl presented HF672.

Testifying in support of HF672:

Joseph M. Price, Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis

Representative Johnson laid HF672 on the table.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 PM.




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REP. JEFF JOHNSON, CHAIR


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Joyce Rogers
Committee Legislative Assistant