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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Twenty-Third Meeting

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 19, 2007

State of Minnesota Twenty-Third Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Fifth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division

Minutes


Representative Bill Hilty, Chair, called the twenty-third meeting to order at 2:26 PM on March 19, 2007 in Room 200 of the State office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Westrom, Torrey
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Brynaert, Kathy
Gardner, Paul
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Ozment, Dennis
Peterson, Aaron
Sailer, Brita
Slocum, Linda
Wagenius, Jean
Welti, Andy


Members excused:

Ruud, Maria

A quorum was present.

Rep. Knuth moved the adoption of the minutes from the meeting on March 16, 2007 with the following corrections:

Remove the letter "F" in the references to the amendments.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED AS CORRECTED.

Rep. Knuth moved to correct the references to the amendments from the minutes on March 16.

The motion prevailed.

HF1350 (Eken) White Earth Band of Chippewa renewable energy feasibility grant provided, and money appropriated.

2:30 PM -The Chair moved HF1350

The Chair moved the following oral amendment:

Page 1, Line 9, after "$" insert "300,000"

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

2:31 PM - Rep. Eken presented the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

2:32 PM - Chairwoman Irma Vizenor, White Earth Indian Reservation Tribal Council.

2:35 PM - Dr. Robert Elde, Dean, CBS and Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota; 1475 Gortner Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108; 612-624-2244.

2:36 PM - Richard Hemmingsen, Director, Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota

2:50 PM - Rep. Westrom moved the following oral amendment.

Page 1, delete line 16 and line 17
Page 1, Line 15, replace the word “waste" with “material"
Page 1, Line 15, after the word “produce" insert “biofuels or bioenergy."

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

2:53 PM - Rep. Wagenius moved the following oral amendment:

Page 1, Line 10, after the word “biofuels" insert the word “production,"

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Hilty renewed his motion that HF1350 be recommended to pass as amended and re-referred to the committee on Finance with a recommendation to re-refer it to the Agriculture, Rural Economies, and Veterans Affairs Division.

The motion prevailed. THE BILL WAS PASSED.

HF1664 (Kalin) East central Minnesota renewable energy plant feasibility study grant authorized.

3:03 PM - Rep. Kalin moved HF1664 to be recommended to pass and re-referred to Finance with a recommendation

3:04 PM -- Rep. Kalin moved the H1664A1 amendment:

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

3:04 PM -- Rep. Kalin moved the following oral amendment:

Page 1, Line 8, after “$" insert “300,000"
Page 1 Line, 9, after “energy biofuels", insert “production,"
Page 1, line 15, delete “ethanol or butanol, or both, for use as a liquid fuel source or a gasoline."
Page 1, delete line 16
Page 1, Line 16, insert “biofuels or bioenergy."

The motion prevailed. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

3:06 PM - Rep. Kalin presented the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

3:11 PM - David Whitney, Chisago County Land Use Coalition; 12164 250th St, Chisago City, MN; 651-257-9743.

3:15 PM - Commissioner Lynn Schultz, Chisago; 651-213-8831.

3:19 PM - Commissioner Mike Robinson, Chisago County ; P.O. Box 23, Rush City, MN 55069; 651-213-8835.

3:23 PM - Gregory Burnu, Pine County Land Commissioner; 1610 Hwy 23 N, Sandstone, MN 55072; 320-245-6703.

3:25 PM - Tom O'Mara, Realtor, Chisago County, 29104 Hillcrest Dr., Stacy, MN 55079; 651-270-0735.

3:27 PM - Rep. Kalin renewed his motion that HF1664 be recommended to pass as amended and re-referred to the committee on Finance with a recommendation to re-refer it to the Agriculture, Rural Economies, and Veterans Affairs Division.

The motion prevailed. THE BILL WAS PASSED.

3:28 PM - Rep. Peterson assumed the gavel.

HF1644 (Hilty) Renewable energy research funding provided for the University of Minnesota sunset date delayed.

3:29 PM - Rep. Hilty moved HF1644 that be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus finance bill.

3:29 PM - Rep. Hilty explained the bill.

Testifying in favor of the bill:

3:30 PM - Dr. Robert Elde, Dean, CBS and Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota.

The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus finance bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:54 PM.

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Representative Bill Hilty, Chair



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Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF1350 (Eken) White Earth Band of Chippewa renewable energy feasibility grant provided, and money appropriated.
HF1644 (Hilty) Renewable energy research funding provided for the University of Minnesota sunset date delayed.

Added to the agenda:
HF1664 (Kalin) East central Minnesota renewable energy plant feasibility study grant authorized.