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Transportation Finance Division

TWENTY- FIFTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - February 19, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY- FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
MINUTES


Representative Lieder, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 4:08 P.M. on February 19, 2008, in Room 10 of the State Office Building. The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

House Members present:

Lieder, Chair
Erhardt, V Chair
Doty
Hausman
Holberg
Hornstein
Hortman
Kalin
Madore
Magnus
Masin
Morgan
Morrow
Nelson
Severson
Solberg
Slocum


House Members excused:

Beard Ruth

A quorum was present.

Rep. Morgan moved that the minutes of February 13, 2008 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1219 (Juhnke) Milk truck weight exemption sunset date repealed. Rep. Lieder moved the bill in its orginal form. Bruce Kleven, MN Association of Cooperatives, assisted Rep. Junke in presenting the legislation. Rep. Lieder renewed his motion that HF 1219 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2813 (Winkler) Metropolitan transportation projects state funding prioritization required for projects that have been awarded federal funding. Rep. Lieder moved adoption of HF 2813. Marcia Honold, Management Assistant for the City of St. Louis Park and Abby McKenzie, MnDOT assisted in presenting the bill to the committee. The bill was held over.

HF2626 (Clark) Senior Citizen identification card fee eliminated. Doug Davis from the Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and Charles Rosendale, a Minneapolis resident, assisted Rep. Clark in presenting the bill to the committee. Rep. Lieder moved that HF 2626 be referred to the Finance committee without recommendation. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1785 (Koenen) Railroad track rehabilitation funding provided, bonds issued, and money
appropriated. Rep. Hausman moved the bill. Rep. Koenen moved to amend HF 1785 verbally as follows:

Page 1, line 19 delete "7" and insert "8"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. The following people testified to the committee on the bill:

Gene Short, Redwood County Commissioner, Vice Chair Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority
Scott Blumhoefer, Heartland Corn Plant, Winthrop
Jim Johnson, Vice President, Shippers Association
Mark Wegner, President Twin City Western and MN Prairie Line RR
Bill Gardner, Director of Freight, Rail & Waterways MnDOT

HF 1785 was held over for possible inclusion in the Transportation bonding bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 P.M.


REP. Bernie Lieder, CHAIR



Susie Maher, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF1219 (Juhnke) Milk truck weight exemption sunset date repealed.
HF1785 (Koenen) Railroad track rehabilitation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF2626 (Clark) Senior Citizen identification card fee eliminated.
HF2813 (Winkler) Metropolitan transportation projects state funding prioritization required for projects that have been awarded federal funding.