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Transportation Finance Division

SEVENTEENTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 13, 2007

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

TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND FINANCE DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Lieder, Chair of the Division, called the meeting to order at 4:07 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Lieder, Chair
Beard
Doty
Erhardt
Hausman
Holberg
Hornstein
Hortman
Kalin
Madore
Magnus
Masin
Morgan
Morrow
Nelson, M.
Ruth
Severson
Slocum


A quorum was present.

HF 612 Pelowski

Rep. Lieder moved HF 612 be rereferred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1376 Holberg

Representative Hornstein moved the Transportation and Transit Policy Subcommittee report on HF 1376. Rep. Holberg moved HF 1376, be rereferred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs without further recommendation. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 546 Hornstein

Rep. Hornstein moved HF 546. Rep. Hornstein moved the H0546DE1 delete everything amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Hornstein moved to amend H0546DE1 as follows:

On page 1, line 23 after "data " delete "and must be published in the State Register"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. The following testified on the bill:

Julie Bleyhl, Legislative Director, AFSCME Council 5
John McGovern, Transportation Generalist Senior, AFSCME Council 5
Anthony Kilpoly, Field Mechanic & Local President, AFSCME Council 5
Bart Andersen, AFSCME Council 5
Rick Brown, Vice President, Architects Constructors Engineers (ACEC/MN)
Tom Parker, Associate Vice President, ACEC/MN
Betsy Parker, MnDOT

HF 546 was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Transportation bill.

Rep. Masin moved the minutes of March 8, 2007. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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HF 1714 Hornstein

Rep. Hornstein moved HF 1714 for possible inclusion in the Transportation Policy bill.
The following testified on the bill:

Philip Qualy, Legislative Director, United Transportation Union
Brian Sweeney, Legislative Counsel, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
John Apitz, Legislative Counsel, MN Regional Railroads Association
Cecil Selness, Director Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations, MnDOT
Betsy Parker, Director of Government Affairs, MnDOT

Rep. Horstein moved the A07-0292 amendment. Rep. Hornstein withdrew the A07-0292 amendment. Rep. Hornstein moved the A07-0293 amendment . THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Hornstein moved the A07-0297 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Hornstein moved to verbally amend the A07-0297 amendment as follows:

Page 1, line 10, delete "rocks,"

Page 2, line 7, delete everything after "walkway" and insert "."

Page 2, delete lines 9 to 12

THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1714 was laid over for possible inclusion in the Transportation Policy bill.

HF 1772 Morrow

Rep. Morrow moved HF 1772. Rep. Morrow moved the H1772A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Tony Kellen, MN Public Transit Association testified on the bill. HF 1772 was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Transportation Finance bill.

Rep. Erhardt assumed the gavel at 5:43 PM.

HF 1635 Lieder

Rep. Lieder moved HF 1635. Rep. Lieder moved the H1635A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Carol Lovro, Policy Analyst, Association of MN Counties and Greg Isakson, Goodhue County Engineer, MCEA, testified on the bill. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Transportation Finance bill.

HF 735 Lieder

Rep. Lieder moved HF 735. Rep. Lieder moved the H0735A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Betsy Parker, MnDot, testified on the bill. After committee discussion, HF 735 was laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Transportation Policy bill.

HF 1920 Hornstein

Rep. Hornstein moved the bill. Rep. Hornstein moved the H1920DE1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the Transportation Finance bill.

Rep. Lieder assumed the gavel at 5:55 PM.

HF 1867 Hillstrom

Rep. Lieder moved the bill. Keith Carlson, Executive Director, Metropolitan Inter-County Association and Pat McCormack, Driver and Vehicle Services, Department of Public Safety testified on the bill. HF 1867 was laid over for possible inclusion in the Transportation Finance bill.

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HF 1940 Beard

Rep. Beard moved the bill. Rep. Beard moved to verbally amend HF 1940 as follows:

Page 2, line 7 after "(1)" insert: "a person appointed by the Commissioner from"

THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Gordon Hoff, Legislative Liaison, MN Business Aviation Association, testified on the bill. Rep. Beard moved that HF 1940, as amended, be rereferred to the Finance Committee with a recommended rereferral to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 6:35 PM.



Rep. Bernie Lieder, CHAIR



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

Subcommittee report
HF1376 (Holberg) Extinguishing interest in abandoned town road requirements modified.
Hearings
HF546 (Hornstein) State employee cost comparison required before entering into transportation privatization contracts, ten percent savings requirement specified, and annual report required.
HF1714 (Hornstein) Railroad Walkways Safety Act adopted, state rail safety inspector position established, special account provided, penalties imposed, and money appropriated.
HF1772 (Morrow) Greater Minnesota transit federal funds use authorized.
HF1635 (Lieder) Highway safety improvement account established, and eligible purposes modified for expenditure of five percent of highway user tax distribution fund.
HF735 (Lieder) State entry authorized onto real property for geotechnical investigation under eminent domain, bridge and culvert provisions modified, rail service improvements funds regulated, state rail bank property regulated, and penalties imposed.
HF1920 (Hornstein)
HF1867 (Hilstrom) Vehicle registration taxes, title transaction fees, and driver's license fees increased.
HF1940 (Beard) A bill for an act relating to airports; creating an advisory task force to study airport funding issues and the state airports fund; requiring a report; appropriating money

HF1636 (Lieder) Trunk highway interchanges construction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. (has been removed from the agenda)