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Public Safety and Civil Justice

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - February 19, 2008

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

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CIVIL JUSTICE POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES



Representative Mullery, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:55 P.M. on Tuesday, February 19, 2008, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present: Members Excused:
Mullery (Chair) Smith
Kalin (Vice-Chair)
Bigham
Cornish
DeLaForest
Emmer
Hilstrom
Holberg
Johnson, S.
Kohls
Kranz
Lesch
Lillie
Olin
Paymar
Sailer
Simon
Westrom

A quorum was present.

HF2469 (Hornstein): A bill for an act relating to animals; providing standards of care for dog and cat breeders; authorizing rulemaking; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 347.

Representative Paymar moved HF 2469 before the committee.

Representative Hornstein presented his bill.

Testifying for the bill:
ÿ James Clark, Animal Humane Society
ÿ Nancy Minion, citizen, Crystal
ÿ Jeff Grabow, citizen, Woodbury
ÿ Beryl Board, citizen, Cottage Grove
ÿ Keith Streff, Animal Humane Society, Hennepin County

Testifying against the bill:
Dr. Linda Wolf, veterinarian
Bob Weise, Nevis - Minnesota Pet Breeders Association
Mike Fry, Executive Director, Animal Ark
Fred Jacobberger, attorney, Bloomington - Cat Fanciers

Testifying in response to questions from Representative Kohls:
Quinn Cheney, Director of Policy Development, Minnesota Board of Animal Health

Representative Paymar moved that HF 2469 be recommended to pass, and when so passed, be re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Economies, and Veterans Affairs. After a voice vote, Representative Kohls requested a Division. There being 8 Ayes and 7 Nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Public Safety and Civil Justice Policy Committee
Minutes for Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Page 2



HF2906 (Paymar): A bill for an act relating to animals; changing provisions regulating dangerous dogs; imposing penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 347.50, by adding a subdivision; 347.51, subdivisions 2a, 3, 4, 7, 9; 347.52; 347.53; 347.54, subdivisions 1, 3; 347.55; 347.56; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 347.

Representative Paymar presented his bill.

Testifying for the bill:
William Forbes, Minnesota Animal Control Association

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A5 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative DeLaForest moved to reconsider adoption of the A5 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Paymar moved to orally amend the A5 amendment as follows:

Page 1, lines 3 to 5, delete section 2
Page 1, line 7, delete "(a)"
Page 2, lines 1 to 6, delete paragraph (b)

THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A5 amendment as amended. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A3 amendment. MOTION WITHDRAWN.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A2 amendment.

The meeting was recessed at 2 P.M.
The meeting was reconvened at 5:40 P.M. in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

Consideration of HF 2906 resumed.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A6 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A8 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A2 amendment.

Testifying against the amendment:
ÿ Beth DeLaForest, Director, A Rotta Love

THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Lesch moved adoption of the A4 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Paymar moved that HF 2906, as amended, be recommended to pass, and when so passed, be re-referred to the Committee on Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Public Safety and Civil Justice Policy Committee
Minutes for Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Page 3



Representative Kalin assumed the chair at 6:20 P.M.

HF 3132 (Mullery): A bill for an act relating to animals; changing provisions prohibiting animal fights and possession of certain items; imposing penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 343.31, subdivision 1.

Representative Mullery presented HF 3132.

Representative Mullery moved adoption of the DE1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testifying for the bill:
ÿ Keith Streff, Animal Humane Society, Hennepin County
ÿ Jill Fritz, Minnesota State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Representative Mullery moved that HF 3132, as amended, be recommended to pass, and when so passed, be re-referred to the Committee on Finance with the further recommendation that the bill be re-referred to the Public Safety and Civil Justice Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Cornish moved approval of the Minutes from March 20, 2007, March 21, 2007, March 22, 2007, March 23, 2007, and February 18, 2008. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 P.M.



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REPRESENTATIVE MULLERY, CHAIR



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Vickie Benson, Committee Legislative Assistant
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House TV Video:
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06:58 - Gavel.
07:09 - HF2469 (Hornstein) Dog and Cat Breeders Act adopted providing standards of care for dog and cat breeders, authorizing rulemaking, and appropriating money.
48:25 - HF2906 (Paymar) Dangerous dogs regulating provisions changed.
The committee went into recess.
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HF2906 (Paymar) Regulation of dangerous dogs;
HF2469 (Hornstein) Dog and Cat Breeders Act adopted providing standards of care for dog and cat breeders, authorizing rulemaking, and appropriating money;
HF3132 (Mullery) Animal fighting provisions changed;