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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division

FORTY-SIXTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 24, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-SIXTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION


HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
FINANCE AND POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES


Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 8:40 A.M. on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Room 500S of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


Rukavina, Tom, Chair
Bly, David, Vice Chair
Anderson, Sarah
Brynaert, Kathy
Downey, Keith
Dettmer, Bob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Obermueller, Mike
Poppe, Jeanne
Reinert, Roger
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Atkins, Joe
Clark, Karen
Eastlund, Rob
Murphy, Mary
Slocum, Linda

A quorum was present.

Representative Rukavina moved to reconsider HF 2781.

Representative Rukavina moved that HF HF 2781 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

HF 3389 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 3389 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill HF 2781.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 3389 with the amendment H3389A3, attached.

Representative Mahoney discussed the amendment H3389A3.

Representative Mahoney presented HF 3389.

Questions and discussion followed.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
March 24, 2010
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Mark Lofthus, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3389.

Questions and discussion followed.

Dan McElroy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3389.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney made further comments.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney made further comments.

Commissioner McElroy made further comments.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 3389 with the amendment H3389A3.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 3389 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill HF 2781. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Rukavina moves to amend HF 2781 with the delete everything amendment H2781DE1, attached.

Representative Rukavina presented the delete everything amendment H2781DE1, attached.

Questions and discussion followed.

Lee Nelson, Legal Counsel, Unemployment Insurance Division, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the delete everything amendment H2781DE1.

Questions and discussion followed.

Lee Nelson made further comments.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Obermueller moved to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1 with the amendment H2781A2, attached.

Representative Obermueller presented the amendment H2781A2.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Obermueller renewed his motion to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1 with the amendment H2781A2. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Obermueller moved to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment H2781A4, attached.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
March 24, 2010
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Representative Obermueller presented the amendment H2781A4.

Questions and discussion followed.

Randy Morris, Lobbyist for Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H2781A4.

Questions and discussion followed.

Cindy Brooks, Dolphin Staffing, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H2781A4.

Questions and discussion followed.

Randy Morris made further comments.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Obermueller moved to amend the amendment H2781A4 with the following oral amendment, to be incorporated as a friendly amendment:

Page 4, line 32, before "." insert "unless section 268.095 subd. 2d applies"

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Obermueller renewed his motion to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment H2781A4. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Norton moved to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment H2781A3, attached.

Representative Norton presented the amendment H2781A3.

Mark Lofthus, DEED, provided testimony regarding the amendment H2781A3.

Representative Norton renewed her motion to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment H2781A3. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Norton moved to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment H2781A5, attached.

Representative Norton presented the amendment H2781A5.

Questions and discussion followed.

Lynne Batzli, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H2781A5.

Questions and discussion followed.

Bonnie Elsey, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H2781A5.

Questions and discussion followed.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
March 24, 2010
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Bonnie Elsey made further comments.

Chair Rukavina discussed the amendment H2781A5 and stated his preference that Representative Norton hold off on the amendment.

Representative Norton discussed an amendment to the amendment H2781A5.

Questions and discussion followed.

Bonnie Elsey made further comments.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Norton made further comments.

Representative Norton withdrew the amendment H2781A5.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment AN209, attached.

Representative Rukavina presented the amendment AN209.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion to amend the delete everything amendment H2781DE1as amended with the amendment AN209. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina instructed staff to fix all dates and make technical corrections.

Representative Rukavina announced that HF 2781 as amended would be held over until tomorrow’s meeting at 10:30 A.M. in Room 10 State Office Building.

Representative McFarlane moved to reconsider HF 3495.

Representative McFarlane moved that HF 3495 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 3495 with the delete everything amendment H3495DE3, attached.

Representative Rukavina presented the delete everything amendment H3495DE3.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Brynaert moved to amend the delete everything amendment H3495 DE3 as follows:

Page 13, line 8, delete everything after the period

Page 13, delete lines 9 to 16

Representative Brynaert discussed the amendment.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Downey suggested a friendly amendment to the above amendment, changing 16 to 13.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
March 24, 2010
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Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Brynaert agreed to incorporate Representative Downey’s suggestion into her amendment.

Representative Brynaert moved to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 as follows:

Page 13, line 8, delete everything after the period

Page 13, delete lines 9 to 13

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Poppe moved to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 with the amendment H3495A2, attached.

Representative Poppe presented the amendment H3495A2.

Linda Baer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H3495A2 and HF 3495.

Questions and discussion followed.

Laura King, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H3495A2 and HF 3495.

Questions and discussion followed.

Linda Baer made further comments.

Laura King made further comments.

Questions and discussion continued.

Representative Poppe made further comments.

Questions and discussion followed.

Laura King assisted with answering questions.

Chair Rukavina noted the Poppe amendment before the committee.

Laura King made further comments.

Chair Rukavina commented regarding the budget cuts and the need to focus on classroom instruction and students.

Representative Poppe renewed her motion to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 with the amendment H3495A2. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Downey made further comments.

Representative Poppe moved to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 with the amendment H3495A3, attached.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
March 24, 2010
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Representative Poppe presented the amendment H3495A3.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Poppe renewed her motion to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 with the amendment H3495A3. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative McFarlane moved to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 with the amendment H3495A4, attached.

Representative Poppe presented the amendment H3495A4.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative McFarlane renewed her motion to amend the delete everything amendment H3495DE3 with the amendment H3495A4. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina announced that HF 2781 as amended and HF 3495 as amended would be held over until tomorrow’s meeting at 10:30 A.M. in Room 10 State Office Building.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 A.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair



Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant