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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division

FORTY-FIRST MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 10, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-FIRST 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 5:55 P.M. on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in Room 5 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
Clark, Karen
Dettmer, Bob
Downey, Keith
Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Murphy, Mary
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Obermueller, Mike
Poppe, Jeanne
Reinert, Roger
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Atkins, Joe

A quorum was present.

Chair Rukavina invited Representative Gunther to come forward to present HF 3413.

HF 3413 (Gunther)

Representative Gunther moved that HF 3413 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 3413 with the amendment H3413A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther presented HF 3413 as amended, relating to the Board of Barber Examiners; modifying license fees; appropriating money.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 3413 as amended with the following amendment:

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THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion that HF 3413 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2657 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 2657 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 2657 with the amendment
H2657A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina presented HF 2657as amended, relating to higher education; increasing the revenue bond limit of the higher education facilities authority.

Questions and discussion followed.

Marianne T. Remedios, Executive Director, Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 2657.

Questions and discussion followed.

Marianne Remedios continued her testimony.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 2657 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina moved to take HF 3127 off the table and be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3495 (McFarlane)

Representative McFarlane moved that HF 3495 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative McFarlane moved to amend HF 3495 with the delete everything amendment H3495DE1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative McFarlane presented HF 3495 as amended, relating to higher education; authorizing data matching; modifying institution eligibility; establishing award procedures; establishing scholarship priorities; establishing powers and duties; providing for refunds; defining terms; making technical corrections.

Representative McFarlane introduced Tricia Grimes, Office of Higher Education, and asked her to assist in presenting HF 3495.

Tricia Grimes, Office of Higher Education, introduced herself and assisted Representative McFarlane in presenting HF 3495.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mark Misukanis, Office of Higher Education, introduced himself and assisted with answering questions.

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Questions and discussion followed.

Meredith Fergus, Policy Analyst, Office of Higher Education, introduced herself and assisted with answering questions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Tricia Grimes continued her presentation.

Chair Rukavina moved to amend HF 3495 as follows:

Page 11, delete section 25

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative McFarlane renewed her motion that HF 3495 as amended be held over for possible inclusion.

HF 3164 (Haws)

Representative Haws moved that HF 3164 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

Representative Haws moved to amend HF 3164 with amendment H3164DE3, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Haws presented HF 3164 as amended, relating to higher education; regulating the transfer of credits within institutions belonging to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Questions and discussion followed.

Joel Alter, Legislative Auditor’s Office, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3164.

Questions and discussion followed.

Monte Bute, Faculty Member, Metro State University, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3164.

Questions and discussion followed.

Jennifer Weil, Chair, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), and student at Minnesota State University Moorhead, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 3164.

Tyler Smith, President, Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA), introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3164.

Questions and discussion followed.

Anne-Marie Ryan-Guest, Vice President, Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF), introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 3164.

Representative Haws renewed his motion that HF 3164 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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HF 3565 (Anderson)

Representative Anderson moved that HF 3565 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

Representative Anderson presented HF 3565, relating to higher education, providing information on textbook prices to students.

Jonathan Mitchell, Student, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Vice President of Student Affairs, UMD Student Association, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding
HF 3565.

Questions and discussion followed.

Graeme Allen, Director of University and Government Relations, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3565.

Questions and discussion followed.

Martin Sampson, Faculty Member and Legislative Liaison, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3565.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson provided further comment.

Questions and discussion followed.

Jonathan Mitchell provided further comment.

Questions and discussion continued.

Rick Heller introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 3565.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Dettmer suggested a friendly amendment to HF 3565 as follows:

Page 1, line 11, after "," insert "prior to registration"

Martin Sampson provided testimony regarding the friendly amendment.

Representative Dettmer discussed his friendly amendment.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson renewed her motion that HF 3565 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3354 (Nornes)

Representative Nornes moved that HF 3354 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 3354 with the amendment A10-2273. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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Representative Nornes presented HF 3354 as amended, relating to higher education; modifying grant eligibility; modifying loan limits and terms; increasing private institution fees; eliminating the high school-to-college developmental transition program; defining terms; transferring funds; modifying and reducing appropriations.

Mark Misukanis, Office of Higher Education, introduced himself and assisted in the presentation.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mark Misukanis continued discussion of HF 3354.

Tricia Grimes, Office of Higher Education, assisted with answering questions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mark Misukanis assisted with answering questions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Nornes renewed his motion that HF 3354 as amended be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF 2766 (Welti)

Representative Welti moved that HF 2766 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

Representative Welti presented HF 2766, relating to higher education, clarifying disclosure of educational data.

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 2766.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Welti renewed his motion that HF 2766 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2499 (Mullery)

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 2499 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 2499 with the amendment H2499A3, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mullery presented HF 2499, relating to higher education; requiring the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to study technical education credentials.

Representative Mullery introduced Ron Dreyer, System Director for Academic Programs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

Ron Dreyer, System Director for Academic Programs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 2499.

Questions and discussion followed.

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Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 2499 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3477 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 3477 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

Representative Rukavina presented HF 3477, related to higher education; requiring notice of changes to administration of financial aid programs, modifying transfer authority for grant programs.

Questions and discussion continued.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 3477 be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1252 (Anderson)

Representative Anderson moved that HF 1252 be recommended to pass and be held over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Anderson moves to amend HF 1252 with the amendment H1252A1, attached.

Representative Anderson presented the amendment H1252A1.

Representative Anderson renewed her motion to amend HF 1252 with the amendment H1252A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Anderson presented HF 1252, relating to higher education, requiring a vote to increase optional student fees.

Bill Gilles, Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1252.

Questions and discussion followed.

Tray Sims, Student, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1252.

Questions and discussion followed.

Jennifer Weil, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), introduced herself and provided testimony regarding HF 1252.

Questions and discussion followed.

Peter Zetterberg, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding HF 1252.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson made further comments.

Questions and discussion continued.

Representative Anderson renewed her motion that HF 1252 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the General Register.

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Representative Anderson requested a roll call vote. With 10 nay and 6 aye, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair




Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2657 (Rukavina) - Revenue bond limit increased for the higher education facilities authority.
  • HF2766 (Welti) - Educational data disclosure clarified.
  • HF3354 (Nornes) - Grant eligibility modified, loan limits and terms modified, private institution fees increased, high school-to-college developmental transition program, terms defined, funds transferred, and appropriations modified and reduced.
  • HF3477 (Rukavina) - Changes to administration of financial programs notice required, and transfer authority for grant programs modified.
  • HF3495 (McFarlane) - Data matching authorized, institution eligibility modified, award procedures, scholarship priorities, and powers and duties established, refunds provided, terms defined, and corrections made.
  • HF3413 (Gunther) - Board of Barber Examiners' license fees modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF1252 (Anderson) - Vote by the student body required to increase optional student fees at a public postsecondary institution or campus.
  • HF2499 (Mullery) - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees required to study technical education credentials.
  • HF3565 (Anderson) - Textbook price information provided to students.
  • HF3164 (Haws) - Transfer of credits regulated within institutions belonging to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Higher Education Bills