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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division

TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 14, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION


HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
FINANCE AND POLICY DIVISION


MINUTES


Representative David Bly, Vice Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 1:15 P.M. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 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
Atkins, Joe
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
Slocum, Linda
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Reinert, Roger

A quorum was present.

Chair Rukavina came forward to present the amendment H0860DE1.

Doug Berg, Fiscal Analyst, assisted with the presentation.

Representative Slocum moved that the minutes of April 7, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina made brief announcements regarding the timeline for the omnibus bill.

Questions and discussion followed.

Vice Chair Bly recessed the meeting at 2:00 P.M.

Chair Rukavina reconvened the meeting at 7:07 P.M.



Minutes
Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 14, 2009
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HF 869 (Rukavina)

Chair Rukavina moved that HF 869 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Chair Rukavina moved to amend HF 869 with the delete everything amendment H0860DE1, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Rukavina presented HF 869 as amended.

Chair Rukavina moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A3, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Jeremy Estenson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, introduced himself and testified regarding HF 869 as amended.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative McFarlane moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A13, attached.

Representative McFarlane presented the amendment H0860A13.

Questions and discussion followed.

Bonnie Elsey, Director, Workforce Development Division, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A13 and the dislocated worker program.

Questions and discussion followed.

Anne Olson, Minnesota Workforce Council Association, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the H0860A13 amendment and the dislocated worker program.

Questions and discussion continued.

Lee Nelson, Director of Legal Affairs, Unemployment Insurance Program, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and assisted in answering questions.

Anne Olson assisted in answering questions.

Questions and discussion continued.

Bonnie Elsey provided further testimony.

Questions and discussion continued.

Representative McFarlane renewed her motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A13, attached. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Dettmer moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A10, attached.

Representative Dettmer presented the amendment H0860A10.

Minutes
Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 14, 2009
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Questions and discussion followed.

Marty McDonough, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A10.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Dettmer renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A10, attached. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Dettmer presented the amendment H0860A26, attached.

Representative Dettmer moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A26, attached.

Representative Dettmer requested a roll call vote on the amendment H0860A26.

Chair Rukavina made brief comments.

Representative Dettmer withdrew his request for a roll call vote.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Dettmer renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A26, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A6, attached.

Representative Solberg presented the amendment H0860A6.

Questions and discussion followed.

John Sherman, Vocational Rehabilitation Unit, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A6.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A6, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nornes moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A17, attached.

Representative Nornes presented the amendment H0860A17.

Representative Nornes requested a roll call vote on the amendment H0860A17.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Nornes renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A17, attached. The roll call vote was taken. The vote was 6 aye, and 12 nay. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 869 as amended the amendment H0860A4, attached.

Minutes
Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 14, 2009
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Representative Mahoney presented the amendment H0860A4.

Questions and discussion followed.

Terry Kuhlman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority, and contract employee for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A4.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended the amendment H0860A4, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A11, attached.

Representative Mahoney presented the amendment H0860A11.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Norton moved to amend the amendment H0860A11 as follows:

Page 1, line 13, after "member" insert "bipartisan"

Representative Mahoney accepted the amendment as a friendly amendment.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A11 as amended, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Anderson moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A25, attached.

Representative Anderson presented the amendment H0860A25.

Questions and discussion followed.

Richard Pfutzenreuter, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, University of Minnesota, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A25.

Questions and discussion followed.

Judy Borgen, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Budget, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A25.

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina discussed the use of stimulus money to buy down fee increases to $300 at the University of Minnesota and $200 at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and that it is one-time money, and also commented about the Governor asking for a cap.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson requested a roll call vote.

Chair Rukavina commented further.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 14, 2009
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Representative Anderson renewed her motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A25, attached. The roll call vote was taken. The vote was 7 aye, and 10 nay. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Anderson moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A16, attached.

Representative Anderson presented the amendment H0860A16.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson requested a roll call vote.

Representative Anderson renewed her motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A16, attached. The roll call vote was taken. The vote was 7 aye, and 11 nay. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A7.

Representative Mahoney presented the amendment H0860A7.

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina laid over the amendment H0860A7 until the next meeting tomorrow.

Representative Mahoney discussed the amendment H0860A7 further.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A8, attached.

Representative Mahoney presented the amendment H0860A8.

Mark Lofthus, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A8.

Questions and discussion followed.

Kathy Hahne, Lobbyist for St. Paul Port Authority, introduced herself and provided testimony regarding the amendment H0860A8.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A8, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Obermueller moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A09-0435, attached.

Representative Obermueller presented the amendment A09-0435.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Obermueller renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A09-0435, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.


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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 14, 2009
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Representative Obermueller moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A09-0436, attached.

Representative Obermueller presented the amendment A09-0436.

Questions and discussion followed.

Craig Gustafson, Director of Appeals, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment A09-0436.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Obermueller renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A09-0436, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Rukavina called the amendment H0860A7 back to the table for consideration.

Representative Gunther moved to amend the amendment H0860A7 with the amendment A99, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 869 with the amendment H0860A7 as amended.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Anderson requested a roll call vote.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A7 as amended, attached. The roll call vote was taken. The vote was 13 aye, and 6 nay. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A9, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment H0860A9.

Questions and discussion followed.

Gina Stauss, Director, Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists Examiners, introduced herself, provided testimony, and assisted in answering questions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A9, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A12, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment H0860A12.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment H0860A12, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 14, 2009
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Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A09-0439, attached.

Representative Gunther presented the amendment A09-0439.

Questions and discussion followed.

Mark Lofthus, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and provided testimony regarding the amendment A09-0439.

Questions and discussion followed.

Chair Rukavina laid over the amendment A09-0439 until the next meeting.

Representative Norton moved to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A100, attached.

Representative Norton presented the amendment A100.

Questions and discussion followed.

Representative Norton renewed her motion to amend HF 869 as amended with the amendment A100, attached. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Rukavina made brief announcements.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 P.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair


Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant