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Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 21, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH 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 21, 2009, in Basement Hearing Room 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
Eastlund, Rob
Gunther, Bob
Haws, Larry
Mahoney, Tim
McFarlane, Carol
Nornes, Bud
Norton, Kim
Obermueller, Mike
Poppe, Jeanne
Reinert, Roger
Welti, Andy

Members excused:

Downey, Keith
Murphy, Mary
Slocum, Linda

A quorum was present.

Vice Chair Bly invited Dan McElroy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, to come forward to begin his presentation on Minnesota employment and unemployment conditions and rates.

Dan McElroy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and began his presentation.

Questions and discussion followed.

Commissioner McElroy continued his presentation.

Questions and discussion followed

Rick Caligiuri, Director, Job Seeker Programs, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, introduced himself and assisted in answering questions.

Questions and discussion followed.

Minutes
Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
April 21, 2009
Page Two



Representative Rukavina moved that the minutes of April 14, 2009 and April 15, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 737 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina presented HF 737, relating to economic development; providing certification for rehabilitation counselors for the blind.

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 737 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 860 (Rukavina)

Representative Rukavina presented HF 860, relating to higher education; eliminating requirement that meetings to nominate candidates for regent of the University of Minnesota be one week apart.

Representative Rukavina moved that HF 860 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Gunther moved to amend HF 860 with the amendment H0860DE2. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Rukavina renewed his motion that HF 860 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1081 (Mahoney)

Representative Mahoney presented HF 1081, relating to economic development, expanding eligibility for the small business growth acceleration program, requiring matching funds, appropriating money.

Representative Mahoney moved that HF 1081 be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee.

Representative Mahoney moved to amend HF 1081 with the amendment H1081A2. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF 1081 as amended be recommended to pass and be referred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Rukavina thanked everyone again for all of their hard work this session.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 P.M.



Representative Tom Rukavina, Chair





Susan Scott, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

Minnesota employment/unemployment conditions and rates
HF737 (Rukavina) Rehabilitation counselors for the blind
HF860 (Rukavina) Requirements for UM regent selection
HF1081 (Mahoney) Small growth business growth acceleration program eligibility expanded