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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

EIGHTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 04, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
March 4, 2009

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,
REFORM, TECHNOLOGY& ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Gene Pelowski, Chair of the State & Local Government Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Pelowski, Chair
Poppe, Vice Chair
Anderson, P.
Buesgens
Emmer
Gottwalt
Hilty
Hornstein
Kahn
Kalin
Kiffmeyer
Lanning
Marquart
Morrow
Nelson
Sanders
Simon
Sterner
Winkler

A quorum was present.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of March 3, 2009, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Simon moved that HF8 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on State Government Finance Division.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF8 (see attached H0008A3) amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF8, as amended, (see attached H0008A4) amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Simon presented HF8 (Simon), as amended, a bill for an act relating to state government; establishing the Minnesota False Claims Act; etc.

Testimony on HF8, as amended:

Neil Thompson, Pharmacist and whistleblower

Patrick O’Connell, Attorney, Austin, Texas

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Kari Thurlow, Vice President of Advocacy, Aging Services of Minnesota

Phil Griffin, Lobbyist, Minnesota Council of Health Plans

Dave Feinwachs, General Counsel, Minnesota Hospital Association

Representative Simon renewed the motion that HF8, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance, with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on State Government Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:54 A.M.



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REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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Kathy L. Anderson, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF8 (Simon) Minnesota False Claims Act established.
HF297 (Hansen) Twin Cities metropolitan area regional dog park and matching grant program created, and money appropriated.