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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

ELEVENTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 11, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA ELEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
March 11, 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 11, 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 5th and March 10th, 2009, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lanning moved that HF1195, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Represenative Lanning moved to amend HF1195, First Committee Engrossment, as follows (see attached H1195A3). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Lanning presented HF1195 (Lanning), First Committee Engrossment, as amended, a bill for an act relating to local government; providing mandate relief, establishing the Legislative Commission on Mandate Reform; abolishing levy limits; etc.

Testimony on HF1195, First Committee Engrossment, as amended:

Jennifer O’Rourke, Lobbyist, League of Minnesota Cities
Kent Sulem, General Counsel, Minnesota Association of Townships
Joe Matthews, Policy Analyst, Association of Minnesota Counties

Representative Lanning renewed the motion that HF1195, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Representative Marquart moved that HF1201, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Marquart moved to amend HF1201, First Committee Engrossment (see attached H1201A5). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Marquart presented HF1201 (Marquart), First Committee Engrossment, as amended, a bill for an act relating to local government; creating the Council on Local Results and Innovation; encouraging local governments to develop performance measurement programs; etc.

Testimony on HF1201, First Committee Engrossment, as amended:

Matt Stemwedel, Administrative Analyst, City of Woodbury
Karen Harrington, Assistant to the Operations, Management & Budget Director, Dakota County

Representative Marquart renewed the motion that HF1201, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF1261 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Chair Pelowski moved to amend HF1261 (see attached H1261A1).

Chair Pelowski moved to incorporate an amendment to Amendment H1261A1, as follows:

Page 1, line 3 delete "2" and insert "3"
Page 1, line 3, delete "13" and insert "16"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion to amend HF1261 (see attached H1261A1, as amended).

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Dittrich presented HF1261, as amended, a bill for an act relating to taxation; providing for state property tax system benchmarks, critical indicators, and principles; establishing a property tax working group; etc.

Testimony on HF1261, as amended:

Katherine Schill, House Fiscal Analyst
Karen Baker, House Research

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Representative Kahn moved to amend HF1261, as amended, as follows:

Page 3, line 19, before the period insert "and this subdivision expires"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1261, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:07 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..

HF1195 (Lanning) Mandate relief provided, Legislative Commission on Mandate Reform established, and levy limits abolished.
HF1201 (Marquart) Council on Local Results and Innovation created, local governments encouraged to develop performance measurement programs, and money appropriated.
HF1261 (Dittrich) State property tax system benchmarks provided, critical indicators, and principles provided, property tax working group established.