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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

18th MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 26, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA 18th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
March 26, 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 Thursday, March 26, 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
Simon
Sterner
Winkler

Members Excused: Sanders

A quorum was present.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of March 25, 2009, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF545 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Policy and Oversight.

Chair Pelowski moved to amend HF545 (see attached H0545DE1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Champion presented HF545 (Champion), as amended, a bill for an act relating to elections; requiring notice of restoration of civil rights; etc.

Testimony on HF545, as amended:

Andre Corbett, Community member, Goodwill/Easter Seals, St. Paul, Minnesota
Beth Fraser, Director of Governmental Affairs, Office of the Minnesota Secretary
of State
Barbara Cox, Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Corrections

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote on the motion.

Voting aye: Hilty, Hornstein, Kahn, Kalin, Lanning, Morrow, Nelson, Simon and Winkler.

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Voting nay: Pelowski, Anderson, P., Buesgens, Emmer, Gottwalt, Kiffmeyer and Poppe.

There were 9 ayes and 7 nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF622, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Chair Pelowski moved to amend HF622, First Engrossment (see attached A09-0160). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Welti presented HF622 (Welti), First Engrossment, as amended, a bill for an act relating to public safety; establishing a grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies to develop or expand lifesaver programs that locate lost or wandering persons who are mentally impaired; authorizing a voluntary advisory task force; providing for rulemaking; etc.

Testimony on HF622, First Engrossment, as amended:

Brad Trahan, Rochester, Minnesota
Mark Dunaski, Chief, Minnesota State Patrol

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF622, First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division Report to HF1378, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Morrow moved that HF1378, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Morrow presented HF1378 (Morrow), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to disasters; establishing local disaster assistance program and local disaster fund; etc.

Representative Morrow moved to amend HF1378, First Committee Engrossment (see attached
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Morrow renewed the motion that HF1378, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF1367, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Representative Juhnke presented HF1367 (Juhnke), First Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to agriculture; changing provisions of the Minnesota Noxious Weed Law; establishing a fund; providing for grants; creating an advisory committee; etc.

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1367, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division Report for HF 1501, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nelson moved that HF1501, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Westrom presented HF1501 (Westrom), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to the Central Lakes Region Sanitary District; exempting certain bonds from elector approval; authorizing special charges; authorizing dissolution of the district; etc.

Representative Nelson renewed the motion that HF1501, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF2146 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chair Pelowski presented HF2146 (Pelowski), a bill for an act relating to state government; clarifying Minnesota Management and Budget oversight; establishing the management analysis revolving fund; etc.

Testimony on HF2146:

Tom Hanson, Commissioner, Minnesota Management and Budget
Bill Clausen, Director, Minnesota Management and Budget

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF2146 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF2132 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Environment Policy and Oversight.

Chair Pelowski moved to amend HF2132 (see attached
A09-0275). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gunther presented HF2132 (Gunther), as amended, a bill for an act relating to state government; modifying administration of the Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council; etc.

Testimony on HF2132, as amended:

Bill Becker, Executive Director, Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council

Representative Kalin moved to amend HF2132, as amended, as follows:

Page 3, line 2, delete "council" and insert "legislative coordinating commission"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF2132, as amended, be recommended to pass and referred to the Committee on Environment Policy and Oversight. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:58 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..

HF545 (Champion) Civil rights restoration notice required.
HF622 (Welti) Local law enforcement agency grant established to develop or expand lifesaver programs that locate lost or wandering persons who are mentally impaired, task force authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1378 (Morrow) Local disaster assistance program and local disaster fund established, money appropriated.
HF1367 (Juhnke) Minnesota Noxious Weed Law provisions modified, assistance fund and advisory committee established, grants provided.
HF1501 (Westrom) Central Lakes Region Sanitary District restructured as an elected body or alternatively dissolved.
HF2146 (Pelowski) Clarifying Minnesota Management and Budget oversight; establishing the management revolving fund, appropriating money.
HF2132 (Gunther) Modifing administration of the Lesard Outdoor Heritage Council

HF1536 (Nelson) has been removed from the agenda.
HF1811 (Slawick) has been removed from the agenda