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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

20th MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 01, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA 20th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
April 1, 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, April 1, 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
Gottwalt
Hilty
Hornstein
Kahn
Kalin
Kiffmeyer
Lanning
Marquart
Morrow
Nelson
Sanders
Simon
Sterner
Winkler

Members Excused: Emmer

A quorum was present.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of March 31, 2009, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division Report for HF17. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nelson moved that HF17 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Sertich presented HF17 (Sertich), a bill for an act relating to local government; authorizing the Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District.

Representative Nelson renewed the motion that HF17 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Morrow moved that SF275 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Morrow presented SF275 (Morrow), a bill for an act relating to natural resources; renaming the Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board; clarifying the duties and membership of board.

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Testimony on SF275:

Shannon Fisher, Executive Director, Minnesota River Board

Representative Morrow renewed the motion that SF275 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hilty moved that HF1744 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the State Government Finance Division.

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF1744 as follows:

Page 2, line 24, after "measures" insert "if applicable"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty presented HF1744 (Hilty), as amended, a bill for an act relating to government operations; creating technology accessibility standards for the state; authorizing rulemaking; establishing the advisory committee for technology standards for accessibility and usability; requiring a report; etc.

Testimony on HF1744, as amended:

Representative Torrey Westrom
Mary Hartnett, Executive Director, Commission of Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of
Hearing Minnesotans
Sean Virnig, Private citizen
Christopher Bell, American Council of the Blind of Minnesota
Steve Jacobson, Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
John Lally, Planning Director, Office of Enterprise Technology
Jim Rhodes, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Administration
Diane Wells, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF1744, as amended (see attached H1744A1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty renewed the motion that HF1744, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the State Government Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF1218 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chair Pelowski moved to amend HF1218 (see attached H1218A2). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Lillie presented HF1218 (Lillie), as amended, a bill for an act relating to state government; ratifying state labor contracts.

Testimony on HF1218, as amended:

Greg Hubinger, Director, Legislative Coordinating Commission

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1218, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division Report for HF1849, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nelson moved that HF1849, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Nelson moved to amend HF1849, First Committee Engrossment (see attached H1849A3). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nelson presented HF1849 (Nelson), First Committee Engrossment, as amended, a bill for an act relating to local government; removing, extending, or modifying certain mandates upon local governmental units; etc.

Representative Nelson renewed the motion that HF1849, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF1268 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Paymar presented HF1268 (Paymar), a bill for an act relating to state government; authorizing use of state space for employee fitness and wellness activities; authorizing rulemaking; etc.

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1268 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 A.M.




_____________________________________
REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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

HF1744 (Hilty) Technology accessibility standards and advisory committee established.
HF955 (Morrow) Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board renamed, and duties and membership of board clarified.
HF1218 (Lillie) State labor contracts ratified.
Pending approval in the Local Government Division:
HF1849 (Nelson) Local Governmental unit mandates removed, extended, and modified.s.
HF1268 (Paymar) Employee fitness and wellness activities authorized in state space.
HF17 (Sertich) Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District authorized.

HF1955 (Holberg) has been removed from the agenda