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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

39th MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 18, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA 39th MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
March 18, 2010

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 18, 2010, 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.

Vice Chair Poppe moved that the minutes of March 16 and 17, 2010, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF3131 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Mullery presented HF3131 (Mullery), a bill for an act relating to corrections; adopting the Interstate Compact for Juveniles; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes; etc.

Testifying to HF3131:

Ken Merz, Director, Minnesota Department of Corrections

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF3131 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved that HF3168 be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register.

Representative Nelson moved to amend HF3168 (see attached H3168A1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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Representative Nelson presented HF3168 (Nelson), as amended, a bill for an act relating to transportation; allowing escort drivers of overdimensional loads to control traffic; directing commissioner of public safety to establish escort driver training and certification program; etc.

Testifying to HF3168, as amended:

Tim Worke, Director, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota

Representative Nelson renewed the motion that HF3168, as amended, be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF3008 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF3008 (see attached H3008A1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Anzelc presented HF3008 (Anzelc), as amended, a bill for an act relating to transportation; amending requirements for type III vehicle drivers; providing a rulemaking exception; etc.

Testifying to HF3008, as amended:

Tom Keliher, Lobbyist, Minnesota School Bus Operators Association

Lt. Edward Carroll, Minnesota State Patrol

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF3008, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF3281 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF3281 (see attached S2918-1A). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Murphy, M., presented HF3281 (Murphy, M.), as amended, a bill for an act relating to retirement; volunteer fire relief associations; making various technical corrections; revising break-in-service return to firefighting authorizations; authorizing Minnesota deferred compensation plan service pension transfers; revising payout defaults in survivor benefits; authorizing corrections of certain special fund deposits; etc.

Testifying on HF3281, as amended:

Jodee Buhr, Lobbyist, Education Minnesota
Mary Vanek, Executive Director, PERA
Luther Thompson, Assistant Executive Director, Teachers Retirement Association
Larry Martin, Executive Director, Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF3281, as amended (see attached H3281-4A). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Vice Chair Poppe moved to amend HF3281, as amended, (see attached LCPR10-8A)
as follows:

Vice Chair Poppe moved to incorporate a technical amendment to amendment LCPR10-8A as follows:

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Page 1, line 1, after "No.", insert ""3281"

Page 1, line 3, after "Sec." insert "2"

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

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF3281, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF2952 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF2952 (see attached S2573-5A). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Murphy, M., presented HF2952 (Murphy, M.), as amended, a bill for an act relating to retirement; general state employees retirement plan; correctional state employees retirement plan; legislators retirement plan; judges retirement plan; State Patrol retirement plan; increasing certain contribution rates; temporarily reducing certain postretirement adjustment increase rates; reducing interest rates on refunds; reducing deferred annuity augmentation rates; eliminating interest on reemployed annuitant earnings limitation deferred accounts; etc.

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF2952, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF3279, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Huntley presented HF3279 (Huntley), Second Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to health; amending provisions for electronic health record technology; providing for administrative penalties; appropriating money; etc.

Testifying to HF3279, Second Engrossment:

Jim Golden, Minnesota Department of Health

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF3279, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF2958 be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF2958 (see attached H2958DE2). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski presented HF2958 (Pelowski), as amended, a bill for an act relating to state government; making changes to the Open Meeting Law; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, etc.

Testifying on HF2958, as amended:

Laurie Beyer-Kropuenske, Minnesota Department of Administration
Mark Anfinson, Attorney, Minnesota Newspaper Association

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF2958, as amended, be recommended to pass and sent to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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The meeting was adjourned at 10:01 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..
Bills Added:
  • HF2952 (Murphy) - State employees retirement plan contribution rates increased, adjustment provisions changed, refund interest rates reduced, augmentation rates reduced, interest eliminated, vesting requirements and early retirement reduction rates increased, rates reduced, amortization periods extended, study required, and bylaw amendments authorized.
  • HF3281 (Murphy) - Omnibus retirement bill.
  • HF3131 (Mullery) - Interstate Compact for Juveniles adopted.
  • HF2958 (Pelowski) - Open Meeting Law changed.
  • HF3008 (Anzelc) - Type III vehicle drivers requirements amended.
  • HF3279 (Huntley) - Electronic health record technology provisions amended, administrative penalties provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3168 (Nelson) - Escort drivers of overdimensional loads allowed to control traffic, and commissioner of public safety directed to establish escort driver training and certification program.