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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

32nd MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 03, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA 32nd MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
March 3, 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 Wednesday, March 3, 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
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 2, 2010, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division report for HF1395, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF1395, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Mullery presented HF1395 (Mullery), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to real property; modifying procedures relating to uses and conveyances of tax-forfeited property; etc.

Vice Chair Poppe assumed the gavel.

Representative Kalin moved to amend HF1395, First Committee Engrossment, as follows:

delete sections 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13

renumber the sections in sequence, correct internal references, and amend the title
accordingly

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A division was requested on the motion. There were 4 ayes and 10 nays. THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Buesgens moved to amend HF1395, First Committee Engrossment, as follows:

Page 1, line 25, delete the new language and reinstate the stricken language

Page 2, line 1, delete the new language and renumber the clauses accordingly.

A division was requested on the motion. There were 7 ayes, and 4 nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF1395, First Committee Engrossment, as amended:

Joe Matthews, Policy Analyst, Minnesota Association of Counties
Jason Nord, Minnesota Department of Revenue

Vice Chair Poppe renewed the Pelowski motion that HF1395, First Committee Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Kahn moved that HF2557 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Kahn moved to amend HF2557 (see attached H2557A1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kahn presented HF2557 (Kahn), as amended, a bill for an act relating to state government; establishing a position for a state Webmaster; requiring the state chief information officer to develop standards for enhanced public access to state electronic records; etc.

Testifying on HF2557, as amended:

Michael Muilenberg, Director of Legislative Affairs, The Office of Enterprise
Technology, State of Minnesota

Representative Kahn renewed the motion that HF2557, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Poppe moved that HF2922 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Vice Chair Poppe moved to amend HF2922 (see attached S2644-4A). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen presented HF2922 (Thissen), as amended, a bill for an act relating to retirement; Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund; transfer of administrative functions to the Public Employees Retirement Association; creation of MERF consolidation account within the Public Employees Retirement Association; appropriating money; etc.

Chairman Pelowski resumed the gavel.

Testifying on HF2922, as amended:

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Larry Martin, Executive Director, Legislative Commission on Pensions
and Retirement
Luther Thompson, Executive Director, Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund

Representative Poppe renewed the motion that HF2922, as amended, 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 HF3109, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kalin moved that HF3109, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Kalin presented HF3109 (Kalin), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to local government; authorizing local governments to finance energy improvements for property owners to install energy efficient or renewable energy improvements; providing for repayment as a special assessment; authorizing issuance of revenue bonds; etc.

Representative Kalin renewed the motion that HF3109, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:48 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:
  • HF2922 (Thissen) - Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund; administrative functions transferred to the Public Employees Retirement Association, consolidation account created within the Public Employees Retirement Association, and conforming changes made.
  • HF2557 (Kahn) - State Webmaster position established, and state chief information officer required to develop standards for enhanced public access to state electronic records.
  • HF3109 (Kalin) - Local governments authorized to finance energy improvements for property owners to install energy efficient or renewable energy improvements, repayment provided as a special assessment, and bonds issued.
  • HF1395 (Mullery) - Tax-forfeited property use and conveyance procedures modified.

Bills will be heard that were approved at the Local Government Division meeting on 3/1/2010.