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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

21st MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 02, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA 21st MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
April 2, 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 April 2, 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.
Emmer
Gottwalt
Hilty
Hornstein
Kahn
Kalin
Lanning
Marquart
Morrow
Nelson
Sanders
Simon
Sterner
Winkler

Members Excused: Buesgens, Kiffmeyer

A quorum was present.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of April 1, 2009, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Simon moved that HF512 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Simon presented HF512 (Simon), a bill for an act relating to elections; enacting the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote; etc.

Testimony on HF512:

Christopher Pearson, Organizer, National Popular Vote
Mike Dean, Executive Director, Common Cause Minnesota

Representative Simon renewed the motion that HF512 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

The Chair was in doubt and requested a show of hands. There were 8 ayes and 8 nays. THE MOTION FAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF1373, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Chair Pelowski moved to amend HF1373, First Committee Engrossment (see attached H1373DE1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Gardner presented HF1373 (Gardner) First Committee Engrossment, as
amended, a bill for an act relating to transportation; creating Minnesota Council on Transportation Access to improve availability and coordination of services to the transit
public; requiring a report; etc.

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1373 First Committee Engrossment, as
amended, be re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hilty moved that HF1137 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF1137 (see attached H1137A1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty presented HF1137 (Hilty), as amended, a bill for an act relating to
elections; changing certain provisions governing ballot validity and recounts; imposing a penalty; etc.

Testimony to HF1137, as amended:

Beth Fraser, Director of Governmental Affairs, Office of the Minnesota Secretary
of State

Representative Hilty moved to amend HF1137, as amended, as follows:

Page 4, line 11, delete ": violations; penalty"

Page 4, line 13, delete everything after the period

Page 4, delete lines 14 and 15.

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hilty renewed the motion that HF1137, as amended, be recommended to
pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Continuation of HF222 (Slawik), as amended . (See attached H0222A2 adopted on
February 19, 2009.)

Chair Pelowski moved that HF222, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on
the General Register.

Representative Slawik presented HF222 (Slawik), as amended, a bill for an act relating to elections; allowing certain persons access to multiple unit residences for certain
campaign and election purposes; etc.

HF222, as amended, was laid over.

Representative Winkler moved that HF1882 be recommended to pass and re-referred to
the Committee on Rules.

Representative Winkler moved to amend HF1882 (see attached H1882A2). THE
MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Winkler presented HF1882 (Winkler), as amended, a bill for an act
relating to the legislature; modifying the definition of a legislative day; etc.


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Representative Winkler renewed the motion that HF1882, as amended, be recommended
to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF1820 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Rosenthal presented HF1820 (Rosenthal), a bill for an act relating to state government; extending the exemption from alcohol and controlled substances testing; etc.

Testimony on HF1820:

Curt Yoakum, Director of Legislation & Communications, Minnesota
Management and Budget

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1820 be recommended to pass and placed on
the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division Report for
HF424, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE
DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Pelowski moved that HF424, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to
pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Hansen presented HF424, First Committee Engrossment (Hansen), a bill
for an act relating to natural resources; modifying the Critical Areas Act of l973; requiring rulemaking; etc.

Testimony on HF424, First Committee Engrossment:

Gregory Page, Special Projects Director, St. Paul Riverfront Corporation
Joan Olin, City Administrator, Cities of Mendota and Lilydale
Craig Johnson, Lobbyist, League of Minnesota Cities
Richard Townsend-Anderson, Vice Chair, River Community Council, River
Community Coalition

Chair Pelowski renewed the motion that HF424, First Committee Engrossment, be
recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:14 A.M.




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REP. GENE PELOWSKI, CHAIRMAN


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Kathy L. Anderson, Committee Legislative Assistant
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01:28 - Gavel, and HF512 (Simon) Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote enacted.
44:34 - HF1373 (Gardner) Minnesota Council on Transportation Access established, report required, money appropriated.
55:49 - HF1137 (Hilty) Ballot validity and recount provisions modified, penalty imposed.
1:13:57 - HF222 (Slawik) Multiple unit residences allowed certain persons for campaign and election purposes.
1:19:25 - HF1882 (Winkler) Legislative day definition modified.
1:29:58 - HF1820 (Rosenthal) Alcohol and controlled substances testing exemption extended.
1:32:14 - HF424 (Hansen) Critical Areas Act of 1973 modified.
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HF512 (Simon) Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote enacted.
HF222 (Slawik) Multiple unit residences allowed certain persons for campaign and election purposes.
Hf1373 (Gardner) Minnesota Council on Transportation Access established, report required, money appropriated.
HF1137 (Hilty) Ballot validity and recount provisions modified, penalty imposed.
HF1882 (Winkler) Legislative day definition modified.
HF1820 (Rosenthal) Alcohol and controlled substances testing exemption extended.
HF424 (Hansen) Critical Areas Act of 1973 modified.