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State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections

22nd MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 07, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA 22nd MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
April 7, 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 8:01 A.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 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
Kahn
Kalin
Kiffmeyer
Lanning
Marquart
Morrow
Nelson
Sanders
Simon
Sterner
Winkler

Members Excused: Hornstein

A quorum was present.

Representative Poppe moved that the minutes of April 2, 2009, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF927, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Mahoney presented HF927 (Mahoney), Second Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to labor and industry; modifying construction codes and licensing; requiring rulemaking; etc.

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF927, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF723 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF723 (see attached S0191-DE4). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Murphy, M., presented HF723 (Murphy., M.), as amended, a bill for an act relating to retirement; extending filing deadlines; requiring written applications; amending disability benefit provisions; etc.



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Testimony on HF723, as amended:

Brian Rice, Attorney, St. Paul Teachers Retirement Association
Roger Aronson, Attorney/Lobbyist, Minnesota Association of Secondary School
Principals
Luther Thompson, Assistant Executive Director, Teachers Retirement
Association

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF723, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF866, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Hosch presented HF866 (Hosch), Second Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to insurance; requiring school districts to obtain employee health coverage through the public employees insurance program; etc.

Testimony on HF866, Second Engrossment:

Scott Croonquist, Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan School
Districts
Grace Keliher, Director of Governmental Relations, Minnesota School Boards
Association
Phil Griffin, Lobbyist, Griffin Government Consulting
Lee Johansen, Education Minnesota

Representative Gottwalt moved to table HF866, Second Engrossment, and a roll call vote was requested.

Voting aye: Buesgens, Emmer, Gottwalt, Kiffmeyer, Lanning and Sanders.

Voting nay: Pelowski, Hilty, Kahn, Kalin, Marquart, Morrow, Nelson, Sterner and Winkler.

Voting to abstain: Anderson, P. and Poppe.

There were 6 ayes, 9 nays and 2 abstains, THE MOTION FAILED.

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF866, Second Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Buesgens requested a roll call vote on the motion.

Voting aye: Pelowski, Hilty, Kahn, Kalin, Marquart, Morrow, Nelson, Poppe, Sterner and Winkler.

Voting nay: Anderson, P., Buesgens, Emmer, Gottwalt, Kiffmeyer, Lanning and Sanders.

There were 10 ayes and 7 nays. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division report HF1278, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF1278, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

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Representative Sterner presented HF1278 (Sterner), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to counties; providing for appointment and consolidation of certain county offices, subject to notice, hearing, reverse referendum; etc.

Testimony on HF1278, First Committee Engrossment:

Joe Matthews, Policy Analyst, Association of Minnesota Counties
Michelle Ashe, County Recorder, Minnesota County Recorders Association
Larry Jacobs, County Auditor/Treasurer, MN Association of County Officials
Bob Bambenek, Winona County Recorder, Winona County

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1278, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. The Chair was in doubt and requested a show of hands. There were 7 ayes and 9 nays. THE MOTION FAILED.

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

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

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF222, as amended, (see attached H0222DE1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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.

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF222, as amended, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF884, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF884, First Engrossment (see attached H0884DE1). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen presented HF884 (Thissen), First Engrossment, as amended, a bill for an act relating to health; creating a medical supplies and equipment purchasing alliance; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16B.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF884, First Engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, line 9, delete "and equipment"

Page 1, line 10, delete "private and"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testimony on HF884, First Engrossment, as amended:

Jim Rhodes, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Administration

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF884, First Engrossment, 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 HF986, First Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

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Chairman Pelowski moved that HF986, First Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Thissen presented HF986 (Thissen), First Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to human services; amending county maintenance of effort provisions for mental health services; changing family services collaboratives; establishing the State-County Results, Accountability, and Service Delivery Redesign Act; requiring reports; etc.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF986, First Engrossment (see attached amendment A09-0367).

Chairman Pelowski incorporated the following oral amendment to amendment A09-0367, as follows:

Page 2, line 18, delete "delivery" and insert "deliver"

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

Testimony on HF986, First Engrossment, as amended:

Kelly Harder, Human Services Director, Steele County
Tim Wilkin, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Kahn moved to amend HF986, First Engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Page 8, line 24, delete "must" and insert "may"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF986, First Engrossment, as amended. (See attached amendment A09-0330).

Chairman Pelowski incorporated the following oral amendment to amendment A09-0330, as follows:

Page 1, line 2, after "Page" insert "12" and after "line" insert "30" and after the word "insert:" insert "ARTICLE 3 COMMISSION ON INNOVATION"
Page 1, line 3, after "Sec." insert "1"
Page 1 ,line 15, after "section" insert "2"
Page 2, line 6, after "Sec." insert "2"

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

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF986, First Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF834 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Chairman Pelowski moved to amend HF834 (see attached H0834A1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kohls presented HF834 (Kohls), as amended, a bill for an act relating to state government; establishing a state employee suggestion system for making government less costly or more efficient; etc.

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Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF834, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Simon moved that HF1206 be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Simon moved to amend HF1206 (see attached H1206DE1). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Simon presented HF1206 (Simon), as amended, a bill for an act relating to elections; campaign finance; providing contribution limits for judicial candidates; etc.

Testimony on HF1206, as amended:

Gary Goldsmith, Executive Director, Minnesota Campaign Finance Board

Representative Simon renewed the motion that HF1206, 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, HF1670, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that HF1670, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Mariani presented HF1670 (Mariani), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to housing; modifying municipality rent control provisions; etc.

Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that HF1670, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Nelson moved adoption of the Local Government Division report, SF740, First Committee Engrossment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE DIVISION REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chairman Pelowski moved that SF740, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register.

Representative Abeler presented SF740 (Abeler), First Committee Engrossment, a bill for an act relating to highways; authorizing use by the county of Anoka of a design-build process to award contract for construction of intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and County State-Aid Highway 83.

Testimony on SF740, First Committee Engrossment:

Bob Ramsey, Mayor of Ramsey, Minnesota
Ryan O’Connor, Association of Minnesota Counties

Representative Kahn moved to amend SF740, First Committee Engrossment, as follows:

Page 6, delete Subd. 11

THE MOTION FAILED.

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Chairman Pelowski renewed the motion that SF740, First Committee Engrossment, be recommended to pass and placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 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..

HF723 (Murphy, M) 2009 omnibus retirement bill.
HF927 (Mahoney) Construction codes and licensing modified, high pressure piping profession provisions added, appropriation restrictions modified, and authority to adopt rules for obtaining boiler licenses extended.
HF866 (Hosch) School districts required to obtain employee health coverage through the public employees insurance program.
HF1278 (Sterner) County offices appointment and consolidation provided, subject to notice, hearing, and reverse referendum.
HF222 (Slawik) Multiple unit residences allowed certain persons for campaign and election purposes.
HF884 (Thissen) Medical supplies and equipment purchasing alliance created.
HF986 (Thissen) County maintenance of effort provisions amended for mental health provisions.
HF834 (Kohls) State employee suggestion system established, money appropriated.
HF1206 (Simon) Contribution limits provided for judicial candidates.

Pending action from the Local Government Division:
SF104 (K