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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 12, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES POLICY AND OVERSIGHT
Chair, Representative Paul Thissen

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Representative Paul Thissen, Chair of the Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee, called the meeting to order at 2:45 P.M. on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

THISSEN, Paul (Chair)
LIEBLING, Tina (Vice-Chair)
ABELER, Jim
BROD, Laura
BUNN, Julie
EMMER, Tom
FRITZ, Patti
GARDNER, Paul
GOTTWALT, Steve
HAYDEN, Jeff
HUNTLEY, Tom
KELLY, Tim
LAINE, Carolyn
LOEFFLER, Diane
MACK, Tara
MURPHY, Erin
NORTON, Kim
RUUD, Maria
THAO, Cy
TORKELSON, Paul




A quorum was present at 2:50 P.M.

HF580 (Hosch) MFIP family stabilization and work programs modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF580 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Jessica Webster, Policy Advocate, Legal Services Advocacy Project
Deborah Schlick, Executive Director, Affirmative Options Coalition

Representative Abeler moved the H0580A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional information:

Maureen Bellis, Social Service lobbyist, Anoka County
Patricia Coldwell, Association of Minnesota Counties

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF580, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF272 (Shimanski) Public assistance program finger imaging system established to identify applicants and recipients

Representative Abeler moved that HF272 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Ethan Roberts, Jewish Community Relations Council
Colleen Moriarty, Hunger Solutions Minnesota
Deborah Schlick, Affirmative Options Coalition

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Chuck Johnson, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Abeler moved that HF272 be laid on the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1036 (Seifert) New resident general assistance payments modified, and MFIP payments modified for new residents

Representative Thissen moved that HF1036 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Eric Ratzmann, Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators
Stan Groff, MSSA
Brian Rusche, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
Ralanda Mason, St. Cloud Area Legal Services
Chuck Johnson, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Emmer moved to amend HF1036 as follows:

Page 1, line 9, delete "12" and insert "3"

THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Emmer moved to amend HF1036 as follows:

Page 1, line 9, delete "12" and insert "2"

THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1036 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYES

BROD, Laura
BUNN, Julie
EMMER, Tom
GOTTWALT, Steve
KELLY, Tim
MACK, Tara
TORKELSON, Paul


NAYS
THISSEN, Paul
FRITZ, Patti
GARDNER, Paul
HAYDEN, Jeff
HUNTLEY, Tom
LAINE, Carolyn
LIEBLING, Tina
LOEFFLER, Diane
MURPHY, Erin
NORTON, Kim
RUUD, Maria
THAO, Cy

EXCUSED
ABELER, Jim

On a vote of 7 AYES and 12 NAYS THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 P.M.


Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR


Urszula Gryska
Committee Legislative Assistant
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00:56 - Gavel.
01:27 - HF580 (Hosch) MFIP family stabilization and work programs modified.
26:05 - HF272 (Shimanski) Public assistance program finger imaging system established to identify applicants and recipients.
48:20 - HF1036 (Seifert) New resident general assistance payments modified, and MFIP payments modified for new residents.
Runs 1 hour, 40 minutes.


HF580 (Hosch) MFIP family stabilization and work programs modified
HF646 (Seifert) MFIP electronic benefit transfers modified, and commissioner directed to apply for demonstration project to give bonus for buying Minnesota-grown foods
HF453 (Fritz) MFIP and food stamp provisions modified
HF272 (Shimanski) Public assistance program finger imaging system established to identify applicants and recipients
HF1036 (Seifert) New resident general assistance payments modified, and MFIP payments modified for new residents
HF577 (Hosch) MFIP housing penalty repealed