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Transportation Policy and Finance

THIRTY-SECOND MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - February 22, 2012

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-SECOND MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION

TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND FINANCE

MINUTES

Representative Beard, Chair of the Transportation Policy and Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:35 P.M. on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in the Basement of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

BEARD, Mike, Chair
MURDOCK, Mark, Vice Chair
BENSON, Mike
BUESGENS, Mark
CHAMPION, Bobby Joe
EKEN, Kent
GAUTHIER, Kerry
HAUSMAN, Alice
HORNSTEIN, Frank
KIEL, Debra
LEIDIGER, Ernie
MORROW, Terry
MURRAY, Rich
NELSON, Michael
SHIMANSKI, Ron
VOGEL, Bruce

Members excused:

SANDERS, Tim

A quorum was present.

Representative Kiel moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on February 20, 2012, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF267 (Morrow) Local road improvement program funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

HF2047 (Odriscoll) Local road improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Morrow moved HF267.

Representative Morrow moved HF2047.

Representative Morrow presented HF267.

Representative O'Driscoll presented HF2047.

Testifier: John McDonald, Minnesota County Engineers Association.

Representative Murdock assumed the gavel at 12:43 P.M.

Testifier: Rick Kjonaas, State Aid for Local Transportation, MnDOT.

Representative Beard assumed the gavel at 12:47 P.M.

Testifiers: Robert Vanasek, Minnesota Inter-County Association, and
Dan Larson, Administrator, Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus.


HF267 was laid over.

HF2047 was laid over.

HF268 (Morrow) Local bridge replacement and rehabilitation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

HF2057 (Kiel) Local bridge replacement and rehabilitation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Morrow moved HF268.

Representative Kiel moved HF2057.

Testifier: John McDonald, Minnesota County Engineers Association.

HF268 was laid over.

HF2057 was laid over.

HF309 (Anderson) Interstate Highway 494 additional lane funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Vogel moved HF309.

Representative Vogel moved the H0309DE2 amendment.

Representative Vogel moved to incorporate the H0309DE2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Anderson presented HF309, as amended.

Testifiers: Kelli Slavik, Mayor, City of Plymouth, and
Judy Johnson, Director of Government Affairs, TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.

HF309 was laid over, as amended.

HF2208 (Kiel) Trunk highway interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Kiel moved HF2208.

Representative Kiel presented HF2208.

Testifiers: J. D. Burton, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, and
Scott Peterson, Government Affairs, MnDOT.

HF2208 was laid over.

HF224 (Kelly) Port development assistance program funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Hausman moved HF224.

Representative Kelly presented HF224.

Testifiers: Lorrie Lauder, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, St. Paul Port Authority.
HF224 was laid over.

HF863 (Nornes) Otter Tail County; flood-damaged property reconstruction grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Nelson moved HF863.

Representative Nelson moved an oral amendment to HF863 as follows:
Page 1, line 11 delete "$2,233,000" and insert "$700,000."
Page 1, line 16, delete "3,950,000" and insert "$2,417,000."

Representative Nelson moved to incorporate the oral amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Nornes presented HF863, as amended.

Testifiers: Rick West, Otter Tail County Highway Department, and
Doug Huebsch, Otter Tail County Commissioner.

HF863 was laid over, as amended.

HF1999 (Melin) Range Regional Airport terminal funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Hausman moved HF1999.

Representative Melin presented HF1999.

Testifiers: Shaun Germolus, Executive Director, Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority.
HF1999 was laid over.

HF2085 (Beard) Publicly owned airports capital improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Beard moved HF2085.

Representative Beard presented HF2085.

HF2085 was laid over.

Chair Beard recessed the committee at 2:00 P.M.

Chair Beard reconvened the committee a 6:32 P.M.

HF549 (Cornish) County highway-rail grade crossing warning devices funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Morrow moved HF549.

Representative Morrow moved an oral amendment to HF549 as follows:
Page 1, line 7, delete "for grants to counties"
Page 1, line 9, delete "allocate grant funds. Grants" and insert "select projects. Funds"
Page 1, line 10, after "only" insert "be used to"

Representative Morrow moved to incorporate the oral amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Cornish presented HF549, as amended.

Testifier: Alan Forsberg, Blue Earth County Public Works Director.

HF549 was laid over, as amended.

HF1863 (Gauthier) Duluth transit center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Gauthier moved HF1863.

Representative Gauthier presented HF1863.

Testifier: Dennis Jensen, General Manager, Duluth Transit Authority.

HF1863 was laid over.

HF2387 (Gauthier) Greater Minnesota transit funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Gauthier moved HF2387.

Representative Gauthier presented HF2387.

Testifier: Tony Kellen, Director of Operations, St. Cloud Metro Bus.

HF2387 was laid over.

HF314 (Dittrich) Highway 610 completion trunk highway bonds issued and money appropriated.

Representative Nelson moved HF314.

Representative Hortman presented HF314.

Testifier: Jeff Lunde, Mayor, City of Brooklyn Park.

HF314 was laid over.

HF1429 (Hortman) Safe routes to school program established and funded, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Nelson moved HF1429.

Representative Hortman presented HF1429.

Testifiers: Samantha Kalsow, Senior at Mounds View High School,
Patrick Sullivan, Senior at Mounds View High School, and
Gary Anger, Principal at Red Pine Elementary School in Eagan.

Representative Buesgens moved the H1429A1 amendment.

Representative moved to incorporate the H1429A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

HF1429 was laid over, as amended.


HF411 (Morrow) Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Morrow moved HF411.

Representative Morrow presented HF411.

Testifiers: Bob Fox, Reville County Commissioner, MN Valley Regional Rail, and
Mark Wegner, President, Minnesota Prairie Line.

HF411 was laid over.

HF118 (Scalze) Rice Street and I-694 Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

(HF118 deferred to HF1802)

HF1802 (Runbeck) I-694 and Rice Street Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Hausman moved HF1802.

Representative Runbeck presented HF1802.

Testifiers: Jim Goodman, Facilities Leader, Cummins Power Generation,
Dianne Fisher, Human Resources Cummins Power Generation, and
Jim Tolaas, Public Works, Ramsey County.

HF1802 was laid over.

HF119 (Scalze) White Bear Avenue and I-694 Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

(HF119 deferred to HF1790)

HF1790 (Lillie) I-694 and White Bear Avenue Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Hausman moved HF1790.

Representative Scalze presented HF1790.

Testifier: Jim Tolaas, Public Works, Ramsey County.

HF1790 was laid over.

HF2004 (Schomacker) Luverne; Trunk Highway 75 bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Murray moved HF2004.

Representative Murray moved an oral amendment to HF2004 as follows:
Page 1, line 6, delete "$1,688,000" and insert "$422,125"
Page 1, line 12, delete "$1,688,000" and insert "$422,125"

Representative Murray moved to incorporate the oral amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Schomacker presented HF2004, as amended.
HF2004 was laid over, as amended.

HF1837 (Hornstein) Minneapoils; I-35W storm tunnel funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Hornstein moved HF1837.

Representative Hornstein moved an oral amendment to HF1837 as follows:
Page 1, line 6, delete "$4,000,000" and insert "$4,500,000"
Page 1, line 14, delete "$4,000,000" and insert "$4,500,000"

Representative Hornstein moved to incorporate the oral amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hornstein presented HF1837, as amended.

Testifiers: Lisa Cerney, Public Works, City of Minneapolis.

HF1837 was laid over, as amended.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.




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REP. MIKE BEARD, CHAIR



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Ana Bahr
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF267 (Morrow) - Local road improvement program funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2047 (O'Driscoll) - Local road improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF268 (Morrow) - Local bridge replacement and rehabilitation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2057 (Kiel) - Local bridge replacement and rehabilitation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2004 (Schomacker) - Luverne; Trunk Highway 75 bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF309 (Anderson) - Interstate Highway 494 additional lane funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF863 (Nornes) - Otter Tail County; flood-damaged property reconstruction grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1999 (Melin) - Range Regional Airport terminal funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2085 (Beard) - Publicly owned airports capital improvements funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF549 (Cornish) - County highway-rail grade crossing warning devices funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1863 (Gauthier) - Duluth transit center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF224 (Kelly) - Port development assistance program funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF314 (Dittrich) - Highway 610 completion trunk highway bonds issued and money appropriated.
  • HF411 (Morrow) - Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF118 (Scalze) - I-694 and Rice Street Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1802 (Runbeck) - I-694 and Rice Street Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF119 (Scalze) - White Bear Avenue and I-694 Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1790 (Lillie) - I-694 and White Bear Avenue Interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1429 (Hortman) - Safe routes to school program established and funded, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1837 (Hornstein) - Minneapolis; I-35W storm tunnel funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2208 (Kiel) - Trunk highway interchange funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2387 (Gauthier) - Greater Minnesota transit funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2399 (Hausman) - Rail capacity improvement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Documents:

It is anticipated that the committee will hear at least the first ten bills on the agenda during the regular 12:30-2:15 meeting time, then take up the remainder of the bills at 6:30.