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Ways and Means

NINETEENTH MEETING

2011-2012 Regular Session - May 16, 2011

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINETEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION

WAYS AND MEANS

MINUTES

Representative Holberg, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:00 A.M. on May 16, 2011, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HOLBERG, Mary Liz, Chair
DOWNEY, Keith, Vice Chair
ABELER, Jim
ANDERSON, Bruce
ANDERSON, Sarah
BEARD, Mike
BRYNAERT, Kathy
CARLSON, Lyndon
DAVIDS, Greg
EKEN, Kent
GREILING, Mindy
GUNTHER, Bob
HACKBARTH, Tom
HAMILTON, Rod
HORNSTEIN, Frank
HOWES, Larry
HUNTLEY, Thomas
KAHN, Phyllis
KIFFMEYER, Mary
LANNING, Morrie
LENCZEWSKI, Ann
NORNES, Bud
PELOWSKI, Gene
SLAWIK, Nora
WAGENIUS, Jean
WESTROM, Torrey

Excused:
BUESGENS, Mark
CHAMPION, Bobby Joe
GAROFALO, Pat
MCNAMARA, Denny
RUKAVINA, Tom
SMITH, Steve

A quorum was not present.

Representative Holberg officially called the meeting to order at 8:11 A.M. A quorum was present.

HF211 (Wardlow): Liability limits modified for tort claims against the state and political subdivisions, conciliation court claims regulated, right of appeal provided on class action orders, statute of limitations on claims modified, prejudgment interest modified, attorney fees regulated, and cause of action for sex trafficking violations provided.

Representative Holberg moved HF 211 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 211:

Representative Doug Wardlow

Representative Holberg renewed her motion that HF 211 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF637 (Drazkowski): Food, beverage, and lodging establishment statutes exemption modified.

Representative Holberg moved HF 637 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 637:

Representative Steve Drazkowski

Representative Holberg renewed her motion that HF 637 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF705 (Crawford): Counties permitted to perform private audits that meet state auditor requirements, publication and reporting requirements eliminated, surplus law library funds provided, county clerk hiring requirements repealed, seed and feed loan provisions repealed, Ramsey County Community Corrections Department duties provided, and clarifying and technical changes made.

Representative Holberg moved HF 705 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 705:

Representative Roger Crawford

Representative Holberg moved the H0705A4 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Holberg renewed her motion that HF 705, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Carlson assumed the gavel at 8:22 A.M.

HF1261 (Holberg): Metropolitan area transit and paratransit capital expenditure additional financing provided, and certain obligations issued.

Representative Holberg moved HF 1261 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1261:

Judd Schetnan, Government Affairs Director, Metropolitan Council

Representative Holberg renewed her motion that HF 1261 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Holberg assumed the gavel at 8:29 A.M.

SF346 (Senjem): Mississippi River Parkway commission expiration date extension.

Representative Hornstein moved SF 346 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Hornstein moved to delete the language in SF 346 and insert the language of HF 554. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on SF 346, as amended:

Representative Sheldon Johnson

Representative Hornstein renewed his motion that SF 346, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1423 (Gottwalt): Adoption assistance reform, child protection, child support, and technical and conforming amendments provided.

Representative Holberg moved HF 1423 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Testifying on HF 1423:

Representative Steve Gottwalt

Representative Holberg renewed her motion that HF 1423 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1611 (Hamilton): Agriculture programs, requirements, fees, and duties changed, and money appropriated.

Representative Hamilton moved HF 1611 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Hamilton moved to orally amend HF 1611 as follows:

Page 21, delete lines 19-23

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1611, as amended:

Geir Friisoe, Department of Agriculture
Greta Gauthier, Department of Agriculture

Representative Hamilton renewed his motion that HF 1611, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Brynaert moved to approve the minutes from the committee meeting on May 13, 2011. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF191 (Downey): Redundant Technology Elimination Act proposed, state agency information technology systems and services consolidated, Office of Enterprise Technology duties transferred, and money appropriated.

Representative Downey moved HF 191 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Downey moved the H0191DE3 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kahn moved sections 1 and 3 of the Downey/Kahn Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Downey renewed his motion that HF 191, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1025 (Beard): Energy provisions modified relating to energy rates, energy conservation and savings programs, utility cost recovery and investments, qualifying facilities and non generating utilities, energy-related rate impacts, large energy customers, cold weather notices to energy consumers, hydropower, an innovative energy project, transmission lines, Public Utilities Commission approval for security issuance by utilities, assessments, establishment of Energy Reliability and Intervention Office, the Energy Conservation Information Center and residential weatherization programs, and membership in Melrose Public Utilities Commission.

Representative Beard moved HF 1025 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Beard moved the H1025A8 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Beard moved the H1025A12 Amendment.

Representative Beard moved to orally amend the H1025A12 Amendment as follows:

Page 1, line 6, following "appropriated", insert "from the general fund"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE ORAL AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Beard moved the H1025A12 Amendment, as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Howes moved the H1025A10 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Beard renewed his motion that HF 1025, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Holberg called a recess of the meeting at 9:19 A.M.

Representative Holberg re-convened the meeting at 9:29 A.M.

HF1068 (Beard): Transportation and public safety policies governing provisions provided including data practices, bicycles and bikeways and bridges, transportation construction contracts, motor vehicles, traffic regulations, driver licensing and training, alternative financing for transportation projects, railroads, motor carriers and commercial drivers, and agency reporting, establishing fees and an account, pilot program expanded, seaplane base variance provided, provisions repealed, technical changes made, and money appropriated.

Representative Beard moved HF 1068 be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register.

Representative Beard moved to orally amend HF 1068 as follows:

Delete sections 1-5

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Downey moved to orally amend HF 1068, as amended, as follows:

Page 59, line 31, following "line.", delete "Nothing in this subdivision prevents inclusion of the Dan Patch"
Page 59, delete lines 32 and 33

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Beard moved the H1068A13 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hornstein moved the H1068A15 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Davids moved the H1068A16 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Beard moved to orally amend HF 1068, as amended, as follows:

Delete section 39

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Beard moved to orally amend HF 1068, as amended, as follows:

Page 67, line 31, delete "2009" and insert "2002"

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE ORAL AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Westrom moved the H1068A10 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Downey assumed the gavel at 9:49 A.M.

Representative Beard renewed his motion that HF 1068, as amended, be recommended to pass and be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:52 A.M.




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REP. MARY LIZ HOLBERG, CHAIR



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Alex Smith
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF211 (Wardlow) - Liability limits modified for tort claims against the state and political subdivisions, conciliation court claims regulated, class action orders right of appeal provided, statute of limitations on claims modified, prejudgment interest modified, attorney fees regulated, and sex trafficking violations cause of action provided.
  • HF637 (Drazkowski) - Food, beverage, and lodging establishment statutes exemption modified.
  • HF705 (Crawford) - Audit requirements delayed for new first class cities, publication and reporting requirements eliminated, surplus law library fund use provided, county clerk hiring requirements repealed, seed and feed loan provisions repealed, and Ramsey County Community Corrections Department duties provided.
  • HF1025 (Beard) - Energy rates, conservation and savings programs, utility cost recovery and investments, qualifying facilities and non-generating utilities, rate impacts, large energy customers, cold weather notices, hydropower, transmission lines, Public Utilities Commission approval for utilities' security issuance, Energy Reliability and Intervention Office establishement, the Energy Conservation Information Center and residential weatherization programs, Melrose Public Utilities Commission membership provisions modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF1068 (Beard) - Transportation and public safety policies governing provisions provided including data practices, bicycles and bikeways and highways and bridges, transportation construction contracts, motor vehicles, traffic regulations, driver licensing and training, alternative financing for transportation projects, railroads, motor carriers and commercial drivers, and agency reporting; fees and an account established; pilot program expanded; seaplane base variance provided; provisions repealed; technical changes made; and money appropriated.
  • HF1423 (Gottwalt) - Adoption assistance reform, child protection, child support, and technical and conforming amendments provided.
  • HF191 (Downey) - Information technology and telecommunications technology services consolidated, advisory committee established, duties transferred, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1261 (Holberg) - Metropolitan area transit and paratransit capital expenditure additional financing provided, and certain obligations issued.
  • HF1611 (Hamilton) - Agriculture programs, requirements, fees, and duties changed.
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02:20 - Gavel.
02:35 - HF191 (Downey) Redundant Technology Elimination Act proposed, state agency information technology systems and services consolidated, Office of Enterprise Technology duties transferred, and money appropriated.
08:19 - HF637 (Drazkowski) Food, beverage, and lodging establishment statutes exemption modified.
10:14 - HF705 (Crawford) Counties permitted to perform private audits that meet state auditor requirements, publication and reporting requirements eliminated, surplus law library funds provided, county clerk hiring requirements repealed, seed and feed loan provisions repealed, Ramsey County Community Corrections Department duties provided, and clarifying and technical changes made.
12:00 - HF211 (Wardlow) Liability limits modified for tort claims against the state and political subdivisions, conciliation court claims regulated, right of appeal provided on class action orders, statute of limitations on claims modified, prejudgment interest modified, attorney fees regulated, and cause of action for sex trafficking violations provided.
22:12 - HF637 (Drazkowski) Food, beverage, and lodging establishment statutes exemption modified.
22:47 - HF705 (Crawford) Counties permitted to perform private audits that meet state auditor requirements, publication and reporting requirements eliminated, surplus law library funds provided, county clerk hiring requirements repealed, seed and feed loan provisions repealed, Ramsey County Community Corrections Department duties provided, and clarifying and technical changes made.
24:28 - HF1261 (Holberg) Metropolitan area transit and paratransit capital expenditure additional financing provided, and certain obligations issued.
31:23 - SF346 (Johnson) Mississippi River Parkway Commission expiration date changed.
40:04 - HF1423 (Gottwalt) Adoption assistance reform, child protection, child support, and technical and conforming amendments provided.
42:37 - HF1611 (Hamilton) Agriculture programs, requirements, fees, and duties changed, and money appropriated.
1:00:43 - HF191 (Downey) Redundant Technology Elimination Act proposed, state agency information technology systems and services consolidated, Office of Enterprise Technology duties transferred, and money appropriated.
1:05:27 - HF1025 (Beard) Energy provisions modified relating to energy rates, energy conservation and savings programs, utility cost recovery and investments, qualifying facilities and non generating utilities, energy-related rate impacts, large energy customers, cold weather notices to energy consumers, hydropower, an innovative energy project, transmission lines, Public Utilities Commission approval for security issuance by utilities, assessments, establishment of Energy Reliability and Intervention Office, the Energy Conservation Information Center and residential weatherization programs, and membership in Melrose Public Utilities Commission.
The committee recessed.
Runs 1 hour, 18 minutes.


SF346/HF554 the language of HF554 (Johnson) will be offered as a delete-everything amendment to SF346.
Amendments should be submitted by 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14 to alex.smith@house.mn.