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THIRTY-FOURTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 12, 2014

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
Chair, Representative Michael V. Nelson

MINUTES

Representative Nelson, Chair of Committee on Government Operations, called the meeting to order at 10:02am on March 12, 2014 in Room B of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Nelson, Chair
Freiberg, Vice Chair
Peppin, Lead
Dill
Dorholt
Drazkowski
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
O'Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis
Winkler

A quorum was not present.

HF2365 (Murphy) License processing for members of the military by state agencies and professional licensing boards required to be expedited, temporary licensure provided for members of the military, and rulemaking authorized

Testimony on HF2365:
Yvonne Prettner Solon, Lieutenant Governor, State of Minnesota

A quorum was present at 10:09am.

Chair Nelson moved that HF2365 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Falk requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Peppin
Dill
Dorholt
Drazkowski
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
O'Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
None

THERE WERE 15 AYES AND ZERO NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2785 (Dorholt) State employees with disabilities accommodation provision costs; central fund creation feasibility study required

Representative Dorholt moved that HF2785 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs.

Testimony on HF2785:
Jessalyn Akerman-Frank, Minnesota Commissioner of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
Alan Parnes, Minnesota Commissioner of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans

Representative Dorholt renewed the motion that HF2785 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2147 (Rosenthal) Continued employer insurance contributions required for former Corrections Department employees

Chair Nelson moved that HF2147 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.

Testimony on HF2147:
Richard Kolodziejski, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2147 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2621 (Freiberg) Lifeguards at public beaches required to have minimum training

Representative Freiberg moved that HF2621 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy.

Representative Freiberg moved to amend HF2621 (See attached H2621A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Freiberg moved to amend HF2621, as amended (See attached H2621A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Freiberg withdrew his motion to re-refer HF2621, as amended.
Representative Freiberg moved that HF2621, as amended, be recommended to be placed the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2372 (Schoen) Human Rights Department application for certificate of compliance scope changes made, and requirements for bids and proposals clarified

Chair Nelson moved that HF2372 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2372 (See attached H2372A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF2372, as amended:
Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2372, as amended, as follows:

Page 3, line 15, strike “A certificate is”
Page 3, line 16, strike “valid for”; delete “four”; strike “years”

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

HF2849 (Garofalo) Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle purchase by state barriers eliminated

Chair Nelson moved that HF2849 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Dill abstained from voting on HF2849.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2849 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2787 (Hornstein) was pulled from the agenda by request of the author.

HF2392 (Hornstein) State agencies; cleaner fuel-powered motor vehicles

Chair Nelson moved that HF2392 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF2392:
Ross Abbey, Fresh Energy
Paul Hansen, Director of Fleet and Surplus Services

Chair Nelson laid HF2392 over for future consideration.

The meeting was recessed at 11:34am.

The meeting was reconvened at 6:45pm.

HF2392 (Hornstein) State agencies; cleaner fuel-powered motor vehicles

Chair Nelson moved that HF2392 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Drazkowski moved to amend HF2392 (See attached H2392A1 amendment) THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2392, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2391 (Hornstein) State SmartFleet requirements modified

Chair Nelson moved that HF2391 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2391 as follows:

Page 2, line 16, delete “by”

THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2391, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

The committee recessed at 6:56pm.

The committee reconvened at 7:05pm.

HF2926 (Carlson) Public Employment Relations Board created

Chair Nelson moved that HF2926 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2926 (See attached A14-0843 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF2926, as amended:
Russ Stanton, MNSCU Inter-faculty Organization
Julie Bleyhl, AFSCME Council 5
John Thorson, Education Minnesota
Richard Kolodziejski, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
Nicole Blissenbach, Attorney, Education Minnesota

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2926, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

THERE WERE 8 AYES AND 5 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Winkler (HF2157) Workplace bullying policy required for state government agencies

Representative Winkler moved that HF2157 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs.

Testimony on HF2157:
Richard Kolodziejski, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
Ann O’Brien, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Management and Budget

Representative Drazkowski moved to amend HF2157 (See attached H2157A2 amendment).

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
Winkler

THERE WERE 5 AYES AND 8 NAYS. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Theis moved to amend HF2157 (See attached H2157A1 amendment).

Representative Theis requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
Winkler

THERE WERE 5 AYES AND 8 NAYS. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Theis moved to amend HF2157 (See attached H2157A3 amendment).

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
Winkler

Representative Winkler renewed the motion that HF2157 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs.

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Lien
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

THERE WERE 8 AYES AND 5 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2281 (Winkler) Driving while impaired specified as a breach of the peace for the purposes of the Minnesota Constitution

Representative Winkler moved that HF2281 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.

Testimony on HF2281:
Adam Goinz, Concordia student
Hope Baker, Concordia student

Representative O’Driscoll requested a roll call vote.

Representative Winkler renewed the motion that HF2281 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.

Members Voting Aye:
Freiberg
Dorholt
Drazkowski
Falk
Kahn
Lein
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Hansen

THERE WERE 11 AYES AND 2 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1941 (Dehn) Mortgage foreclosure mediation established

Chair Nelson moved that HF1941 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF1941 (See attached H1941DE5 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF1941, as amended:
Gene Sullivan, Community Associations Institute
Tess Rice, General Counsel, Minnesota Bankers Association
Julie Gugin, Executive Director, Minnesota Homeownership Center
Kevin Dunlevy, Co-chair, Real Property Section - Minnesota Bar Association
Mara Humphrey, Minnesota Credit Union Network
Jean Lee, Executive Director, Children’s Hope International/R&R Family Centers and APAHC – the Housing Consortium.
David Skillbred, Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota

Representative Winkler moved to amend HF1941, as amended, as follows

Page 3, line 20, strike “without”
Page 3, line 21, strike the entire line, insert “under section 14.389.”
THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote on the original motion.

Representative Lien abstained from voting on HF1941.

Representative Drazkowski moved that HF1941, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Civil Law.

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Winkler

Members Abstaining:
Lien

THERE WERE 5 AYES, 7 NAYS, AND 1 ABSTENTION. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Drazkowski moved to table HF1941, as amended.

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Members Voting Aye:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

Members Voting Nay:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Winkler

Members Abstaining:
Lien

THERE BEING 5 AYES, 7 NAYS, AND 1 ABSTENTION. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF1941, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

Members Abstaining:
Lien

THERE WERE 7 AYES, 5 NAYS, AND 1 ABSTENTION. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Freiberg moved approval of the minutes from March 11, 2014. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:33pm.




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Representative Michael V. Nelson, Chair



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Tim Gabhart, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2372 (Schoen) - Human Rights Department application for certificate of compliance scope changes made, and requirements for bids and proposals clarified.
  • HF2147 (Rosenthal) - Continued employer insurance contributions required for former Corrections Department employees.
  • HF2157 (Winkler) - Workplace bullying policy required for state government agencies.
  • HF2281 (Winkler) - Legislators' privilege from arrest clarified, and driving while impaired specified as a breach of the peace for purposes of the Minnesota Constitution.
  • HF2365 (Murphy) - Professional licensing boards required to expedite license processing for former and current members of the military, and report required.
  • HF2787 (Hornstein) - Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles purchase by state agencies barriers eliminated.
  • HF2785 (Dorholt) - Central fund feasibility study creation required to pay for costs of providing accommodations to state employees with disabilities.
  • HF2849 (Garofalo) - Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle purchase by state barriers eliminated.
  • HF2392 (Hornstein) - State agencies; cleaner fuel-powered motor vehicles purchase barriers eliminated.
  • HF2391 (Hornstein) - State SmartFleet requirements modified.
  • HF2926 (Carlson) - Public Employment Relations Board created, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.
  • HF2621 (Freiberg) - Lifeguards at public beaches required to have minimum training.
  • HF1941 (Dehn) - Mortgage foreclosure mediation established, and money appropriated.
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