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THIRTY-SIXTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 18, 2014

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-SIXTH 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 10:05am on March 18th, 2014 in Room 5 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 present.

Representative Freiberg moved approval of the minutes from March 14, 2014. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2566 (Mahoney) St. Paul Port Authority; meetings by telephone or other electric means authorized

Chair Nelson moved that HF2566 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The committee recessed at 10:09am.

The committee reconvened at 10:10am.

HF2917 (Simon) City special service district application broadened to include residential and mixed uses

Chair Nelson moved that HF2917 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2917 (See attached H2917A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF2917, as amended:

Sean Walther, Planner, City of Saint Louis Park

Representative Peppin requested a roll call vote.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2917, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Lien
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
Peppin
Drazkowski
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

THERE WERE 7 AYES AND 5 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2217 (Murphy) Grants management process and contract management provisions changed, and encumbrance exception in the grant process provided

Chair Nelson moved that HF2217 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF2217:
Naomi Munzner, Office of Grants Management, Minnesota Department of Administration

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2217 be recommended to be placed on the General Reigster. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2693 (Sawatzky) Special Education Case Load and Rule Alignment Task Force (2014) recommendations implemented, and commissioner of education authorized to use expedited rulemaking to implement the rule recommendations of the task force

Chair Nelson moved that HF2693 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance.

Testimony on HF2693:
Rose Hermodson, Minnesota Department of Education

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2693 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance.

Representative Winkler moved to amend HF2693 as follows:

Page 11, line 2, after “14.389”, insert “including subdivision 5”

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2693, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Education Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2783 (Isaacson) Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority authorized to establish housing improvement areas

Chair Nelson moved that HF2783 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2783 (See attached A14-0882 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF2783, as amended:
Mary Lou Egan, Ramsey County Housing Improvement Authority

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Chair Nelson moved that HF2783, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dill
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Lien

Members Voting Nay:
Peppin
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Sanders
Theis

THERE WERE 7 AYES AND 6 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2968 (Anzelc) Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission four-year terms authorized

Chair Nelson moved that HF2968 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2220 (Barrett) North Branch authorized to increase its Public Utilities Commission from three to up to seven members.

Chair Nelson moved that HF2220 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The committee recessed at 11:26am.

The committee reconvened at 6:36pm.

The gavel was passed to Vice-Chair Freiberg at 6:36pm.

HF2318 (Hansen) Special School District No. 6, South St. Paul, authorized to dissolve election districts

Representative Hansen moved that HF2318 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Hansen moved to amend HF2318 (See attached H2318A1 amendment.) THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on HF2318, as amended:
Ann Counihan, Chair, South St. Paul School Board

The gavel was passed to Chair Nelson at 6:39pm.

Representative Hansen renewed the motion that HF2318, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2236 (Freiberg) Open meeting law changed

Vice-Chair Freiberg moved that HF2236 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF2236:
Stacie Christensen, Information Policy Analysis Division, Department of Administration
Curt Yoacum, Department of Administration

Vice-Chair Freiberg renewed the motion that HF2236 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2165 (Dill) Minnesota Sustainable Forest Resources Act updated

Representative Dill moved that HF2165 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF2165:
Amber Ellering, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Wayne Brandt, Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Representative Dill renewed the motion that HF2165 be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The gavel was passed to Vice-Chair Freiberg at 7:10pm.

HF2617 (Nelson) State government technical changes made; sections renumbered; antiquated, unnecessary, and obsolete language repealed; and existing provisions updated

Chair Nelson moved that HF2617 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Testimony on HF2617:
Curt Yoacum, Department of Administration

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2617 (See attached H2617A2 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2617, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, delete Article 1 Section 1

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2617, as amended (See attached H2617A1 amendment). THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Testimony on the H2617A1 amendment:
Amber Backhaus, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association

Testimony continued on HF2617, as amended:
Curt Yoacum, Department of Administration
Kent Allin, Department of Administration

Chair Nelson moved to amend HF2617, as amended, as follows:

Page 27, line 8, strike “16C.26”, insert “16C.251”

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Drazkowski moved to amend HF2617, as amended:

Page 17, line 1, after the period, insert “To the extent practical, this must include posting on a state web site.”

THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2617, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The gavel was passed to Chair Nelson at 8:12pm.

The committee recessed at 8:12pm.

HF2461 (Lesch) Earned sick and safe time provided

Chair Nelson moved that HF2461 be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance Policy.

Testimony on HF2461:
Maureen O’Connell, Take Action Minnesota
Darcy Landau, Minneapolis, MN
Jody Ward-Rannow, Attorney, Ogletree & Deakins
Dave Rueter, Vice President of Personnel, Thrifty White Pharmacy
Erin Parrish, Minnesota Women’s Consortium
Steven Rush, Director of Government Relations, Holiday Companies
Jessica Anderson, Children’s Defense Fund - Minnesota
Commissioner Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Ben Gerber, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Representative Drazkowski requested a roll call vote.

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF2461, as amended, be recommended to be re-referred to the Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.

Members Voting Aye:
Nelson
Freiberg
Dorholt
Falk
Hansen
Kahn
Winkler

Members Voting Nay:
Peppin
Drazkowski
O’Driscoll
Pugh
Theis

THERE WERE 7 AYES AND 5 NAYS. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:52pm.


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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:
  • HF2566 (Mahoney) - St. Paul Port Authority; meetings by telephone or other electronic means authorized.
  • HF2693 (Sawatzky) - Special Education Case Load and Rule Alignment Task Force 2014 recommendations implemented, and commissioner of education authorized to use expedited rulemaking to implement the rule recommendations of the task force.
  • HF2783 (Isaacson) - Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority authorized to establish housing improvement areas.
  • HF2217 (Murphy) - Grant management process and contract management provisions changed, and encumbrance exception in the grant process provided.
  • HF2220 (Barrett) - North Branch; Public Utilities Commission membership increase authorized.
  • HF2968 (Anzelc) - Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission four-year terms authorized.
  • HF2917 (Simon) - Special service district ordinance, petition, and veto requirements modified.
  • HF2318 (Hansen) - Special School District No. 6, South St. Paul; election district dissolution authorized.
  • HF2236 (Freiberg) - Open meeting law changed.
  • HF2165 (Dill) - Minnesota Sustainable Forest Resources Act updated.
  • HF2617 (Nelson) - State government technical changes made; sections renumbered; antiquated, unnecessary, and obsolete language eliminated or modernized; and existing provisions updated.
  • HF2461 (Lesch) - Employee earned sick and safe time provided.
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