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Government Operations and Elections Policy

FORTY-SECOND MEETING

2015-2016 Regular Session - March 31, 2016

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-SECOND MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & ELECTION POLICY
MINUTES

Representative Sanders, Chair of the Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:26 AM on March 31, 2016 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


SANDERS, Tim - Chair
PUGH, Cindy –Vice Chair
NASH, Jim
RUNBECK, Linda
YOUAKIM, Cheryl
THEIS, Tama
NELSON, Michael
O’DRISCOLL, Tim
LAINE, Carolyn
SELCER, Yvonne
SCOTT, Peggy
HALVERSON, Laurie
ANDERSON, Chad
MULLERY, Joe
FENTON, Kelly

Members absent:
ALBRIGHT, Tony


A quorum was present.

HF3517 (Newberger) Unmanned aircraft system operation regulated, penalties provided, and rulemaking authorized.

The following testified on HF3517:
Jim Newberger – State Representative
Cassandra Isackson – North Memorial Medical Center

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF3517 (See attached amendment A16-0989).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF3517, as amended, to Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative O’Driscoll moved to approve the minutes from March 30, 2016.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF2665 (Zerwas) Minnesota Eligibility System Executive Steering Committee to govern the Minnesota Eligibility system established.

The following testified on HF2665:
Nick Zerwas – State Representative

Representative Nash requested a roll call.

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF2665 to Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

Members voting aye:
SANDERS, Tim
PUGH, Cindy
NASH, Jim
SCOTT, Peggy
FENTON, Kelly
O’DRISCOLL, Tim
ANDERSON, Chad
RUNBECK, Linda
YOUAKIM, Cheryl
SELCER, Yvonne
LAINE, Carolyn
NELSON, Michael
MULLERY, Joe
HALVERSON, Laurie
THEIS, Tama

Members voting nay:


Members absent:
ALBRIGHT, Tony

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF2814 (Erickson) Legislative study group to review the legislative auditor’s 2016 report on kindergarten through grade 12 teacher licensure and consider how to implement the recommendations established.

The following testified on HF2814:
Sondra Erickson – State Representative
Rick Heller – Individual

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF2814 (See attached amendment H2814DE5).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF2814, as amended, to the Education Innovation Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Pugh assumed the gavel at 11:12 AM.

HF3724 (Sanders) Voting equipment grant account established, county and municipality grant for acquisition of authorized voting equipment provided, and money appropriated.

The following testified on HF3724:
Tim Sanders – State Representative
Steve Simon – Secretary of State
Cindy Geis – Minnesota Association of County Officers
Rick Heller – Individual
Kent Sulem – Minnesota Association of Townships

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF3724 (See attached amendment H3724A1).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF3724, as amended, to State Government Finance Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF2688 (Sanders) Election and election administration provisions modified.

The following testified on HF2688:
Tim Sanders – State Representative
Gary Goldsmith – Campaign Finance Board Executive Director

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF2688 (See attached amendment H2688DE1).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Representative Nelson moved to amend HF2688 (See attached amendment H2688A1).

Representative Nelson requested a roll call.

Chair Sanders moved to lay over HF2688 for future consideration.

Chair Sanders assumed the gavel at 11:54 AM.

HF3584 (Cornish) Labor agreements ratified.

The following testified on HF3584:
Tony Cornish – State Representative

Representative Nelson moved to amend HF3584 (See attached amendment H3584A1).

Representative Nelson requested a roll call.

Members voting aye:
NELSON, Michael
SELCER, Yvonne
LAINE, Carolyn
YOUAKIM, Cheryl

Members voting nay:
SANDERS, Tim
PUGH, Cindy
SCOTT, Peggy
RUNBECK, Linda
THEIS, Tama
ANDERSON, Chad
O’DRISCOLL, Tim
FENTON, Kelly
NASH, Jim

Members absent:
MULLERY, Joe
ALBRIGHT, Tony

THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF3584 to State Government Finance Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF3508 (Fabian) Public Utilities Commission member election at the state general election provided.

The following testified on HF3508:
Fabian – State Representative
Bob Eleff – House Research

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF3508 (See attached amendment H3508A1).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF3508, as amended, to the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

The committee recessed at 12:09 PM.

The committee reconvened at 5:05 PM in the Basement Hearing Room.

HF2674 (Lueck) Mineral Coordinating Committee extended, task force created to study aggregate resources, and appointments provided.

The following testified on HF2674:
Dale Lueck – State Representative

Chair Sanders moved to place HF2674 on the General Register.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Pugh assumed that gavel at 5:09 PM.

HF3554 (Sanders) Small wireless facility deployment provided.

The following testified on HF3554:
Tim Sanders – State Representative
Laura Ziegler – League of Minnesota Cities
Matt Hilgart – Association of Minnesota Counties
Kent Sulem – Minnesota Association of Townships

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF3554 (See attached amendment H3554DE2).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF3554, as amended, to the Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF3497 (Mariani) Small vehicle passenger service ordinances that regulate pedicabs requirements amended.

The following testified on HF3497:
Carlos Mariani – State Representative
Julian Laskowgo – Twin Towns Pedicabs

Representative Pugh moved to place HF3497 on the General Register.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF3627 (Ward) Perpich Center for Arts Education board structure amended and additional oversight provided.

The following testified on HF3627:
JoAnn Ward – State Representative
Brittany Edwards – Individual
Cornelius Rish – Individual
Pierce McNally – Perpich Center Chairman
Robert Jacobs – President of Perpich Foundation
Alicia Mena – Individual
Debra Kelly – Individual
Mary Schaefle – Association of Music Educators
Chad Schmidt – State Residential Schools Education Association President
Jeanee Iverson – Individual

Representative Pugh moved to amend HF3627 (See attached amendment H3627A3)

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders assumed the gavel at 6:08 PM.

Representative Pugh moved to re-refer HF3627, as amended, to Education Finance Committee.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF2401 (Erhardt) Edina; time to file approval of a 2014 special law extended.

The following testified on HF2401:
Scott Neal – Edina City Manager
Ron Erhardt – State Representative

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF2401 to Taxes.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF3585 (Drazkowski) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified, authority of exclusive representatives to charge fair share fees and for dues deductions repealed, affirmative approval before interim implementation of state employee collective bargaining agreements required, and legislative approval of political subdivision compensation waivers required.

The following testified on HF3585:
Steve Drazkowski – State Representative
Kim Crockett – Center of the American Experiment
Doug Seaton – Individual
Bill McCarthy – Minnesota AFL-CIO
Julie Bleyhl – AFSCME Council 5
Eliott Seide – AFSCME Council 5
Josh Tilsen – Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner
Keith Carlson – Minnesota Inter-County Association
David Snyder – Iron Workers Local #912

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF3585 (See attached amendment H3585A6).

Chair Sanders incorporated the following into H3585A6:

Line 1.19, after “refrain” insert “from”

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to lay HF3585 over for future consideration.

HF3691 (Knoblach) Northstar commuter rail passenger service extension and modification negotiations initiation required.

The following testified on HF3691:
Jim Knoblach – State Representative
Molly Wyrens – Individual
Rev. James Albert II – Individual

Chair Sanders moved to amend HF3691 (See attached amendment A16-0986).

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Sanders moved to re-refer HF3691, as amended, to Ways and Means.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF3357 (Melin) Hibbing's Public Utility Commission membership increase authorized.

The following testified on HF3357:
Jason Metsa – State Representative

Representative Nelson moved to place HF3357 on the General Register.

THE MOTION PREVAILED

The committee adjourned at 8:40 PM.









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Representative Tim Sanders, Chair


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Committee Legislative Assistant, Nolan West
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2665 (Zerwas) - Minnesota Eligibility System Executive Steering Committee established to govern the Minnesota eligibility system, and MNsure board composition modified.
  • HF2814 (Erickson) - Legislative study group established to review the legislative auditor's 2016 report on kindergarten through grade 12 teacher licensure and consider how to implement the recommendations, and Board of Teaching report required.
  • HF3517 (Newberger) - Unmanned aerial vehicle use prohibited near public safety helicopters.
  • HF2688 (Sanders) - Election and election administration provisions modified, timeline modified for when a special election is required to fill a vacancy on a school board, appointment of specified county offices authorized, and technical changes made.
  • HF3508 (Fabian) - Public Utilities Commission member election at the state general election provided.
  • HF3584 (Cornish) - Labor agreements and compensation plan ratified.
  • HF3585 (Drazkowski) - Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified, affirmative approval required before interim implementation of state employee collective bargaining agreements, exclusive representatives prohibited from requiring political contributions, and open meetings required.
  • HF3497 (Mariani) - Small vehicle passenger service ordinances that regulate pedicabs requirements amended.
  • HF2401 (Erhardt) - Edina; time to file approval of a 2014 special law extended.
  • HF3357 (Melin) - Hibbing's Public Utility Commission membership increase authorized.
  • HF2674 (Lueck) - Mineral Coordinating Committee extended, task force created to study aggregate resources, and appointments provided.
  • HF3691 (Knoblach) - Northstar commuter rail passenger service extension and modification negotiations initiation required.
  • HF3627 (Ward) - Perpich Center for Arts Education board structure amended, and additional oversight provided.
  • HF3724 (Sanders) - Voting equipment grant account established, county and municipality grant for acquisition of authorized voting equipment provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3554 (Sanders) - Wireless communications service provider added to the statute allowing use of public roads by other utilities, task force established to study and make recommendations on deployment of small wireless telecommunications facilities, and report required.
Documents:

Please note that HF 3585 will be laid over.

Agenda is subject to change. More bills may be added. Bills may be taken in any order.

If the agenda is not finished during the committee's allotted time, the committee will recess and the agenda will be continued in the evening.