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2015-2016 Regular Session

TWENTY-FIFTH MEETING - Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance

April 07, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

JOB GROWTH & ENERGY AFFORDABILITY
POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair of the Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.:

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
CLARK, Karen
FABIAN, Dan
GUNTHER, Bob
HORTMAN, Melissa
ISAACSON, Jason
JOHNSON, Sheldon
LOONAN, Bob
MAHONEY, Tim
METSA, Jason
NEWBERGER, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
SCOTT, Peggy
SIMONSON, Erik
SMITH, Dennis
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
VOGEL, Bob
WAGENIUS, Jean


Representative Garofalo began the meeting at 6:00 P.M. A quorum was not present.

Representative Garofalo called the meeting to order at 6:08 P.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Simonson moved to approve the minutes from the previous hearing. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF328 (Loon) Crowdfunding transactions provided an exemption from securities regulation. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Loon; Zachary Robins, Winthrop & Weinstein; Rick Heller, Twice Exceptional and Print Disabled; testified on HF328, 2nd engrossment.

HF776 (Sanders) Voice-over-Internet protocol service and Internet protocol-enabled service regulation prohibited. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Fabian moved the A10 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Sanders; Tony Mendoza, Minnesota Cable Communications Association; Peter Brickwedde, Minnesota Department of Commerce; Rick Heller, Twice Exceptional and Print Disabled; James Canaday, Assistant Attorney General Minnesota Attorney General’s Office; testified on HF776, as amended.

Representative Vogel assumed the gavel at 6:23 P.M.

HF579 (Franson) Greater Minnesota business development public infrastructure grant program modified, bonds issued, and money appropriated. This bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Metsa moved the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Franson; Dan Dorman, Coalition for Greater Minnesota Cities; Marty Seifert, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities; Kim Babine, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; testified on HF579, as amended.

Representative Garofalo assumed the gavel at 7:13 P.M.

HF2123 (McDonald) Broadband infrastructure economic development demonstration project funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative McDonald; Dwight Gunnarson, Mayor of Annandale; testified on HF2123, as introduced.

HF1749 (Murphy, M.) Aircraft manufacturing facility loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund provided. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Murphy, M; Brad Lehto, Minnesota AFL-CIO; Daniel Fanning, City of Duluth; Bill King, Cirrus Aircraft; testified on HF1749, as introduced.

Representative Simonson moved the A15-0202 amendment. THE MOTION WAS WITHDRAWN.

Representative Scott assumed the gavel at 8:02 P.M.

HF2081 (Garofalo) Public utilities required to file plans with the Public Utilities Commission promoting electric and compressed natural gas vehicles and to recover costs of such promotion, rebates and incentives to electric and compressed natural gas vehicle purchasers and salespersons provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Garofalo moved the DE2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Garofalo; Jon Williams, CenterPoint Energy; Tony Kellen, Wendel Companies; Tim Herstad, United Truck Body; Amber Backhaus, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association; Brendan Jordan, Drive Electric Minnesota; Jukka Kukkonen, Minnesota Plug In Vehicle Owners Circle; Roger Leider, Minnesota Propane Association; Mark Grave, Federated Co-ops Incorporated; Brian Raygor, Como Oil and Propane; testified on HF2081, as amended.

HF1290 (Loonan) Insurance fraud prevention account funding provided, and annual money transfer from the automobile theft prevention program to the general fund ended. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Loonan testified on HF1290, as introduced.

HF1977 (Vogel) Commissioner of labor and industry required to allow builders flexibility in methods used to achieve energy reduction goals. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Vogel; James Vagle, Builders Association of the Twin Cities; Sam Greene, Greene Training and Consulting; Alison Lindberg, Fresh Energy; testified on HF1977, as introduced.

Representative Garofalo assumed the gavel at 9:05 P.M.

HF716 (Mahoney) Saint Paul Port Authority governing provisions modified. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney; Laurie Lowder, Saint Paul Port Authority; testified on HF716, as introduced.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:26 P.M.


Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Jonathan Fortner, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

*Bills may be added to agenda **Bills may be taken up in any order ***Bills not taken up on Tuesday will be heard during the regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting

Bills Added:
  • HF328 (Loon) - Crowdfunding transactions provided exemption from securities regulation.
  • HF579 (Franson) - Greater Minnesota business development public infrastructure grant program modified, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF716 (Mahoney) - Saint Paul Port Authority governing provisions modified.
  • HF776 (Sanders) - Voice-over-Internet protocol service and Internet protocol-enabled service regulation prohibited.
  • HF1290 (Loonan) - Insurance fraud prevention account funding provided, and annual money transfer from the automobile theft prevention program to the general fund ended.
  • HF1749 (Murphy) - Aircraft manufacturing facility loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund provided.
  • HF1977 (Vogel) - Labor and industry commissioner required to allow builders flexibility in methods used to achieve energy reduction goals.
  • HF2081 (Garofalo) - Public utilities required to file plans with the Public Utilities Commission promoting electric and compressed natural gas vehicles and to recover costs of such promotion, rebates and incentives to electric and compressed natural gas vehicle purchasers and salespersons provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2123 (McDonald) - Broadband infrastructure economic development demonstration project funding provided, and money appropriated.
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