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2015-2016 Regular Session

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

March 25, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FOURTH 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 12:54 P.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 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 Newberger called the meeting to order at 12:54 P.M. A quorum was present.

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

HF684 (Fabian) Workforce housing use provided.

Representative Fabian; Patrick Hynes, League of Minnesota Cities; Beth Kadoun, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; testified on HF684, as introduced.

Representative Fabian moved that HF684 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1898 (Knoblach) Youth development and crime prevention program provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Knoblach; Mohamed Mohammed, Saint Cloud Area Somali Salvation Organization; testified on HF1898, as introduced.

HF540 (Knoblach) Big Brothers Big Sisters provided grant money, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Knoblach; Jackie Johnson, Big Brothers Big Sisters in Central Minnesota; Gloria Lewis Big Brothers Big Sisters in Greater Twin Cities; testified on HF540, as introduced.

HF2118 (Garofalo) Homeless Management Information System funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Garofalo testified on HF2118, as introduced.

Representative Garofalo moved that HF2118 pass and be re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2117 (Garofalo) State Trade and Export Promotion grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Garofalo testified on HF2117, as introduced.

Representative Garofalo moved that HF2117 pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The committee went into recess at 1:50 P.M.

The committee reconvened at 6:26 P.M.

HF1555 (Baker) Labor and Industry; housekeeping changes made relating to the Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Combative Sports, and apprenticeship programs; obsolete, redundant, and unnecessary laws and rules removed; and conforming changes made.

Representative Baker testified on HF1555, as introduced.

Representative Baker moved that the bill pass and be re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2026 (Gunther) Uniform outcome reporting modified. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Gunther; Rachel Vilsack, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; Bryan Lindsley, Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network; testified on HF2026, as introduced.

HF1023 (Hamilton) Employment services for deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing persons grant funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Beth Fraser, Commission of Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans; Cynthia Benson, Citizen; Kari Rosand Scanlon, JEM Technical; Wayne Neuberger, Tina Sundra, Intermediate School District #287; testified on HF1023, as introduced.

HF1136 (Dean) Performance-based grants provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Garofalo moved the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Dean; Tom Streitz, Twin Cities RISE!; testified on HF1136, as amended.

HF1627 (Lien) Adult workforce program funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney moved the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lien; Anne Kilzer, Minnesota Workforce Council Association; testified on HF1627, as amended.

HF701 (Theis) Boys and Girls Club provided grant funding, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Theis; Erin Carlin, Boys and Girls Club Minnesota Alliance; Deshawn Wilson, Citizen; testified on HF701, as introduced.

HF539 (Theis) Building codes prohibited from being adopted more frequently than once every five years, and public notice of adopted rules provided. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative O’Neill moved the A15-0331 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Garofalo moved an oral amendment. The oral amendment was: on line 1.15 of the A15-0331 amendment, delete "residential" and on line 1.18, after "public" insert ", or to improve the efficiency." THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Theis; Remy Stone, Builders Association of Minnesota; John Berns, Fresh Energy; Jessica Looman, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry; testified on HF539, as amended.

Representative Scott assumed the gavel at 7:38 P.M.

Representative Garofalo assumed the gavel at 7:44 P.M.

HF939 (Baker) Career education and job skills training funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Baker; Kelly Matter, Resource Incorporated; Randy Flowers, Citizen; testified on HF939, as introduced.

HF551 (O'Neill) Competency standards for dual training identification required by commissioner of labor and industry, dual training competency grant program created, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative O’Neill moved the A3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative O’Neill; Jessica Looman, Department of Labor and Industry; Jeannee Hoppe, 3M; Kim Babine, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; Joe Mulford, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Rick Heller, Citizen; testified on HF551, as amended.

HF116 (Quam) Employment services provided to persons with traumatic brain injuries. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Gunther moved the A15-0083 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Baker assumed the gavel at 8:28 P.M.

Representative Quam testified on HF116, as amended.

HF1748 (Mahoney) Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. funding provided; and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney; Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota; testified on HF1748, as introduced.

HF1149 (Gunther) Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. grant provided by commissioner of employment and economic development, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Gunther; Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota; testified on HF1149, as introduced.

HF1678 (Hortman) Renewable energy standard modified, energy assurance and emergency conservation plan enhanced, petroleum end user program established, energy auditor standards modified, and eligibility for siting requirements modified. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Hortman; Bill Grant, Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce; Joel Johnson, Minnesota Rural Electric Association; Matt Lemke, Flint Hills Resources; Erin Roth, American Petroleum Institute; Kevin Thoma, Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association; Matt Scherer, Minnesota Department of Administration; Chris Kunkle, Wind on the Wires; Jon Brekke, Great River Energy; Will Nissen, Fresh Energy; Margaret Hodnik, Minnesota Power; Loren Laugtug, Ottertail Power Company; Representative Schomaker; Benjamin Gerber, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires; testified on HF1678, as amended.

HF1745 (Swedzinski) Setback standards set, and local project approval for site permit required. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Swedzinski moved the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Swedzinski moved the A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Swedzinski; Jennifer Schmickel, Citizen; Doug Besselman, Farm Bureau; John Schardlow, Stantec Consulting; Bill Grant, Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce; Lynn Hinkel, Minnesota Solar Power Industry Association; testified on HF1745, as amended.

HF1702 (Moran) Extended employment program for persons with disabilities modified. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Metsa moved the A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Moran; Kimberly Peck, Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Rick Heller, Citizen; testified on HF1702, as amended.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:28 P.M.




Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Jonathan Fortner, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

The Department of Employment and Economic Development will present to the Committee on workforce program outcomes ***Additional Bills May Be Added To The Agenda

Bills Added:
  • HF2026 (Gunther) - Uniform outcome reporting modified.
  • HF1136 (Dean) - Performance based grants provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1023 (Hamilton) - Deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing persons employment service grant funding provided; and money appropriated.
  • HF939 (Baker) - Career education and job skills training funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF701 (Theis) - Boys and Girls Club grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF540 (Knoblach) - Big Brothers Big Sisters grant money provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1627 (Lien) - Adult workforce program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1678 (Hortman) - Renewable energy standard modified, energy assurance and emergency conservation plan enhanced, petroleum end user program established, energy auditor standards modified, and eligibility for siting requirements modified.
  • HF684 (Fabian) - Workforce housing use provided.
  • HF1702 (Moran) - Persons with disabilities extended employment program modified.
  • HF1745 (Swedzinski) - Setback standards set, and local project approval for site permit required.
  • HF1898 (Knoblach) - Youth development and crime prevention program provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1149 (Gunther) - Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. grant provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF551 (O'Neill) - Competency standards for dual training identification required by labor and industry commissioner, dual training competency grant program created, and money appropriated.
  • HF1555 (Baker) - Labor and Industry Department, Office of Combative Sports, and apprenticeship programs housekeeping changes made; obsolete, redundant, and unnecessary laws and rules removed; and conforming changes made.
  • HF116 (Quam) - Employment services provided to persons with traumatic brain injuries.
  • HF539 (Theis) - Building codes prohibited from being adopted more frequently than once every five years, and public notice of adopted rules provided.
  • HF1748 (Mahoney) - Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. funding provided, and money appropriated.
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