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2015-2016 Regular Session

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

April 10, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-EIGTHTH 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, began the meeting at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.:

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
CLARK, Karen
FABIAN, Dan
GUNTHER, Bob
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


Members excused:

HORTMAN, Melissa

Representative Garofalo began the meeting at 12:00 P.M. A quorum was not present.

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

The committee continued hearing testimony on the delete-all amendment to HF843.

Blake Johnson, Prairie Island Indian Community; Alison Lindberg, Fresh Energy; Steve Peters, Dragonfly Solar; James Canaday, Assistant Minnesota Attorney General; Josh Tilson, Commissioner of the Bureau of Mediation Services; Ken Peterson, Commissioner of Labor and Industry; Roger Leider, MN Propane Association; Patrick Murray, Cooperative Network; Tim Marx, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Heather Johnston, City Manager of the City of Burnsville; George Tourville, Mayor of Inver Grove Heights; Carol Overland, Legalctric, Incorporated; Bill Hahn, Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Incorporated; Randy Johnson, Workforce Development Incorporated; Rebecca Lucero, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity; Chip Halbach, Minnesota Housing Partnership; Warren Hanson, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund; Jean Lee, Children’s Hope International; Lucinda Winter, Film and Television Board.

The committee went into recess at 2:42 P.M.

The committee reconvened at 4:15 P.M.

The committee continued hearing testimony on the delete-all amendment to HF843.

Sue Watlov Phillips, Integrated Community Solutions Incorporated; Vaughn Larry, Aurora St Anthony Development; Abby Bryduck, Association of Minnesota Counties; Leili Fatehi, Citizen; Darielle Dannen, Minnesota Consortium of Community Developers; Charlie Vander Aarde, Metro Cities; Joel Carlson, Minnesota Association for Justice; Ryan Baumtrog, Assistant Commissioner of the Housing Finance Agency; Greta Gauthier, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Frank Kohlasch, Minnesota Pollution Agency; Beth Bailey, Bureau of Mediation Services; Katie Topinka, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Steve Morse, Minnesota Environmental Partnership; Dustin Dennison, MN Community Solar; Tom Reinke, Sundial Solar Products; Nicole Blissenbach, Education Minnesota; Melissa Lesch, City of Minneapolis; Peter Brickwedde, Minnesota Department of Commerce; Kim Babine, Department of Employment and Economic Development; Tenzin Dolkar, Asian Pacific Minnesotans; testified on the delete all amendment to HF843.

The committee went into recess at 6:07 P.M.

The committee reconvened at 7:37 P.M.

HF843 (Garofalo) Economic development; funding provided for Employment and Economic Development, Labor and Industry, Commerce, Bureau of Mediation Services, Housing Finance Agency, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Workers' Compensation Court of appeals, and Public Utilities Commission; policy and technical changes made; fees modified; penalties provided; reports required; data sharing modified; and money appropriated.

Representative Garofalo moved the DE1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Garofalo moved the A53 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Gunther moved the A12 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

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

Representative Fabian moved the A47 amendment. Representative Mahoney requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYES:
GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
FABIAN, Dan
GUNTHER, Bob
LOONAN, Bob
NEWBERGER, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
SCOTT, Peggy
SMITH, Dennis
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
VOGEL, Bob

NAYS:
CLARK, Karen
ISAACSON, Jason
JOHNSON, Sheldon
MAHONEY, Tim
METSA, Jason
SIMONSON, Erik
WAGENIUS, Jean

Members excused:
HORTMAN, Melissa

On a vote of 11 Ayes and 7 Nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Loonan moved the A20 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Gunther moved the A15-0427 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative O’Neill moved the A15-0424 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Clark moved the A40 amendment. THE MOTION WAS WITHDRAWN

Representative Newberger moved the A15-0432 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Swedzinski moved the A15-0430 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Garofalo moved the A13 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Loonan moved the A42 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Garofalo moved the A18 amendment. Representative Garofalo moved an oral amendment. The oral amendment is Page 1, line 3, delete "the new language" and insert "or." Page 1, line 3, after "and" insert "after "hydroelectric." THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Swedzinski moved the A32 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Mahoney moved the A52 amendment. THE MOTION FAILED

Representative Garofalo moved the A33 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Swedzinski moved the A35 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Loonan moved the A44 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Loonan withdrew the A36 amendment.

Representative Isaacson withdrew the A51 amendment.

Representative O’Neill moved the A50 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Isaacson withdrew the A41 amendment.

Representative Isaacson moved the A49 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Garofalo moved the A13 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Garofalo moved the A43 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

The committee went into recess at 9:07 P.M.

The committee reconvened at 9:13 P.M.

Representative Isaacson moved the A37 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Baker moved the A34 amendment. Representative Baker moved an oral amendment. The oral amendment is: Page 2, line 31, before the semicolon, insert: ", or a transit system eligible for funding under section 16A.88" THE MOTION PREVAILED

Representative Garofalo moved that HF843 (Garofalo) be recommended to pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. Representative Mahoney requested a roll call vote. The results are as follows:

AYES:
GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
FABIAN, Dan
GUNTHER, Bob
LOONAN, Bob
NEWBERGER, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
SCOTT, Peggy
SMITH, Dennis
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
VOGEL, Bob

NAYS:
CLARK, Karen
ISAACSON, Jason
JOHNSON, Sheldon
MAHONEY, Tim
METSA, Jason
SIMONSON, Erik
WAGENIUS, Jean

Members excused:
HORTMAN, Melissa

On a vote of 11 Ayes and 7 Nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED

The meeting was adjourned at 9:58 P.M.





Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Jonathan Fortner, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Continued public comment on the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Omnibus Policy and Finance bill. The Committee plans to walk through the omnibus bill Wednesday night. The deadline for amendments is 2:00PM Friday, April 10. Possible mark up and action will be taken on the omnibus bill.

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