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2015-2016 Regular Session

THIRTY-FIRST MEETING - Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance

March 16, 2016

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-FIRST 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 1:16 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Room 10 of the State Office Building. A quorum was present.

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


Members excused:
WAGENIUS, Jean

Representative Isaacson moved the minutes of March 3, 2016 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2514 (Peterson) Host Community economic development grants modified.

Representative Garofalo moved HF2514 be referred to the General Register.

Representative Peterson presented HF2514.

Joel Carlson, Carlson Research and Government Affairs, representative for the cities of Burnsville and Inver Grove Heights testified on HF2514.

George Tourville, Mayor, City of Inver Grove Heights testified on HF2514.

Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, City of Burnsville testified on HF2514.

Representative Garofalo renewed his motion that HF2514 be referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF2887 (Theis) Independent living center funding provided and money appropriated.

Representative Gunther moved HF2887 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Theis presented HF2887.

Cara Ruff, Executive Director, Independent Lifestyles, Inc. testified on HF2887.

Gloria LaFriniere, Director of White Earth Vocational Rehabilitation Services testified on HF2887.

Timothy James Roberts (TJ), Rochester Group Home Resident, testified on HF2887.

Corporal Jon Schneider, U.S. Marine Veteran and Independent Living services consumer, testified on HF2887.

Representative Gunther renewed his motion that HF2887 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 2486 (Baker) Municipal utilities and cooperative electric association reduction of their annual energy-savings goal allowed, and waste heat recovery converted to electricity counting towards a municipal utility's or cooperative electric association's annual energy-savings goal disallowed.

Representative Baker moved HF2486 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Baker moved the DE2 Amendment to HF2486. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Bill Black, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, testified on HF2486

Wesley Humpf, General Manager of Wilmar Municipal Utilities, Electrical Engineer, testified on HF2486.

Wendy Meyer, City Administrator, City of Mountain Lake, testified on HF2486.

Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner of Energy and Telecommunications, Minnesota Department of Commerce, testified on HF2486.

Will Nissen, Sr. Policy Associate, Fresh Energy, testified on HF2486.

Mike Bull, Director for Policy and Communications, Center for Energy and Environment, testified on HF2486.

Representative Baker, renewed his motion that HF2486, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE MOION PREVAILED.

HF2440 (Moran) Ujamaa Place grant authorized, and money appropriated.

Representative Mahoney moved HF2440 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Moran presented HF2440.

Otis Zanders, CEO, Ujamaa Place, testified on HF2440.

Kedar Hickman, Program Manager, Ujamaa Place, testified on HF2440.

Representative Mahoney renewed his motion that HF2440 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:41 PM.




Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Meagan Rice, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Bills Added:
  • HF2887 (Theis) - Independent living center funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF2514 (Peterson) - Host community economic development grants modified.
  • HF2486 (Baker) - Municipal utilities and cooperative electric association reduction of their annual energy-savings goal allowed, and waste heat recovery converted to electricity counting towards a municipal utility's or cooperative electric association's annual energy-savings goal disallowed.
  • HF2440 (Moran) - Ujamaa Place grant authorized, and money appropriated.
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Committee discussion. 05:35 - HF2514 (Peterson, R.) Host community economic development grants modified. 13:45 - HF2887 (Theis) Independent living center funding provided, and money appropriated. 33:45 - HF2486 (Baker) Municipal utilities and cooperative electric association reduction of their annual energy-savings goal allowed, and waste heat recovery converted to electricity counting towards a municipal utility's or cooperative electric association's annual energy-savings goal disallowed. 1:08:09 - HF2440 (Moran) Ujamaa Place grant authorized, and money appropriated. Runs 1 hour, 24 minutes.