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2015-2016 Regular Session

SEVENTH MEETING - Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance

February 02, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA SEVENTH 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 seventh meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. on Monday, February 2, 2015, in Room 2 & 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

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

Members excused:

CLARK, Karen
HORTMAN, Melissa
SIMONSON, Erik

Representative Garofalo called the meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. A quorum was present.

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

John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota, provided an overview of Minnesota tourism.

HF 434 (Fabian) Explore Minnesota Tourism Funding. This was an information hearing only and no action was taken on the bill.

Representative Fabian; Doug Killian, Mall of America and Terry Mattson, Visit Saint Paul testified on HF 434.

Cindy Wannarka, Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce; Christy Riley, Southern Minnesota Tourism Association; Gene Shaw, Minnesota Arrowhead Association; Steve Markuson, Metro Tourism Committee; Sunny Bhakta, Minnesota Lodging Association; Sara Stadherr, Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus; Tom Kavanaugh, Minnesota Resort and Campground Association; Mark Novotny, Congress of Minnesota Resorts and Charles Skinner, Minnesota Ski Areas Association provided an overview and introduced members to their respective organizations.

Vice Chair, Representative Baker assumed the gavel at 1:45 P.M.

Chair, Representative Garofalo assumed the gavel at 1:53 P.M.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:26 P.M.


Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair



Jonathan Fortner, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Explore Minnesota Tourism Presentation – John Edman, Director, Explore Minnesota HF XXXX (Fabian) Explore Minnesota Tourism Funding THIS IS ONLY AN INFORMATIONAL OVERVIEW OF THE BILL - NO COMMITTEE ACTION WILL BE TAKEN Minnesota Tourism Growth Coalition - Doug Killian, Mall of America, Terry Mattson, Visit Saint Paul Industry Presentations Cindy Wannarka, Minnesota Heartland, Leech Lake Chamber; Christy Riley, Southern Minnesota Tourism Association, Murray County; Gene Shaw, Minnesota Arrowhead Association, Visit Duluth; Steve Markuson, Metro Tourism Committee, Twin Cities Gateway; Sara Stadherr, Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Explore Alexandria MN; Sunny Bhakta, Minnesota Lodging Association, Budget Host, Owatonna; Tom Kavanaugh, Minnesota Resort and Campground Association, Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, Brainerd; Mark Novotny, Congress of Minnesota Resorts, Hyde-A-Way Bay Resort; Charles Skinner, Chair Minnesota Ski Areas Association , Co-owner Lutsen Mountain

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