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Transportation Finance

NINTH MEETING

2017-2018 Regular Session - February 02, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION

TRANSPORTATION FINANCE COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Torkelson, Chair of the Transportation Finance Committee, began the ninth meeting at 1:01 P.M. on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

TORKELSON, Paul Chair
PETERBURG, John Vice Chair
BAKER, Dave
BARR, Regina
BERNARDY, Connie
DANIELS, Brian
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
GUNTHER, Bob
HAUSMAN, Alice
HORNSTEIN, Frank
HOWE, Jeff
JOHNSON, Clark
KIEL, Deb
KOZNICK, Jon
LUCERO, Eric
MASIN, Sandra
MILLER, Tim
NELSON, Michael
RARICK, Jason
ROSENTHAL, Paul
RUNBECK, Linda
SAUKE, Duane
SUNDIN, Mike

Members excused:


Representative Torkelson began the meeting to order at 1:01 P.M. A quorum not was present.

Presentation on Minnesota Regional Railroad Association Rail safety.
John Apitz, legislative Counsel.
Paul Hester, Hazmat Manager, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway(BNSF), Hazmat manager.
Brian Sweeny, Director of Government Affairs, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF).

Representative Torkelson officially called the meeting to order at 1:28 P.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Johnson moved to approve the minutes of January 26th, 2017. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Presentation by Minnesota Department of Public Safety on recently released report on 2017 evaluation of safety preparedness related to the transportation of oil and ethanol in the State of Minnesota per the 2014 Rail Safety Act legislation.
Joe Kelly, Director, Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Kevin Reed, Deputy Director, Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
John Wolfgram, Chief Engineer, Minnesota Office Pipeline Safety.

Presentation by Minnesota Department of Transportation on 2015 Statewide Rail Plan for both freight rail and passenger rail.
Peter Dahlberg, Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations.
Dan Krom, Director, Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Passenger Rail.
Phillip Qualy, State Director, United Transportation Union.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:47 P.M.




Representative Paul Torkelson, Chair




Chelsea Peter, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..

MN Regional Railroad Association: overview on Rail safety bu Railroads
Testifying: John Apitz, legislative Counsel
Paul Hester, BNSF Hazmat manager

MN Department of Public Safety overview on recently released report on 2017 evaluation of safety preparedness related to the transportation of oil and ethanol in the State of Minnesota per the 2014 Rail Safety Act legislation.
Testifying: Director Joe Kelly, Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Deputy Director Kevin Reed, Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management

MN Dept of Transportation overview on 2015 Statewide Rail Plan for both freight rail and passenger rail.
Testifying: Peter Dahlberg, MnDOT Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations
Dan Krom, MnDOT Office of Passenger Rail