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TWENTY-SECOND MEETING

2017-2018 Regular Session - March 16, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SECOND MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION

TRANSPORTATION FINANCE COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Torkelson, Chair of the Transportation Finance Committee, began the twenty-second meeting at 1:03 P.M. on Thursday, March 16th, 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
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:
DANIELS, Brian

Representative Torkelson began the meeting at 1:03 P.M. A quorum was not present.

Representative Torkelson officially called the meeting to order at1:06 P.M. A quorum was present.

HF1657 (Hertaus) Hennepin County; trunk highway project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Representative Torkelson moved HF1657 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Torkelson moved the H1657A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hertaus introduced the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF1657, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1844 (Dean) Freight railroad preservation and improvement grants provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Torkelson moved HF1844 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Dean introduced the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF1844 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF584 (Consodine) Disability plated issuance authorized to owner of motorized bicycle.

Representative Torkelson moved HF584 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Torkelson moved the A17-0231 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Consodine introduced the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF584, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1636 (Johnson B.) Isanti County; Trunk Highway 65 segment designated as Chip A. Imker Memorial Highway.

Representative Torkelson moved HF1636 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Johnson introduced the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF1636 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Torkelson amended his that HF1636 be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1570 (Albright) Suburb to suburb transit demonstration project funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Torkelson moved HF1570 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Albright introduced the bill.

Jerry McDonald, Chair of Southwest Transit Authority, testified on the bill.

Luther Wynder, Executive Director, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, testified on the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF1570 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF980 (Haley) Red Wing; U.S. Highway 61 reconstruction funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Torkelson moved HF980 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Haley introduced the bill.

Ron Rosenthal, City of Redwing testified on the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF980 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF979 (Haley) Red Wing; port development assistance program funding provided, and money appropriated.

Representative Torkelson moved HF979 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Haley introduced the bill.

Representative Hausman moved the H0979A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF979, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.
HF2264 (Jurgens) Hastings; speed limits governed, moratorium established, and legislative report required.

Representative Torkelson moved HF2264 be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Torkelson moved the H2264A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Jurgens introduced the bill.

Tony Engesether, Resident of Hastings, testified on the bill.

Jennifer Witt, Minnesota Department of Transportation, testified on the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF2264, as amended, be re-referred to the committee on Ways and Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF862 (Petersburg) Outdoor advertising near roads and highways provisions modified.

Representative Torkelson moved HF862 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Petersburg introduced the bill.

Kristin White, Office of Chief Counsel, Minnesota Department of Transportation, testified on the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF862 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF934 (Hornstein) Larger cities assistance account established, and allocation of fees and surcharges modified

Representative Torkelson moved HF934 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Hornstein introduced the bill.

Deb Heiser, Engineering Director, City of St. Louis Park, testified on the bill.

Mary McComber, Mayor, City of Oak Park Heights, testified on the bill.

Representative Torkelson renewed his motion that HF934 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1956 (Howe) Remaining service life use in pavement management processes required.

Representative Howe moved HF1956 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Howe introduced the bill.

Joe Bagnoli, Lobbyist, Concrete Pavement of Association of Minnesota, testified on the bill.

Representative Petersburg assumed the gavel at 2:34 P.M.

Representative Torkelson assumed the gavel at 2:40 P.M.

Representative Torkelson moved for a recess at 2:46 P.M.

Representative Torkelson reconvened the committee at 5:13 P.M.

Nancy Daubenberger, Assistant Commissioner of Engineering Services, Minnesota Department of Transportation, testified on the bill.

Jill Thomas, Executive Director, Minnesota Asphalt Paving Association, testified on the bill.

Jason Duininck, Director of Business Development, Duininck Incorporated, testified on the bill.

Representative Petersburg assumed the gavel at 5:18 PM

Representative Torkelson assumed the gavel at 5:28 PM

Representative Howe renewed his motion that HF1956 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF678 (Quam) Law enforcement memorial special license plates established.

Representative Quam presented HF678 for an informational hearing.

Scott Rose, Sheriff, Dodge County, testified on the bill.

Roger Berge, Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association, testified on the bill.

Brian Hubbard, Police Sergeant, Edina Police Department, testified on the bill.

Dustin Reichert, Retired Anoka County Deputy, testified on the bill.

Michelle Patrick, Mendota Heights Police Department Survivor Officer Scott Patrick, testified on the bill.

Donna Wilken, President, Minnesota Concerns of Police Survivors, testified on the bill.

HF1842 (Miller) Corridors of commerce program eligibility provided.

Representative Miller moved that HF1842 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Miller introduced the bill.

Randy Maluchnik, Commissioner, Carver County, testified on the bill.

Scott Peterson, Director of Government Affairs, Minnesota Department of Transportation, testified on the bill.

Representative Miller renewed his motion that HF1842 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1539 (Drazkowski) Deputy registrars authorized to issue duplicate certificates of title for motor vehicles.

Representative Drazkowski moved that HF1539 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Drazkowski introduced the bill.

Cindy Geis, County Auditor and Treasurer, Scott County, testified on the bill.

Julie Hanson, Deputy Registrar, Scott County, testified on the bill.

Thomas Henderson, Program Director of Vehicle Services, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, testified on the bill.

Dawn Olson, Director of Vehicle Services, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, testified on the bill.

Representative Drazkowski renewed his motion that HF1539 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

HF1745 (Koznick) Metro Mobility Enhancement Task Force established, and legislative report required.

Representative Koznick moved that HF1745 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Representative Koznick introduced the bill.

Representative Koznick renewed his motion that HF1745 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Vice Chair Petersburg assumed the gavel at 7:09 PM.

HF2229 (Torkelson) Metropolitan Council and counties authorized to contract for use of railroad or mass transit right-of-way, and civil liability regulated.

Chair Torkelson moved that HF2229 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Chair Torkelson moved the H2229DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Victor Meyers, Vice President of Operations, Twin Cities and Western Railroad, testified on the bill.

John Apitz, Legislative Counsel, Minnesota Regional Railroads Association, testified on the bill.

Melissa Lesch, Senior Government Relations Representative, City of Minneapolis, testified on the bill.

Brian Rice, Attorney, Minneapolis Park Board, testified on the bill.

Mary Pattock, LRT Done Right, testified on the bill.

Bob “Again” Carney Jr., Lobbyist, “We the People”, testified on the bill.

Claire Ruebeck, Volunteer, Citizens Acting for Rail Safety – Twin Cities, testified on the bill.

Representative Hornstein moved the H2229A5 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Chair Torkelson renewed his motion that HF2229, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 PM




Representative Paul Torkelson, Chair




Chelsea Peter, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF584 (Considine) - Disability plated issuance authorized to owner of motorized bicycle.
  • HF1570 (Albright) - Suburb to suburb transit demonstration project funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1636 (Johnson) - Isanti County; Trunk Highway 65 segment designated as Chip A. Imker Memorial Highway.
  • HF1842 (Miller) - Corridors of Commerce program eligibility provided.
  • HF1844 (Dean) - Freight railroad preservation and improvement grants provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1956 (Howe) - Remaining service life use in pavement management processes required.
  • HF862 (Petersburg) - Outdoor advertising near roads and highways provisions modified.
  • HF934 (Hornstein) - Larger cities assistance account established, and allocation of fees and surcharges modified.
  • HF979 (Haley) - Red Wing; port development assistance program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF980 (Haley) - Red Wing; U.S. Highway 61 reconstruction funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1657 (Hertaus) - Hennepin County; trunk highway project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1745 (Koznick) - Metro Mobility Enhancement Task Force established, and legislative report required.
  • HF2229 (Torkelson) - Metropolitan Council and counties authorized to contract for use of railroad or mass transit right-of-way, and civil liability regulated.
  • HF2264 (Jurgens) - Hastings; speed limits governed, moratorium established, and legislative report required.
Documents:

We will meet at 1pm to 2:45 in the basement hearing room. Any bills not heard by 2:45 pm will be taken up at 5pm Thursday in Room 10. NOTE: Due to deadline week additional bills may be added. If you would like to testify on a bill contact Chelsea Peter, Committee Legislative Assistant at 651-296-9302. The Chair will be determining the order of the bills being heard.
Pending referral from other committees we will be hearing:
HF 1745 (Koznick) Metro Mobility Enhancement Task Force established, and legislative report required
HF2058 (Nash) Procedural exceptions for light rail or bus rapid transit line construction or expansion eliminated, and appraisal fees modified
HF2229 (Torkelson) Metropolitan Council and counties authorized to contract for use of railroad or mass transit right-of-way, and civil liability regulated
HF678 (Quam) Law enforcement memorial special license plates established.
HF1539 (Drazkowski) Deputy registrars authorized to issue duplicate certificates of title for motor vehicles.
HF2264 (Jurgens) Hastings; speed limits governed, moratorium established, and legislative report required.

HF1670 will not be heard in Transportation Finance Committee:
HF1670 (Zerwas) Driver diversion program made permanent, proof of insurance provided by courts authorized, uniform traffic ticket amended, waiver of criminal surcharge authorized, court appearance for driving offenses mandated, and money appropriated.