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Transportation and Regional Governance Policy

SIXTEENTH MEETING

2017-2018 Regular Session - March 03, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION

Transportation and Regional Governance Policy
MINUTES

Representative Runbeck, Chair of the Transportation and Regional Governance Policy Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M. on March 3rd, 2017, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

RUNBECK, Linda, Chair
KOZNICK, Jon, Vice Chair
BERNARDY, Connie, DFL Lead
BAHR, Cal
BARR, Regina
CARLSON, Andrew
HERTAUS, Jerry
HORNSTEIN, Frank
KOEGEL, Erin
MASIN, Sandra
NEU, Ann
PETERSBURG, John
WEST, Nolan
WHELAN, Abigail
YOUAKIM, Cheryl

Excused:
MCDONALD, Joe

Chair Runbeck called the meeting to order at 1:02 P.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Petersburg moved the minutes of March 1st, 2017. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1180 (Uglem) Hands free cell phone use while driving mandated.

Chair Runbeck moved that HF1180 be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance.

Representative Uglem presented HF1180.
Representative Newberger testified in support of HF1180.
Lisa Kons, Traffic Safety Program Manager, Minnesota Safety Council, testified in support of HF1180.
Colonel Matt Langer, Minnesota State Patrol, testified in support of HF1180.
Bob Johnson, Minnesota Insurance Federation, testified in support of HF1180.
Greg Tiskalsky, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Sylvie Tiskalsky, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Greg Lavallee, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Amy Lavallee, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
John Dudley, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Craig Riggs, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Peggy Riggs, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Kathy Kohstoriz, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Laurie Hevier, citizen, testified in support of HF1180.
Rhonda Maurer, Minnesotans Fighting Distracted Driving, testified in favor of HF1180.
Joshua M. Tuchscherer, Meshbesher & Spence, Citizen Justice League, testified in support of HF1180.
Vijay Dixit, Shreyar Dixit Memorial Foundation, testified support of HF1180.

Chair Runbeck renewed the motion that HF1180 be re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1160 (Runbeck) Transit financial activity auditing and reporting required, and money appropriated.

Chair Runbeck moved that HF1160 be re-referred as amended to the Committee on State Government Finance.

Chair Runbeck renewed the motion that HF1160 be re-referred as amended to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1821 (Petersburg) Return information disclosure to the Transportation Department allowed, and presumptions for the motor vehicles sales tax modified.

Representative Petersburg moved that HF1821 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Representative Petersburg presented HF1821.
Paul Cummings, Tax Policy Manager, Minnesota Department of Revenue, testified on HF1821.

Representative Petersburg renewed the motion that HF1821 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1866 (Albright) Metropolitan Council governance modified.

Chair Runbeck moved that HF1866 be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Chair Runbeck moved the H1866DE1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Hertaus moved the H1866A1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Koznick moved the H1866A2 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Albright presented HF1866.
Judd Schetnan, Government Affairs Director, Metropolitan Council, testified in opposition to HF1866.
Bill Hargis, Former Mayor of Woodbury, testified in support of HF1866.
Tom Fletcher, City Council Member, City of Greenwood, testified in support of HF1866.
Patricia Nauman, Executive Director, Metro Cities, testified in opposition to HF1866.
Sean Kershaw, Executive Director, Citizens League, testified in opposition to HF1866.
Doug Anderson, Citizen Representative, Transportation Advisory Board, testified in opposition to HF1866.
Tim Gladhill, Planning Commission, City of Ramsey, testified in opposition to HF1866.

Representative Hornstein moved the H1866A5 Amendment.

Representative Hornstein requested division on HF1866A5 Amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Hornstein moved the H1866A6 Amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Chair Runbeck renewed the motion that HF1866 as amended be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Representative Bernardy requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYES:
RUNBECK, Linda, Chair
KOZNICK, Jon, Vice Chair
BAHR, Cal
BARR, Regina
HERTAUS, Jerry
NEU, Ann
PETERSBURG, John
WEST, Nolan
WHELAN, Abigail

NAYS:
BERNARDY, Connie
CARLSON, Andrew
HORNSTEIN, Frank
KOEGEL, Erin
MASIN, Sandra
YOUAKIM, Cheryl

On a vote of 9 AYES and 6 NAYS: THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF828 (Albright) Metropolitan Council governance modified.

Chair Runbeck moved that HF828 as amended be re-referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections.

Chair Runbeck renewed the motion that HF828 be re-referred as amended to the Committee on Government Operations and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Runbeck adjourned the meeting at 4:03P.M.





Representative Linda Runbeck, Chair




Alex Pouliot, Committee Legislative Assistant



















More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1180 (Uglem) - Hands free cell phone use while driving mandated.
  • HF1821 (Petersburg) - Return information disclosure to the Transportation Department allowed, and presumptions for the motor vehicles sales tax modified.
  • HF828 (Albright) - Metropolitan Council governance modified.
  • HF1160 (Runbeck) - Transit financial activity auditing and reporting required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1866 (Albright) - Metropolitan Council governance modified, farebox recovery objective for Twin Cities metropolitan area transit established, Metropolitan Council prohibited from undertaking a light rail project without explicit legislative authority, consideration of reasonableness of system plans in Metropolitan Land Planning Act allowed, light rail transit project development governing requirements established, and Metropolitan Council required to revise transportation policy plan.
Documents:

Any amendments to HF 1866 should be drafted to the DE amendment

New testimony will not be taken on HF 1160 - the committee took public testimony on Monday, February 20.