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FORTY-NINTH MEETING

2019-2020 Regular Session - February 27, 2020

FORTY-NINTH MEETING – State Government Finance Division
2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Michael V. Nelson, Chair of the State Government Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM, February 27, 2020 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
NELSON, Michael V. Chair
KLEVORN, Ginny Vice Chair
ALBRIGHT, Tony GOP Lead
ACOMB, Patty
ELKINS, Steve
FREIBERG, Mike
GREEN, Steve
HERTAUS, Jerry
HUOT, John
JORDAN, Sydney
LIPPERT, Todd
LONG, Jamie
MASIN, Sandra
OLSON, Liz
QUAM, Duane
VOGEL, Bob

Members excused:
KIEL, Debra
NASH, Jim

A quorum was present.

Representative Elkins moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on February 25, 2020 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Chair Nelson moved HF3616 be referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

HF3616 (Lee); Changing state procurement provisions.

The following testified on HF3616:
The Honorable Fue Lee, State Representative
Alice Roberts-Davis, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Administration

Chair Nelson renewed the motion that HF3616 be referred to the Committee on Ways & Means. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson moved HF3631 be held over for further consideration.

HF3631 (Freiberg); Appropriating money to modify public spaces for disability accommodations.

The following testified on HF3631:
The Honorable Mike Freiberg, State Representative
Jillian Nelson, Community Resource and Policy Advocate, Autism Society of Minnesota
Jennifer Reiter, Parent Advocate
Hunter Gullickson, Accessibility Manager, Guthrie Theater
Noah McCourt, Self-Advocate for People with Autism

Chair Nelson held HF3631 over for further consideration.

Chair Nelson moved HF1358 be held over for further consideration.

HF1358 (Elkins); Appropriating money for grants to cities and counties to improve website accessibility.

Representative Elkins moved Amendment H1358DE1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following testified on HF1358:
The Honorable Steve Elkins, State Representative
Kody Olson, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council on Disabilities
Noah McCourt, Self-Advocate for People with Autism
Laurie Beyer-Kropuenske, Interim Executive Director, Minnesota Council on Disabilities

Chair Nelson held HF1358, as amended, over for further consideration.

The meeting adjourned at 8:51 AM.




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Representative Michael V. Nelson, Chair



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Sydney Spreck, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3616 (Lee) - State procurement provisions changed.
  • HF3631 (Freiberg) - Public space modification for disability accommodation funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1358 (Elkins) - Cities and counties website accessibility improvement grant funding provided, and money appropriated.


I. HF 3616 (Lee) Increasing limit on state contracts that may be awarded to targeted businesses

II. HF 3631 (Freiberg) Creating grant program for making buildings more accessible to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensory issues

III. HF 1358 (Elkins) Website Accessibility Grants established enabling visually impaired individuals improved access to local government websites

Additional bills will likely be added