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Commerce Finance and Policy

NINETEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 10, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA NINETEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION

COMMERCE FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES
Representative Zack Stephenson, Chair of the Commerce Finance and Policy Committee, called the virtual meeting to order at 3:31 PM on March 10, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

Members present:
STEPHENSON, Zack, Chair
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie, Vice Chair
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead
BAHR, Cal
CARLSON, Andrew
DAVNIE, Jim
ELKINS, Steve
HALEY, Barb
KOEGEL, Erin
LEE, Fue
LILLIE, Leon
LISLEGARD, Dave
LUCERO, Eric
OLSON, Liz
PFARR, Brian
RASMUSSON, Jordan
RICHARDSON, Ruth
THEIS, Tama

A quorum was present.

Representative Kotyza-Witthuhn moved to approve the minutes from the committee meeting on March 9, 2021. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF586 (Murphy); Volunteer drivers receiving funding from public transit participation program clarified as not for hire.

Representative Stephenson moved HF586 be recommended to be referred to the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Stephenson moved the A21-0024 (Murphy) amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following testified on HF586:
John Dukich, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Representative Stephenson renewed the motion that HF586, as amended, be recommended to be referred to the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. The clerk took the roll.

AYES
STEPHENSON, Zack, Chair
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie, Vice Chair
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead
BAHR, Cal
CARLSON, Andrew
DAVNIE, Jim
ELKINS, Steve
HALEY, Barb
LEE, Fue
LILLIE, Leon
LUCERO, Eric
OLSON, Liz
PFARR, Brian
RASMUSSON, Jordan
RICHARDSON, Ruth
THEIS, Tama

NOT VOTING
KOEGEL, Erin

EXCUSED
LISLEGARD, Dave

With 16 AYES, 1 NOT VOTING, and 1 EXCUSED, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF970 (Vang); Mental health service payment and denial of payment clarified, health professional education loan forgiveness program provisions modified, mental health professional licensing board requirements modified, mental health provider continuing education requirements modified, mental health practitioner requirements modified, and various other provisions modified; and money appropriated.

Representative Stephenson moved HF970 be recommended to be referred to the Health Finance and Policy Committee.

The following testified on HF970:
Pahoua Vang
Sue Abderholden, NAMI
Samuel Sands, Minnesota Board of Psychology

Representative Stephenson renewed the motion that HF970 be recommended to be referred to the Health Finance and Policy Committee. The clerk took the roll.

AYES
STEPHENSON, Zack, Chair
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie, Vice Chair
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead
BAHR, Cal
CARLSON, Andrew
DAVNIE, Jim
ELKINS, Steve
HALEY, Barb
KOEGEL, Erin
LEE, Fue
LILLIE, Leon
LUCERO, Eric
OLSON, Liz
PFARR, Brian
RASMUSSON, Jordan
RICHARDSON, Ruth
THEIS, Tama

EXCUSED
LISLEGARD, Dave

With 17 AYES and 1 EXCUSED, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1576 (Bahner); Pharmacy benefit managers prohibited from contractually restricting pharmacies from discussing reimbursement amount to enrollees or health carriers.

Representative Stephenson moved HF1576 be recommended to be referred to the Health Finance and Policy Committee.

The following testified on HF1576:
Sarah Derr, Minnesota Pharmacy Association

Representative Stephenson renewed the motion that HF1576 be recommended to be referred to the Health Finance and Policy Committee. The clerk took the roll.

AYES
STEPHENSON, Zack, Chair
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie, Vice Chair
BAHR, Cal
CARLSON, Andrew
DAVNIE, Jim
ELKINS, Steve
HALEY, Barb
KOEGEL, Erin
LEE, Fue
LILLIE, Leon
LUCERO, Eric
OLSON, Liz
PFARR, Brian
RASMUSSON, Jordan
RICHARDSON, Ruth
THEIS, Tama

NOT VOTING
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead

EXCUSED
LISLEGARD, Dave

With 16 AYES, 1 NOT VOTING, and 1 EXCUSED, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Kotyza-Witthuhn assumed the gavel at 4:05 PM.

HF1493 (Stephenson); Student loan servicers licensure required, certain student loan servicing practices prohibited, and money appropriated.

Representative Stephenson moved HF1493 be recommended to be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Stephenson moved the H1493A1 (Stephenson) amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Stephenson moved the H1493A3 (Stephenson) amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following testified on HF1493:
Ron Elwood, Legal Aid
Bethany Belmont, School Psychologist
Heather Bakke, Special Education Teacher
Maxwell Zappia, Department of Commerce

The committee recessed at 4:30 PM.

The committee reconvened at 6:02 PM.

A quorum was present.

Representative Stephenson renewed the motion that HF1493, as amended, be recommended to be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. The clerk took the roll.

AYES
STEPHENSON, Zack, Chair
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie, Vice Chair
CARLSON, Andrew
DAVNIE, Jim
ELKINS, Steve
KOEGEL, Erin
LEE, Fue
LILLIE, Leon
OLSON, Liz
RICHARDSON, Ruth

NAYS
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead
BAHR, Cal
HALEY, Barb
LUCERO, Eric
PFARR, Brian
RASMUSSON, Jordan
THEIS, Tama

EXCUSED
LISLEGARD, Dave

With 10 AYES, 7 NAYS, and 1 EXCUSED, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Stephenson assumed the gavel at 6:11 PM.

HF1067 (Davnie); Checking account requirements modified.

Representative Davnie moved that HF1067 be recommended to be placed on the General Register.

Representative Davnie moved the H1067A1 (Davnie) amendment.

Representative Davnie renewed the motion that HF1067, as amended, be recommended to be placed on the General Register. The clerk took the roll.

AYES
STEPHENSON, Zack, Chair
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie, Vice Chair
O’DRISCOLL, Tim, GOP Lead
BAHR, Cal
CARLSON, Andrew
DAVNIE, Jim
ELKINS, Steve
HALEY, Barb
KOEGEL, Erin
LEE, Fue
LILLIE, Leon
LISLEGARD, Dave
LUCERO, Eric
OLSON, Liz
PFARR, Brian
RASMUSSON, Jordan
RICHARDSON, Ruth
THEIS, Tama

With 18 AYES, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1433 (Fredrick); Biofuels education and marketing program provided, biofuel education and promotion council established, compatibility standard compliance required, minimum biofuel standard modified, technical changes made, and reports required.

Representative Stephenson moved HF1433 be laid over for further consideration.

The following testified on HF1433:
Commissioner Thom Petersen, Department of Agriculture
Bob Patton, Department of Agriculture
Brian Thalmann, MN Corn Growers’ Association
Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union
Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau

Public testimony:
Frank Orton, Minnesota Petroleum Marketers
Wade Carlson

The bill was laid over.

HF1165 (Wazlawik); Biodegradable or compostable item labeling requirements modified.

Representative Stephenson moved HF1165 be laid over for further consideration.

The following testified on HF1165:
Ginny Black, Minnesota Composting Council
Shannon Pinc, NatureWork

Public testimony:
Tony Kwilas, MN Chamber of Commerce
Chuck Joswiak, The Mulch Store
Emily Barker, Minnesota Association of Recycling Managers\
Vineet Dalal, Natur-Tec
Vicki O’Rourke, WinCup

The bill was laid over.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:32 PM.



Representative Zack Stephenson, Chair




Simon Brown,
Committee Legislative Assistant





More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF586 (Murphy) - Volunteer driver defined, and technical and conforming changes made.
  • HF737 (O'Driscoll) - Real property appraiser continuing education credit, evaluations, and standards of conduct modified.
  • HF970 (Vang) - Mental health service payment and denial of payment clarified, health professional education loan forgiveness program provisions modified, mental health professional licensing board requirements modified, mental health provider continuing education requirements modified, mental health practitioner requirements modified, clinical trainee supervision and traditional healing practices added to children's mental health grant eligible services, Culturally Informed and Culturally Responsive Mental Health Task Force established, human services and health commissioners instructed to convene working groups, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1165 (Wazlawik) - Biodegradable or compostable item labeling requirements modified.
  • HF1493 (Stephenson) - Student loan servicers licensure required, certain student loan servicing practices prohibited, and money appropriated.
  • HF1576 (Bahner) - Pharmacy benefit managers prohibited from contractually restricting pharmacies from discussing reimbursement amount to enrollees or health carriers.
  • HF1433 (Frederick) - Compatibility standard compliance required, minimum ethanol standard modified, technical changes made, and rulemaking required.
  • HF1067 (Davnie) - Checking account requirements modified.
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02:47 HF586 (Murphy) Volunteer drivers receiving funding from public transit participation program clarified as not for hire.
11:31 HF970 (Vang) Mental health service payment and denial of payment clarified, health professional education loan forgiveness program provisions modified, mental health professional licensing board requirements modified, mental health provider continuing education requirements modified, mental health practitioner requirements modified, and various other provisions modified; and money appropriated.
27:27 HF1576 (Bahner) Pharmacy benefit managers prohibited from contractually restricting pharmacies from discussing reimbursement amount to enrollees or health carriers.
34:37 HF1493 (Stephenson) Student loan servicers licensure required, certain student loan servicing practices prohibited, and money appropriated.
HF1433 (Frederick) Biofuels education and marketing program provided, biofuel education and promotion council established, compatibility standard compliance required, minimum biofuel standard modified, technical changes made, and reports required (pending referral).
The committee recessed.


NOTE: The committee will recess at 4:30 PM and reconvene at 6:00 PM. Bills not taken up before 4:30 PM will be taken up when the committee reconvenes. HF 1433, HF 1165, and HF 737 are likely to be during the 6:00 PM meeting.

HF 970 (Vang) - Mental health service payment and denial of payment clarified, health professional education loan forgiveness program provisions modified, mental health professional licensing board requirements modified, mental health provider continuing education requirements modified, mental health practitioner requirements modified, and various other provisions modified; and money appropriated. *Discussion/amendments/testimony will be limited to sections 1-6 only.*

HF 586 (Murphy) - Volunteer drivers receiving funding from public transit participation program clarified as not for hire.

HF 1576 (Bahner) - Pharmacy benefit managers prohibited from contractually restricting pharmacies from discussing reimbursement amount to enrollees or health carriers.

HF 1493 (Stephenson) - Student loan servicers licensure required, certain student loan servicing practices prohibited, and money appropriated.

HF 1433 (Frederick) - Biofuels education and marketing program provided, biofuel education and promotion council established, compatibility standard compliance required, minimum biofuel standard modified, technical changes made, and reports required.

HF 1165 (Wazlawik) - Biodegradable or compostable item labeling requirements modified.

HF 737 (O’Driscoll) -Real property appraiser continuing education credit, evaluations, and standards of conduct modified.

HF 1067 (Davnie) - Checking account requirements modified.

Items may be added or removed at the Chair’s discretion. Items may be taken up in any order.

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

*NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

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This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm

Any meeting documents will be posted on the House Commerce committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92003

To submit written testimony to be included in the official record, please email the Committee Administrator no later than 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 11th, at adeline.miller@house.mn. To request to testify orally, please email the Committee Administrator as soon as possible (no less than 24 hours ahead of time preferred) at adeline.miller@house.mn. **To have materials included in the members’ digital folders and posted online before committee, they must be submitted by 2:00 pm the day of the hearing.