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TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 12, 2021

TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING – State Government Finance & Elections Committee
2021-2022 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Michael V. Nelson, Chair of the Committee, called the virtual State Government Finance & Elections Committee meeting to order at 8:30 AM, March 12, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was conducted over Zoom and broadcast via House Public Information Services and Facebook Live.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
NELSON, Michael V. - Chair
CARLSON, Andrew - Vice Chair
NASH, Jim - Minority Lead
BAHNER, Kristin
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
ELKINS, Steve
GREENMAN, Emma
KLEVORN, Ginny
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
NEU BRINDLEY, Anne
PELOWSKI, Gene
QUAM, Duane

A quorum was present.

Representative Carlson moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on March 11, 2021 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson moved to adopt the Local Government Division Report on HF1481. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nelson moved HF1481 be referred to the General Register.

HF1481 (Olson, L.); Modifying the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth to allow for creation of a nonprofit corporation.

The following testified on HF1481:
The Honorable Liz Olson, State Representative
Jeff Stollenwerk, Director of Government and Environmental Affairs, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Chair Nelson renewed the motion to refer HF1481 to the General Register.

The clerk noted the roll.

AYES
NELSON, Michael V. - Chair
CARLSON, Andrew - Vice Chair
BAHNER, Kristin
ELKINS, Steve
GREENMAN, Emma
KLEVORN, Ginny
MASIN, Sandra

NAYS
NASH, Jim - Minority Lead
KOZNICK, Jon
NEU BRINDLEY, Anne
QUAM, Duane

ABSENT
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
PELOWSKI, Gene

With a vote of 7 AYES, 4 NAYS, and 2 ABSENT, THE MOTION PREVAILS.

Representative Masin moved to adopt the Local Government Division Report on HF1947. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nelson moved HF1947 be referred to the General Register.

HF1947 (Olson, L.); Modifying enacting language of Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

The following testified on HF1947:
The Honorable Liz Olson, State Representative
Roger J. Reinert, Interim Executive Director, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Chair Nelson renewed the motion to refer HF1947 to the General Register.

The clerk noted the roll.

AYES
NELSON, Michael V. - Chair
CARLSON, Andrew - Vice Chair
NASH, Jim - Minority Lead
BAHNER, Kristin
ELKINS, Steve
GREENMAN, Emma
KLEVORN, Ginny
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
NEU BRINDLEY, Anne
QUAM, Duane

ABSENT
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
PELOWSKI, Gene

With a vote of 11 AYES, 0 NAYS, and 2 ABSENT, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Nelson moved to refer HF961 to the Committee on Ways & Means.

HF961 (Ecklund); Adding a supervisory law enforcement unit; providing a salary increase for employees in law enforcement.

The following testified on HF961:
The Honorable Rob Ecklund, State Representative
Paul VanVoorhis, President, Minnesota State Patrol Supervisors Association
Gary Kloos, Executive Director, Middle Management Association
Brian Peters, Executive Director, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

Chair Nelson moved to refer HF961 to the Committee on Environment & Natural Resources Finance & Policy.

The clerk noted the roll.

AYES
NELSON, Michael V. - Chair
CARLSON, Andrew - Vice Chair
NASH, Jim - Minority Lead
BAHNER, Kristin
ELKINS, Steve
GREENMAN, Emma
KLEVORN, Ginny
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
NEU BRINDLEY, Anne
PELOWSKI, Gene
QUAM, Duane

NAYS
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve

With a vote of 12 AYES and 1 NAY, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Vice Chair Carlson assumed the gavel at 9:24 AM.

Chair Nelson moved HF2173.

HF2173 (Nelson, M.); Modifying lobbyist registration and reporting; creating definitions.

Chair Nelson moved Amendment H2173A1. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

The following testified on HF2173, as amended:
Jeff Sigurdson, Executive Director, Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board
Jeremy Estenson, Government Relations Director, Stinson
Rick Heller, Disability Rights Advocate

Chair Nelson moved to lay HF2173 on the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Masin moved to adopt the Local Government Division Report on HF1671. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE REPORT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Nelson moved to refer HF1671 to the General Register.

HF1671 (Nelson, M.); Modifying county competitive bidding.

The following testified on HF1671:
Michael Rosenfeld, Manager of Negotiated Procurement, Hennepin County Purchasing Department
Kirk Pederson, Policy Program Manager, Hennepin County

Chair Nelson renewed the motion to refer HF1671 to the General Register.

The clerk noted the roll.

AYES
NELSON, Michael V. - Chair
CARLSON, Andrew - Vice Chair
BAHNER, Kristin
ELKINS, Steve
GREENMAN, Emma
KLEVORN, Ginny
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
PELOWSKI, Gene
QUAM, Duane

NAYS
NASH, Jim - Minority Lead
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
NEU BRINDLEY, Anne

With a vote of 10 AYES and 3 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILS.

The meeting adjourned at 10:19 AM.






Representative Michael V. Nelson, Chair



Sydney Spreck, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1671 (Nelson) - County competitive bidding modified.
  • HF1947 (Olson) - Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center enacting language modified.
  • HF961 (Ecklund) - Supervisory law enforcement unit added, and salary increase provided for employees in law enforcement.
  • HF2173 (Nelson) - Lobbyist registration and reporting modified, and definitions created.
  • HF1481 (Olson) - Duluth; Seaway Port Authority modified to allow for creation of a nonprofit.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:03 - HF1481 (Olson, L.) Duluth; Seaway Port Authority modified to allow for creation of a nonprofit.
14:20 - HF1947 (Olson, L.) Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center enacting language modified.
23:16 - HF961 (Ecklund) Supervisory law enforcement unit added.
54:19 - HF2173 (Nelson, M.) Modifying lobbyist registration and reporting; creating definitions.
1:19:21 - HF1671 (Nelson, M.) County competitive bidding modified.


HF1481 (Olson, L) Duluth; Seaway Port Authority modified to allow for creation of a nonprofit.

HF1947 (Olson, L) Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center enacting language modified.

HF961 (Ecklund) Supervisory law enforcement unit added.

HF2173 (Nelson, M) A bill for an act relating to lobbyists; modifying lobbyist registration and reporting.

HF1671 (Nelson, M) County competitive bidding modified.

*Agenda items may be added or removed.
**Amendment deadline has been extended to 5 pm, the business day before the hearing.**

TESTIFYING: If you would like to testify or submit written testimony, please email the committee administrator at amanda.rudolph@house.mn no later than 5 p.m. the business day before the hearing. Testimony will be limited and as time permits, therefore written testimony is encouraged. Please plan accordingly.

HANDOUTS: Handouts must be in PDF format with Optical Character Recognition ability and emailed to the committee administrator at amanda.rudolph@house.mn no later than 5 p.m. the business day before the hearing.

DOCUMENTS: Meeting documents may be found on the State Government Finance and Elections Committee webpage https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/committees/home/92009

VIEW HEARING: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

ACCESSIBILITY: 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. If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact her with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda.

RULE 10.01: Meetings are held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm