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NINTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 10, 2021

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

LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIVISION MINUTES

Representative Sandra Masin, Chair of the Division on Local Government, called the virtual meeting to order at 8:32 AM on March 10, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

Members present:
Masin, Sandra, Chair
Elkins, Steve, Vice Chair
Quam, Duane, Republican Lead
Berg, Kaela
Boldon, Liz
Huot, John
Mekeland, Shane
Olson, Bjorn
Youakim, Cheryl

A quorum was present.

Vice Chair Elkins moved that the minutes from March 3rd, 2021 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Elkins moved that HF 1565 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Vice Chair Elkins presented HF 1565, A bill for an act relating to local government; authorizing a municipality to establish a street improvement district.

Testifying on HF 1565:
• Michael Thompson, P.E., Public Works Director for the City of Plymouth, and President of the City Engineers Association of Minnesota
• Kim Norton, Mayor, City of Rochester
• Amber Backhaus, MN Automobile Dealers Association
• Ethan Roberts, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas
• Matt Spellman, Minnesota Realtors

Representative Olson, B. moved the H1565A1 amendment.

Representative Olson, B. requested a role call on the H1565A1 amendment.

AYES
Quam
Mekeland
Olson

NAYES
Masin
Elkins
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Youakim

There being 3 AYES, and 6 NAYES, THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Olson, B. moved the H1565A2 amendment.

Representative Olson, B. requested a role call on the H1565A2 amendment.

AYES
Quam
Mekeland
Olson

NAYES
Masin
Elkins
Berg
Boldon
Youakim

ABSTAIN
Huot

There being 3 AYES, 5 NAYES, and 1 ABSTAIN, THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mekeland moved the H1565A3 amendment.

Representative Mekeland requested a role call on the H1565A3 amendment.

AYES
Quam
Mekeland
Olson

NAYES
Masin
Elkins
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Youakim

There being 3 AYES, and 6 NAYES, THE MOTION FAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Mekeland moved to table HF1565.

Representative Mekeland requested a role call on the motion to table HF1565.

AYES
Quam
Mekeland
Olson

NAYES
Masin
Elkins
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Youakim

There being 3 AYES, and 6 NAYES, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Vice Chair Elkins renewed the motion that HF 1565 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Vice Chair Elkins requested a roll call on HF 1565.

AYES
Masin
Elkins
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Youakim

NAYES
Quam
Mekeland
Olson

There being 6 AYES, and 3 NAYES, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Masin moved that HF 1481 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Representative Olson, L. presented HF 1481, a bill for an act relating to economic development; modifying the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth to allow for creation of a nonprofit corporation.

Testifying on HF 1481:
• Jeff Stollenwerk, Director of Government and Environmental Affairs, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
• Shane Zahrt, Flaherty & Hood

Chair Masin renewed the motion that HF 1481 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Chair Masin requested a roll call on HF 1481.

AYES
Masin
Elkins
Quam
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Mekeland
Olson
Youakim

There being 9 AYES, and 0 NAYES, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Masin moved that HF 1947 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Representative Olson, L. presented HF 1947, a bill for an act relating to local government; modifying enacting language of Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

Chair Masin moved the H1947A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 1947 as amended:
• Lynne Williams, Vice Chair of the DECC Board (and Chair of the DECC Board Governance Committee)
• Roger Reinert, Interim Executive Director, DECC

Chair Masin renewed the motion that HF 1947 as amended be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Chair Masin requested a roll call on HF 1947 as amended.

AYES
Masin
Elkin
Quam
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Mekeland
Olson
Youakim

There being 9 AYES, and 0 NAYES, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Masin moved that HF 1671 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Representative Nelson, M. presented HF 1671, a bill for an act relating to local government; modifying county competitive bidding.

Testifying on HF 1671:
• Michael Rosenfeld, Hennepin County Purchasing and Contract Services
• Mike Hickey, Minnesota Federation of Independent Businesses

Chair Masin renewed the motion that HF 1671 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Chair Masin requested a roll call on HF 1671.

AYES
Masin
Elkins
Quam
Berg
Boldon
Huot
Mekeland
Olson
Youakim

There being 9 AYES, and 0 NAYES, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 AM.


__________________________________________
Representative Sandra Masin, Chair

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Josh Kilgard, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1565 (Elkins) - Municipality authorized to establish street improvement district.
  • HF1481 (Olson) - Duluth; Seaway Port Authority modified to allow for creation of a nonprofit.
  • HF1671 (Nelson) - County competitive bidding modified.
  • HF1947 (Olson) - Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center enacting language modified.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:14 - HF1565 (Elkins) Municipality authorized to establish street improvement district.
1:00:07 - HF1481 (Olson, L.) Duluth; Seaway Port Authority modified to allow for creation of a nonprofit.
1:10:30 - HF1947 (Olson, L.) Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center enacting language modified.
1:18:00 - HF1671 (Nelson, M.) County competitive bidding modified.
Runs 1 hour, 30 minutes.


*Agenda Change: Bill Added.

HF1565 (Elkins) Municipality authorized to establish street improvement district.
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.
HF1671 (Nelson, M.) County competitive bidding modified.
**Amendments are due by 8:30 am, Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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/permrule.asp

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.

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.

Meeting documents will be posted on the Local Government Division website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92010

Public Testimony:
• Members of the public with questions about this process or who are interested in testifying at this meeting may email committee staff at Peter.Strohmeier@house.mn
• If you wish to testify, please contact Peter.Strohmeier@house.mn and copy Josh.Kilgard@house.mn by 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021
• If you plan to submit written testimony, please send to Peter.Strohmeier@house.mn by 8:30 am, Tuesday, March 9, 2021