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Higher Education Finance and Policy

TWENTY FOURTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - April 07, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION



HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE AND POLICY
COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Shelly Christensen, Vice Chair of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee, called the virtual committee meeting to order at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
BERNARDY, Connie
O’NEILL, Marion
ALBRIGHT, Tony
DANIELS, Brian
ERICKSON, Sondra
HANSON, Jessica
HEINTZEMAN, Josh
HOWARD, Michael
KEELER, Heather
KLEVORN, Ginny
KRESHA, Ron
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
MECKELAND, Shane
NOOR, Mohamud
SANDELL, Steve
SANDSTEDE, Julie
THOMPSON, John

A quorum was present.

Representative Noor moved to approve the minutes from March 24, 2021. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 993 (Bernardy) - Office of Higher Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, University of Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic funding and policy changes provided; student aid programs modified; direct admission pilot program created; reports required; and money appropriated.

Testifiers:
President Scott Olson: Winona State University
Paul Cerkvenik: President, Minnesota Private College Council
Mark Grant: Governmental Relations, Minnesota State College Faculty
Jonathan Bohn: Director of Public Affairs, Inter Faculty Organization
Dr. Robert Jon Peterson: Program Consultant, MnEEP
Geoff Wilson: College Possible
Paul Spies: Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in MN
Rob Wudlick: Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis
Elena Williams: Minneapolis College Student
Axel Kylander: LeadMN Vice President
Sam Parmekar: Minnesota Student Association

On hand to answer questions:
Commissioner Dennis Olson: Office of Higher Education
Nekey Oliver: Grants and Government Relations Manager, Office of Higher Ed
Meredith Fergus: Research and SLEDS Manager, Office of Higher Ed
Lain DeSalvo (pr. They/Them/Theirs): Competitive Grants Administrator, Office of Higher Ed
Megan Fitzgibbon: State Financial Aid Manager, Office of Higher Ed
Myron Frans: Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, University of Minnesota
Bill Maki: Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities, Minnesota State

Chair Bernardy moved that HF 993 be referred to Ways and Means.

Chair Bernardy moved the DE2 amendment.

Vice Chair Christensen moved the A4 authors amendment to the DE2 amendment. THE A4 AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Vice Chair Christensen moved the A10 amendment to the DE2 amendment. THE A10 AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Albright moved the A2 amendment.

Representative Albright moved an oral amendment to the A2.

Oral amendment:
Page 1, line 18, delete “in a two-year college”
Page 1, lines 19 to 23, delete the new language.

Representative Albright renewed the motion to adopt the A2 amendment, as amended. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Erickson moved the A5 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Erickson moved the A6 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.
Representative O’Neill moved the A9 amendment. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Vice Chair Christensen renewed the motion to adopt the DE2 amendment, as adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Bernardy renewed the motion that HF 993, as amended, be referred to Ways and Means.

The clerk took the roll.

Ayes:
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
BERNARDY, Connie
ALBRIGHT, Tony
HANSON, Jessica
HOWARD, Michael
KEELER, Heather
KLEVORN, Ginny
KOZNICK, Jon
KRESHA, Ron
MASIN, Sandra
NOOR, Mohamud
SANDELL, Steve
SANDSTEDE, Julie

Nays:
O’NEILL, Marion
DANIELS, Brian
ERICKSON, Sondra
HEINTZEMAN, Josh

Absent:
MEKELAND, Shane
THOMPSON, John

There being 13 ayes, 4 nays and 2 absent, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM.



Representative Connie Bernardy, Chair



Jenna Maus, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF993 (Bernardy) - Omnibus higher education finance and policy bill.
House TV Video:
View Archive

02:34 - HF993 (Bernardy) Omnibus higher education finance and policy bill.
03:23 - - Public testimony.
- Bill mark-up.
- Vote on bill.


I. HF993 (Bernardy) - Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill

*The spreadsheet and DE amendment for HF 993 will be posted by Monday, April 5.

*Walk-through of the DE amendment will be during regular committee time on April 6, 2021.

*Amendments to the DE are due by Tuesday, April 6 at 5:00 PM.

*Public testimony and formal committee action will commence on Wednesday, April 7th at 3:00 PM. If necessary, the committee may meet on Thursday, April 8th at 6pm to conclude mark-up and vote on final passage.

*Agenda items may be added or removed.

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

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 Higher Education Finance & Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92015

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