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Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy

Twelfth Meeting

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 17, 2021

State of Minnesota Twelfth Meeting
House of Representatives Ninety- Second Session

Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy

Minutes

Representative Rob Ecklund, Chair of the Committee on Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance & Policy, called the virtual meeting to order at 3:01 PM on February 17, 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:
Ecklund, Rob, Chair
Xiong, Tou, Vice Chair
Dettmer, Bob, Minority Lead
McDonald, Joe, Minority Lead
Berg, Kaela
Bliss, Matt
Edelson, Heather
Frederick, Luke
Greenman, Emma
Nelson, Michael
Poston, John
Raleigh, Donald
Sundin, Mike

A quorum was present.

Representative Nelson moved that the minutes from February 16, 2021 be adopted. Motion prevailed.

HF 592 (Christensen) Commissioner of veterans affairs authorized to establish veterans stable housing initiative, homeless veterans data classified, and data sharing authorized.

The Chair moved that HF 592 be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

Representative Christensen presented the bill.

Public Testimony:
Andrew Gervais, Director of Veterans Benefits and Services, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)
Sloan Kessler, Homeless Programs Coordinator, MDVA
Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, MDVA

The Chair renewed his motion that HF 592 be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law. A roll call was taken. The results were as follows:

AYE

ECKLUND
XIONG
DETTMER
MCDONALD
BLISS
EDELSON
FREDERICK
GREENMAN
NELSON
POSTON
RALEIGH
SUNDIN

NAY

-

EXCUSED

BERG

By a vote of 12 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 478 (Feist) Veterans Restorative Justice Act.

The Chair moved that HF 478 be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

Representative Feist presented the bill.

Public Testimony:
Ryan Else
Lee Ulferts
Chris Hvinden
Paul Evangelist

The Chair renewed his motion that HF 478 be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law. A roll call was taken. The results were as follows:

AYE

ECKLUND
XIONG
DETTMER
MCDONALD
BERG
BLISS
EDELSON
FREDERICK
GREENMAN
NELSON
POSTON
RALEIGH
SUNDIN

NAY

-

By a vote of 13 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


HF 585 (Sandstede) GI Bill technical changes made.

The Chair moved that HF 585 be referred to the general register.

Jeff Diebel with House Research walked through technical oral amendment.

The Chair moved an oral amendment. Motion adopted.

Representative Sandstede presented the bill as amended.

Public Testimony:
Dave Bellefeuille, Director of Veteran Education and Employment, MDVA

The Chair renewed his motion that HF 585 as amended be referred to the general register. A roll call was taken. The results were as follows:

AYE

ECKLUND
XIONG
DETTMER
MCDONALD
BERG
BLISS
EDELSON
FREDERICK
GREENMAN
NELSON
POSTON
RALEIGH
SUNDIN

NAY

-

By a vote of 13 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Xiong assumed the Chair at 4:23 P.M.

HF 752 (Ecklund) Adjutant general appointment, rank, term, and vacancy provisions modified.

Representative Ecklund moved that HF 752 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Ecklund presented the bill.

Public Testimony:
Don Kerr, Executive Director, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs (MDMA)
Lt Col David Blomgren, General Counsel, MDMA

Representative Ecklund renewed his motion that HF 752 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Ecklund assumed the Chair at 4:30 P.M.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 P.M.




__________________________________________
Representative Rob Ecklund, Chair

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Grace Doyle, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF478 (Feist) - Criminal charges against veterans with service-related disorders discharge and dismissal required.
  • HF585 (Sandstede) - GI Bill technical changes made.
  • HF592 (Christensen) - Commissioner of veterans affairs authorized to establish veterans stable housing initiative, homeless veterans data classified, and data sharing authorized.
  • HF752 (Ecklund) - Military and veterans affairs budget established; policy and technical changes made to various military and veterans affairs provisions including provisions related to the adjutant general, housing, veterans benefits, and veterans services; deferred prosecutions allowed; data classified; military code changes made; requirements and qualifications modified; jurisdictional and appellate changes made; punishable offenses provided; penalties provided; and money appropriated.
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02:40 - HF592 (Christensen) Commissioner of veterans affairs authorized to establish veterans stable housing initiative, homeless veterans data classified, and data sharing authorized.
29:53 - HF478 (Feist) Courts provided guidance on sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder.
1:18:06 - HF585 (Sandstede) GI Bill technical changes made.
1:23:35 - HF752 (Ecklund) Adjutant general appointment, rank, term, and vacancy provisions modified.


HF 592 (Christensen) Commissioner of veterans affairs authorized to establish veterans stable housing initiative, homeless veterans data classified, and data sharing authorized.
Andrew Gervais, Director of Veterans Benefits and Services, MN Dept of Veterans Affairs
Sloan Kessler, Homeless Programs Coordinator, MN Dept of Veterans Affairs

HF 478 (Feist) Veterans Restorative Justice Act
Ryan Else
Lee Ulferts
Chris Hvinden
Paul Evangelist

HF 585 (Sandstede) GI Bill technical changes made.

HF 752 (Ecklund) Adjutant general appointment, rank, term, and vacancy provisions modified.
Don Kerr, Executive Director, Dept of Military Affairs
Lt Col David Blomgren, General Counsel, Dept of Military Affairs

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