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Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy

Twenty-Fifth Meeting

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 26, 2021

State of Minnesota Twenty-Fifth 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 8:30 AM on March 26, 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 Xiong moved that the minutes from March 24, 2021 be adopted. Motion prevailed.

Representative Xiong assumed the chair at 8:32 A.M.

HF 752 (Ecklund) Omnibus Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs bill.

Representative Ecklund moved that HF 752 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

The Chair moved the DE3 amendment.

Representative Ecklund moved the A3 amendment to the DE3 amendment.

Don Kerr, Executive Director, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs (MDMA)

Motion prevailed.

Representative Dettmer moved the A2 amendment to the DE3 amendment. Motion prevailed.

Representative Ecklund moved the A5 amendment to the DE3 amendment.

Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)

A roll call was taken. The results were as follows:

AYE

ECKLUND
XIONG
BERG
EDELSON
FREDERICK
GREENMAN
NELSON
SUNDIN


NAY

DETTMER
MCDONALD
BLISS
POSTON
RALEIGH


By a vote of 8 AYES and 5 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Bliss offered an oral amendment to the DE3 amendment.

Ben Johnson, Legislative Director, MDVA

Committee recessed at 9:33 A.M.

Committee reconvened at 9:45 A.M.


Representative Bliss withdrew his oral amendment.

Representative Bliss offered an oral amendment to the DE3 amendment as follows:

Page 4, after line 23, insert:

"(j) Independent Lifestyles. $75,000 each year is appropriated for an ongoing annual grant to Independent Lifestyles, Inc., for expenses related to retreats for military veterans at Camp Bliss in Walker, Minnesota, including therapy, transportation, and activities customized for military veterans.

(k) Veterans On The Lake. $50,000 in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated for a grant to Veterans on the Lake for expenses related to retreats for veterans including therapy, transportation, and activities customized for veterans.

(l) Disabled Veterans Rest Camp. $128,000
in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated for a grant to the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp on Big Marine Lake in Washington County for landscape improvements around the new cabins, including a retaining wall around a water drainage holding pond and security fencing with vehicle control gates along the entrance road. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until the project is completed or abandoned, subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.642."

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.

The Chair renewed the motion to adopt the DE3 amendment as amended. Motion prevailed.

Representative Ecklund renewed his motion that HF 752 be referred, as amended, to the Committee on Ways and Means. 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.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:58 A.M.



__________________________________________
Representative Rob Ecklund, Chair

__________________________________________
Grace Doyle, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • 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.
House TV Video:
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02:44 - HF752 (Ecklund) Veterans and military affairs policy and finance bill.
The committee recessed.


HF 752 (Ecklund) Adjutant general appointment, rank, term, and vacancy provisions modified.
DE3 Author’s Amendment is the proposed language for Omnibus bill for Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs

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