Legislative Update 2-5-13

Yesterday at the Capitol

President Barack Obama visited Minneapolis yesterday to talk about gun control, a topic that is taking center stage in both Washington D.C. as well as Minnesota. Obama’s speech focused on the City of Minneapolis’ effort, the Blueprint for Action, which involves connecting young people with mentors, and intervening in kids’ lives when necessary to restore youth who have gone down the wrong path. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said yesterday that guns have no place in schools or on college campuses. Duncan says more needs to be done to protect students from gun violence. Starting today, there will be legislative hearings at the State Capitol regarding gun violence proposals.

Today at the Capitol

 

Rochester Innovating Growth Tour at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: Presentation on Itasca Project: Regional Transit System Return on Investment Assessment

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: Office of Early Learning presentation on state-supported early learning programs and services in Minnesota.

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Finance Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles Wiger
Agenda: Presentations from community partners continued.

10:00 a.m.
House Education Policy
Room: Basement State Office building
Chair: Rep. Carlos Mariani
Agenda: Informational hearing on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations

12:00 p.m.
Senate Education
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
Agenda:
Panel Presentation on redesigning the transition from secondary to post-secondary education by: Lawrence Pogemiller, Higher Education Commissioner, Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner, and Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU Chancellor

Presentation on Irondale High School’s Early College Program
Testifiers:
1. Mounds View Superintendent, Dan Hoverman
2. Scott Gengler, Principal
3. Amy Alvarez, Dean of Students
4. Rich Rosivach, Instructional Facilitator
5. Michael Werner, Representative from Anoka Ramsey County College

3:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 15 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda:
University of Minnesota – Board of Regent Candidates – Introductions
University of Minnesota – Budget Request – President Eric Kaler

 

5:00 p.m.
Senate Finance

Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
Agenda: SF58 (Eaton): Labor agreements and compensation plans ratification

 

Looking Ahead

 

Wednesday, February 6

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance

Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: Alternative education programs presentation
HF165 (Slocum) Students in approved recovery programs additional funding sources created.

12:30 p.m.
House Higher Education Finance and Policy
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski
Agenda: Financial overview of the University of Minnesota

3:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda:
Confirmation – Minnesota Rural Finance Authority
Confirmation – Workers Comp Court of Appeals, Judges
Confirmation – Board of Electricity
Confirmation – Board of High Pressure Piping Systems
Confirmation – Plumbing Board
Confirmation – Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner
Confirmation – Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Commissioner
Confirmation – Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner
S.F. 252-Tomassoni: Iron range resources and rehabilitation board (IRRRB) provisions modification.

6:00 p.m.
Senate in Session

6:30 p.m.
House in Session

7:00 p.m.
Gov. Dayton’s State of the State Address

Thursday, February 7

 

10:00 a.m.
House Education Policy
Room: Basement State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Carlos Mariani
Agenda: In addition to HF34 and POSSIBLY HF171, there will be a informational presentations on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination.
Richard Wassen, Director, Education Licensing, Department of Education, overview of the MTLE
Audrey Lensmire, PhD, and Dr. Christopher Smith, Augsburg College, effect of MTLE on Minnesota’s Teaching population
*agenda subject to change
HF34 (Erickson) Teacher licensure requirements modified.
HF171 (Ward) K-12 teachers; requirement repealed for teachers to pass a basic skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics as a condition for receiving a teaching license.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

 

12:30 p.m.
House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tim Mahoney

Agenda: Overview by the Governor’s Workforce Development Council (GWDC)
Executive Director Brian Lindsley
Inez Wildwood, GWDC
HF130 (Gunther) Board of Accountancy changes made, fee increases proposed, licensing provisions changed, and obsolete provisions repealed.

 

3:00 p.m.

Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 123 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda:
Overview – MnSCU – Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA)
Overview – MnSCU – Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA)
Overview – University of Minnesota – Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition
Overview – University of Minnesota –
Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA)

 

Tuesday, February 12

 

10:00 a.m.
House
Education Policy

Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Carlos Mariani
Agenda: Possible hearing on HF171
HF171 (Ward) K-12 teachers; requirement repealed for teachers to pass a basic skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics as a condition for receiving a teaching license.

Thank you.

Melissa Fahning
melissa.fahning@so.mnscu.edu

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