Legislative Update 3-5-13

Yesterday at the Capitol

House Higher Education Finance and Policy committee members heard an overview yesterday of postsecondary education in Minnesota, including tuition, enrollment, graduation rates, student debt and financial aid. Minnesota Office of Higher Education Director Larry Pogemiller provided information to the committee that showed large tuition increases over the past decade for all of higher education in Minnesota.

In addition to state appropriation cuts, Pogemiller said institutions need to take into consideration the price of doing business and a quality education when considering how much to increase tuition. Pogemiller also told members that tuition is set in the market place and when balancing budgets, presidents, chancellors, trustees and regents must consider competing needs, which include attracting a strong workforce and student body.

Committee Chair Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, said the tuition increases over the years are pricing middle class families out of higher education and the issue needs to be addressed. Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, said even when families’ personal income is dropping, institutions continue raising tuition with a “keep-on spending philosophy.”

Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said lawmakers can manage the postsecondary costs incurred by students, “The question is whether we have the persistence and the political will to continue on that path.” The committee is scheduled to continue discussions with the Office of Higher Education on Wednesday. You may listen to the full committee discussion at: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/audio/archivescomm.asp?comm=88016&ls_year=88.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: HF397 (Atkins) Independent School District No. 199, Inver Grove Heights, permitted to participate in the alternative facilities revenue program.
HF312 (Dill) Independent School District No. 381, Lake Superior; technology levy authorized.
HF431 (Dorholt) Independent School District No. 742, St. Cloud permitted a onetime transfer.
HF830 (Zerwas) Independent School District No. 728, Elk River, equity revenue adjusted by the metro equity region factor for students residing in the region.
HF831 (Zerwas) Independent School District No. 728, Elk River, fund transfers authorized.
HF64 (Hansen) Special School District No. 6, South St. Paul participation permitted in the alternative facilities revenue

10:00 a.m.
House Government Operations
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Michael V. Nelson
HF414 (Hornstein) April designated as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.
HF310 (Moran) Cultural and Ethnic Leadership Communities Council for the Department of Human Services created.
HF84 (Lesch) Dog and cat breeder licensing and inspection provided for, and money appropriated.
HF789 (Dorholt) Open Education Resource Council established, and money appropriated.
HF834 (Fischer) Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee sunset date extended.
HF83 (Freiberg) Tenant remedies provided, single point of contact and various notice provisions provided relating to mortgage foreclosures, mortgage foreclosure dual tracking prohibited, and mandatory mediation required prior to commencing a mortgage foreclosure.
HF462 (Poppe) Cellulosic ethanol production goal sunset date provided, definitions established, ethanol minimum content requirement converted to a biofuel requirement, petroleum replacement goal expanded, biofuels task force required, and E20 mandate language repealed.
HF441 (Hilstrom) Employees and officers of local public pension plans required to report unlawful actions to the state auditor.
HF796 (Davnie) Minneapolis and St. Paul; process provided for joint governance of entertainment facilities.
HF477 (Davnie) Adult high school diploma requirements standardized, and advisory task force established.
HF624 (Rosenthal) House of representatives district boundaries adjusted within senate district 49, and obsolete district description repealed.
HF669 (Simonson) Statewide Radio Board expanded and updated to include the latest emergency communication technologies, Statewide Radio Board authorized to elect to become a statewide emergency communication board, tribal governments included in regional board structure, and comprehensive authority provided under board to address all emergency communications.
HF697 (Mullery) Homeless Youth Task Force established.
HF738 (Isaacson) Metropolitan Council miscellaneous technical corrections made, and obsolete language removed and modified.
HF765 (Laine) Office of Collaboration and Dispute Management created in the Bureau of Mediation Services, and money appropriated.
HF1028 (Loeffler) Hennepin Soil and Water Conservation District discontinued and duties transferred.

10:00 a.m.
Education Policy
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Carlos Mariani
Agenda: HF688 (Winkler) Schools allowed to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, and immunity from liability provided.
HF957 (Dettmer) School construction near former landfills prohibited, and notice required for schools located near former landfills.
HF361 (Slocum) Education provided in care and treatment settings, and money appropriated.
HF166 (Slocum) Resident pupils temporarily placed in a care and treatment center allowed to continue participation in district extracurricular activities.

12:00 p.m.
House in Session

12:30 p.m.
House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tim Mahoney
Agenda: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will present on the Governor’s Minnesota Job Creation Fund proposal.
HF3 (Savick) Minnesota investment fund money appropriated
HF922 (Mahoney) Cost-of-living study required, and money appropriated.

3:00 p.m.

Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Community Partners:
Citizens League – Presentation by Sean Kershaw, Executive Director
Center for Policy Studies – Presentation by Curtis Johnson, Senior Fellow
S.F. 899-Bonoff: Labor market information publication by employment and economic development department (DEED) requirement; Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) labor market use and dissemination requirement; workforce center credential assistance servic.
S.F. 721-Wiklund: Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) undecided students assistance requirement.
S.F. 518-Clausen: Higher education workforce development plan and mental health issues summit requirement

3:00 p.m.
Senate in Session

7:00 p.m.

Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room: 112 State Capitol
Chair: Sen. Sandra L. Pappas
Review of the July 1, 2012, Actuarial Valuation Reports: William V. Hogan, FSA, and Tim Herman, FSA, Milliman, Commission actuary.
SF272 (Pappas); HF403 (Nelson): State Patrol Plan; Contribution, vesting, post-retirement adjustments revisions.
SF447 (Pappas); HF618 (Nelson): PERA-P&F; PERA-Correctional; PERA plans; Modifying post-retirement adjustments trigger; modifying duty disability provisions; PERA-P&F vesting, contribution rate, early retirement reduction modifications, survivor benefit clarification, first post-retirement adjustment delay.
SF275 (Pappas); HF341 (Nelson): PERA; Repealing the Social Security leveling option.
SF529 (Pappas); HF650 (Nelson): TRA; Phase-in of actuarial equivalent early retirement reduction factors.
SF935 (Pappas); HF857 (Atkins): Retirement funding; Imposing a homeowners and auto insurance policy surcharge to fund public safety employee retirement plan costs.
SFxxxx; HF953 (Hilstrom): Judges Retirement Plan; Financial sustainability plan provisions and contribution revisions

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, March 6

8:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Policy

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jeanne Poppe
Agenda: HF473 (Poppe) Governor’s budget for agriculture established; Department of Agriculture, the Board of Animal Health, and the Agricultural utilization Research Institute funding provided; provisions modified relating to animal waste technicians; and technical changes made

8:15 a.m.
Joint Hearing: House and Senate Education Finance Committees
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chairs: Rep. Paul Marquart, Sen. Charles Wiger
Agenda: Special education program evaluation report by the Office of the Legislative Auditor

12:00 p.m.
Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. David J. Tomassoni
S.F. 94-Sheran: Minnesota State Mankato arena and events center auditorium/convention expansion grant bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 127-Ruud: Brainerd area civic center accessibility improvement bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 244-Wiger: Groundwater monitoring wells installation bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 108-Wiger: Twin Cities water supplies protection department of natural resources (DNR) and United States Geological Survey contract appropriation.
S.F. 497-Chamberlain: Northeast Twin Cities metropolitan area water supplies and lakes protection appropriations

12:30 p.m.
House Higher Education Finance and Policy
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski
Agenda: Continuation of the presentation by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education on Postsecondary Education in Minnesota

12:30 p.m.
House State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Mary Murphy
Agenda: HF112 (Hansen) Mighty Ducks grant for new or renovated air handling systems of indoor ice facilities funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF868 (Hansen) Mighty Ducks grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF98 (Sundin) Big Lake Sanitary District public infrastructure funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF117 (Gunther) Truman; storm water project funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF822 (Simonson) Spirit Mountain Recreation Area Authority water facilities funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF172 (Peppin) State budget documents required to include federal contingency planning, and federal fund loss report required.
HF94 (Anderson) Fiscal year 2013 general fund surplus use restricted.
HF845 (Schoen) State employees whose dependent coverage was denied pursuant to an audit reimbursed for insurance costs.
HF756 (McNamara) State employees reimbursed for insurance costs.

5:30 a.m.
House in Session
Note: Beginning at 6 p.m. the House and Senate will meet jointly to elect regents to the University of Minnesota.

Thursday, March 7

8:15 a.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: Debt service guidelines update, Minnesota Management and Budget
Informational-only hearing: HF409 (Norton) Medical center development authority established and organization, powers, and duties provided for; medical center development districts provided for; bonds and state assistance authorized; tax increment financing provided for within a medical center development district; funding provided; bonds issued; and money appropriated. (only provisions under the committee’s jurisdiction)
Amateur Sports Commission bonding update

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance

Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: HF247 (Mariani) Integration revenue replacement advisory task force recommendations implemented, and integration revenue repurposed by establishing the “Achievement and Integration for Minnesota” program to increase student performance and equitable educational opportunities and prepare all students to be effective citizens.
HF895 (Marquart) Referendum equalization revenue calculation obsolete language removed.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:00 p.m.
Senate Education
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
S.F. 481-Wiger: Early learning scholarship program establishment; access to quality early learning and care expansion.
S.F. 1024-Wiklund: Early care and education department creation.
S.F. XXXX-Dahle: Providing for a series of statewide assessments aligned with state academic standards and career and college readiness benchmarks. This bill will be introduced on Wednesday, March 6th. For a copy of the bill, call Brad Kelly at: 651/296-5312. This bill will be informational only. While testimony is welcome on the bill no formal action will be taken on the bill at Thursday’s hearing.

3:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
edX – Presentation by Anant Agarwal, President
S.F. 548-Miller: Free educational, instructional, and training courses regulation exemption.
S.F. 824-Eken: Open educational resource council establishment and appropriation

5:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Employee Relations
Room: 500 North, State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Leon Lillie

Review/approval of collective bargaining agreements

  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 5, Unit 225
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Inter Faculty Organization

Review/approval of  Higher Education Office compensation plan

Other items as approved by the chair

Thank you.

Melissa Fahning, Advancement, Government Relations




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