Legislative Update 3-19-13

Yesterday at the Capitol

House Higher Education Finance and Policy committee members heard the rest of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities budget request presentation yesterday with Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. Rosenstone told members, “In the face of a 45 percent reduction in state support per MnSCU student since 2000, we have worked diligently to balance affordability with quality and our ability to deliver graduates with the skills Minnesota businesses, industries and communities need to succeed.” “Achieving the right balance is the challenge before this committee,” Rosenstone said.

Rosenstone told members that the colleges and universities will continue to make progress towards building the world’s best workforce if MnSCU’s budget request is funded. This includes students trained on state-of-the-art equipment and technology, investments proven to increase student retention and completion, equipping faculty with the tools necessary for student success and collaborative work in the networked work, and attracting and retaining talented faculty, academic advisors and technology specialists. “Our proposal is not about helping just a few,” Rosenstone said. He told members that MnSCU’s proposal is about serving more than 430,000 students, as well as serving communities, businesses and families throughout the state.

Committee Chair Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, said budget targets for the finance committees will be released today. Pelowski indicated the higher education omnibus bill will be out of committee by April 5 and on its way to Ways and Means for a hearing on April 9.

For your calendar: Gov. Mark Dayton will hold his first public town hall meeting regarding his budget proposal in Duluth on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. The meeting, held at the Duluth Public Safety Building, is part of Dayton’s effort to engage Minnesotans in discussion about the budget challenges facing the state.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.
House Capital Investment

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: HF110 (Ward, J.E.) Brainerd; city civic center accessibility improvements grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. (Pending House Floor re-referral)
HF548 (Melin) American steel product use or supply required on certain projects.
HF567 (Melin) Solar energy requirements modified for state buildings.

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda:
HF658 (Melin) Taconite revenue levy reductions adjusted.
HF808 (Bernardy) Adult basic education aid annual program growth factor increased.
HF1407 (Anzelc) Allocation of contracted pupil transportation expenses across categories simplified.
HF1406 (Radinovich) Education advancement revenue created, operating referendum reduced, property taxes reduced, and money appropriated.
HF1141 (Moran) Homeless children qualified for early educational services

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Division

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 1003-Bonoff: Parent-child home program appropriation.
S.F. 808-Dziedzic: Collaborative urban educator recruitment and training programs appropriation.
S.F. 23-Metzen: Special school district #6, South St. Paul; alternative facilities revenue program participation eligibility.
S.F. 304-Metzen: Independent school district #199, Inver Grove Heights; alternative facilities revenue program participation eligibility.
S.F. 1309-Clausen: Education building lease levy maximum amount increase.
S.F. 1042-Kent: SciMathMN grant appropriation authorization.
S.F. 1267-Kent: Minnesota reading corps program appropriation.

10:00 a.m.
House Education Policy
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Carlos Mariani
Agenda: Agenda subject to change. Other bills may be added.
HF356 (Newton) School districts allowed to use safe schools levy proceeds for collaborating with mental health professionals, and money appropriated.
HF1383 (Newton) Special education case loads task force established, individualized education program development governing rules modified, and special education service purchasing governing rules modified
HF986 (Newton) School personnel notice and reporting requirements added.
HF1059 (Morgan) Charter school provided for, and annual portfolio report authorized

10:00 a.m.
House Government Operations
Meeting Time Note: The committee will recess at 11:30 a.m. and reconvene at 6 p.m. in Room 300 South State Office Building
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Michael V. Nelson
Agenda: HF950 (Nelson) Family child care providers collective bargaining authorized, pending re-referral from Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries on Monday
HF894 (Simon) Omnibus elections bill, pending re-referral from Elections Committee on Monday
HF857 (Atkins) Public pension insurance surcharge imposed, pension aids modified, and pension funding provided, pending re-referral from Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee on Monday
Additional bills will be added to the agenda
HF262 (Halverson) Spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research grant program established, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury advisory committee established, and money appropriated.
HF543 (Liebling) Council on Disability membership requirement modified.
HF128 (Slocum) Solid waste collection organization implementation process for cities amended.
HF1382 (Anzelc) Municipalities authorized to issue obligations without election for certain street improvements.
HF646 (Morgan) Driver instruction permit provisions modified and clarified, Novice Driver Education Improvement Task Force established, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.
HF1389 (Kahn) Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) added to certain provisions, and other OET provisions changed.
HF1390 (Kahn) Geospatial Information Office provisions updated.
HF1050 (Runbeck) Hugo; regional sewer and water system feasibility study grant money appropriated.
HF1196 (Nelson) Competitive bid advertisement publications in a recognized industry trade journal authorized.
HF778 (Persell) Road easements exchange provided for; forest management investment account and State Timber Act modified, and money appropriated.

12:00 p.m.
Senate Education

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
Agenda:
S.F. 950-Carlson, J.: Deaf and hard-of-hearing teachers continuing education clock hour requirements modifications.
S.F. 1083-Clausen: School district restrictive procedures use for children with disabilities clarification.
S.F. 711-Torres Ray: Achievement and integration for Minnesota program to close the achievement and opportunity gap establishment

12:30 p.m.
House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tim Mahoney
Agenda:
HF678 (Hilstrom) Event ticket practices regulated, and minimum standards for consumer protection established.
HF765 (Laine) Office of Collaboration and Dispute Management created in the Bureau of Mediation Services, and money appropriated.
HF1018 (Ward, J.) Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. grant funding provided to the commissioner of employment and economic development, and money appropriated.

In addition to the scheduled bills, there will be a presentation by Greater MSP on economic development partnerships.

3:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Division

Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda:
Performance Funding
Presentation by Jim Applegate, Vice President of Strategic Impact for the Lumina Foundation
S.F. 308-Fischbach: Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) leveraged equipment acquisition funding appropriation.
S.F. 710-Clausen: Minnesota principals’ academy appropriation.
S.F. 975-Miller: Teach for America appropriation.
S.F. 995-Eken: Minitex and MnLINK Gateway programs appropriation

5:30 p.m.
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Sandra L. Pappas
Agenda: SF529 (Pappas); HF650 (Nelson): TRA; Phase-in of actuarial equivalent early retirement reduction factors.
SF1235 (Reinert); HF1330 (Murphy, M.): DTRFA; Increasing employee and employer contributions; revising plan benefits (in the form of delete-all amendment S1235-1A, adopted 3/12/13).
SF1249 (Pappas); HF1433 (Nelson): SPTRFA; Creating an additional state aid program; increasing employee and employer contributions; revising plan benefits.
Final consideration of the 2013 Omnibus Retirement Bill I (delete-all amendment S0489-10A).
Final consideration of the 2013 Omnibus Retirement Bill II (delete-all amendment S1191-1A).

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, March 20

8:15 a.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: HF1058 (Winkler) Early learning scholarship program established, access to quality early learning and care expanded, and money appropriated. – pending referral
HF448 (Bernardy) School lunch aid increased.
HF818 (Moran) Minnesota Principals’ Academy funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF973 (Davnie) Collaborative urban educator recruitment and training program grants authorized, and money appropriated.

9:00 a.m.

Senate Taxes

Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Ann Rest

Agenda: SF 1237 (Dibble): Domestic corporation definition expansion to foreign corporations in tax havens

SF 1224 (Stumpf): Dental service providers income and franchise tax subtraction authorization

SF 526 (Dziedzic): Higher education scholarship incentive income tax credit

SF 524 (Koenen): Student loan income tax credit

SF 732 (Koenen): Volunteer first responder income tax credit establishment

SF 1095 (Koenen): Income tax credit for long-term unemployed individuals establishment

SF 1301 (Koenen): Railroad track maintenance expenditures income tax subtraction

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

 

12:00 p.m.
House in Session

 

12:00 p.m.
Senate Commerce

Room: 112 Capitol

Chair: Sen. James P. Metzen
Agenda:
S.F. 818-Champion: Motor vehicle title loan makers regulation.
S.F. 1376-Reinert: Securities and franchise registration provisions modifications.
S.F. 544-Metzen: Money transmitter required fraud prevention measures clarification.
S.F. 561-Jensen: Building and construction contracts agreements to insure prohibition
(Pending outcome of Judiciary hearing).
S.F. 554-Tomassoni: Event ticket practices regulation.
S.F. 314-Eaton: Autism spectrum disorders health insurance coverage establishment.
S.F. 1223-Dibble: Consumer fraud private action in public interest.

 

12:30 p.m.
House Higher Education Finance and Policy
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Gene Pelowski
Agenda: Testimony on proposed higher education budget proposals from student and faculty groups

 

3:00 p.m.
Senate State and Local Government

Room: 123 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Sandy Pappas
Agenda: S.F. 628-Saxhaug: Beltrami county veterans home establishment.
S.F. 1092-Saxhaug: Fugitive emissions rule modification.
S.F. 343-Senjem: Rochester area medical center development authority establishment.
S.F. 918-Hawj: Minneapolis/St. Paul entertainment facilities joint governance process.
S.F. 910-Dziedzic: Secretary of state fund solicitation authorization for technological projects and confidentiality program for victims of violence.
S.F. 1111-Dziedzic: Hennepin county authority to negotiate agreements for skilled trade and craft workers and apprentices authorization.
S.F. 1224-Dahle: Basic skills requirements for teacher candidates and licensure clarification; teacher licensure advisory task force establishment.
S.F. 1018-Schmit: Silica sand and nonmetallic minerals mining model standards and criteria development requirement.
S.F. 991-Clausen: Emerging adulthood task force creation.
S.F. 1021-Tomassoni: Greater Minnesota parks and trails commission creation and appropriation

7:00 p.m.
House Ways and Means

Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Lyndon Carlson
Agenda: Budget Resolution
HF1113 (Wagenius) Environment and natural resources trust fund money appropriated, Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources provisions modified, and land acquisition with trust fund money requirements modified.

Thursday, March 21

8:15 a.m.
House Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance

Meeting Time Note: We will be continuing in room 5 at 6 p.m.
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jean Wagenius
Agenda: More Bills to be Added
HF1235 (Fritz) Farm business management programs money appropriated

8:15 a.m.
House Capital Investment

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: Informational-only hearings on:
HF320 (McNamar) School energy conservation revolving loan program established, school districts permitted to repay energy conservation loans from levies made without voter approval, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF273 (Persell) Department of Natural Resources school trust land acquisition funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF682 (Fischer) Groundwater monitoring wells funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF556 (Davids) Chatfield Center for the Arts funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1596 (Davids) National Trout Center funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Division

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 1222-Stumpf: Career and technical education revenue formula modification.

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:

HF959 (Newton) Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deafblind transition and employment service funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1294 (Clark) Youthbuild funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF602 (Atkins) Additional unemployment benefit eligibility modified in cases of lockout, and penalties provided for organizations involved in lockouts.
HF1359 (Mahoney) Worker’s compensation various policy and housekeeping changes made.
HF1349 (Persell) Opportunities industrialization centers money appropriated.
HF1511 (Clark) Medical education and research cost funding directed, grant program for foreign-trained health care professionals established, and money appropriated.
HF1193 (Clark) Trade and cultural exchange relationship established between Minnesota and Somalia, and money appropriated.

3:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 123 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Bonoff

Agenda:
S.F. 855-Saxhaug: Tribal college supplemental grant assistance authorization and appropriation.
S.F. 862-Pappas: High school-to-college developmental transition program grants provisions modification.
S.F. 715-Bonoff: Omnibus higher education bill

 

3:15 p.m.
State Departments and Veterans Division

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda: S.F. 1154-Saxhaug: Omnibus state government, military affairs and veterans affairs appropriations.

Friday, March 22

8:15 a.m.
House Government Operations

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Michael V. Nelson
Agenda: Other bills will be added to the agenda
HF866 (Freiberg) Procurement and solicitation process provisions changed.
HF938 (Sawatzky) State government streamlined.
HF1220 (Winkler) Online and Digital Learning Advisory Council modified.
HF758 (Albright) Adult basic education program representative added to the Workforce Development Council.
HF855 (Johnson) State agencies and legislature waste management resource recovery provisions changes made.

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