Legislative Update 5-9-13

Yesterday at the Capitol

The bill that contains the MnSCU two-year college faculty (MSCF) contract and the MnSCU administrator’s plan, HF 1801, was heard in the House Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee yesterday. After discussion, the committee approved the bill and sent it to the Rules Committee. As a reminder, on the Senate side, the MSCF contract and the MnSCU administrator’s plan were amended into the other contract ratification bill and will head next to the floor. You may view the most recent version of that bill at HF 1069.

Also yesterday, the Senate passed a minimum wage bill by a partisan vote of 39-28. Under the measure, the minimum wage rate would go up to $7.75 by 2015, with automatic future increases based on inflation. The House has already passed their minimum wage bill, which would set the rate at $9.50 by 2015. Supporters of the bill say the increase is long overdue, with the last increase taking place in 2005. Opponents of the bill argue there will be a negative impact on small businesses and will cost people their jobs. Gov. Dayton is supportive of a minimum wage increase.

Today at the Capitol

8:00 a.m.
Conference Committee on H.F. 630
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Charles W. Wiger and Rep. Paul Marquart
CONFEREES: SENATE: Wiger; Torres Ray; Dahle; Johnson; Stumpf
HOUSE: Marquart; Urdahl; Brynaert; Morgan; Mariani
Agenda: H.F. 630-Wiger: Omnibus pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education finance bill.
Walk through of spreadsheets and side-by-sides for the E12 education omnibus bills.

8:00 a.m.
Conference Committee on data practices bill
Room: 112 Capitol
Chairs: Rep. Steve Simon, Sen. Kari Dziedzic

Agenda: Continued discussion and possible action on remaining provisions in the omnibus data practices bill.

9:00 a.m. or at the call of the chair
Conference Committee on H.F. 677
Room: 15 Capitol
Chairs: Sen. Rod Skoe and Rep. Ann Lenczewski
CONFEREES: SENATE: Skoe; Dziedzic; Koenen; Rest; Senjem
HOUSE: Lenczewski; Anzelc; Norton; Benson; Davnie
Agenda: H.F. 677-Skoe: Omnibus tax bill

12:00 p.m.
House in Session
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY:

HF1054 (Clark) Marriage between two persons provided for, and exemptions based in religious association provided for

12:00 p.m.
Senate in Session
H.F. 740 (Hawj) Landowners bill of rights modification; state parks and forests additions and deletions and public and private lands sales and exchanges authorization
S.F. 271 (Champion) Driving privilege license establishment; drivers license application procedures and requirements modifications S.F. 693 (Dziedzic) Survival or continuation of a civil action after the death or disability of a party authorization

H.F. 1221 (Carlson) Miscellaneous commerce technical modifications and housekeeping changes and adjustments to statutory dollar amounts

S.F. 661 (Rest) Campaign finance and public disclosure provisions modifications

S.F. 685 (Ortman) Defendant simultaneous competency, mental illness, and civil commitment examinations requirement

S.F. 654 (Wiklund) Miscellaneous health care policy and medical assistance (MA) provisions modifications

4:00 p.m.

Conference Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Policy and Finance
Room: 107 Capitol
Chairs: Rep. Jean Wagenius, Sen. David Tomassoni
Agenda: Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Policy and Finance bill

At the call of the chair
Conference Committee on SF 1589
Room: 118 Capitol
Chairs: Sen. Tom Saxhaug and Rep. Mary Murphy
Agenda: Omnibus state government, veterans and military affairs appropriations bill

Looking Ahead

Friday, May 10

8:00 a.m.

Conference Committee on H.F. 630
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Charles W. Wiger and Rep. Paul Marquart
CONFEREES: SENATE: Wiger; Torres Ray; Dahle; Johnson; Stumpf

HOUSE: Marquart; Urdahl; Brynaert; Morgan; Mariani
Agenda: H.F. 630-Wiger: Omnibus pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education finance bill
All-day kindergarten, early learning, testing, integration and achievement program, and charter schools

1:00 p.m.

Conference Committee on H.F. 976
Room: 107 Capitol

Chairs: Sen. David J. Tomassoni and Rep. Jean Wagenius
CONFEREES: SENATE: Tomassoni; Westrom; Metzen; Saxhaug; Sparks

HOUSE: Wagenius; Dill; Poppe; Hansen; Falk
Agenda: H.F. 976-Tomassoni: Omnibus environment, natural resources and agriculture policy and finance bill.
Article 1 side by side (PDF)
Article 2 side by side (PDF)
Article 3 side by side (PDF)
Article 4 side by side (PDF)
Article 5 side by side (PDF)

Env/Ag CC spreadsheet (PDF)

Immediately Following Session

Committee on Finance
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
Agenda:
S.F. 1480-Johnson, A.: Childhood obesity pilot program appropriation.
H.F. 1389-Scalze: Office of enterprise technology (OET) name change to office of MN.IT services and provisions modifications; finance and budget provisions modifications.
H.F. 1451-Latz: I-35W bridge remnant steel disposition authorization.
S.F. 1633-Stumpf: Senate capital investment committee chairs capital investment projects notification requirement.
S.F. 56-Saxhaug: Outdoor heritage fund appropriations.
H.F. 826-Dibble: Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.
S.F. XXXX: Legacy omnibus

Melissa Fahning
Government Relations
melissa.fahning@so.mnscu.edu

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