Legislative Update – February 9, 2015

Good morning. The legislative agenda this week includes a joint hearing by the Senate and House higher education committees to recommend nominees for the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. On Wednesday in the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee, members will take up the contract ratification bill that includes the IFO, MSCF, and MSUAASF contracts, as well as the MnSCU Personnel Plan for Administrators. The contracts and plan were approved by the Legislative Coordinating Commission Subcommittee on Employee Relations over the interim, but the full Legislature needs to ratify them. The bill will need to make its way through the committee process before being taken up on the floor in each body.

Today at the Capitol

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:45 p.m.
House Veterans Affairs
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bob Dettmer

Agenda: HF141 (Dettmer) Veteran owned small business certification modified for purposes of state procurement

HF147 (Dettmer) Surviving spouses of deceased service members and permanently disabled veterans market value exclusion extended
HF299 (Heintzeman) Military retirement pay subtraction provided

3:30 p.m.

House in Session

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, February 10

8:15 a.m.
House Education Innovation Policy
Room: Basement hearing room State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson

Agenda: HF2 (Loon) Teacher licensure and employment conditions clarified; alternative teacher licensure amended; teacher licensure reciprocity with adjoining states provided; license via portfolio, exemption for technical education instructors, teachers’ unrequested leaves of absence and teaching assignments decisions, and teacher examination requirements clarified; and placing students with ineffective teachers prohibited

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 344-Johnson, A.: School breakfast program state aid increase.
S.F. 322-Saxhaug: Headwaters science center grant appropriation.
S.F. 299-Stumpf: Northwestern online college in the high school program appropriation

12:45 p.m.

House Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy

Room: Basement Hearing Room

Chair: Rep. Bob Gunther

Agenda: Overview of the Office of Broadband Development
Overview of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
Overview of Current and Future Investments in Broadband

2:45 p.m.
Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development; House Committee on Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff, Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: Recommend nominees for the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to be presented to a Joint Convention of the Legislature

Wednesday, February 11

10:15 a.m.
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: Basement hearing room State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Tim Sanders

Agenda: HF 337 (Sanders): Campaign finance and public disclosure board provisions modified; enforcement, registration, fees, data, contributions, statements of economic interest, and other provisions administered by the board modified; penalties provided; and technical changes made

HF172 (Lesch): Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act enacted, and conforming changes made

HF488 (Knoblach): Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon

Agenda: HF226 – (Halverson): School readiness program funding increased, and money appropriated.
HF318 – (Loon): Parent-child home program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF568 – (Wills): Minnesota Reading Corps program funding provided, and money appropriated.

2:00 p.m.

Senate State and Local Government
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
Agenda: S.F. 5-Bonoff: Workforce development; employees dual training competency grants program development and appropriation.
S.F. 247-Nelson: Alzheimer’s and other dementias research grants and programs; Alzheimer’s research advisory council establishment; appropriating money.
S.F. 336-Pappas: State employees assaulted by inmates and patients health insurance
coverage continuation.
S.F. 175-Hayden: Regional emergency medical services program grants procedures and administration modification.
S.F. 421-Wiklund: Garbage collection home rule charter cities assessment clarification.

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda: Confirmation – Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Katie Clark Sieben
S.F. 420-Saxhaug: Rural workforce system coordinators establishment and appropriation; Minnesota youth program appropriation

Thursday, February 12

8:15 a.m.
House Education Innovation Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda: HF500 (Bennett): List of offenses authorizing a denial or revocation of a teaching license by the Board of Teaching or Board of School Administrators expanded

HF217 (Selcer): 9th and 10th grade students authorized to enroll in concurrent enrollment world language courses

HF638 (Whelan): State math standards statutory review postponed

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: MDE reports on testing and teacher evaluation

Bill Introductions

2015 Bill Tracking

Please see the attached spreadsheet for the most recent higher education related bill introductions.

 

Thank you.

 

Melissa Fahning
Director of Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
651-201-1757 (work) 612-483-3741 (cell)
melissa.fahning@so.mnscu.edu

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