Legislative Update – February 17, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

Even though yesterday was President’s Day and a vacation for many, the Legislature was in session. The Senate State and Local Government Committee approved SF280, the contract ratification bill, yesterday afternoon. As a reminder, the bill ratifies the IFO, MSCF, and MSUAASF contracts and the MnSCU administrator plan. The bill is making its way through the committee process in both the House and Senate.

Also yesterday, the chairs of the DFL and Republican parties announced they’re moving the state’s precinct caucuses from February to March 1, 2016. In a letter to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, Republican Party Chair Keith Downey and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin stated they’re moving the caucus date to March to meet the requirements for the 2016 Presidential nominating process as outlined by the national party committees.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.

House Education Innovation Policy

Room: Basement Hearing Room

Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda:

HF72 (Anderson): Education expense credit and deduction provided to apply to expenditures for prekindergarten expense

HF245 (Urdahl): K-12 teachers who complete master’s degree in a content area directly related to their licensure field allowed tax credit, and money appropriated
HF359 (Runbeck): Reading tax credit modified

HF667 (Anderson): K-12 education expense credit modified, credit amount and income phaseout for the credit increased, and credit phaseout threshold adjusted for inflation
HF798 (Knoblach): K-12 education expense subtraction and credit modified; credit extended to tuition; subtraction and credit amounts increased; income phaseout for the credit increased; and credit, subtraction amount, and credit phaseout threshold adjusted for inflation

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

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles Wiger
Agenda: MDE report on Career and Technical Education
S.F. 467-Stumpf: Northwest mobile manufacturing lab establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 489-Dahle: School district enhanced debt service equalization.
S.F. 490-Dahle: School district debt service equalization increase.
S.F. 471-Saxhaug: Lakes country service cooperative rural science, technology and mathematics experiential learning pilot project appropriationSF489 (Dahle): School district enhanced debt service equalizations

10:15 a.m.
Agriculture Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Rod Hamilton

Agenda:  Presentations from United FCS and AgStar Financial Services on Minnesota Agricultural Economic Conditions and Credit Outlook
Presentations from the U of M Deans of College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Sciences; Extension; and School of Veterinary Medicine

12:45 p.m.

House Education Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
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

2:00 p.m.

Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda:
S.F. 396-Clausen: Truth in enrollment disclosures by higher education institutions requirement. *Bill is Removed*
S.F. 329-Benson: Materials disseminated by public postsecondary institutions disclosures requirements.
S.F. 696-Bonoff: Private for-profit postsecondary school affirmative duties compliance requirements establishment; disclosure requirements.
S.F. 697-Bonoff: Private education loan requirements, procedures and regulations.
S.F. 418-Franzen: Student loan originators disclosures requirement.

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes

Agenda: Office of Higher Education Presentation of the Loan Consolidation Report
HF952 (O’Neill) Student loan debt payment counseling pilot program created and money appropriated
Attachments: SW-A01.pdf

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, February 18

8:30 a.m.

Senate Education
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 337-Pappas: Educational directory information definition federal law conformance.
S.F. 524-Clausen: Principals leadership academy provisions modifications and appropriation.
S.F. 164-Johnson, A.: Charter schools serving at-risk students pupil performance additional accountability measures.
S.F. 429-Kiffmeyer: Postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO) act provisions modifications.
S.F. 430-Kiffmeyer: Concurrent enrollment study requirement.

12:15 p.m.
House in Session

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon

Agenda: HF844 (Loon) – Governor’s E-12 Budget Bill
Education; funding provided for early childhood and family, prekindergarten through grade 12, adult education, general education, education excellence, special education, facilities, technology, nutrition, libraries, accounting, early childhood, education, self-sufficiency, lifelong learning, and state agencies; and money appropriated

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes

Agenda: University of Minnesota presentation of the University’s budget request

Thursday, February 19

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development

Room: 107 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: S.F. 352-Clausen: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) supplemental academic instruction establishment
S.F. 871-Clausen: Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) remedial education process regulation.

Tuesday, February 24

8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 195-Hoffman, J.: Minnesota council on economic education grant appropriation.
S.F. 442-Wiklund: The Works museum appropriation.
S.F. 155-Wiger: School readiness aid increase and appropriation

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes

Agenda: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities budget request presentation

Wednesday, February 25

8:30 a.m.

Senate Education
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 334-Johnson, A.: Childhood screening program vision screening requirement modification.
MDE report on Indian Education Working Group
S.F. 271-Chamberlain: Reading income tax credit modifications.
S.F. 278-Chamberlain: Childhood literacy provisions modifications

Thursday, February 26

8:30 a.m.

Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 564-Hoffman, J.: School lunch aid provisions modifications.
S.F. 163-Hoffman, J.: School district basic revenue formula allowance increase.
S.F. 541-Clausen: General education basic formula allowance increase and future annual inflationary increases authorization.
S.F. 558-Wiklund: School districts and cooperatives compensatory revenue to school sites allocation modification.
S.F. 398-Dziedzic: Collaborative urban educator recruitment and training programs appropriation

Bill Introductions

Please see the 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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