Legislative Update – February 18, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development committee took up a series of bills yesterday in committee that address data disclosures to students with the intent that students, the consumer, can make better informed decisions regarding such things as which college to attend, which program to take, and loans to take out. SF329, a bill introduced by Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, requires materials disseminated by public postsecondary institutions to disclose data potential students can use to make more informed decisions. Sen. Benson told committee members that when she visited colleges with her son who is looking at applying for college, she felt that the colleges were upfront about the benefits of attending a certain college, but not very upfront about the risks. She said that instead of stored data on a distant Web site, she would prefer the information to be included in materials disseminated by the college. Committee Chair Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, said that she would prefer the bill applied to all sectors across higher education in Minnesota so that consumers have a broad knowledge of choices. The bill, along with the other bills heard by committee members yesterday, was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

Today at the Capitol

Today is MSUSA and MSCSA Advocacy Day. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students will be meeting with legislators at the Capitol throughout the day.

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

Looking Ahead

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.

Monday, February 23

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda:
S.F. 525-Tomassoni: Jobs training program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 526-Tomassoni: Jobs training program and tax credit establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 468-Stumpf: Workforce housing grants program establishment.
S.F. 764-Sparks: Office of workforce housing creation; workforce housing fund, tax exemptions, and investor tax credits establishment; sales tax exemption; appropriating money.
S.F. 816-Dahms: Workforce housing grant program and appropriation; land trusts income tax credit and creation

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

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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