Legislative Update – Monday, March 2, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

The February state budget forecast was released Friday projecting an additional surplus for the FY2016-2017 biennium, bringing the total surplus to $1.869 billion. Following the press conference with Minnesota Management and Budget, Governor Mark Dayton held a press conference discussing how he intends to spend the additional surplus. Dayton said he will be recommending an investment in education and transportation, and said an affordable higher education is a crucial investment for the future of Minnesota. In regards to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Dayton said, “I will propose the same $95 million of additional funding for MnSCU, which will fully fund the tuition freeze for the first year of the biennium, and half the cost of the freeze for the second year. I will ask them to fund the other half through administrative savings.” Gov. Dayton said he plans to release his supplemental budget recommendation the week of March 9.

http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-157643

Today at the Capitol

10:15 a.m.
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Agenda: Minnesota Management & Budget: Presentation of the February 2015 Budget and Economic Forecast
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

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:45 p.m.
House Veterans Affairs Division

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bob Dettmer

Agenda:

HF1106 (Davids): Service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses ensured by commissioner of administration to receive a percentage of state procurement, and bid preferences provided.
HF243 (Newton): Driver’s licenses and Minnesota identification cards Purple Heart designation established, and state park permits provided.
HF545 (Johnson): Veterans-to-agriculture pilot program established, and money appropriated.
HF961 (Dill): Minnesota veteran home residents allowed to take antlerless deer without permit.

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Room: 112 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda: Confirmation: Commissioner Clark Sieben, Department of Employment and Economic Development
S.F. 386-Jensen: Greater Minnesota business development public infrastructure grant program bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 763-Jensen: Greater Minnesota business development public infrastructure grant program bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 435-Schmit: Minnesota New Markets Jobs Act

S.F. 1217-Dziedzic: New markets income tax credit program establishment.

2:00 p.m.
Senate State and Local Government
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
Agenda: Confirmation of MN.IT Commissioner Thomas Baden
Confirmation of Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman
S.F. 694-Hawj: St. Paul port authority provisions modifications.
S.F. 766-Hoffman, J.: Spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research grant program, small business grant and loan program, and spinal cord and traumatic brain injury advisory council establishment; office of higher education grants

2:00 p.m.
Senate
Transportation and Public Safety

Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. D. Scott DibbleAgenda: Confirmation of Commissioner Charles Zelle
SF1046 (Carlson, J.): School bus driver’s license endorsement and applicant records check requirements modificationsSF1047 (Carlson, J): School bus driver’s license endorsement commercial motor vehicle road test requirements modifications; third-party testing program for school bus companies provisions

SF389 (Rest): Infant and child car seats general sales and use tax exemption

SF86 (Latz): Automated license plate reader data classification, use of log and destruction of data requirements.

3:30 p.m.
House in Session
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, March 3
8:15 a.m.

House Education Innovation Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda:
HF887 (O’Driscoll): Unclaimed lottery prize money dedicated for acquisition of school trust lands, condemnation of school trust lands to be acquired provided, and money appropriated
HF733 (Petersburg): Independent School District No. 761, Owatonna public schools revenue authorization referendum clarified
HF1217 (Davnie): Concurrent enrollment provided, and money appropriated
HF394 (Freiberg): Service-learning integrated into Minnesota’s education system, evidence-based service-learning grant program established, task force for teacher preparation and licensure requirements related to service learning provided, and money appropriated
HF384 (Urdahl): School year-long student teaching programs made part of teacher preparation
HF1170 (Bennett): Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program provided, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated
HF1164 (Zerwas): Commercial motor vehicle road test requirements for school bus endorsement modified, and third-pary testing provisions for school bus companies modified
HF1163 (Zerwas): School bus driver’s license endorsement issuance requirements modified
HF246 (Urdahl): Teacher mentorship programs importance reaffirmed and money appropriated
HF1233 (Christensen): Student discipline provisions modified
HF1209 (Barett): Suicide prevention training required, de-escelation of mental health crises traning required for law enforcement, report required, and money appropriated
HF789 (Bly): Board of Teaching directed to adopt standards for a specialized license, endorsement, or credential for project-based learning; and a project-based learning proposal required
HF1219 (Davnie): Data on homeless and highly mobile students reported

8:15 a.m.
House Civil Law and Data Practices
Room: 10 State Office building
Chair: Rep. Peggy Scott
Agenda: HF546 (Dettmer): Government entity permitted to release military release forms to another government entity for purpose of locating records
HF906 (Lohmer): Public participation in government protections modified
HF773 (Lien): Minnesota State colleges and Universities Board of Trustees required to disclose information related to consultants providing advice or analysis to the board

8:30 a.m.
Senate Tax Reform Division
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Ann H. Rest
Agenda:
S.F. 190-Franzen: Bullion coin sales and use tax exemption.
S.F. 544-Petersen: Bullion and bullion coin sales and use tax exemption.
S.F. 103-Dibble: Postsecondary instructional materials sales tax exemption expansion.
S.F. 678-Ingebrigtsen: Resorts and recreational camping areas building materials and supplies sales and use tax exemption.
S.F. 532-Rest: Contractor construction materials purchase for public entities sales and use tax exemption modification.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Education

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 333-Lourey: Early childhood family education (ECFE) revenue use for school readiness programs.
S.F. 1067-Wiger: Grade promotion or retention policy inclusion in school district strategic plan requirement.
S.F. 1189-Wiger: Charter school statutes recodification.
Isaiah: Pathways to Education Equity

10:15 a.m.
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Tim Sanders
Agenda: HF417 (Davids): Houston County Economic Development Authority members authorized three-year terms.
HF1078 (Urdahl): State agency reasonable accommodation costs reimbursed, and money appropriated.
HF716 (Mahoney): Saint Paul Port Authority governing provisions modified.
HF1003 (Laine): Local governments permitted to donate surplus equipment to nonprofit organizations.

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: S.F. 1195-Cohen: University of Minnesota research, healthy Minnesota and medical school investment appropriations.
University of Minnesota – 2016-2017 Biennial Budget Request Presentation

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: HF777 (Hamilton): Spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research grant program created, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury advisory council established, and money appropriated.
HF742 (O’Neill): Campus sexual harassment and sexual violence policy changes required, good faith reporting of sexual harassment and sexual violence encouraged, coordination between postsecondary institutions and law enforcement required, postsecondary institutions required to create an online reporting system, data access restricted, campus security officers and administrators training required, and student health services for victims of sexual assault provided by institutions required.

5:30 p.m.
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tim O’Driscoll
Agenda: H.F. 660 (O’Driscoll); S.F. 613 (Pappas): MSRS, PERA, SPTRFA; Modifying various economic actuarial assumptions.
H.F. 565 (O’Driscoll); S.F. 519 (Pappas): MSRS, PERA-P&F, TRA, SPTRFA; Modifying the financial sustainability triggers for postretirement adjustment mechanisms.

H.F. 566 (O’Driscoll); S.F. 518 (Pappas): Various plans; Modifications in contribution stabilizer provisions.
Other items as designated by the Commission chair.

Wednesday, March 4

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda:
S.F. 949-Reinert: Minnesota seed law exemption and definitions modification.
S.F. 961-Jensen: Agricultural educator grant program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 933-Koenen: Beginning farmer program tax credits establishment.
S.F. 820-Sparks: Agriculture research, education and technology transfer board establishment and appropriation

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: HF89 (Davnie): Instructional materials tax exemption modified.
HF228 (Knoblach): Income definition modified for property tax refunds.
HF1022 (Christensen): Child care grant eligibility modified.
Presentation from North Hennepin Community College

7:00 p.m.
Joint Senate and House Session
University of Minnesota Regent Selection

Thursday, March 5
8
:30 a.m.

Senate Education
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 990-Wiger: Digital student achievement backpack establishment.
S.F. 1210-Hoffman, J.: Public postsecondary faculty member experienced in teaching subjects for which secondary and postsecondary credits are available licensure authorization.
S.F. 1185-Petersen: Practice or student teachers placement requirements modification and clarification.
S.F. 959-Clausen: School year-long student teaching programs inclusion in teacher preparation programs rules curriculum requirements.
S.F. 995-Clausen: Concurrent education enrollment program establishment and appropriation

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: TBA

Bill Introductions

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

Thank you.

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

 

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