Legislative Update – March 6, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

Governor Mark Dayton announced yesterday that he will deliver his State of the State address on March 25.

Also yesterday, the full House took up HF2, a controversial bill introduced by Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, aimed at providing schools with more flexibility to attract and retain quality teachers. The bill includes language that would streamline the out-of-state teacher licensure process, including an increase of regional reciprocity and recognition of alternative pathways to licensure; as well as provide school districts facing layoffs greater flexibility in using annual teacher evaluations along with seniority as a measure if decisions to cut teachers are made.

Education Minnesota, the state’s main teachers union, has said they are concerned with the “Last In, First Out” provision in the bill, which they say would unfairly diminish the impact of seniority, and overly rely on teacher evaluations that were implemented for the first time last school year. Seniority is the current measure used when school districts have to make tough budget decisions. “We know from a number of surveys and public opinion polls that have been taken that parents expect that effectiveness and merit is going to be part of the decision when considering which teachers would be retained if your school is going to lay off teachers,” Loon said. The bill passed as amended by a vote of 70-63. Senator Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, is the author in the Senate.

Today at the Capitol

There are no higher education related committee hearings, or floor sessions scheduled for today.

Looking Ahead

Monday, March 9
8:00 a.m.
Senate Education

Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
S.F. 1002-Hoffman, J.: Individualized education programs for students with disabilities paraprofessional training provisions modifications.
S.F. 472-Bonoff: High school career counseling services appropriation.
S.F. 740-Pratt: Students with disabilities records transfer procedures requirements.
S.F. 434-Chamberlain: Math standards statutory review postponement.
S.F. 475-Rosen: Teacher license suspension conditions expansion.
S.F. 1220-Clausen: Continuing education requirements for retired substitute principals

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

HF1027 Garofalo Minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities modified.

12:00 p.m.
Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. David J. Tomassoni
S.F. 572-Jensen: Big Brothers Big Sisters grant appropriation.
S.F. 411-Dziedzic: Minnesota high tech association SciTechsperience and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) internships appropriation.
S.F. 428-Saxhaug: Boys and girls club youth job skills development grant appropriation.
S.F. 1006-Tomassoni: Employment support services to persons with mental illness appropriation

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda: Confirmation: Commissioner Ken Peterson, Department of Labor and Industry
S.F. 1381-Schmit: Labor and industry department provisions modification; office of combative sports provisions modifications.
S.F. 1371-Sparks: Construction code and licensing division housekeeping modifications.
S.F. XXXX-Eken: OSHA agency bill.
S.F. XXXX-Eken: OSHA agency bill.

Tuesday, March 10
8:30 a.m.
Senate Finance
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
Agenda: Presentation of February Forecast by MMB
Confirmation of Commissioner Myron Frans, MMB

10:15 a.m.
House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tony Cornish
Agenda: Report from the Legislative Advisory Committee on the Care of Pregnant Incarcerated Women.
HF1432 (Green): Bureau of Criminal Apprehension required to do background checks at the request of Indian tribes
HF1247 (Laine): Needs of incarcerated women related to pregnancy and childbirth addressed, and report on use of restraints required.
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, data classifications provided, campus security officers and administrators training required, and institutions required to provide student health services for victims of sexual assault
HF1180 (O’Neill): Trial courts provided funding for expansion of specialty courts

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: HF1108 (Norton): University of Minnesota and Mayo Foundation Partnership funding provided, report required, and money appropriated
HF1347 (Fenton): Alternative teacher preparation grant program established, and money appropriated
HF841 (Dettmer): Resident status granted for purposes of higher education grants and scholarships to members of the state’s National guard who reside in the state
HF228 (Knoblach): Income definition modified for property tax refunds
HF1479 (Garofalo): Contributions for higher education expenses tax credit and subtraction established

5:30 p.m.
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair:  Rep. Tim O’Driscoll
H.F. 41 (Hausman); S.F. 61 (Marty): Roseville VFRA; Options for the governance and administration of the Roseville Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association.
H.F. 45 (Murphy, M. by request); S.F. 215 (Bakk): Permitting the Proctor Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association to limit application of an increase in service pensions.
H.F. 298 (Runbeck); S.F. 251 (Chamberlain): Providing for continued retirement coverage in the Centennial Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association upon withdrawal of one city from the Centennial Fire Department joint powers agreement.
H.F. 599 (Murphy, M.); S.F. 537 (Johnson): PERA-SVFRP; Establishing a monthly benefit division in the statewide volunteer fire plan to permit transfers of local monthly benefit volunteer firefighter relief association plan administration to PERA.
H.F. 826 (Murphy, M.); S.F. 884 (Rosen): Implementing the recommendations of the State Auditor’s Volunteer Fire Relief Association Working Group.
H.F. 1204 (O’Driscoll); S.F. 1140 (Pappas): Implementing the recommendations of the PERA  Volunteer Fire Advisory Board.

Wednesday, March 11

8:00 a.m.
Senate Education
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: Governor’s Policy Bill
S.F. 559-Clausen: Alternative teacher licensure provisions modifications.
S.F. 664-Torres Ray: Teacher preparation program efficacy data reporting and appropriation.
S.F. 106-Bonoff: High school students world language course enrollment.
S.F. 979-Kiffmeyer: Student surveys and similar instruments prior written consent and notice requirements.
S.F. 961-Jensen: Agricultural educator grant program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 1001-Hoffman, J.: Student discipline provisions modifications.
S.F. 1210-Hoffman, J.: Public postsecondary faculty member experienced in teaching subjects for which secondary and postsecondary credits are available licensure authorization

Thursday, March 12
8:00 a.m.
Senate Education
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 97-Bonoff: Teacher seniority provisions modification.
S.F. 473-Pratt: Teacher licensure and employment conditions clarification

Bill Introductions

Please see the spreadsheet for the 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)


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