Legislative Update – March 10, 2015

Good morning. There were many new bills introduced yesterday in both the House and Senate. Those that impact Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have been included on the spreadsheet. The first committee deadline of March 20, when policy bills must be out of the body of origin, is approaching. The next couple weeks we’ll see full committee agendas as committees work to meet the policy bill deadline.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.
House Education Innovation Policy
Room: Basement hearing room
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda:
HF1075 (Erickson): Language excluding retired principals who serve as a substitute principal removed from continuing education requirements
HF1392 (Bennett): Student assessment provisions modified, and number of required state tests reduced
HF645 (Kiel): Minnesota teaching license issuance to out-of-state applicants requirements clarified
HF475 (Quam): Sponsored agriculture education community experts allowed
HF1220 (Kresha): Early learning scholarship parameters clarified, and money appropriated
HF1384 (Erickson): Charter school statutes recodified, technical corrections made, and obsolete and duplicative provisions removed
HF1485 (Erickson): Charter schools allowed to give enrollment preference to children who are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch

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

8:30 a.m.
Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Tony Lourey
Agenda:
S.F. 3-Clausen: Rural mental health professionals, public health nurses, dental therapists and advanced dental therapists education loan forgiveness program addition and appropriation.
S.F. 734-Hayden: Minnesota family investment program (MFIP) cash assistance payment amount increase.
S.F. 790-Franzen: Minnesota stroke system appropriation.
S.F. 63-Eken: Medical assistance (MA) coverage for licensed independent clinical social workers and licensed marriage and family therapist consultations authorization

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

12:45 p.m.
House Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Bob Gunther
Agenda:
HF807 (Gunther): Redevelopment grant funding provided, and money appropriated
HF1125 (Simonson): Small business development center program funding provided, and money appropriated
HF1136 (Dean): Performance-based grants provided, and money appropriated
HF1149 (Gunther): Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. grant provided by commissioner of employment and economic development, and money appropriatedHF1175 (Mahoney): Brownfields revitalization and restoration loan and grant funding provided, and money appropriated

HF1386 (Johnson): Center for Rural Policy and Development funding provided, and money appropriated

HF1515 (Peterson): Ka Joog grant funding provided for a job skills and workforce development pilot program; Takeoff 4-H STEAM funding provided for Somali youth, and money appropriated

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon

Agenda:
HF718 (Loon) General Education Revenue definition clarified.
HF719 (Loon) General education basic formula allowance clarified.
HF858 (Pierson) Collaborative urban educator grants authorized for recruitment and training programs, and money appropriated.
HF1209 (Barrett) Suicide prevention training required, de-escelation of mental health crises training required for law enforcement, report required, and money appropriated.
HF1391 (Urdahl) College Possible funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated

HF643 (Fenton) Principals’ Leadership Academy provisions modified, and money appropriated.

2:00 p.m.

Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 107 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: Presentation – College Possible
Presentation – Bush Foundation
S.F. 759-Jensen: Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 1084-Jensen: Agricultural education loan forgiveness program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 429-Kiffmeyer: Postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO) act provisions modifications.
S.F. 430-Kiffmeyer: Concurrent enrollment study requirement

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
Agenda:
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.

Looking Ahead

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
S.F. 1276-Pappas: Youth development educational partnership fund and appropriation

10:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Policy
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Anderson
Agenda: HF879 (Anderson) Agricultural educator grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF910 (Newberger) Direct sale of prepared food licensing exclusions provided.
HF1377 (Pierson) Second Harvest Heartland grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF167 (Nornes) Agricultural drain tiles exempted from sales tax.
HFXXXX (Anderson, P) Minnesota Department of Agriculture policy bill.
HF577 (Hansen) Internet sales of restricted use pesticides restricted.
HF1051 (Poppe) Agricultural growth, research, and innovation program grants authorized, and money appropriated.

10:15 a.m.
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Tim Sanders
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.
HF779 (Hamilton): Agriculture Research Education, and Technology Transfer Board established, and money appropriated.
HF278 (Kiel): Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias research grant program and public awareness campaign grant program established, Alzheimer’s Research Advisory Council established, reports required, and money appropriated.
HF921 (Schomacker): Long-term care savings plan provided, and income tax subtraction for contributions made to long-term care savings plan provided.
HF899 (Runbeck): Transitway development and finance governed, legislative authorization requirements established, and permissible use specified and uses of revenue from a metropolitan transportation area sales tax prioritized

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

2:00 p.m.
Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Dan Sparks
Agenda:
S.F. 641-Saxhaug: \”Getting to Work\” pilot grant program establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 1271-Koenen: Livestock industry study requirement.
S.F. 1466-Rest: Drivers license and unemployment insurance data sharing authorization; employment and economic development department (DEED) solicitation and proposal authorization

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda:
HF1517 (Norton): Plan to encourage students to finish their degree programs required, and reports required.
HF1150 (Urdahl): Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; process for determining whether a student requires remedial education regulated.
HF982 (Urdahl): Public postsecondary institutions directed to give full credit to students for completed Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) courses, and report required.
HF647 (McDonald): Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities required to establish supplemental academic instruction, and money appropriated.

Thursday, March 12
8:00 a.m.
Senate Education
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda:
S.F. 1554-Kent: Student placement provisions modifications.
S.F. 97-Bonoff: Teacher seniority provisions modification.
H.F. 2-Pratt: Teacher licensure and employment conditions clarification.

10:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Rod Hamilton
Agenda:
HF907 (Anderson) Fertilizer research grants funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1499 (Schultz) Best practices for food hubs and alternative community-based food distribution grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
HF1216 (Poppe) Farm mental health counseling support funding provided, and money appropriated.

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. XXXX-Nelson: Timely Completion of Programs at MnSCU.
S.F. 765-Bonoff: Postsecondary study abroad program regulation clarification.
S.F. XXXX-Miller: Credit Transfers at MnSCU.
S.F. 1488-Miller: MnSCU campus autonomy act.

Bill Introductions

Please see the spreadsheet for the 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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