Legislative Update – March 16, 2015

Good morning. Lawmakers will be working hard this week to meet the first committee bill deadline on Friday. This is when all policy bills must be out of the body of origin. Expect to see long committee agendas throughout the week. Last week, Governor Mark Dayton was expected to release his supplemental budget. It is anticipated he will release it early this week. Stay tuned.

Today at the Capitol

10:15 a.m.
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Minnesota Management & Budget: Presentation on the Cash Flow and Budget Reserve accounts
House Budget Resolution: Testimony on what the maximum limit, the budget reserve and cash flow account, or spending limits for each budget category should be. The committee will take testimony only. No action will be taken.

(3/12/2015) House Rule 4.03 Budget Resolution.pdf

(3/12/2015) Rep Winkler Permanent Rules floor amendment.pdf

(3/12/2015) CS-RES01.pdf

(3/13/2015) 2015 Budget Targets worksheet 3 13 15.pdf

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

3:30 p.m.
House in Session

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 17

8:15 a.m.

House Civil Law and Data Practices

Room: 10 State Office Buiding
Chair: Rep. Peggy Scott


HF742 (O’Neill): Campus sexual harassment and sexual violence; various provisions modified relating to campus sexual assault policies, good faith reporting, postsecondary institution and law enforcement coordination, online reporting systems, data access, data classifications, security officer and administrator training, and student health services

HF582 (Anderson): Agricultural operations’ nuisance liability modified

HF1047 (Whelan): Born Alive Infants Protection Act created, and civil remedies and protections provided

HF864 (Sanders): Response or incident data regulated, administrative penalty for insurance fraud provided, and process of deauthorization of the right of health care providers to receive payments created

8:15 a.m.

House Education Innovation Policy

Room: Basement Hearing Room

Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson

Agenda: HF1591 Erickson Early childhood and kindergarten through grade 12 education policy provided.

10:15 a.m.

House Agriculture Policy

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Anderson

HF1415 (Torkelson): Roadway use access modified

HF1451 (Miller): Livestock industry study required

HF1098 (Sundin): Rural Finance Authority loan state participation limit increased

HF1554 (Anderson): Agriculture policy and technical changes made to various provisions; and agricultural growth, research, and innovation program sunset repealed

12:45 p.m.

House Education Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon


HF1259 (Backer) Early education services authorized for students from adjoining states.
HF1636 (Christensen) School district authority to transfer certain money among funds and accounts extended.
HF603 (Kresha) Early learning scholarship program provided funding, and money appropriated.
HF1220 (Kresha) Early learning scholarship parameters clarified, and money appropriated.
HF1368 (Kresha) Tax credit provided for contributions to qualified foundations

2:00 p.m.

Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development
Room: 107 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
S.F. 951-Kiffmeyer: National guard members resident status for higher education grants and scholarship purposes.
S.F. 1300-Benson: Postsecondary education institutions sexual harassment and sexual violence policies modification.
S.F. 1273-Petersen: Alternative teacher preparation grant program establishment.
S.F. 1535-Bonoff: Higher education technical and policy changes.
S.F. 1194-Bonoff: Higher education student grant assigned family responsibility amounts, state grant tuition caps, and living expenses allowance modifications

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

Room: 5 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes


HF384 (Urdahl) School year-long student teaching programs made part of teacher preparation, and money appropriated.
HF987 (Selcer) Postsecondary study abroad program regulation clarified.
HF488 (Knoblach) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified.
HF1306 (Bernardy) Minnesota State colleges and Universities required to establish a transfer curriculum.
HF551 (O’Neill) Competency standards for dual training identification required by commissioner of labor and industry, dual training competency grant program created, and money appropriated.

5:30 p.m.

Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement

Room: 10, State Office Building

Chair:  Rep. Tim O’Driscoll


Approval of mortality assumption changes proposed for seven monthly benefit volunteer firefighter relief associations.
H.F. 477 (Mahoney); S.F. 580 (Hawj):  PERA; Service credit purchase for unreported St. Paul Public Schools employment.
H.F. 1114 (Hansen); S.F. 1342 (Metzen):  MSRS; Service credit purchase for pre-1996 Department of Revenue seasonal employment.
H.F. 1121 (Sanders); S.F. xxxx:  PERA; Service credit purchase for uncredited employment by Hennepin County Medical Center employee.

H.F. 1521 (Hoppe); S.F. 1373 (Pappas): MSRS-General, MSRS-Unclassified; Clarification of coverage for part-time legislative employees.

H.F. 1292 (Nelson); S.F. xxxx: MSRS-Unclassified; MSRS-General; Election options for legislators.

H.F. 1717 (Johnson, C.); S.F. xxxx: PERA; Coverage for Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging employees.

Other one-person or small group bills introduced before March 17, 2015.

Wednesday, March 18

8:30 a.m.

Senate Education
Room: 112 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger

S.F. 811-Wiger: Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education funding.
S.F. 334-Johnson, A.: Childhood screening program vision screening requirement modification.
S.F. 343-Kent: National association of sport and physical education kindergarten through grade 12 standards and benchmarks adoption requirement.
S.F. 1495-Wiger: Education policy bill

10:15 a.m.

House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room

Chair: Rep. Tim Sanders

HF1281 (Daudt) Legislative budget office created.
HF1677 (Albright) Human services policy modifications provided, tobacco inspector staff authorized to use unmarked vehicles, background study expense requirements modified, cost of care requirements for persons committed by tribal courts modified, and Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act compliance required.
HF195 (Runbeck) Metropolitan Council prohibited from indebtedness secured by pledge of motor vehicle sales tax revenue.
HF1297 (Uglem) Metropolitan Council nominating committee membership modified.
HF1324 (Backer) Volunteer firefighters; areas eligible for aid expanded, and program made ongoing.
HF328 (Loon) Crowdfunding transactions provided an exemption from securities regulation.
HF1525 (Loon) Transportation Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Council composition modified.
HF1170 (Bennett) Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program provided, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.
HF283 (Kresha) Camp Ripley nearby lands designated as sentinel landscape, coordinating committee created, and report required.
HF606 (Kiel) Facilities that perform abortions licensure required, licensing fee required, and money appropriated.
HF1116 (Zerwas) Transfer for divided lands restriction rules modified.
HF1152 (Daniels) Home care employee work group established to review and make recommendations on vaccinating and screening home care employees, and money appropriated.

12:00 p.m.

Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol

Chair: Sen. David J. Tomassoni
S.F. 468-Stumpf: Workforce housing grants program establishment.
S.F. 816-Dahms: Workforce housing grant program and appropriation; land trusts income tax credit and creation.
S.F. 282-Hawj: Housing opportunities made equitable (HOME) pilot project appropriation.
S.F. 456-Dibble: Housing finance agency (HFA) programs appropriations.
S.F. 420-Saxhaug: Rural workforce system coordinators establishment and appropriation; Minnesota youth program appropriation.
S.F. 461-Saxhaug: Resource, Inc. career education and job skills training appropriation

12:45 p.m.

House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Pat Garofalo

HF713 (Loonan) Minnesota High Tech Association’s SciTechsperience program provided grant funding; science, technology, engineering, and math internships provided, and money appropriated.
HF1012 (Dean) Home and community-based setting residency ratio restrictions modified.
HF1400 (Lucero) Certificate of need issuance prohibition for new nuclear power plant abolished.
HF438 (Kresha) Minnesota New Markets Jobs Act adopted, capital for business growth in economically distressed communities provided, penalties imposed, and report required.
HF1105 (Vogel) Urban challenge grants program modified, and money appropriated

2:45 p.m.
House Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building

Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes

HF880 (P. Anderson): Agricultural education teachers provided loan forgiveness, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.

HFXXXX (Pugh): Requiring student loan entrance counseling, and money appropriated.

HF820 (Applebaum): Merit-based academic excellence grant program established for Minnesota undergraduate students, and money appropriated.
HF1716 (Applebaum): Refundable credit for student loan interest allowed, and money appropriated.
HF1217 (Davnie): Concurrent enrollment provided, and money appropriated

Thursday, May 19

8:00 a.m.

Senate Education
Room: 107 Capitol

Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 1495-Wiger: Education policy bill

8:15 a.m.

House Education Innovation Policy

Room: Basement Hearing room

Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson

Agenda: HF1591 (Erickson): Early childhood and kindergarten through grade 12 education policy provided

Note: Mark-up/action on omnibus education policy bill.

2015 Bill Tracking

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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