Legislative Update – May 12, 2015

Good morning. The full Senate passed SF280 yesterday, the contract ratification bill, by a vote of 50-13. This is the bill that ratifies the IFO, MSCF and MSUAASF contracts, and the MnSCU administrators plan. The companion bill is awaiting action by the full House.

The Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA), the student government for Minnesota State University, Mankato, is walking from Mankato to the State Capitol in St. Paul to advocate for MnSCU’s $142 million budget request. The students, who are walking 142 kilometers for $142 million, left Mankato Sunday and plan to arrive at the Capitol Wednesday (tomorrow) at approximately 2:00 p.m. Click here for press release.

Negotiations continue between legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton as they figure out a path to end the session by May 18. We are also awaiting the next higher education conference committee to be scheduled. We will continue to keep you updated.

Today at the Capitol

10:00 a.m.
House in Session
SF1679 (Swedzinski) Transportation network companies financial responsibility.
SF1478 (Nash) Interstate Compact on Juveniles repeal.
SF857 (Youakim) Silver Alert system for missing senior citizens working group establishment.
HF1947 (Atkins) Used wireless communication device cash payments permitted.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session
H.F. 1427 (Jensen) Rice county district #1 hospital district board meeting requirements modification
H.F. 1036 (Eaton) Physician assistant program provisions modification
H.F 177 (Jensen) Self-service storage facility insurance sales regulations
S.F. 1603 (Eaton) Crime of automated sales suppression devices (zappers) use; civil and criminal penalties authorization; forfeiture requirement
S.F. 706 (Rosen) Foster care licensing, home and community-based services standards and disability waiver rate systems provisions modifications
H.F. 1193 (Wiklund) School-age child program human services licensure exclusion
S.F. 383 (Jensen) Optometrists, doctors and chiropractors licensing provisions modifications
H.F. 1916 (Ruud) Crow Wing county auditor-treasurer and recorder appointive process authorization
S.F. 1771 (Dibble) Medical cannabis (marijuana) registry program provisions modifications
S.F. 1876 (Rosen) Child protection legislative task force establishment
S.F. 1694 (Lourey) Religious objections to autopsies authorization

30 minutes after last body adjourns
Conference Committee on H.F. 848: Omnibus Tax Bill
Room: 15 Capitol

Chairs: Sen. Rod Skoe and Rep. Greg Davids
CONFEREES: SENATE: Skoe; Gazelka; Dziedzic; Koenen; Rest – HOUSE: Davids; Lenczewski; Drazkowski; Barrett; Swedzinski
H.F. 848-Skoe: Omnibus tax bill.
Agenda (PDF)

6:00 p.m. or at the call of the chair
Conference Committee on SF888: Omnibus State Government
Room: Basement hearing room State Office Building
Chairs: Rep. Sarah Anderson, Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda: SF888: Omnibus State Government

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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