Legislative Update – May 13, 2015

Good morning. Both the House and Senate are in session today to take up a variety of bills (see agendas below), and conference committees will continue to meet throughout the day. The higher education conference committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning to discuss a handful of provisions in the Senate bill, including the statewide attainment goals and the career and technical education tuition assistance grant.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato students who are walking from Mankato to the State Capitol will arrive at the Capitol at 2:00 p.m. today. Governor Mark Dayton is scheduled to greet the students on the Capitol steps. The students are walking 142 kilometers in support of MnSCU’s $142 million budget request.

With six days remaining in the legislative session, budget negotiations continue today as legislative leaders and Governor Dayton work to find a resolution to the budget. Stay tuned.

Today at the Capitol

9:00 a.m.
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Agenda: HF839 (Knoblach) February forecast date adjusted.
HF748 (Albright) Disaster relief; spending authorized to acquire and better public land and buildings and other improvements of a capital nature, and money appropriated.

10:00 a.m.
House in Session

HF1365 (Fenton) State primary election changed from August to June, and primary elections conducted by a political subdivision date changed.
HF501 (Fenton) Military and overseas voting provisions modified.
SF1504 (Pierson) E-health advisory committee, trauma advisory council, and the maternal and child health advisory task force sunset date extension; stillbirth review.
HF1257 (Zerwas) Responsible contractor law provisions changed.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session
H.F. 1357 (Pappas) Certificate of marriage dissolution court preparation and submission requirement
S.F. 1973 (Carlson) Corrections department claims settlement appropriation
S.F. 113 (Pappas) Resolution urging Congress to remove the Equal Rights Amendments ratification deadline
H.F. 385 (Franzen) Business organizations and limited liability companies conversion requirements modification; conversion
of corporations and limited liability companies repeal
H.F. 1556 (Carlson) Hire a Veteran month designation change
H.F. 450 (Housley) Military Spouses and Families Day
S.F. 362 (Anderson) Veterans Honor and Remember Flag designation as a symbol of recognition and honor for fallen military
service members
H.F. 1535 (Sheran) Omnibus health and human services policy bill
S.F. 1757 (Nelson) Lodging establishment definition expansion
H.F. 1792 (Eken) Receivership of nursing homes or certified boarding care homes provisions modifications
H.F. 12 (Ingebrigtsen) Blue Alert system establishment to aid in the apprehension of those who kill or injure law enforcement officers

30 minutes after the 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
Agenda: H.F. 848-Skoe: Omnibus tax bill.

At the call of the Chair
Conference Committee on S.F. 888: Omnibus State Government Finance
Room: Basement hearing room State Office Building

Chairs: Sen. Tom Saxhaug and Rep. Sarah Anderson
CONFEREES: SENATE: Saxhaug; Carlson; Wiklund; Metzen; Pappas – HOUSE: Anderson; Laine; O\’Driscoll; Albright; Loonan
Agenda: S.F. 888-Saxhaug: Omnibus state government finance bill.

Looking Ahead

Thursday, May 14

8:30 a.m.
Conference Committee on S.F. 5: Omnibus Higher Education Bill
Room: 500N State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff and Rep. Bud Nornes
CONFEREES: SENATE: Bonoff; Miller; Dziedzic; Eken; Clausen – HOUSE: Nornes; Pelowski; Gruenhagen; O’Neill; Christensen
Agenda: S.F. 5-Bonoff: Omnibus Higher Education Bill.
Senate Proposals Overview in S.F. 5
– MN Statewide Attainment Goals
– University of Minnesota – Medical School
– Alzheimer’s Research Grant Program
– Free Tuition at Public 2-year Technical Schools

10:00 a.m.
House in Session

Bill Introductions

Please click here 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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