Legislative Update – May 14, 2015

Good morning. The higher education conference committee is currently meeting and discussing the Minnesota statewide higher education attainment goals in the Senate bill. The Senate sets goals for postsecondary education: the number of Minnesota residents ages 25 to 44 years, who hold postsecondary degrees or certificates, should be increased to at least 70 percent by 2025; and the postsecondary education attainment rate for each race-ethnicity group in Minnesota with a postsecondary degree or a certificate awarded by a postsecondary institution, between the ages of 25 and 44, should be raised to 50 percent or higher  by 2025.

The conference committee will spend the morning discussing provisions in the bill and will take testimony. As a reminder, here is a link to the side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate bills: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/data/revisor/sbs/ls89/sf5-o.pdf. Senator Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, co-chair of the conference committee, said until they have targets, they will not take any action. Budget negotiations between Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders will resume at 10:30 this morning.

Today at the Capitol

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
SF229 (Sanders) Lawful gambling modifications; casino style games prohibition; play at the pump, ATM, and internet lottery ticket sales prohibition and suspension.
SF1350 (Atkins) Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick Memorial highway designation.
SF1854 (Lillie) Sergeant Joseph Bergeron memorial highway designation on trunk highway #36 in Maplewood.
SF1025 (Lohmer) Strategic litigation against public participation(SLAPP) government protections modification.
SF634 (Atkins) Lawful gambling games, licensing, reporting and other regulatory provisions modifications; lawful gambling clarifying, technical, and conforming provisions modifications.
SF1587 (Franson) Agricultural property owners equity-stripping law protection extension.
SF86 (Cornish) Automated license plate reader data classification, use of log and destruction of data requirements; portable recording system data classification, destruction and regulation.
HF1519 (Swedzinski) Gambling manager provisions modified, raffles provided, prize limits increased, and local regulation prescribed.
SF1679 (Swedzinski) Transportation network companies financial responsibility.
SF280 (Knoblach) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratification.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session
Special Orders:
H.F. 2193 (Sparks) Workers compensation advisory council recommendation adoption and federal conformity for inpatient hospital payments
H.F. 294 (Jensen) Stop loss health plan coverage qualifying conditions modifications
H.F. 1554 (Sparks) Omnibus Ag bill
H.F. 1003 (Goodwin) Local government donation of surplus property to nonprofit organizations authority and tort liability exception

At the call of the chair
Conference Committee on SF888: Omnibus State Government
Room: Basement hearing room State Office Building
Chairs: Rep. Sarah Anderson and Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Agenda: Omnibus State Government Finance Bill

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
Agenda: H.F. 848-Skoe: Omnibus tax bill.
Agenda (PDF)

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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