Monday, April 27, 2009

Higher education conferees are named

Yesterday at the Capitol
The Capital Investment Conference Committee met Friday night and the Senate had the gavel. For the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the Senate's proposal did not change from the last Senate proposal of $45 million in HEAPR and the five vetoed projects from last session. Gov. Pawlenty has indicated his priorities for a bonding bill are asset preservation and funding for the flood in the Red River Valley. Conferees did not meet the rest of the weekend, however the House, who holds the gavel, has indicated there will likely be a meeting today. Stay tuned.

Both the Senate and House met in floor session Saturday to continue processing bills. Over the next three weeks, schedules will be fluid as conference committees work through the differences between the House and Senate.

For the higher education omnibus bill, SF 2083, Senate conferees are:
Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul
Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan
Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester
Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park
Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona

House conferees are:
Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia
Rep. Linda Slocum, DFL-Richfield
Rep. Larry Haws, DFL-St. Cloud
Rep. David Bly, DFL-Northfield
Rep. Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake

At the Capitol:
Legislative schedules are available for the House and Senate.

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