Thursday, March 4, 2010

Capital investment meets, no deal

Yesterday at the Capitol

The capital investment working group met again yesterday and continued discussion on the overall size of the bill. The meeting only lasted an hour and then legislative leaders were scheduled to meet with the governor later in the evening. There was no indication of when the working group will meet next.

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson spoke regarding the issue of bond sales and said that there were funds available immediately for programs such as HEAPR. Hanson told working group members that MMB would review if other projects or programs could be funded ahead of a new bond sale.

Today at the Capitol

8:30 AM
House K-12 Education Policy and Oversight
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Carlos Mariani
HF3163 (Mariani) Prekindergarten through grade 12 funding provided, including general education, education excellence, special programs, and early childhood education.
HFXXXX (Garofalo) policy provisions included in the Governor's supplemental K-12 education funding bill
Note: The presentation of the Governor's supplemental K-12 education funding bill and HF3163(Mariani) will be information-only. If the presentations are not finished by 10:00 AM, the committee will recess and reconvene at 6:00 PM in the Basement Hearing Room.
Bill(s) Removed: HF3267 (Newton) Advisory task force established on school desegregation and integration.
Meeting Documents: HFXXXX (Garofalo) Governor's supplemental K-12 education funding bill

10:30 AM
House in Session

11:00 AM
Senate in Session

1:00 PM *Note time change*
Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Sandra L. Pappas
Agenda: Higher Education Budget Article

1:00 PM
House Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tom Rukavina
Agenda: HF2570 ( ) (Anzelc) Douglas J. Johnson economic protection trust fund and the Ironworld Discovery Center renamed.
HF3274 ( ) (Obermueller) Benefit account requirements modified for unemployment benefits.
DEED bills
HFxxxx Obermueller relating to workforce development; modifying unemployment insurance; clarifying workforce centers duties and responsibilities

2:45 PM
House K-12 Education Finance Division
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Mindy Greiling
Agenda: HFXXXX (Garofalo) Governor's supplemental K-12 education funding provisions

3:00 PM
Senate Committee on Judiciary
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Mee Moua
S.F. 2709-Pariseau: Inmate room and board payment time credited for time served inclusion.
S.F. 2715-Moua: Domestic abuse provisions modifications; domestic abuse no contact order law recodification and clarification; crime of tampering with a witness expansion; criminal penalties modifications.
S.F. 2636-Wiger: Electronic monitoring for domestic abuse offenders pilot project authorization.
S.F. 2437-Moua: Domestic abuse ex parte court orders for protection expansion.
S.F. 2705-Latz: Business corporations, nonprofit corporations and limited liability companies organization and operation regulation; registered agents and officers of business entities consistent law requirement; prohibition against certain business names repeal.
S.F. 2885-Fobbe: Assessors testimony and reports usage in legal proceedings.
S.F. 2920-Fobbe: Veterans preference proceedings prevailing parties attorney fees and costs awarding authorization.
S.F. 2713-Lourey: Judicial holds in civil commitment cases provisions modification.
S.F. 2425-Erickson Ropes: Higher education private data disclosure provision modification.
S.F. 2188-Betzold: State webmaster position establishment and appointment; state chief information officer policy and report development requirements.
S.F. 2327-Betzold: Government Web sites temporary session cookies state agency use clarification.

3:00 PM
Senate Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon
Agenda: S.F. 355-Koch: Nuclear power plant certificate of need issuance prohibition elimination.
*Due to limited seating in room 123, this hearing will be a ticketed event. Tickets may be procured from a Sergeant outside of room 123 between 2:00 and 3:00pm. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

6:30 PM
House Licensing Division
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Cy Thao
Agenda: HF3212 (Simon) Continuing education requirements exception provided for
licensed professional counselors.
HF3070 ((Kath) Ethics training required from home health aides, and commissioner of health instructed to amend rules.
HF2897 (Norton) Psychologist licensure requirements modified.
HF3272 (Ruud) Genetic counselors licensed.
HF677 (Thao) Body art procedures and establishments regulated.
HF1855 (Thao) Athletic trainer provisions changed.
HFXXXX/ SF2823 (Ruud) Dental provisions modified related to teeth whitening.
HFXXXX (Abeler) Surgical technologist employment qualifications required.
Overview of the proposed elimination of the Office of Unlicensed
Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practice, Minnesota Department of Health

Looking Ahead

Friday, March 5

9:30 AM
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room 107 Capitol
Chair: Senator Don Betzold
View detailed agenda, also available from the commission staff:
S.F. 2499/H.F. 2953-Betzold/Murphy , M.: TRA; Financial sustainability measures.
S.F. 2573/H.F. 2952-Betzold/Murphy , M.: MSRS; Financial sustainability measures.
S.F. 2631/H.F. 2999-Betzold/Murphy , M.: PERA; Financial sustainability measures.
S.F. 2672-Betzold: PERA-P&F; MPPOA-recommended financial sustainability measures.
S.F. 2404-Pappas: SPTRFA; Increasing benefits and state aid, revising fiduciary provisions and large plan investment authority.
H.F. XXXX-Murphy, M.: DTRFA; Financial sustainability measures.
Final consideration of the 2010 Omnibus Retirement Bill

11:00 AM
Legislative Audit Commission Topic Select Subcommittee
Room: 318 State Capitol
Chair: Rep. Rick Hansen
Agenda: Working session to select 8-10 evaluation topics for further consideration by the subcommittee

Monday, March 8

1:00 PM
House in Session

Tuesday, March 9

12:30 PM
House in Session

12:30 PM
Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Sandra L. Pappas
S.F. XXXX-Pappas: Office of Higher Education Policy Bill.
S.F. 2822-Clark: Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) credits transfer regulation.

2:45 PM
House Capital Investment Finance Division
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Alice Hausman
Agenda: HF2182 (Gardner) Rating criteria required for capital project funding requests.
HF2909 (Anderson) State agencies required to track and report on the number of jobs created or retained as a result of capital project funding.
(Downey) Information required to determine return on investment for capital requests.
Discussion on various bonding policies including provisions in HF2700 as passed on the House Floor.

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