Thursday, April 8, 2010

House passes Senate mental health bill

Yesterday at the Capitol

The full House passed SF 2425, introduced by Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, which clarifies that under Minnesota law, mental health information can be disclosed in health and safety emergencies consistent with the requirements of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA currently authorizes colleges and universities to determine that a health and safety emergency exists and to disclose health information to appropriate parties, including parents. The Senate passed the bill earlier on March 29 so it now heads to the governor.

Today at the Capitol

8:00 AM
Trustee Candidate Advisory Council
Room: 300N State Office Building
Chair: Kent Eklund
Agenda: Candidates interviewed for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees

8:30 AM
Senate E-12 Education Budget and Policy Division
Room: 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. LeRoy A. Stumpf
Agenda: S.F. 2716-Saltzman: Charter school provisions modifications; charter schools facilities authority establishment; credit enhancement account creation; purchasing and borrowing authority authorization; building lease transition aid eligibility authorization.

8:30 AM
Senate Committee on Taxes
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Thomas M. Bakk
S.F. 3036-Vandeveer: Energy management system purchase and installation income tax subtraction.
S.F. 3047-Kubly: Grain bin sales and use tax collection.
S.F. 2224-Kubly: County public safety radio communications equipment upgrade sales tax exemptions.
S.F. 2545-Frederickson: Sales tax exemption for public safety radio communications equipment.
S.F. 2798-Rosen: Sales tax exemption for public safety radio communications equipment.
S.F. 2688-Anderson: Homeless prevention and food shelf income tax checkoff.
S.F. 3286-Sieben: Cottage Grove economic development authority tax increment financing (TIF) district plan modification authority.
S.F. 3322-Pappas: Higher education bond allocation limits modification; housing finance agency (HFA), office of higher education and rural finance authority bonding authority transfer authorization.

10:30 AM *Note change in time and agenda*
House Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tom Rukavina
Agenda: HF3739 (Carlson) Bond allocation limits modified, and transfer authorized.
HF3757 (Hilty) relating to higher education; modifying securities transaction exemptions; appropriating money for the state grant program
HF3448 (Rukavina) Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; pilot project established for the local deposit of certain reserves. (HF3448 will be amended to create a new higher ed omnibus policy bill).

10:30 AM and after session if needed
House State Government Finance
Room: 400N State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Phyllis Kahn
HF2952 (Murphy) State employees retirement plan contribution rates increased, adjustment provisions changed, refund interest rates reduced, augmentation rates reduced, interest eliminated, vesting requirements and early retirement reduction rates increased, rates reduced, amortization periods extended, study required, and bylaw amendments authorized.
HF3281 (Murphy) Volunteer fire relief associations technical corrections made, break-in-service return revised, Minnesota deferred compensation plan service pension transfers authorized, payout defaults revised in survivor benefits, and corrections of certain special fund deposits authorized.
HF2922 (Thissen) Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund; administrative functions transferred to the Public Employees Retirement Association, consolidation account created within the Public Employees Retirement Association, and money appropriated.

11:00 AM
Senate in Session

1:00 PM
House in Session

Looking Ahead
Friday, April 9

8:30 AM
House Finance
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Lyndon Carlson
HF2758 (Lillie) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratified.
HF677 (Bunn) Body art procedures and establishments regulated.
SF2339 (Peterson) Criminal penalty increased for possessing dangerous weapons on school property while criminal penalty lowered for brandishing, using, or possessing replica firearms and BB guns on school property.
HF1320 (Swails) Pharmacists prohibited from substituting epilepsy drugs without prior consent and notification.
HF3046 (Ruud) Birthing centers licensure established.
HF3123 (Morgan) K-12 special education third-party billing process made more cost effective.
HF3279 (Huntley) Electronic health record technology provisions amended, administrative penalties provided, and money appropriated.
HF3713 (Huntley) Medical assistance eligibility expanded to include certain adults without children, and money appropriated.
HF3224 (Beard) Transportation projects provisions modified.
8:30 AM
Senate Finance
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Richard J. Cohen
S.F. 3275-Anderson: Natural resources department long-range land management budget analysis requirement.
S.F. 2510-Tomassoni: Labor and industry licensing and fee modifications.
S.F. 3134-Betzold: State government appropriations, appropriation reductions and one-time transfers.

Monday, April 12

9:00 AM
Joint Committee: LCPFP Subcommittee on a Balanced Budget
Room: 15 Capitol
Chairs: Rep. Lyndon Carlson, Sen. Lawrence J. Pogemiller
Agenda: Update on cash flow

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