Tuesday, April 5, 2011

House higher ed conferees are named; Schedules posted

Yesterday at the Capitol

On the House floor yesterday higher education conference committee members were announced. They are Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls; Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake; Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown; Rep. Pat Mazorol, R-Bloomington; and Rep. David Hancock, R-Bemidji. There has been no indication of when a conference committee will meet.

Now that the majority of the finance bills have passed the floor and are headed into conference committee, we will start to see committees take up policy bills.

Today at the Capitol

8:00 AM
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Mary Liz Holberg
HF 927 Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill
HF 8 (Gottwalt) Healthy Minnesota contribution program established, and plan required to redesign service delivery for lower-income MinnesotaCare enrollees, and Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association required to offer a high-deductible, basic plan.

9:30 AM
Senate in Session
Omnibus Tax Bill

3:00 PM
House in Session
Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development Finance bill

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, April 6

1:00 PM
Senate State Government Innovation and Veterans
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Mike Parry
S.F. 434-Rosen: Minnesota Pay for Performance Act of 2011.
S.F. 646-Hann: Public employee insurance program provisions modifications for local government employees.

Thursday, April 7

8:15 AM
House Education Reform
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
SF55 (Woodard) Charter school authorizer approval deadline modified
HF1321 (Woodard) Charter school provisions clarified.
HF672 (Dettmer) Charter school pilot project established to examine the policy implications of allowing the charter school to become an educational entity within a school district while retaining the autonomy and flexibility of a charter school.
HFXXXX (Woodard) Charter school provisions clarified.

10:15 AM
House Government Operations and Elections
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Joyce Peppin
Agenda: HF1234 (Downey) Commissioner of administration required to issue a request for proposals and enter into a contract for strategic sourcing consulting services.
HF429 (Dettmer) Anoka County; countywide public safety improvement finance cost authority expanded.
HF1139 (Hancock) Public safety equipment single source acquisition and long-term leasing authorized.
HF962 (Howes) Tobacco license suspension alternatives authorized for
sales to minors upon compliance with requirements.

5:00 PM
House State Government Finance
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Morrie Lanning
Agenda: HF210 (Kiffmeyer) Voter picture identification required before receiving a ballot, identification cards provided at no charge, provisional ballot procedures established, election administration procedures specified, electronic polling place required, recount procedures enacted, and money appropriated.

Friday, April 8

9:00 AM
House Education Reform
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
HF905 (Hamilton) Youth athletes with concussions resulting from participation in youth athletic activities policies established.
HF1092 (Buesgens) Qualified individuals receiving a retirement annuity allowed to serve as a coach during a sports season.
HF617 (Woodard) AmeriCorps Innovation aligned to federal law.
HF575 (Erickson) Probationary teacher and principal status governing requirements clarified.

12:00 PM
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Room 10 State Office Building
Agenda: Organizational Meeting
Election of 2011-2012 Commission Officers

2:30 PM
Joint Meeting: Environment and Natural Resources and Capital Investment
Room: Moorhead City Hall
Chairs: Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, Sen. David H. Senjem
Agenda: 2011 Red River Valley Flood Update and Impact
Agenda: 2011 Red River Valley Flood Update and Impact

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