Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Senior citizen eligibility for classes passed; Schedules posted

Yesterday at the Capitol

On the House floor yesterday, HF 821, a bill that reduces the age for senior citizens to receive reduced tuition from the age 66 to 62, passed by a vote of 126-4. This provision is also included in both the House and Senate versions of the higher education finance omnibus bill. This would reverse the law passed last session that increased the age from 62 to 66.

The higher education conference committee is scheduled to meet today at 1:00 p.m. in the basement hearing room of the State Office Building to take testimony on the Senate and House bills.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 AM
House State Government Finance
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Morrie Lanning
Agenda: HF1362 (Kieffer) Workers' Compensation Advisory Council recommendations adopted.
HF1360 (Torkelson) Environmental Quality Board modified and duties eliminated and reassigned.
HF545 (Downey) State budget document required to include federal insolvency contingency planning.
Additional bills may be added

10:00 AM
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Pat Garofalo
HF1260 (Drazkowski) Public library maintenance of effort repealed.
HF1176 (McFarlane) Alternative facility revenue uses modified.
HF1179 (McFarlane) Pupil transportation provisions modified, Department of Education's role clarified in maintaining training programs, lift bus use included in the category or revenue authorized for reimbursement, and actual contracted transportation costs included as a method for allocating pupil transportation costs.
HF945 (Petersen) Teacher evaluations and tenure modified.
HF392 (Howes) School bus crossing control arms required.
HF1381 (Erickson) Omnibus education policy bill

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Conference committee on SF 1047/HF 57: state government omnibus bill
Room: 300 N SOB
Chairs: Rep. Lanning and Sen. Parry
HOUSE CONFEREES: Lanning, B. Anderson, M. Benson, Downey, and Stensrud
SENATE CONFEREES: Parry, Daley, Gazelka, Thompson, and Vandeveer
Agenda: HF577 / SF1047 (Lanning/Parry) Omnibus state government finance bill
Meeting Documents: Omnibus Spreadsheet 041211
Omnibus Change Items 041211
Conference Committee Side-By-Side

12:00 PM
Senate in Session

12:30 PM
House Jobs and Economic Development Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bob Gunther
HF1032 (Torkelson) Prevailing hours of labor requirements modified.
HF1476 (Scott) Prevailing wage provisions modified.

1:00 PM
Conference Committee on H.F. 1101: higher education omnibus bill
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Michelle L. Fischbach and Rep. Bud Nornes
SENATE: Fischbach; Robling; Senjem; Carlson; Brown
HOUSE: Nornes; Dettmer; Daudt; Hancock; Mazorol
Agenda: Public testimony on H.F. 1101-Fischbach: Omnibus higher education appropriations and policy provisions modification.

2:30 PM
Legislative Audit Commission - Topic Selection Subcommittee
Room: 112 State Capitol
Chair: Sen. Roger Reinert
Agenda: Working session to select 5 - 6 evaluation topics for
consideration by the full Legislative Audit Commission

3:30 PM
Legislative Audit Commission
Room: 112 State Capitol
Chairs: Rep. Michael Beard, Sen. Roger Reinert
Agenda: Approve Evaluation Topics for 2011

4:30 PM
House in Session

Looking Ahead
Wednesday, May 4

8:15 AM
House State Government Finance
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Morrie Lanning
Agenda: HF1506 (Banaian) Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy new duties assigned, duties transferred from executive agencies, and money appropriated.
HF1579 (McFarlane) Counties given authority to provide for general welfare, alternative service delivery pilot program for waivers established, and state strategic planning and performance review provided.
Additional bills may be added.

1:00 PM
Senate State Government Innovation and Veterans
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Mike Parry
SF849 (Carlson, J) State employee group insurance program (SEGIP) retired employee termination notice requirement and coverage reinstatement procedure
SF702 (Parry) Lawful gambling tax rates modification; linked bingo and electronic pull-tabs authorization
SF896 (Daley) County private audit meeting standards of state auditor performance authority
SF1046 (Senjem) Racino and Minnesota future fund

2:30 PM
House Capital Investment
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Larry Howes
Agenda: HF959 (Howes) Flood hazard mitigation grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1125 (Howes) Coon Rapids Dam renovation funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

4:30 PM
House in Session

6:00 PM
Senate Judiciary and Public Safety
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Warren Limmer
Agenda: S.F. 425 Gerlach Event ticket practices regulation.

6:00 PM (or to the call of the chair)
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Mary Liz Holberg
HF1612 (Downey) Budgeted spending limited to the amount collected in prior biennium, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF1598 (Drazkowski) Three-fifths vote required to enact a law imposing or increasing property tax rate or levy, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF1597 (Kiffmeyer) Voters required to present photographic identification, photographic identification provided to voters at no charge, equal verification standards required for all voters, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF1613 (Gottwalt) Marriage recognized as only a union between one man and one woman, and constitutional amendment proposed.
HF1381 (Erickson) Prekindergarten through grade 12 education policy provided, including general education, education excellence, special programs, facilities and technology, early childhood education, and student transportation.
HF1097 (McNamara) Land acquisition by exchange provided; peatland protection, recreational vehicle enforcement provisions, local recreation grant cash match requirement, and Mineral Coordinating Committee modified; Blakeley State Wayside repealed, and money appropriated.
HF1162 (Ward) Nonnative species provisions modified, permits to control or harvest aquatic plants requirements modified, and criminal and civil penalties provided.

*With the exception of HF1612, the other bills on the agenda have been heard in policy and/or finance committees. It is the general practice of the House Ways and Means Committee that public testimony will not be taken. Testimony will be taken on HF1612 only.

Thursday, May 5

12:30 PM
House in Session

3:00 PM
Senate Education
Room 112 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Gen Olson
Agenda: Presentation by Tom Vander Ark

6:00 PM
Senate State Government Innovation and Veterans
Room: 123 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Mike Parry
S.F. 1099-Daley: Minnesota assistance council for veterans continued outreach to homeless veterans and families grant appropriation.
S.F. 896-Daley: Counties and first class cities private audits authority.
S.F. 725-Daley: Revenue department request for proposals for tax analytics and business intelligence contract.
S.F. 1359-Pederson: Legislative commission on planning and fiscal policy duties expansion.
S.F. 849-Carlson, J.: State employee group insurance program (SEGIP) retired employee termination notice requirement and coverage reinstatement procedure.
S.F. 1340-Carlson, J.: Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and Collaboration (MAGIC) Act; counties general welfare provisions authorization.

Friday, May 6

9:30 AM
House in Session

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