Updates from the Government Relations team are sent periodically during the legislative session
Legislative Update - April 23, 2018
Now that the higher education omnibus bills have passed the Senate and House higher education committees, they will be taken up in Senate Finance and House Ways and Means today. This is the next stop for the bills. The Senate higher education omnibus bill can be found here , and the House higher education bill can be found here . Amendments for the House bill in Ways and Means were posted late last week. The one amendment posted for today’s hearing for the higher education bill would reduce the $5 million appropriation to Metropolitan State University’s cybersecurity program to $1 million; would delete the $500,000 appropriation to the workforce development scholarship program, and would appropriate $4.5 million in one-time funds to Minnesota State for campus support. Ways and Means committee members will have the opportunity to discuss and vote on the amendment today. Portions of both hearings can be viewed via webcast .

With the release of omnibus bills and the conclusion of most committee work, we will start to see longer floor sessions this week, with both bodies taking up more bills. Also, one of the most pressing issues facing the Legislature is figuring out how the Minnesota tax code should be conformed to the new federal tax law changes. On Tuesday morning, the House Tax Committee will review the recently-released House Republican tax proposal. Authored by Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, the proposal cuts the tax rate for the second tier from 7.05% to 6.75%, and includes a higher standard deduction for more tax-free income and an increase in the allowable property tax deduction. While differing in their approach, both the House proposal and Governor Dayton’s proposal similarly switch from federal taxable income to federal adjusted gross income to determine Minnesotans' income tax liability. Senate Republicans have not yet released their tax plan.
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This Week at the Capitol

Monday, April 23

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

1:00 p.m.
House in Session
Calendar for the Day:
HF3389 (Scott): Child support modification presumptions modified
HF3833 (Schomacker): Financial exploitation protections provided for older and vulnerable adults
HF2743 (Smith): Actions for damages based on services or construction to improve real property regulated, and limitation on actions provided
HF3280 (Lueck): Wild rice water findings established and listing authorized, application of water quality standards nullified and restricted, report required and money appropriated
HF817 (Loonan): Interference or attempted interference with point-of-sale terminals, gas pump dispensers, and automated teller machines crime established

1:00 p.m.
Senate Finance
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Julie A. Rosen
Note: Bills are listed in intended order of consideration - SF3656 will act as Omnibus Supplemental Finance Bill
Agenda:
S.F. 3764-Kiffmeyer: Supplemental State Government Finance Bill.
S.F. 3870-Osmek: Supplemental Energy Finance Bill.
S.F. 3945-Miller: Supplemental Jobs Finance Bill.
S.F. 3141-Ingebrigtsen: Supplemental Environment Finance Bill.
S.F. 3671-Fischbach: Supplemental Higher Education Finance Bill.
S.F. 3806-Newman: Supplemental Transportation Finance Bill.
S.F. 2893-Westrom: Supplemental Agriculture, Rural Dev., and Housing Finance Bill.
S.F. 3656-Rosen: Minnesota management and budget (MMB) fund allocation transfer to clean water fund elimination

After Session or at the Call of the Chair
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Time Note: The Ways and Means Committee will not meet at its regular meeting time but will convene after legislation session at the Call of the Chair.
Agenda:
HF3638 (Nornes) Higher Education Omnibus Bill
HF4328 (Loon) Education Omnibus Bill (pending referral)

Tuesday, April 24

8:30 a.m.
Senate Finance
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Julie A. Rosen
Agenda:
S.F. 3928-Nelson: Supplemental E-12 Education Finance Bill.
S.F. 2755-Limmer: Supplemental Judiciary & Public Safety Finance Bill.
S.F. 3937-Abeler: Supplemental Human Services Reform Finance Bill.
S.F. 2505-Benson: Supplemental Health and Human Services Finance Bill.
S.F. 3656-Rosen: Minnesota management and budget (MMB) fund allocation transfer to clean water fund elimination *This bill will act as the Omnibus Supplemental Finance Bill

9:00 a.m.
House Taxes
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Greg Davids
Agenda:
HF4385 - (Davids): Individual income, corporate franchise, property, sales and use, estate, tobacco, and other tax provision various modifications made.
Attachments:
(4/21/2018) H4385DE1.pdf

2:00 p.m.
Senate Capital Investment
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. David H. Senjem
Agenda:
S.F. 3273-Champion: Hennepin center for the arts improvements grant appropriation.
S.F. 3187-Jasinski: Transportation local cost-share assistance account establishment; local bridge replacement and rehabilitation and local road improvement fund grants; bond issue and appropriations.
S.F. 2444-Fischbach: Wakefield and Luxembourg 200th Street reconstruction grant bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 3586-Laine: New Brighton Rice Creek railroad bridge appropriation.
S.F. 3372-Osmek: Loretto, Medina and Wayzata railroad crossing safety improvements bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 3493-Senjem: Safe routes to school grant program bond issue and appropriation

After Session or at the Call of the Chair
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Agenda:
HF2856 (Johnson): Omnibus public safety finance and policy bill.
HF4167 (Gunther): Legacy fund money appropriated, legacy fund recipient requirements modified, Capitol art display provisions modified, and women's suffrage commemoration provided.

Wednesday, April 25

8:15 a.m.
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tim O’Driscoll
Agenda: HF4256 (Dean Urdahl): Capitol Preservation Commission approval required for the display of works of art in certain areas of the Capitol, and Capitol Arty Advisory Committee established.
HF4244 (Bob Gunther): Loan cap to local units of government from a rural electric cooperative or the USDA modified, and technical change made.
HF3445 (Ron Kresha): Rulemaking modified.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Taxes
Room: 15 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Roger C. Chamberlain
Agenda:
S.F. 3661-Koran: Retreat houses or craft houses seasonal recreational property tax classification.
S.F. 3735-Johnson, M.: Intrastate natural gas transportation or distribution pipeline system personal property tax exemption.
S.F. 3077-Lang: Watershed districts levy authority modification.
S.F. 3392-Chamberlain: MNsure operations funding and health carriers and plans certification authority modifications; federal waivers and approvals submission deadline requirement; human services commissioner risk-bearing limitations imposition.
S.F. 4010-Chamberlain: Income and corporate franchise tax rates reduction by revenue commissioner authorization.
S.F. 3850-Rest: Income tax credit for parents of stillborn children out of state requirements modification

1:30 p.m.
Senate Capital Investment
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. David H. Senjem
Agenda:
S.F. 2668-Dahms: Public facilities authority clean water bond issue and appropriations.
S.F. 3075-Westrom: Wastewater infrastructure projects supplemental grant bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 3873-Kiffmeyer: Big Lake wastewater treatment facility grant bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 2325-Weber: Lakefield wastewater infrastructure grant bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 275-Sparks: Albert Lea public sewer and water infrastructure bond issue and appropriation.
S.F. 3858-Newman: Glencoe wastewater treatment facility improvements bond issue and appropriation

After Session or at the Call of the Chair
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Agenda:
HF3138 (Dean): Omnibus Health and Human Services Bill
HF4160 (Torkelson:) Omnibus Transportation Bill
HF4385 (Davids:) Omnibus Tax Bill will be heard pending referral to the Ways and Means Committee.

Important Links:
  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) can be found HERE (updated April 23, 2018)
  • Committee schedules can be found HERE
  • Many committee hearings and floor sessions are streamed live via the web or broadcast on television. More information and a schedule can be found HERE
Government Relations team:
Jaime Simonsen –  Jaime.Simonsen@MinnState,edu
Bernie Omann –  Bernie.Omann@MinnState,edu
Jim Grathwol – J im.Grathwol@MinnState.edu
Melissa Fahning - Melissa.Fahning@MinnState.edu
Tina Firkus - T ina.Firkus@MinnState.edu