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Legislative Update - March 21, 2018
Contract ratification bill moving through the Senate

The Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee took up SF 3154 yesterday afternoon. The bill ratifies labor contracts and compensation plans for state employees, including AFSCME, MAPE, Middle Management Association (MMA), Inter Faculty Organization (IFO), Commissioner’s Plan and the Managerial Plan. The contracts and plans are for the FY2018-2019 biennium and are effective retroactively to July 1, 2017. Further detail about the contracts and plans can be found here .

The bill passed and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard Thursday morning at 8:30. There is currently no companion bill in the House.

This Week at the Capitol

Wednesday, March 21

10:15 a.m.
House Taxes
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Greg Davids
Agenda: HF3331 (Poppe): Agricultural drain tiles exempted from sales tax
HF917 (Kiel): Residential biomass heating system temporary refundable credit provided, and report required
HF2508 (Fenton): Film production refundable tax credit provided
HF3093 (Urdahl): Teacher's master's degree tax credit eligibility modified

10:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Rod Hamilton
Agenda : HF3890 (Fabian) Agriculture commissioner allowed to reimburse a university extension agent for providing the fair market value of destroyed or cripple livestock.
HF2938 (Backer) Agricultural fertilizer research and education fee, Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council, Minnesota agricultural fertilizer research and education program, and agricultural fertilizer research and education account extended by 10 years.
HF3442 (Backer) Advanced biofuel production incentive payment minimum production level reduced.
HF3374 (Munson) Noncommercial pesticide applicator license fee reduced.
HF2884 (Anderson, P.) Sales of off-sale alcoholic beverages excluded when determining a food handler license fee.
HF3484 (Johnson, C.) Rural economic development study funding provided, and money appropriated.

10:15 a.m.
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Tim O'Driscoll
HF3308 (Kiel): Older and vulnerable adult protections provided, health care and home care bills of rights modified, regulation of home care providers modified, maltreatment reporting requirements modified, working groups established, reports required, and money appropriated
HF2847 (Lueck): Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Citizens Advisory Council modified
HF3447 (Howe): Information and telecommunications technology projects required to be developed and completed by contract, and legislative report before a project is deployed for live use required.
HF2887 (Backer): Nitrogen fertilizer rules prohibited unless approved by law
HF3195 (Albright): Council of Health Boards required to study and make recommendations on increasing access to clinical experiences through the use of technology
HF3575 (Albright): Council of Health Boards required to study and make recommendations on increasing access to clinical experiences through the use of technology
HF3404 (Albright): Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee expiration date postponed
HF3530 (Albright): Advisory council established on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.
HF2912 (Rarick): Payments and release of a retainage within a certain time period required
HF2829 (O’Driscoll): Real estate appraisals regulated, advisory board created, and duties prescribed
HF3101 (Theis): Health service executive licensure established
HF3290 (Pugh): Commission of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard-of-Hearing Minnesotans modified
HF1933 (Quam): Airport zoning provisions modified
HF3664 (Moran): Hair braiders exempted from cosmetology registration requirements
HF3721 (Anderson): Contingent fee arrangements with outside counsel prohibited
HF3044 (Vogel): Agencies required to determine the impact of a proposed rule on the cost of residential construction or remodeling, notice to the applicable legislative committees required, and legislative committee permitted to require approval of a rule by law
HF3850 (Flanagan): Facility licensure requirements for practitioners who only provide eyelash extensions repealed
HF3889 (Albright): Scott County; turn lane fee authorized
HF3376 (Vogel): State auditor required to adopt rules related to the review of audits conducted by CPA firms
HF3917 (Peterson): Metropolitan Council staggered terms provided, nomination committee membership expanded, additional information required to be made publicly available as part of the selection process, and council member qualifications clarified.
(3/19/2018)  H3447A1 Nash.pdf
(3/19/2018)  H3447A2 Nash.pdf
(3/19/2018)  H3664A1 Moran.pdf
(3/20/2018)  H1933A3 Quam.pdf
(3/20/2018)  H3530A1 Albright.pdf
(3/20/2018)  H3575A2 Nelson.pdf
(3/20/2018)  H3376DE1 Vogel.pdf
(3/20/2018)  H2912DE1 Rarick.pdf

12:00 p.m.
House in Session

12:15 p.m.
Senate in Session

1:00 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
HF978  - (Theis): Support our students grant program funding provided, support our students grant program codified, and money appropriated.
HF3676  - (Jessup): Reimbursement grants for audits of the physical security of public school campuses created, and money appropriated.
HF3796  - (Loon): School safety facility grants authorized for school districts to enhance safety for students and staff, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF3797  - (Haley): Safe schools revenue increased, safe schools levy equalized, portion of levy available for intermediate school districts linked to the school district per pupil allowance, and money appropriated.
HF3885  - (Christensen): Public school security audit funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF3378  - (Davnie): Children's school-linked mental health gran funding provided, and money appropriated.

 3:00 p.m.
House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: HF3062 (Dean): Human services commissioner required to seek federal funding to implement an opioid awareness grant program for high school and college students, and report required.
HF3900 (Nornes): Higher education policy provisions modified.
Attachments: (3/19/2018)  H3062A2.pdf

3:00 p.m.
Senate E-12 Finance
Room: 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Carla J. Nelson
Commissioner Cassellius, Minnesota Department of Education - budget recommendations
S.F. 3085-Chamberlain: Homeless students pupil transportation authority assignment.
S.F. 2577-Wiger: Water conservation programming in Minnesota schools grants authorization.
Education Organization Comments

6:30 p.m.
Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer
S.F. 2585-Ingebrigtsen: Ionizing radiation-producing equipment security screening systems addition authorization.
S.F. 2870-Koran: State civil service employee telecommuting limitation.
S.F. 3048-Hall: Dan Patch designation as official state horse.
S.F. 2611-Fischbach: University of Minnesota (U of M) board of regents election process modification.
S.F. 2605-Housley: School district bond referendums requirements modifications

Thursday, March 22

8:15 a.m.
House Education Innovation Policy
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda: HF3315 (Sondra Erickson): Prekindergarten through grade 12 education provided, including general education, education excellence, teachers, facilities and technology, nutrition, early childhood and family support, and self-sufficiency and lifelong learning.
(3/18/2018)  H3315DE1.pdf

8:15 a.m.
House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Peggy Scott
HF3790 (Scott): Miscellaneous technical corrections to laws and statutes made; erroneous, obsolete, and omitted text and references corrected; and redundant, conflicting, and superseded provisions removed
HF3504 (Zerwas): Criminal gang investigative data retention extended
HF3095 (Smith): Waste management provisions modified
HF3573 (Albright): Family child care and legal nonlicensed child care program background study requirements modified
HF2669 (Anderson): University of Minnesota sexual harassment reporting requirement imposed, and legislative auditor review of sexual harassment policies requested
HF3169 (Schomacker): Background study requirements for minors living in a licensed foster care home modified.
HF3390 (Scott): Interest charges on child support arrearages modified
HF3578 (Hilstrom): Predatory offender registration provisions amended
HF1007 (Howe): State agency criteria required to be met before suing a local government
HF2699 (Scott): Custody and parenting time provisions changed
HF3480 (Barr): Consumer report security freezes regulated, and payment of fees provided
HF2116 (Lesch): Applicant and employee personal usernames and passwords protected from access by employers, and civil enforcement provided.
HF3132 (Zerwas): Audit to identify third-party liability related to Minnesota health care programs required, and human services commissioner required to contract with a vendor for third-party recovery.
HF3650 (Albright): Temporary license suspensions and background checks modified for health-related professionals.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Finance
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Building
Chair: Sen. Julie Rosen
S.F. 3154-Miller: Labor agreements and compensation plans ratification
S.F. 2620-Rosen: Statewide and major local public employee retirement plan benefit, contribution, adjustment rates, return assumptions, reductions, and target dates modifications
S.F. 2554-Benson: Information on the connection between pornography and sex
trafficking collection requirement; penalty assessment modification (pending referral).

8:30 a.m.
Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy
Room: 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Bruce D. Anderson
S.F. 3461-Anderson, B.: GI Bill statutory language recodification.
S.F. 3262-Hall: Purple Heart City and Purple Heart County designation authorization.
S.F. 3469-Clausen: Warriors memorial highway designation in Apple Valley and Rosemount.
Update on the Minnesota Medal of Honor project
American Legion 100th Anniversary Presentation
 Minnesota Humanities Center Veterans Voices program update

10:15 a.m.
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Tim O'Driscoll
HF3372 (Bud Nornes): University of Minnesota Board of Regents member election process modified, and recommendations by congressional district legislative delegation provided.
HF3710 (Greg Davids): Duluth; regional exchange district for development purposes authorized.
HF2953 (Peggy Scott): Chapter 13 responsibilities transferred from administration commissioner to the Office of Administrative Hearings, administrative remedy under chapter 13 modified, and money appropriated.
HF1440 (Dave Baker): Opiate stewardship program established, report required, and money appropriated.
HF3806 (Roz Peterson): State elections campaign account modified, public subsidy program access expanded, and political party designations on state income and property tax return forms eliminated.
HF3688 (Tim O'Driscoll): Energy improvements program modified, consumer protections for residential property assessed clean energy loans, and remedies provided.
HF2868 (Jim Nash): State agencies required to dedicate a portion of information technology expenditures to cyber security enhancements.
HF3343 (Jim Nash): Attendance by interactive television requirements modified.
HF3837 (Tim O'Driscoll): Disclosure, independent expenditures, noncampaign disbursements, reporting requirements, coordinated and noncoordinated expenditures, and other campaign finance provisions amended; and new definitions added.
HF3771 (Bob Vogel): Fiscal note provisions effective date modified, and provisions governing the Legislative Budget Office modified.
HF3841 (Jim Nash): Uniform Municipal Contracting Law contract ranges increased.
HF3838 (Tim Mahoney): St. Paul; design-build process for a public works project authorized.
HF3723 (Steve Drazkowski): Exclusive representatives prohibited from requiring political contributions, and state prohibited from facilitating payroll deductions for political purposes.
HF3023 (Dean): Physician continuing education requirements modified
HF3666 (Fabian): Electronic device recycling requirements modified, loan program terms modified, and disposal facility certificate rulemaking required
HF1974 (Albright): Mental health benefit and other medical benefit parity required, mental health and substance use disorder defined, health plan transparency required, health and commerce commissioner accountability required
HF3819 (Fenton): Ramsey Soil and Water Conservation District discontinued, and duties transferred
HF3611 (Grossell): Law enforcement agencies required to issue firearms to peace officers
HF972 (Johnson): Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board authorized to adopt rules authorizing certified emergency medical services personnel to assist with administering emergency prescription medications and participate in care coordination, and rulemaking required
HF3509 (Kresha): Morrison County; process for making the office of county recorder appointive provided
HF3375 (Kunesh-Podein): Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force created, annual report on issues related to violence against indigenous women and girls required, and money appropriated
HF3518 (O’Neill): State pay increases for state personnel required to be tied to performance
10:15 a.m.
House Agriculture Policy
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Anderson
Agenda: HF3472 (Swedzinski) Saltwater aquatic farm requirements modified.
HF3836 (Torkelson) Agricultural best management practice loan conditions modified to include environmental service providers, and drainage law modified to accelerate ditch buffer strip implementation.
HFXXXX (Anderson, P.) Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Policy Bill
The committee will do a walk-through and take testimony on the MDA Policy bill. No votes will be taken on it in this meeting.
Public testimony was taken on HF3472 (Swedzinski) in a previous meeting.

1:00 p.m.
House Education Finance Committee
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair:   Rep. Jenifer Loon
HF1708  - (Knoblach): Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota programming expansion grant authorized, report required, and money appropriated.
HF3206  - (Fenton): Grow Your Own pathways to teacher licensure program funding increased, and money appropriated.
HF3354  - (Haley): Education partnership program modified, and future grant priority established.
HF3594  - (Koznick): Increase Teachers of Color Act strengthened; percentage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers increased above four percent and percentage of diverse teacher candidates above ten percent by 2020; report required; and money appropriated .

1:00 p.m.
Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer
Agenda: S.F. 3290-Lang: Biomass business compensation process establishment.
S.F. 3450-Housley: Assisted living licensure and dementia care certification and crimes against vulnerable adults advisory task forces creation; assisted living report card working group establishment.
S.F. XXXX-Kiffmeyer: Prohibiting an exclusive representative from charging a fair share fee to nonmenber
S.F. 2536-Ruud: Cuyuna country state recreation area citizens advisory council modification.
S.F. 3554-Benson: Collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans submission to legislative coordinating commission (LCC) requirement.

1:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy
Room: 15 Capitol Chair: Sen. Michelle L. Fischbach
S.F. 3327-Fischbach: Higher education policy provisions modifications.
S.F. 3098-Draheim: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) affordable textbooks policy requirement. This bill was previously considered by the committee. The bill, if approved, will be sent to General Orders.

3:00 p.m.
Senate E-12 Policy
Room: 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Eric R. Pratt
S.F. 3433-Draheim: Pupil transportation for certain pregnant and parenting teens authorization.
S.F. 3123-Nelson: School district telecommunications projects state aid increase and appropriation.
S.F. 3049-Anderson, P.: Intermediate school districts innovative mental health grants qualified providers clarification.
S.F. 3255-Eaton: Jake\'s Law; school districts substance misuse prevention and instruction grant and appropriation.
S.F. 3470-Clausen: Professional educator licensing and standards board members compensation reduction by public employers prohibition
Important Links:
  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) can be found HERE (updated March 19, 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