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Legislative Update - April 1, 2016
Education Omnibus bills introduced

As the fourth week of session draws to a close, it leaves lawmakers roughly seven more weeks to wrap up their work before the May 23 constitutional adjournment date.  

This week both the House and Senate introduced their K-12 omnibus bills along with the Senate higher education bill. The House is expected to release their higher education bill next week. The K12 bills as they were presented in committee are below. Note that any changes or amendments that occurred in committee are not reflected.

On Thursday, the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development committee introduced their omnibus bill. Note that any changes or amendments that occurred in committee are not reflected in the attached document. A summary of the SF3028 can be found here. In addition, two additional amendments were offered and included.

Senator Sheran, DFL-Mankato, introduced an amendment relating to the Minnesota State Grant that would strike the "or the tuition and fee maximums" that was added during last session. Senator Sheran noted that the language was added in conference committee and noted that the intent of the amendment was to allow there to be appropriate time next session for discussions in both the House and the Senate.

Senator Abeler, R-Anoka, introduced an amendment relating to the MnSCU employee electronic device privacy policy responding to the concerns that were raised by faculty. Laura King, vice chancellor, and Gary Cunningham, general counsel, addressed the committee's questions. The amendment was expanded to include all public post-secondary institutions which would include the University of Minnesota and would require a report by June 15, 2016 on board policies regarding the privacy of employee-owned cellphones, computers, and other similar electronic devices that are used, at least in part, by the employee to perform work duties.

This week at the Capitol

Friday, April 1  

9:00 a.m.
House in Session  

9:30 a.m. *Canceled*
House Education Innovation Policy
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
HF3066 (Erickson)
Early childhood and prekindergarten through grade 12 education, including general education, education excellence, charter schools, special education, facilities and technology, and sufficiency and lifelong learning provided.
Mark up and action on the Education Innovation Policy Omnibus bill.
(3/30/2016) H3066DE1Omnibus.pdf  

10:00 a.m.
Senate in Session  

Monday, April 4  

12:45 p.m.
House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Pat Garofalo
HF3569 (Garofalo): Renewable development account transfers capped
HF3633 (Baker): Latino Communities United in Service funding provided and money appropriated.
HF3444 (Moran): St. Paul; career pathways and workforce development program support provided, and money appropriated.  

Tuesday, April 5  

8:30 a.m.
Senate Education
Room: 2412 Minnesota Senate Building
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
S.F. 2813-Johnson, A.: Full-service community schools funding increase.
S.F. 2394-Wiger: Referendum equalization revenue, aid, and levy calculation modification.
S.F. 163-Hoffman, J.: School district basic revenue formula allowance increase.
S.F. 2329-Hoffman, J.: School finance supplemental compensatory revenue formula establishment and appropriation.
S.F. 2861-Jensen: Minnesota State University, Mankato teacher on special assignment and graduate teaching fellowship program appropriation.
S.F. 2411-Franzen: Early learning scholarships, home vising programs, and parent aware activities increased funding and modifications; appropriation.
S.F. 2308-Chamberlain: Literacy/dyslexia specialists requirement and appropriation.
S.F. 2306-Wiger: Deaf or hard-of-hearing children special education services eligibility charter school enrollment authorization.

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
HF2750 (Fenton) School board authority to reallocate school district revenue granted, authority to reallocate money among school district accounts and funds made permanent.
HF3129 (Kresha) School district group health insurance coverage regulated.
HF3387 (Peterson) Compensatory revenue use modified, and school boards granted additional flexibility to allocate compensatory revenue.
HF3500 (Slocum) State-generated special education paperwork reduced.
HF3522 (Loon) School district early learning programs continuity increased.
HF3679 (Loon) Summary student disciplinary data involving assaults on district employees publication required, teachers' interest in receiving prior notice about students placed in their classroom who have a history of violent behavior and authority to manage student behavior affirmed, state fund for district and school employees harmed by student violence established, and money appropriated.
HF3166 (Loon)Educator licensure account in the special revenue fund created, duties clarified, and money appropriated.

4:00 p.m.
Senate Capital Investment
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Building
Chair: Sen. LeRoy A. Stumpf
Agenda: Asset Preservation

Important Links:

  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) SPREADSHEET (updated 4/1/16)
  • 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@so.mnscu.edu
Bernie Omann – Bernie.omann@so.mnscu.edu
Jim Grathwol – jim.grathwol@so.mnscu.edu