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Legislative Update - January 11, 2017
Legislative update for Wednesday, January 11.

House and Senate committees continue to hold overview hearings this week.

Yesterday, the House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee held it's first committee meeting, introducing members and hearing an overview of the committee's governance and legislative oversight.

Several new programs and grants created last biennium were also highlighted, including an occupational scholarship pilot program offering scholarships to two-year college students for college credentials in high-demand occupations; a teacher shortage loan forgiveness program; dual-training competency grant programs; equity in post-secondary education grants; campus sexual assault data collection; and establishing a higher education attainment goal.

Tuesday's meetings also included several committees reviewing proposals for health insurance premium rebates, with a vote on the proposed package expected in today's House Ways and Means Committee meeting. The House State Government Finance Committee approved HF107 as amended (here and here), which would direct MMB to administer insurance relief to qualifying Minnesotans and require the agency to make applications for relief available on its website, process the applications and issue $300 million in relief checks. The House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee approved HF3, a bill that would bring Minnesota into full compliance with the federal Real ID Act of 2005. The bill is scheduled to be heard Wednesday by the House Transportation and Regional Governance Policy Committee.

Also on Tuesday, the University of Minnesota asked for a 12% increase in state funding over the biennium, a total of $147.2 million over two years that would primarily go toward research, student success, and holding town tuition. 

Today, the first big bill of the 2017 session could be on its way to the House Floor by day's end. The House Ways and Means Committee — generally a bill's final stop before it heads to the full House — is scheduled to take up a package of health care reforms Wednesday evening.

Today also includes a full schedule of committee hearings and a 12:15 p.m. floor session.   Watch a live webstream of today's floor session, as well as the House Ways and Means Committee, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

We expect the Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy to hear its overview on Thursday. Additionally, both the House and the Senate will be in floor session Thursday to discuss health insurance modifications, premium assistance, reporting requirements and appropriate (HF1 and SF1).

This week at the Capitol

Wednesday, January 11 

12:00 p.m. 
Senate in session 
 
12:15 p.m. 
House in session 
 
1:00 p.m. 
5 State Office Building 
House Education Finance 
Agenda: Overview of Minnesota Education Finance System by House Research Staff and House Fiscal Staff. 
Live video of the meeting is available. 
 
1:00 p.m. 
1150 Minnesota Senate Building 
Senate Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy 
Agenda: Overview of MN Department of Employment and Economic Development 
 

3:00 p.m.  
200 State Office Building 
House Capital Investment 
Agenda: Member/staff introductions; presentation by House Fiscal Analyst Andrew Lee and House Legislative Analyst Deborah Dyson; presentation by MMB staff. 
Live Video of the meeting is available.

3:00 p.m. 
5 State Office Building 
House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance 
Agenda: Minnesota Office of Higher Education Overview. 
Live Video of the meeting is available.  
 
3:00 p.m. 
10 State Office Building 
House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance 
Agenda: Results and updates from recipients of FY 2016-2017 Workforce Development, Equity, and other grants. 
 
3:00 p.m. 
10 State Office Building 
House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance 
Agenda: Results from recipients of FY2016-2017 Workforce Development Grants

3:00 p.m.
 
1100 Minnesota Senate Building 
Senate Committee on E-12 Finance 
Agenda: Mark Haveman, Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence: Implications of Cost Trends for State Education Aid 
 

Thursday, January 12 

8:15 a.m. 
10 State Office Building 
House Education Innovation Policy 
Agenda: Overview of the Minnesota Department of Education, Board of Teaching, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Minnesota State High School League, and other education topics by House Research Staff.

11:00 a.m. 
Senate in session  

1:00 p.m.  
15 Capitol 
Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy 
Agenda: Higher education budget overview.

1:00 p.m.  
120 Capitol 
Joint House Education Finance and House Education Innovation Policy Committees 
Agenda: Update on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), World's Best Workforce, and ELA Standards from Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.  

3:00 p.m.  
1100 Minnesota Senate Building 
Senate Committee on E-12 Policy 
Agenda: Introductions from education advocacy organizations 

Important Links:

  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) can be found HERE
  • 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