Updates from the Government Relations team are sent periodically during the legislative session.                                                  
Legislative Update - January 30, 2017
Week five of the 2017 legislative session

This week, expect a lot of attention on Governor Dayton's two-year budget proposal, beginning with the House Ways and Means Committee's 10:15 a.m. meeting on Monday. The Senate will turn its attention to the Real ID proposal, and legislation regarding severance packages for government officials is also a priority. 

Higher Education

In regards to higher education this week, Minnesota State will present on career and technical education to the Senate Committee on E-12 Finance on Monday; Tuesday will see the University of Minnesota's budget overview presentation in the Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy; and on Wednesday, the House Capital Investment Committee will meet to discuss HF576 and appropriate funds for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) for Minnesota State.

February Forecast

This morning, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans announced that the February budget forecast will be released on Tuesday, February 28. This report on the state's budget is used by lawmakers as they craft a budget to fund state government for the next two years.

Committee deadlines announced

Leaders of the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives announced three committee deadlines for action on bills for the 2017 Legislative Session:

  • Friday, March 10 is the first deadline, where committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin.
  • Friday, March 17 is the second deadline in which committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that have met the first deadline in the other body. Lastly,
  • Friday, March 31 is the third deadline in which the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

The legislative session has a constitutional deadline to adjourn by Monday, May 22.

Next week at the Capitol  

Monday, January 30  

10:15 a.m.
200 State Office Building
House Ways and Means
Agenda: Minnesota Management and Budget: Presentation of Governor Dayton’s FY2018-19 biennial budget  

11:00 a.m.
Senate in session  

1:00 p.m.
1150 Minnesota Senate Building
Senate Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy
Agenda: Testimony from Minnesota Fortune 500 Companies: Doug Baker, CEO Ecolab; David MacLennan, CEO Cargil; Christopher J. Policinski, CEO Land O’ Lakes  

3:00 p.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg
Senate Committee on E-12 Finance
Agenda: Career and Technical Education Presenters: Minnesota State, Minnesota Department of Education, Local Consortia Leaders and Partners
     1)Minnesota's consortium model for secondary/postsecondary delivery of Career and Technical Education
     2)Overview of Goals, Successes, and Challenges
     3)Program Examples  

3:30 p.m.
House in session  

Tuesday, January 31  

8:15 a.m.
Basement Hearing Room
House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy
Agenda: HF564 (Garofalo) Public Employment Relations Board data classified, and board exempted from open meetings law  

8:15 a.m.
10 State Office Bldg
House Education Innovation Policy
Agenda: Presentation of the Minnesota Department of Education's World's Best Workforce Legislative Report;
Presentation of the Minnesota Department of Education's Special Education Statewide Average Expenditure Report;
Presentation from the Minnesota Department of Education on Reading Well by Third Grade
Committee Documents:
Special Education Statewide Average Expenditure for Fiscal Year2016.pdf
Worlds Best Workforce Legislative Report.pdf  

8:30 a.m.
1200 Minnesota
Senate Building Senate Committee on Finance
Agenda: Presentation from MMB Commissioner Myron Frans on Governor Dayton’s budget proposal  

10:15 a.m.
Basement Hearing Room
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Agenda: HF399 (Anderson) Severance pay limits for highly compensated public employees clarified.
HF409 (Albright) Long-term equity investment authority provided
HF330 (Nash) Interim ordinance imposition two-thirds vote required, and public hearing after ten-day notice before imposing an interim ordinance related to housing required  

1:00 p.m.
15 Capitol
Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy
Agenda: Overview presentation from the University of Minnesota  

3:00 p.m.
5 State Office Building
House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance
Agenda: First Evaluation Report of Student Loan Repayment Counseling Pilot Program - Lutheran Social Services of MN Introduction of Student Leadership for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State  

5:30 p.m.
G-3 State Capitol
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
NOTE:  As of 1/27/17, Senate Commission members have not yet been appointed Agenda:

  1. Election of 2017-2018 Commission Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary).
  2. Approval of minutes.
  3. Status update on Minnesota public pension plan asset investment performance.
    - Mansco Perry, State Board of Investment Executive Director
  4. Update on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Pension Reform.
    - Myron Frans, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner
  5. Pensions 101: Overview of the Pension Commission and public pensions.
    - Susan Lenczewski, Pension Commission Executive Director
    - Rachel Barth, Pension Commission Deputy Director
    - Michael de Leon, Deloitte Consulting Lead Actuary
    - Judy Stromback, Deloitte Consulting Supervising Actuary

Wednesday, February 1  

10:15 a.m.
Basement Hearing Room
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Agenda: HF533 (Lueck) Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary district authorized to impose a local sales and use tax
HF423 (Theis) Hearing-impaired and hard-of-hearing accommodations required in capital improvement projects
HF400 (Kresha) Vendor not being engaged in boycott of Israel required  

1:00 p.m.
1150 Minnesota Senate Building Senate Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy
Agenda: Overviews from:   
     Commissioner Mark Phillips, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
     Commissioner Josh Tilsen, Bureau of Mediation Services
SF74 (Anderson. P.) Youth skills training program establishment and appropriation  

3:00 p.m.
200 State Office Bldg
House Capital Investment
Agenda: HF575 (Urdahl) Lanesboro dam project exempted from a nonstate contribution HF576 (Urdahl) University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities higher education asset preservation and replacement funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

3:00 p.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg
Senate Committee on E-12 Finance
Agenda: Career and Technical Partnerships
Presenters: Minnesota State, Minnesota Department of Education, Local Consortia
     1)Overview of work-based learning, program advisory committees and partnerships
     2)Career and Technical Student Organizations
     3)Program Examples  

Thursday, February 2  

8:15 a.m.
10 State Office Building
House Education Innovation Policy
Agenda: Presentations on the Career and Technical Educator Licensing Task Force report Presentations from the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, Bloomington Career & College Academy, Osseo Public Schools, and the 916 Career and Tech Center on their Career & Technical Education programs  

8:30 a.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Building
Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy
Agenda: SF322 (Fischbach) State and local community safety personnel de-escalation techniques training grants appropriation
SF205 (Wiger) Homestead valuation exclusion for disabled veterans modification
SF71 (Clasuen) Disabled veterans homestead property tax exclusion modification
SF84 (Lang) Disabled veterans homestead valuation exclusion benefit eligibility extension to surviving spouse  

3:00 p.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg
Senate Committee on E-12 Policy
Agenda: Presentation of the MDE Student Discipline Working Group Report by:
     Mark French, Minnesota Elementary School Principal's Association
     Marika Pfefferkorn, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership  

Next week at the Capitol  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

5:30 p.m.
5 State Office Building
Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy; House Committee on Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance
Agenda: Joint Committee for University of Minnesota Regent Selection

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