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Legislative Update - May 2, 2016
Senate presents bonding bill in Capital Investment this morning

On Monday, the Sen. Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) introduced the Senate bonding bill in Capital Investment. The bill provides MnSCU with $70 million in HEAPR -- this is $10 million less than the Governor's recommendation of $80 million. In addition, the following colleges/universities projects were included:

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Nursing & Active Learning Center and Humanities Building - $4,965,000
  • Bemidji State University - Academic Learning Center - $18,097,000
  • Century College - Applied Technology Center - $5,500,00
  • Hennepin Technical College - Advanced Manufacturing Integration and Revitalization - $8,231,000
  • Hibbing Community College - Campus Reconfiguration - $9,958,00
  • MN State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls - Center for Student and Workforce Success - $978,000
  • MN State Community and Technical College, Wadena - Library and Student Services Center - $820,00
  • Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks - Laboratory Space - $826,000
  • Rochester Community and Technical College - Memorial and Plaza Halls - $20,385,00
  • South Central College, North Mankato - Laboratory and Classroom Space - $8,600,000
  • Winona State University - Education Village - $25,306,000

The next stop is Senate Finance scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

This week at the Capitol

Monday, May 2  

8:30 a.m.
Senate Capital Investment
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. LeRoy Stumpf
Agenda: S.F. 2839-Stumpf: University of Minnesota (U of M) higher education asset preservation and replacement (HEAPR) bond issue and appropriation.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

Special Orders:
S.F. 1372 (Pappas) Legislative coordinating commission (LCC) provisions modifications; professional or technical services contract requirements modifications
S.F. 2626 (Metzen) Labor agreements and compensation plans ratification; retirement agency directors salary increase ratification; statewide pension plan directors salaries establishment by appointed boards authorization
S.F. 2555 (Hoffman) Temporary family health care dwellings zoning regulation; temporary dwelling permits establishment
S.F. 1425 (Rosen) Legend drugs as pharmaceutical waste collection and disposal provisions modifications
S.F. 2896 (Wiklund) Child foster care providers foster care, mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder training requirement
S.F. 2713 (Goodwin) Nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images and nonconsensual sexual solicitation civil cause of action creation
S.F. 498 (Latz) Portable recording system data classification, destruction and regulation
S.F. 3272 (Marty) Nutrient treatment technology incentive voluntary municipal investment
S.F. 2426 (Goodwin) Inmate mental health treatment co-payment exclusion

4:00 p.m.
House in Session
HF2445 (Albright) Osteopathic physician licensure requirement modified, and technical changes made to the composition of the Board of Medical Practice.
HF2803 (Zerwas) Emergency admission early termination notice requirements specified.
HF3308 (Pugh) Family law case alternative dispute resolution information required to be provided by the court.
HF3482 (Zerwas) Identity theft crimes statute of limitations expanded, and money appropriated.
SF1523 (Smith) Health coverages regulated and modified.
SF2227 (Cornish) Fourth degree assault against a peace officer clarification.
SF2539 (Schomacker) Nursing facility payment language recodified, conforming changes made, and obsolete provisions repealed.

Tuesday, May 3

8:30 a.m.
Senate Finance
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Building
Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
S.F. 2923-Nelson: Order for protection and harassment restraining orders provisions modifications.
S.F. 2985-Rest: Presidential primary establishment.
S.F. 3001-Rest: Workforce development board creation; workforce development and economic development provisions modifications.
S.F. 2325-Schmit: Nursing facilities requirements modifications.
H.F. 2540-Pappas: Fantasy sports game requirements and authorization.
S.F. 2568-Latz: Orders for protection respondent filing fee requirements elimination
S.F. 2839-Stumpf: University of Minnesota (U of M) higher education asset preservation and replacement (HEAPR) bond issue and appropriation.

Important Links:

  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) SPREADSHEET (updated 4/20/16)
  • 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