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November 2001
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Thursday
November 29, 2001
Joint Task Force Administrative Rules The Joint Task Force on Permanent Joint Rules continues to discuss proposals to change the permanent rules to improve bicameral deliberations and ensure maximum public participation. The Joint Task Force is chaired by Senator John Hottinger (DFL-Mankato) and Representative Mark Olson (R-Big Lake).

The Task Force has scheduled meetings for: Friday, November 30 at 9:00 a.m.; Wednesday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m.; and Thursday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m.

Real Media format 1 hr, 35 min
Thursday
November 1, 2001
Joint Hearing of Crime Prevention and Health and Family Security Joint committee members heard from state Public Safety and Health officials on how Minnesota is prepared to respond to public safety concerns that have arisen since September 11th. Public Safety Commissioner Charlie Weaver discussed what safety measures are in place and where improvements need to be made. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm addressed health issues and what the public can do to prepare for biological related attacks. Major General Eugene Andreotti, Commander of the National Guard, updated the committee on what security duties are being provided by the National Guard.

The joint hearing is the first of a series of meetings on this issue. The next scheduled meeting for the Health and Family Security Committee is Thursday, November 8. The next scheduled meeting for the Crime Prevention Committee is Thursday, November 15th.

Real Media format 1 hr, 56 min

October 2001
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Tuesday
October 30, 2001
Finance Attorney General Mike Hatch reports to the Finance Committee on the findings of abuse from the Allina audit and investigation. John Morrison, new Allina Board of Directors Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer, outlines what changes have taken place since the audit and what more needs to be done. How the abuses occurred and Minnesota's health care industry regulation were discussed.

Dr. Dan Foley, Vice President of Medical Affairs for United Hospital, Dr. Robert Hauser, Minneapolis Cardiology Association, Ted Deikel, new Chairman of the Board at Medica, and Chuck Kroll, CPA for Minnesotans for HMO Reform, also testify before the committee.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 42 min

September 2001
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Wednesday
September 26, 2001
Senate Select Committee on Air Transportation and Economic Security The Committee heard from representatives of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Northwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and Congressman Oberstar's Office in regards to ways the state might help the airlines through the current crisis. Tax cuts, state loans, direct and/or indirect state subsidies, and assistance with paying unemployment benefits were some of the options discussed.

The next Committee hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2001, and will focus on laid off airline employees and other displaced workers due to the air travel situation.

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June 2001
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Monday
June 18, 2001
Taxes Senate-House negotiations continue on budget and tax issues. Tax Work Group reconvenes at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2001. Real Media format 2 hrs, 32 min
Thursday
June 14, 2001
Taxes Work Group The Tax Work Group continues discussions. Members consider House and Senate positions on various tax related provisions. Real Media format 2 hrs, 57 min
Wednesday
June 13, 2001
Taxes House and Senate leaders exchange tax proposals. There are several major differences in the plans including the level of property tax relief for businesses and the amount of spending for education. The Republican controlled House and the DFL controlled Senate will continue negotiations on tax issues.

(NOTE: The Tax Conference Committee met for approximately 1 hour and a half and then recessed. They reconvened for approximately 3 hours more. A Tax Conference Committee is scheduled at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.)

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May 2001
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Tuesday
May 15, 2001
Taxes The Senate Tax Committee approves a bill to finance a new $300 million Minnesota Twins major league baseball stadium. The state would provide a $100 million loan with a below-market interest rate of 3 percent. The Twins organization and other private interests would finance $150 million. The Metropolitan Council would provide a $40 million grant through revenue bonds to the host city and the state would provide $10 million through sales tax exemptions on construction materials.

Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, sponsored Senate File 1857. The bill was passed on a 15-12 vote and now goes to the Finance Committee.

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April 2001
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Monday
April 23, 2001
Taxes An overview was given on the Omnibus Transportation and Public Safety Funding bill (SF 2340). The committee removed a three cent per gallon tax increase provision that could still be made part of the Omnibus Tax Bill. The committee debated a proposed constitutional amendment (placed on the ballot in Nov. 2002) that would dedicate 50% of vehicle sales tax revenues (MVET) for highways, bridges and transit.

The bill passed 15-11 and is referred to the Rules Committee and then to the Finance Committee. Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, authored Senate File 2340.

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Friday
April 20, 2001
Elections Subcommittee Two campaign finance bills (SF 388 and SF 1579) are passed by the Subcommittee. Senate File 388, the Fair and Clean Elections bill, provides total public financing for statewide and legislative races for candidates who accept limits on campaign spending and contributions. Senate File 1579, the Administration's Open and Accountable Campaigns bill, regulates political party and special interest group "independent expenditures" which are currently unlimited.

Both bills, authored by Senator John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, were referred to the Rules and Administration Committee.

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Thursday
April 19, 2001
Elections Subcommittee Testimony is given on campaign finance reform policy and legal issues by national expert Deborah Goldberg of the Brennan Center of Justice. Ms. Goldberg discusses constitutionality concerns with the committee.

Senate File 388, the Fair and Clean Elections Act, provides candidates for constitutional office or the Legislature with public money equal to 100 percent of their campaign spending limit in return for lower contribution limits. Senator John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, authored Senate File 388. The meeting is to be continued.

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Wednesday
April 18, 2001
Taxes The committee hears a bill to provide tornado disaster relief to Granite Falls (S.F. 23) and gets an overview of a property tax reform proposal (S.F. 2298). Senate File 23 was authored by Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar. Senator William Belanger, R-Bloomington, authored Senate File 2298. Real Media format 50 min
Wednesday
April 18, 2001
Elections Subcommittee A proposal to make elections more fair and clean by reforming how campaigns are financed was heard by the committee. Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, authored Senate File 90. The bill replaces the income tax checkoff for political parties with a general fund appropriation and sets conditions for receiving public subsidies. Beth Fraizer from the Minnesota Alliance for Campaign Reform testified before the committee. The bill is to be continued. Real Media format 50 min
Tuesday
April 17, 2001
Taxes Committee, Property Tax Budget Division Three property tax reform proposals (S.F. 2212, S.F. 2298 & S.F. 631) were heard by the committee. Senator John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, authored S.F. 2212. Senate File 2212 exempts the first $15,000 of market value of homestead from taxation, provides a tax credit for business property and makes the local education levy a state levy. Testimony was given on the bill.

Senator William Belanger, R-Bloomington, authored S.F. 2298 and Senator Edward Oliver, R-Deephaven, authored S.F. 631.

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Wednesday
April 11, 2001
Crime Prevention Five bills were considered by the Committee including a bill (S.F. 1178) that makes seatbelt violations a primary offense. Senator John Hottinger, DFL Mankato, authored Senate File 1178. The bill would allow police to pull over a car if the driver or any front seat passenger wasn't wearing their seatbelt.

Senate File 1178 was sent to the Floor without a recommendation from the committee on a 7 to 5 vote. Other bills considered include: S.F. 2028, S.F. 1244, S.F. 1552, and S.F. 1712.

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Tuesday
April 10, 2001
Transportation Six bills were considered, including the "choose life" license plate bill (S.F. 2039) and a bill to eliminate highway bottlenecks (S.F. 128), also a presentation on commuter rail was given. Paul W. Price, Director of Commuter Rail for Sound Transit, gave the presentation on commuter rail. Other bills heard by the committee were: S.F. 1139, S.F. 1456, S.F. 2225, and S.F. 160.

Senate File 2039, authored by Senator Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, passed on a 10 to 6 vote and goes to the Finance Committee.

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Monday
April 9, 2001
Finance Committee, State Government, Economic Development and the Judiciary Budget Division Four bills were heard that requested appropriations. They included: S.F. 1317-Higgins: Youthbuild program grants appropriation; S.F. 1138-Anderson: Lifetrack resources immigrant/refugee collaborative programs grant appropriations; S.F. 1740-Anderson: WomenVenture grants appropriation; and S.F. 975-Lessard: Floodwood business and industrial park grant bond issue and appropriation.

No votes were taken and the meeting was continued.

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Friday
April 6, 2001
Crime Prevention This proposal would allow more Minnesotans to carry concealed weapons by easing the procedure for getting a permit. It requires Minnesota sheriffs to grant concealed-weapon permits within 15 days as long as the applicant does not fail a background check. Testimony was heard on both sides of the issue. Senator Pat Pariseau, R-Farmington, authored Senate File 1395.

The bill failed to pass the committee on a voice vote.

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Thursday
April 5, 2001
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities The Committee continues to work on the Energy Policy Bill. Sections of the bill are analyzed by Ann Seha, Energy Policy Director at the Department of Commerce. Senate Council also reviews portions of the bills. The meeting is to be continued. Real Media format 1 hrs, 4 min
Thursday
April 5, 2001
Judiciary, Family Law Subcommittee Minnesota Child Support Act measures were discussed. Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, presents S.F. 1364. Testimony was taken from individuals. Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, authored Senate File 1960. Discussion and testimony to be continued. Real Media format 1 hrs, 12 min
Wednesday
April 4, 2001
Health and Family Security This proposal requires that women wait 24 hours and receive certain information before getting an abortion. The bill requires that information on adoption, child support, fetal development, and other issues be provided to women seeking an abortion. Opponents of the bill maintain that informed consent is already required by law. A similar bill was vetoed by the Governor last year.

Senator Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, sponsored Senate File 0217. The bill failed to pass the committee on a 7-4 roll call vote.

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Tuesday
April 3, 2001
Judiciary Numerous bills were heard including S.F. 222 which establishes penalties for gross overlimit violations of game and fish laws. Senator Jane Krentz, DFL-May Township, authored S.F. 222. The bill was passed and now goes to the Senate Floor.

Other bills taken up in committee include: S.F. 823-Betzold: Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise Transfer Practices Modifications; S.F. 1831-Ranum: Uniform Partnership Act; S.F. 1265-Kinkel: Child Abuse Definition Expansion; S.F. 1332-Kiscaden: Child Support and Custody Provisions Terminology Nuetralization; S.F. 1215-Cohen: Human Rights Provisions Modifications; and S.F. 196-Vickerman: Local Government Units Highway Rights-of-Way Recreational Motor Vehicle Use.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 14 min
Tuesday
April 3, 2001
Telecommunications The Committee works on the provisions of the Energy Policy Bill. Senate Council, John Fuller, reviews portions of the bill with members. The meeting was to be continued. Real Media format 1 hrs, 17 min
Monday
April 2, 2001
Education Committee, E-12 Education Budget Division Testimony was taken and many bills were heard which are under consideration to be included in the Education Funding Bill. These bills included: S.F. 497-Higgins: Appropriation for the Adolescent Parenting Program; S.F. 292-Kleis: After School Education Enhancement Pilot Program; S.F. 421-Johnson, Dean: Community Education Youth Programs; S.F. 1650-Tomassoni: Revenue for Extra Curricular Activities; S.F. 1632-Krentz: Service Learning; S.F. 2090-Olson: Adult Basic Education; S.F. 944-Lourey: Appropriation for MN Economic Opportunity Grants; S.F. 905-Krentz: Appropriation for Lead Hazard Reduction; and S.F. 946-Sabo: After School Enrichment Program. Real Media format 3 hrs, 2 min

March 2001
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March 30, 2001
Crime Prevention Action was taken on many bills, including ones that: use photographic evidence for traffic signal violations (S.F. 1017) and establish a sexual violence justice institute (S.F. 2133). Other Senate Files that action was taken on: S.F. 1375-Betzold: Department of Revenue Bill; S.F. 1584-Cohen: Providing for the compensation of clergy; S.F 1274-Kelly: Providing for an integrated initiative against prostitution; S.F. 1944-Knutson: Modifying non-support of spouse or child; S.F. 1546-Chaudhary: Permitting courts to stay adjudication of driving after suspension; S.F. 1324-Marty: Modifying weapons training requirements for private detectives; and S.F. 1118-Pogemiller: Redefining the crime of first degree manslaughter. Real Media format 3 hrs, 20 min
Thursday
March 29, 2001
State and Local Government Operations The Committee votes on a bill to finance a new $300 million Minnesota Twins major league baseball stadium. The state would provide a $100 million 20-year interest-free loan, borrowing it from the Workers' Compensation Assigned Risk Plan. The Twins organization and other private interests would finance $150 million. The Metropolitan Council would provide a $40 million grant through revenue bonds to the host city and an additional $10 million would come from sales tax exemptions on construction materials. Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, sponsored Senate File 1857.

The bill was passed and goes to the Tax Committee.

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Webnesday
March 28, 2001
Health and Family Security The Committee heard testimony from about 30 people who were opposed to the 60 month time limit for welfare (in support of S.F 1724) and the Committee heard other bills that would change Minnesota's welfare system. Bills passed by the Committee included: Senate File 1673, sponsored by Senator Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, which modifies provisions for family and adult self-sufficiency and Senate File 1724, sponsored by Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, which provides exemptions from the 60 month time limit for welfare.

Other bills were taken up by the Committee as well.

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Tuesday
March 27, 2001
Taxes Budget Resolution 16-10 passes and a bill providing for payment of a sales tax rebate is laid over. Senator Dave Kleis, R-St. Cloud, authored Senate File 1759. Budget Resolution 16-10 is referred to the Finance Committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 8 min
Tuesday
March 27, 2001
Judiciary Several bills were heard and passed in committee. These included: 728-Foley: Civil commitment procedures modifications; S.F. 1021-Dille: Marriage license fee reduction for premarital education participation; S.F. 1374-Betzold: Tax data classification and access; S.F. 1434-Price: Water permit provisions modifications; S.F. 357-Price: Educational data classification, dissemination and access; S.F. 1017-Terwilliger: Traffic Signal violations photographic evidence programs; S.F. 368-Fischbach: Land used for recreational purposes civil liability immunity extention; and S.F. 1478-Neuville: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension criminal history data Internet fee. Real Media format 3 hrs, 37 min
Monday
March 26, 2001
Health and Family Security Many bills were taken up during committee including: a bill that creates a Healthy Kids Endowment Fund (S.F. 1431) and a bill that makes health care coverage available to the estimated 48,000 Minnesota kids that are currently uninsured (S.F. 1844). Senator Roger Moe, DFL-Erskine, authored Senate File 1431 and 1844. Senate Files 1635, 1824, 1460, and 1515 were also heard during committee.

Senate File 1431 passed and goes to the Education Committee and Senate File 1844 passed and goes to the Finance Budget Division.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 24 min
Friday
March 23, 2001
Workgroup on Reading Strategies The Workgroup examines various reading initiatives with the goal of making recommendations to the Senate Education Committee. Senate File 1117, a bill which provides for an elementary reading specialist licensure was discussed. Real Media format 1 hrs, 25 min
Thursday
March 22, 2001
Judiciary Numerous bills were heard in committee. These included: Senate File 1000-Stevens: Local government units eminent domain acquiring property sale restrictions; Senate File 0715-Foley: Child support enforcement work reporting system requirements expansion; Senate File 1583-Foley: Child neglect definition modification for minors maltreatment reporting purposes; and Senate File 0728-Foley: Case captions to refer to patients by initials. Real Media format 1 hrs, 46 min
Thursday
March 22, 2001
State and Local Government Operations This proposal finances a new $300 million Minnesota Twins major league baseball stadium. The state would provide a $100 million 20-year interest-free loan, borrowing it from the Workers' Compensation Assigned Risk Plan. The Twins organization and other private interests would finance $150 million. The Metropolitan Council would provide a $40 million grant through revenue bonds to the host city and an additional $10 million would come from sales tax exemptions on construction materials. Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, sponsored Senate File 1857.

The bill was laid over and is to be continued.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 35 min
Wednesday
March 21, 2001
Health and Family Security Many bills were heard and testimony began on long-term care task force initiatives. Senate Files 1245, 1345, 691, 1407, 1415, 1364, and 1421 passed and were referred to other Senate committees or sent to the Senate Floor. Testimony on Senate File 1077, which establishes a long-term care employee health insurance assistance program, is to be continued. Real Media format 2 hrs, 40 min
Wednesday
March 21, 2001
Crime Prevention This bill puts criminal records on the internet and authorizes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to charge up to $5 for public access to the information. Senator Thomas Neuville, R-Northfield, sponsored Senate File 1478.

The bill passed as amended and goes to the Judiciary Committee.

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Wednesday
March 21, 2001
Crime Prevention This bill requires criminal background checks for apartment managers to go back 10 years instead of current law which is 5 years. Senator Dave Knutson, R-Burnsville, authored Senate File 1047.

The bill passed and goes to the Senate Floor on the consent calendar.

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Tuesday
March 20, 2001
Transportation This bill opens the I-394 carpool-bus lane (sane lane) to all traffic to study the effect on traffic flow and safety. The study would take about six weeks with a report due to the Legislature on February 1, 2002. Opponents believe that opening the sane lanes will lead to congestion and will make drivers less likely to carpool. Senator Dick Day, R-Owatonna, sponsored Senate File 0257.

The bill passed (8 to 5) and now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

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Monday
March 19, 2001
Education Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division The bill increases appropriations to provide community education to adults with disabilities. Citizens currently in these types of programs testified to their importance. Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-North St. Paul, authored Senate File 0759.

The bill was laid on the table.

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Friday
March 16, 2001
Crime Prevention The Committee took action on Senate File 0386 with no additional public testimony. The bill, as amended, makes data collection by law enforcement agencies during traffic stops voluntary.

The bill passed as amended and is referred to the Judiciary Committee.

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Thursday
March 15, 2001
Judiciary This bill modifies some of the provisions that guide how a mentally ill person comes to be detained or civilly committed. Under current law, authorities can order that a mentally ill person be detained for 72 hours for a hearing only if the person poses "imminent" danger. This bill broads the authoritie's flexibility in ordering that a mentally ill person be detained. Senator Don Betzold, DFL-Fridley) authored Senate File 0179.

The bill passed as amended and was referred to the Health and Family Security Committee.

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Wednesday
March 14, 2001
Education Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division The bill promotes career and technical education in secondary schools and provides a three-tiered funding program that gives schools more money if they improve their programs through professional and leadership development. Senator Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, authored Senate File 1218.

The bill was laid over for further consideration.

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Wednesday
March 14, 2001
Education Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division Rose Hermodson from the Department of Children, Families and Learning outlines the Governor's plan to increase the number of teachers. The plan, Teachers for the 21st Century, has five provisions including loan forgiveness and tuition reimbursements for teachers who teach in areas with teacher shortages. In addition, it gives up to $2,500 a year to individuals in teacher preparation programs and allows people with four year degrees in subjects where there is a teaching shortage, to teach in the needed subject area while working toward an educational licensure. Real Media format 48 min
Wednesday
March 14, 2001
Crime Prevention Members from the audience were given an opportunity to testify on the different racial profiling bills. Senator Thomas Neuville, R-Northfield, presented an amended version of Senate File 982.

The bills were laid over for further consideration.

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Tuesday
March 13, 2001
Taxes The Governor's Office is required to recommend revenue targets for the next two biennia. The targets represent as a percentage of Minnesota personal income, must be differentiated between state and local government and between types of revenue. The governor's recommendations set revenues at 15.9 percent of personal income for FY 02-03 biennium and at 15.5 percent for FY 04-05 biennium. A concurrent resolution drafted by Senate Counsel sets the targets for 16.2 percent in FY 02-03 and 15.7 percent in FY 04-05.

The committee voted to approve the concurrent resolution and referred it to the Senate Floor.

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Tuesday
March 13, 2001
State and Local Government Operations The bill proposes an amendment to the state constitution that would allow the state to operate a casino and hire a private entity to manage it. The amendment would be placed on the ballot in the 2002 election. The bill grants the director of the lottery the authority for oversight. The net proceeds from the casino will be placed in a fund for capitol improvements and educational infrastructure. Senator Dick Day, R-Owatonna, sponsored Senate File 0525.

The bill was laid over.

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Friday
March 12, 2001
Education Committee, E-12 Education Budget Division Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles presents a report on the alleged improprieties of the Department of Children, Families and Learning in administering a $90,000 grant. The grant was intended to study and upgrade child development and family services programs but at least five department employees allegedly diverted the funds to the United Way of Olmsted County.

CFL Deputy Commissioner, Barbara Yates, took responsibility for the report. The Department of Children, Families and Learning is conducting an internal investigation with the assistance of the Department of Employee Relations.

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Friday
March 12, 2001
Education Committee, E-12 Education Budget Division This legislation extends the integration revenue to the Wayzata School District. As part of the NAACP litigation settlement agreement, the Minneapolis School District and surrounding districts are required to provide a determined number of open enrollment slots for students from families in poverty. While the contiguous districts are receiving $94 per student per year, Wayzata is not receiving any funding to aid in providing an integrated education. Senator Martha Robertson, R-Minnetonka, authored Senate File 0328.

The bill was laid over.

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day
March 9, 2001
Rules and Administration Campaign finance reform bills were presented. Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, outlined Senate File 0090 which increases the reliance on public subsidies for elections. Senator John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, presented Senate File 0388 (also called the Fair and Clean Elections Act) which provides for publicly funded elections and lower contribution limits.

The bills were continued.

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Thursday
March 8, 2001
Environment and Natural Resources This legislation is designed to get dangerous mercury thermometers out of households. The law bans the purchase of new and replacement fever or basal thermometers containing mercury. Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, authored Senate File 0070.

The bill passed and was sent to the Senate Floor.

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Thursday
March 8, 2001
Transportation Prompted by the death of Officer Ted Fosse of the State Patrol, this bill requires motorist to move to the lane farthest from an emergency vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road. Funds are appropriated for public awareness education and violations may constitute a petty misdemeanor. Senator Sheila Kiscaden, R-Rochester, authored Senate File 0387.

The bill passed and was referred to the Transportation and Public Safety Budget Division.

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Wednesday
March 7, 2001
Crime Prevention The Committee discusses the issue of racial profiling in Minnesota and how law enforcement agencies should deal with it. Do law enforcement officers need to be required to collect data during traffic stops? Tune in to see and hear the meeting. Senator Jane Ranum, DFL-Minneapolis, authored Senate File 0386; Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis authored Senate File 0903; and Senator Thomas Neuville, R-Northfield, authored Senate File 0982.

The discussion is to be continued.

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Tuesday
March 6, 2001
Environment and Natural Resources This bill allows a law enforcement official to arrest and take into custody a person who the officer has reason to believe committed a first-degree or second-degree game and fish gross overlimit violation. It also establishes other penalties and certain restitution values. Senator Jane Krentz, DFL-May Township, sponsored Senate File 0222.

The bill passed and was referred to Crime Prevention.

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Tuesday
March 6, 2001
Environment and Natural Resources This bill extends the existence of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Citizen Advisory Committee and creates a task force. The Citizens Advisory Committee and the newly created task force will make recommendations to the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources. Senator Len Price, DFL-Woodbury, authored Senate File 0868.

The bill passed and was re-referred to the State and Local Government Operations Committee.

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Friday
March 2, 2001
Crime Prevention An overview on methamphetamine trends and statistics in Minnesota is presented by Agent Tim O'Malley from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Agent O'Malley discusses how Minnesota law enforcement officials have seen a more than 20 percent increase in the number of meth labs found in 2000 than in 1999. In addition, because manufacturing meth is very dangerous, it has become a public safety issue affecting everyone in the state. Real Media format 57 min
Friday
March 2, 2001
Crime Prevention This bill adds the drug MDMA (Ecstacy) to the list of schedule I controlled substances if the Board on Pharmacy finds that the substance has a high potential for abuse, there is no currently acceptable medical use for it in the United States, and that the abuse leads to severe psychological or physical dependency. It also allows for penalty enhancements. Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, sponsored Senate File 0861.

The bill passed and was referred to the Senate Floor.

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February 2001
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Wednesday
February 28, 2001
Health and Family Security This bill requires that when civil penalties are imposed on a health plan company, 50 percent of the amount be divided among any policy holders or certificate holders affected by the violation. It was heard in the Health and Family Security Committee with another patient protection bill, Senate File 0796. Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, sponsored Senate File 0491.

The bill passed and was re-referred to the Committee on Commerce.

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Wednesday
February 28, 2001
Health and Family Security This bill was designed to give patients more power over their health insurance plan. It allows patients to sue their insurers and prohibits health carriers from denying payment for services following preauthorization of service or treatment. Senator Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, authored Senate File 0796.

The bill passed and was re-referred to the Committee on Commerce.

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Tuesday
February 27, 2001
Transportation This plan constitutionally dedicates 60 percent of the sales taxes on new and used cars and trucks for highway needs. Currently, most of this money goes into the general fund. The bill would require voters to approve the amendment. In addition, the legislation appropriates $200 million from the budget surplus to transportation. Senator Dick Day, R-Owatonna, authored Senate File 0163.

The bill passed and was referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Monday
February 26, 2001
Rules and Administration Subcommittee on Redistricting Peter Wattson, Senate Counsel, gives historical perspective on the redistricting process. Senator Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, presents Senate File 1013 to establish redistricting ground rules or principles prior to receiving final census figures.

The bill was continued.

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Friday
February 23, 2001
Crime Prevention This legislation authorizes a study to determine and compare the recidivism rates of DWI offenders who are subject to electronic alcohol monitoring with those who are not. The goal is to find out if electronic alcohol monitoring is an effective tool in reducing recidivism. The commissioner will report the results of the study on February 15, 2002. Senator Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, authored Senate File 0773.

The bill passed as amended and is sent to the Senate Floor on the Consent Calendar.

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Thursday
February 22, 2001
Judiciary This bill amends the Minnesota Constitution with an equal rights provision. The amendment provides that equality of rights under the law may not be abridged or denied by the state or a political subdivision on account of gender. The proposed amendment would be placed on the ballot at the 2002 general election and, if ratified by the voters, would become effective November 1, 2004. Senator Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, authored Sente File 0317.

The bill was laid over.

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Wednesday
February 21, 2001
Crime Prevention This bill imposes a felony penalty for certain egregious and intentional acts of violence against a pet or companion animal. Currently, these cases can only be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. The proposal would create a graduated list of penalties with a maximum of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In addition, the bill allows the courts to require psychological and behavioral counseling for perpetrators. Senator Don Betzold, DFL-Fridley, sponsored Senate File 0197.

The bill passed the committee and goes to the Senate Floor.

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Wednesday
February 21, 2001
Crime Prevention This legislation imposes a new "drink" tax to fund chemical treatment and to defray law enforcement costs. Marty believes the bill will raise $110 million annually. These funds will pay for treatment for people without insurance coverage, add more state troopers assigned to enforce DWI laws, cover substance-related corrections costs, and will be used for alcohol abuse education and prevention targeted at underage drinking. Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, authored Senate File 0296.

The bill passed the committee after being amended to delete all dollar amounts listed in the bill. It now goes to the Health and Family Security Committee.

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Wednesday
February 21, 2001
Health and Family Security This bill allows for more low-income seniors to qualify for state assistance to help pay for prescription drugs. Under the bill, seniors would no longer be subject to an asset limit of $10,000 and income limits for seniors is increased from 120 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. A provision also creates a sliding-scale monthly deductible based on income levels instead of a fixed $35 monthly deductible. Senator Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, sponsored Senate File 0325.

The bill was passed as amended and goes to the Committee on Finance.

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Tuesday
February 20, 2001
Environment and Natural Resources This legislation requires the commissioner of the PCA to evaluate health risks for certain water and air quality standards. Standards should take into account the health risks to male and female infants, children and adults. Senator Jane Krentz, DFL-May Township, authored Senate File 0212.

The bill passed and was sent to the Senate Floor.

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Tuesday
February 20, 2001
Environment and Natural Resources This bill requests that the Minnesota PCA provides useable, readily accessible emissions data on the PCA's website. Minneapolis residents living in industrial areas requested that the website information include: which facilities are issued permits, levels of discharge, violations reported, and cumulative effects of pollution. Senator Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, authored Senate File 0379.

The bill passed and was re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Real Media format 52 min
Tuesday
February 20, 2001
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Due to the explosive growth in the internet and a changing marketplace telecommunications laws are in need of reform. This proposal addresses four goals: to promote more competition; to provide consumer protection; to expand universal services; and to promote better, equitable telecommunications regulation. Senator Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, authored Senate File 0554.

The bill was laid on the table.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 15 min
Friday
February 16, 2001
Crime Prevention The CriMNet legislation is the second installment to the multi-year plan, also known as Katie's Law. Currently, Minnesota's criminal justice agencies do not use integrated systems or protocols to collect, store, or disseminate criminal justice data. This bill appropriates a total of $41.5 million to the Supreme Court, the Department of Safety, the BCA and the Department of Corrections for various CriMNet initiatives. Senator Jane Ranum, DFL-Minneapolis, sponsored Senate File 0038.

The bill passed and was re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Real Media format 4 hrs, 47 min
Friday
February 16, 2001
Crime Prevention This proposal increases the penalties for chronic drunk driving. The bill applies a felony penalty if a person commits a DWI within 10 years of the first of 3 or more prior impairment driving convictions (i.e. the fourth DWI in 10 years). Currently, the penalty is a misdemeanor. The bill carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $14,000. Senator David Johnson, DFL-Bloomington, authored Senate File 0264.

The bill passed and was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 30 min
Wednesday
February 16, 2001
Crime Prevention This legislation imposes a new "drink" tax to fund chemical treatment and to defray law enforcement costs. Marty believes the bill will raise $110 million annually. These funds will pay for treatment for people without insurance coverage, add more state troopers assigned to enforce DWI laws, cover substance-related corrections costs, and will be used for alcohol abuse education and prevention targeted at underage drinking. Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, authored Senate File 0296.

The bill was continued.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 43 min
Friday
February 14, 2001
Crime Prevention The CriMNet legislation is the second installment to the multi-year plan, also known as Katie's Law. Currently, Minnesota's criminal justice agencies do not use integrated systems or protocols to collect, store, or disseminate criminal justice data. This bill appropriates a total of $41.5 million to the Supreme Court, the Department of Safety, the BCA and the Department of Corrections for various CriMNet initiatives. Senator Jane Ranum, DFL-Minneapolis, sponsored Senate File 0038.

The bill was laid over for further discussion.

Real Media format 0 hrs, 0 min
Wednesday
February 14, 2001
Crime Prevention This proposal increases the penalties for chronic drunk driving. The bill applies a felony penalty if a person commits a DWI within 10 years of the first of 3 or more prior impaired driving convictions (i.e. the fourth DWI in 10 years). Currently, the penalty is a gross misdemeanor. The bill carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $14,000. Senator David Johnson, DFL-Bloomington, authored Senate File 0264.

The bill was laid over for further consideration.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 16 min
Wednesday
February 14, 2001
Health and Family Security This bill increases the wages of persons working in nursing facilities by providing an annual rate increase of 6 percent for costs at nursing facilities, ICFs/MR and other facilities. It requires that 80 percent of the annual rate increase be used for wages and benefits for non-administrative employees, 10 percent for employee recruitment, training, transportation, and administration, and 10 percent be used for other operating cost increases. Senator Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd authored Senate File 0372.

This bill passed and was referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Tuesday
February 13, 2001
Environment and Natural Resources This bill modifies the conditions for the Commissioner of Natural Resources to remove beaver dams. When a drainage watercourse is impaired by a beaver dam, the Commissioner shall take action to remove the impairment if the county board unanimously consents, the Commissioner agrees, and the action is financially feasible. The approval of the landowner is not necessary if the above conditions are met. The landowner will be notified before the beaver dam is removed. Senator Steve Dille, R-Dassel, authored Senate File 0320.

The Environment and Natural Resources Committee tabled the bill.

Real Media format 37 min
Monday
February 12, 2001
Education Committee, Higher Education Budget Division University of Minnesota President, Mark Yudof, presents the first part of the University of Minnesota's budget request to Senate Higher Education Budget Division. President Yudof is joined by Dr. Frank Cerra, Vice President of the Academic Health Center, who addresses Medical School issues.

This hearing is to be continued.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 56 min
Thursday
February 8, 2001
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Due to the explosive growth in the internet and a changing marketplace telecommunications laws are in need of reform. This proposal addresses four goals: to promote more competition; to provide consumer protection; to expand universal services; and to promote better, equitable telecommunications regulation. Senator Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, authored Senate File 0554.

The bill is continued in the committee.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 39 min
Wednesday
February 7, 2001
Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs This bill imposes a felony penalty for certain egregious and intentional acts of violence against a pet or companion animal. Currently, these cases can only be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. The proposal would creat a graduated list of penalties with a maximum of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In addition, the bill allows the courts to require psychological and behavioral counseling for perpetrators. Senate File 0197 was sponsored by Senator Don Betzold, DFL-Fridley,

The bill passed out of the Agriculture, General Legislation, and Veterans Affairs Committee and now goes to the Crime Prevention Committee.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 17 min



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