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June 2001
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Floor Session Date About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Friday
June 29, 2001
The Senate passes the remaining major funding bills (HF 2, SF 7, SF 4, SF 9) and adjourns the 2001 Special Session.

The Senate approves the following finance bills for the next two years: $8.7 billion for K-12 Education; $3.5 billion for Transportation, Public Safety, and Judiciary; $6.4 billion for Health, Human Services and Corrections; and $713 million for State Departments.

In addition, the Senate approved a "bridge funding" bill that would temporarily keep government operating until the proper funding bills were signed into law; a Revisor's bill that makes technical corrections; and a $118 million Capital Investment or Bonding bill.

The Senate adjourned sine die at 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2001.

Real Media format 9 hrs, 6 min
Thursday
June 28, 2001
The Senate passes the Omnibus Tax Bill (H.F. 1). The tax plan overhauls Minnesota's property tax system and calls for the state to takeover the costs of K-12 public education now partially funded by local property taxes. (State income and sales taxes will fund 78 percent of the total public education cost, up from the current 66 percent.)

The bill provides a total of $1.4 billion in tax relief by cutting property taxes by $757 million and returning an estimated $700 million surplus money as a sales tax rebate. Property tax rate reductions include: 13 to 41 percent - averaging 23 percent - for homeowners; 10 percent for businesses; 11 percent for cabins; 25 percent for apartment owners; and an average of 27 percent for farmhouses plus 1 acre of surrounding land.

The average sales tax rebate is projected to be $210 for single filers and $462 for joint filers.

Some controversial parts of the bill included: the business property tax cut rate; the elimination of current tax breaks for lower-valued homes; and if homeowners will eventually bear a larger share of city and county government costs as a result.

The bill passed 55 to 11.

The Senate reconvenes on Friday, June 29, 2001 at 10:00 a.m.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 40 min
Wednesday
June 27, 2001
The Senate passes the Family and Early Childhood Education funding bill (HF 4) and the Jobs, Housing and Economic Development funding bill (HF 5). Four of the eight major appropriations bills have been approved by the Senate so far in this special session.

The Family and Early Childhood Education bill appropriates $544 million for programs including child care subsidies, early childhood screening, Head Start, adult basic education, and library programs. It passed 36 to 27.

The Jobs, Housing and Economic Development bill appropriates $365 million for economic development, employment, commerce and technology programs. It included no new spending over the current budget. It passed 63-0.

The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 10:00 a.m.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 26 min
Monday
June 25, 2001
The Senate passes the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture funding bill (S.F. 10) and the Higher Education funding bill (S.F. 11). These are two of the eight major appropriations bills needed to keep state government operating normally.

The Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture bill appropriates $548 million to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Agriculture Department, the Department of Natural Resources, and state parks. The bill passed 55-5.

The Higher Education bill appropriates $2.84 billion to the University of Minnesota and the schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. It includes about $176 million in new funding. The bill passed 41-19.

The Senate will reconvene on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 1:00 p.m.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 47 min
Thursday
June 21, 2001
The Senate introduces and gives first reading to a "Lights On" budget bill during a short floor session.

Motions and Resolutions

SR 5 (Krentz) Congratulating Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen on the Antarctic Journey-adopted

Moe, R.D. motion to take SF 16 from table and be given a second reading-laid on table

Moe, R.D. motion to take SF 17 from table and be given a second reading-laid on table

Second Reading of Senate Files

SF 16, SF 17

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Bills

SF 20 (Johnson, Dean) Disaster Relief-laid on table

SF 21 (Moe, R.D.) "Lights On" budget bill-laid on table

SF 22 (Samuelson) Financing and Operation of Government-laid on table

SF 23 (Limmer) Taxation and individual income-laid on table

SF 24 (Neuville) Continued temporary operation of Government ("Lights On")-laid on table

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 25th, 2001.

Real Media format 13 min
Monday
June 18, 2001
The Senate meets briefly and considers a motion, four bill introductions and first readings, and announcements of Senate interest.

The Senate reconvenes at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2001.

Real Media format 35 min
Thursday
June 14, 2001
Special session continues and the following Senate Files are given a second reading: SF 4, SF 5, SF 6, SF 7, SF 9, SF 10, SF 11, SF 12 and SF 13. The Senate refers SR 3, SR 4 to the Rules Committee and gives SF 14 and SF 15 their first reading.

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Bills

SF 14 (Pogemiller) Tax Reform-laid on table

SF 15 (Neuville) Relating to civil actions (Malpractice)-laid on table

The Senate reconvenes on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 5:00 p.m.

Real Media format 20 min
Monday
June 11, 2001
The Special Session convenes and the Senate adopts two resolutions and introduces and gives first reading to Senate Files.

Motions and Resolutions

SR 1 (Moe, R.D.) Rules for Special Session. Roll Call - 54-0 - adopted.

SR 2 (Moe, R.D.) Notification to House and Governor that Senate is organized -adopted.

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Files

(NOTE: all Senate Files were laid on the table)

SF 1 (Hottinger) Staffing standards for Nursing facilities

SF 2 (Johnson, Dave) Creation of a task force to study Stadium facilities

SF 3 (Kleis) Unicameral Legislature

SF 4 (Berglin) Health, Human Services and Corrections Omnibus Bill

SF 5 (Lourey) Family and Early Childhood Omnibus Bill

SF 6 (Stumpf) K-12 Omnibus Bill

SF 7 (Johnson, Dean) Transportation/Public Safety/Judiciary Omnibus Bill

SF 8 (Samuelson) Constitutional amendment providing the Legislature with the authority of calling a Special Session

SF 9 (Cohen) State Departments Omnibus Bill

SF 10 (Price) Environment and Agriculture Omnibus Bill

SF 11 (Wiener) Higher Education Omnibus Bill

SF 12 (Anderson) Jobs, Housing and Economic Development Omnibus Bill

SF 13 (Pogemiller) Tax Omnibus Bill

The Senate will reconvene at 10:30 a.m., Thursday June 14th, 2001.

Real Media format 31 min

May 2001
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Monday
May 21, 2001
The Senate passes an Energy bill (SF 722) and an Early Childhood Education Funding bill (HF 1515) and takes up other issues before adjourning the regular legislative session.

The Omnibus Energy bill (SF 722) increases energy conservation, requires statewide planning for energy needs, and eases regulations for building power plants. The bill did not include a Senate provision to require 1 percent of all electrical power that a power company sells comes from renewable sources by 2005. Senator Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, authored SF 722. The bill passed 64-0.

The Early Childhood Education Funding bill (HF 1515) appropriates $255 million for child care assistance for low-income families and families on welfare or leaving welfare, $66 million on adult basic education, $41 million for early childhood family education programs, and about $37 million for Head Start. The bill contained no new state funding for its programs and a $9 million increase in federal funds. Senator Becky Lourey, DFL Kerrick, authored the funding bill. It passed 47-18.

Other items taken up by the Senate included:

SR 136 (Moe, Day) A senate resolution relating to conduct of senate business during the interim between sessions. Roll Call - 51-0.

Motions and Resolutions

SF 1857 (Johnson,Dean) Stadium Bill. Motion to strike bill from General Orders and lay bill on table-adopted.

Special Orders

SF 1644 (Kelly, R.C.) Resolution for prompt aid to India earthquake victims. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0.

Conference Committee Reports

SF 1752 (Metzen) Omnibus Liquor Bill. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 49-8.

SF 491 (Berglin) Patient Protection Bill. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 62-0.

SF 1495 (Murphy) Omnibus Agriculture Policy Bill. Krentz motion to reject Conference Committee report and return to Conference Committee. Roll Call - 38-26 -adopted.

SF 1464 (Lourey) Modifying provisions for lead poisoning prevention. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 56-1.

Recess to call of the Chair at 10:50 a.m., reconvened at 5:50 p.m.

Conference Committee Reports

SF 1407 (Ring) Health and Human Services Program. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 1541 (Oliver) Commerce Department Provisions. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 60-0.

SF 229 (Ranum) Crime Victims, Criminal Records. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 60-0.

SF 1068 (Betzold) Data Practices. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 60-0.

Executive and Official Communications

Moe, R.D - motion to take SF 2031 from table

Knutson- motion to override Governor's veto of SF 2031 on 5/18

Motion to override Governors Veto Roll Call - 63-1 (will now be sent to House)

Motions and Resolutions

Moe, R.D. motion to take SF 1821 from table

Murphy- motion to override Governor's veto of SF 1821 from table

Motion to override Governors Veto Roll Call - 62-2 (will now be sent to House)

Urgency declared - rules suspended

Moe, R.D. motion for SF 2249 to be withdrawn from Committee on Rules and Administration and given its second and third reading

SF 2249 (Betzold) Revisors Bill. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 64-0.

Conference Committee Reports

HF 1310 (Johnson, Doug) Construction; state building official authorized to interpret the state building code, annual reports on construction-related fees required, construction fees regulated, and waivers of rights requirements prohibited. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 59-1.

HF 1261 (Chaudhary) Corrections department reporting, certification standards, and offender review provided; criminal sexual conduct definition modified; HIV data of sex offenders maintained; background studies provided; and other provisions clarified. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 56-0.

HF 1406 (Kiscaden) Maternal death review and study provided. -Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 56-0.

SF 1769 (Ourada) MnDOT Housekeeping Bill. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 57-0.

Special Orders

SF 1312 (Johnson, Doug) State Departments decentralization recommendations.-Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 42-14.

SF 1054 (Scheid) Insurance provisions modification. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 51-0.

SF 2328 (Kelly, R.C.) Resolution for railroad employees unemployment and sickness benefits eligibility. Roll Call - 52-0.

Recess at 8:35 p.m., reconvened at 10:10 p.m.

Special Orders

SF 793 (Tomassoni) Solid waste transfer station projects grant agreements resource recovery facilities establishment time limit extension. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-1.

Messages from the House

SF 1495 - Agriculture Policy Bill. House refuses to adopt Conference Committee Report and refers the bill back to Conference Committee. Murphy- motion to lay SF 1495 on table-adopted

SF 2208 (Pogemiller) Public Finance Bill. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 60-2.

HF 1541 (Sabo) Duluth Veterans Memorial Hall financial assistance provided and money appropriated. Final Passage as amended by Conference Committee Roll Call - 56-0.

The Senate adjourned at approximately 12:00 a.m. The Senate will reconvene at 12:00 p.m. January 29th, 2002

Real Media format 7 hrs, 47 min
Saturday
May 19, 2001
The Senate considered several bills on the Special Orders Calendar.

SF 829 (Murphy) Motor vehicle registration transactions filing fee increase. Final Passage Roll Call - 36-21.

HF 1497 (Moe, R.D.) Department on Natural Resources Lands Bill. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 58-0.

HF 1340 (Ourada) Wright county recorder appointment permitted. Final Passage Roll Call - 51-7.

HF 1541 (Sabo) Rental application fees studied. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 52-7.

HF 1941 (Johnson, Dave) Job skills partnership program provisions clarified. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-2.

SF 1202 (Kelly, R.C.) Predatory offender registration law application provision retroactive repeal. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-0.

HF 1892 (Chaudhary) Department of Human Rights Technical Bill. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 54-0.

(NOTE: The Senate took a two and a half hour recess during the session.)

Real Media format 5 hrs, 19 min
Friday
May 18, 2001
The Senate passes a legislative and congressional redistricting bill (SF 2377) and takes up other items on the Special Orders Calendar. After each new census, the legislature is required to redraw legislative and congressional district lines to reflect population shifts. Both Senate DFLers and Senate Republicans drafted their own redistricting plans.

The Senate DFL congressional plan (SF 2377) would leave St. Paul and Minneapolis in separate districts and expands the urban districts to include more suburbs while the Senate Republican plan would merge St. Paul and Minneapolis into one congressional district and create three entirely suburban districts instead of the current two. The Republican plan failed on a 38-27 party line vote.

The Senate DFL legislative plan paired Republican incumbents in ten districts and DFLers in one. The Senate Republican plan paired Democratic incumbents in six districts and Republicans in none. The Republican plan failed on a 38-27 party line vote.

Senator Lawrence Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, authored Senate File 2377. The bill passed 35-28.

Other items considered on Special Orders included:

SF 2208 (Pogemiller) Public finance and debt provisions modifications. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 52-4.

HF 634 (Kelly, R.C.) Payment of claims against the state; Murray county property taxes reimbursement authority; Willis Lake wildlife management lake designation. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 59-0.

HF 1182 (Frederickson) Invention developers financial requirements and legal actions provisions modification. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 56-0.

HF 708 (Johnson, Dean) Motor vehicle registration taxes exemption clarification for well drilling machines, pump hoists and related equipment; commercial motor vehicles special mobile equipment inspection requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0.

HF 2028 (Higgins) Environmental audit provisions modified and pollution control agency annual performance reporting date changed. Final Passage Roll Call - 56-0.

HF 1973 (Terwilliger) State highways in municipalities regulated and conforming changes provided. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0.

HF 2514 (Murphy) Foot and Mouth Disease. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-0.

Real Media format 8 hrs, 13 min
Thursday
May 17, 2001
The Senate passes a Racial Profiling bill (SF 386) and considers bills on the Special Orders Calendar. The Racial Profiling bill appropriates $5 million for video cameras to be placed in squad cars in exchange for police officers agreeing to collect data on traffic stops for two years. The data collected will include: time, date and place; driver's age, gender and race; alleged violation and its disposition; whether and why search was conducted and its results; and the officer's perception of the driver's race before the stop. The bill requires officers to give motorists an information card with a toll-free telephone number for complaints with the Attorney General's Office. It also creates an Advisory Committee made up of six minority representatives and five representatives from law enforcement and increases the surcharge on traffic and criminal convictions to cover the costs of the video cameras, data collection and officer training.

Senator Jane Ranum, DFL Minneapolis, authored Senate File 386. The bill passed on a 46-18 vote.

Other items on Special Orders included:

HF 655 (Frederickson) Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program Law. Final Passage as amended - 60-0.

HF 1310 (Johnson, D.J) State and Local construction projects regulation. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-0.

HF 1406 (Kiscaden) Relating to health; establishing maternal death reviews. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 26 min
Wednesday
May 16, 2001
The Senate considered several bills on the Special Orders Calendar. They included:

SF1082 (Frederickson) State park land additions, deletions and administration and boathouse lot lease modifications. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 59-0.

SF1387 (Tomassoni) Youth Corps program name change; decorative forest products harvesting regulations modifications; sustainable forest resources program repeal delay. Final Passage as amended Roll Call -59-0.

HF1051 (Neuville) Medical malpractice actions dismissal from certification of expert review requirements noncompliance; civil action for death by wrongful act medical malpractice statute of limitations provision reference correction. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 58-0.

HF1407 (Sams) MN Department of Health Housekeeping Bill. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

HF 1828 (Stevens) Wetland replacement and classification provisions modified, and consumptive use of water legislative approval exception provided for metallic mine land dewatering. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

HF 1367 (Metzen) A bill for an acting relating to energy; allowing owner-occupied residential housing to be served by an existing energy loan program. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0.

SF 174 (Moe, R.D.) Agricultural crops transport highway seasonal gross weight limit increase provision expansion and distance restriction modification. Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call - 58-0.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 32 min
Tuesday
May 15, 2001
The Senate passes another Health, Human Services and Corrections funding bill (same as SF 2361 except without the abortion-related provision) and defeats a measure that would make permits to carry handguns available to more Minnesotans.

An amendment was offered by Sen Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, to the newly passed Health and Human Service funding bill that would require a 24 hour waiting period and that certain information be provided to a woman seeking an abortion. It failed on a 33-33 vote. The bill passed 35 to 30.

The original Health and Human Service funding bill passed by the Senate included the abortion provision and was vetoed by the Governor.

Senator Pat Pariseau, R-Farmington, offered an amendment to SF 1481, (Lessard) a shooting sports program bill. The amendment would make permits to carry handguns available to more Minnesotans for self defense. An amendment was offered by Senator Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, to the Pariseau amendment that would require more training for permit applicants, raise the minimum age from 18 to 21, call for statewide data collection on the permit process, and retain police chiefs' and sheriffs' discretion over permit issuance. The Murphy amendment passed 34-32.

The Pariseau amendment was withdrawn and the bill was laid on the table. Note: Two hours into the session, the Senate recessed due to a power outage.

Real Media format 4 hrs, 28 min
Monday
May 14, 2001
Senate approves a bill that establishes a DWI felony level offense (SF 264) and a bill that creates a Prescription Drug Rebate Program (SF 765) and considers several other bills on Special Orders.

The DWI bill toughens the punishment for repeat drunk driving by making it a felony to get four or more DWIs in 10 years. Currently, the maximum penalty for drunken driving is one year in jail and a $3,000 fine regardless of the number of DWIs. Under this bill, the maximum prison sentence is seven years and the maximum fine is $14,000. It also increases the fee and surcharge that a drunken driver must pay to have their driver's license reinstated. Senator Dave Johnson, DFL-Bloomington, authored Senate File 264. It passed 61 to 1.

The Prescription Drug Rebate bill would provide the same prescription discounts that manufacturers give the federal Medicaid Program to an estimated one million uninsured Minnesotans. Under the bill, pharmacists would be reimbursed from the state for charging the uninsured customers discounted prices. The state would later be rebated from drug companies. Senator John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, authored Senate File 765. It passed 42-21.

Other items considered on the Special Orders Calendar included:

SF 1541 (Oliver) Commerce Enforcement Bill. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

SF 453 (Larson) Bleacher Safety. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 47-4.

SF 619 (Ranum) Omnibus Domestic Violence Bill. Final Passage Roll Call- 61-0.

SF 1561 (Hottinger) Uniform commercial code revised article 9 corrective and conforming amendments. Final Passage Roll Call- 59-0.

(Pogemiller) Retirement provisions modifications. Final Passage as amended Roll Call- 60-0.

SF 1098 (Oliver)Public service department powers, duties and responsibilities and unfair cigarette sales act administration and enforcement responsibilities transfers. Final Passage Roll Call- 64-0.

HF 2036 (Murphy) Goodhue county auditor-treasurer appointment authorized. Final Passage Roll Call - 55-7.

SF 1438 (Scheid) Public employment labor agreements ratification and salary provisions modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 46-12.

SF 1330 (Stevens) Unemployment insurance extra benefits for Fingerhut, Inc. and Onan Power Electronics, laid off employees. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 60-1.

HF 783 (Ranum) Peace officers firearms use deadly force definition exclusion. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 95 (Marty) Absentee voting procedures simplification. Final Passage Roll Call - 32-31 - bill does not pass (Final Passage requires 34 votes)

SF 67 (Marty) Employer civil liability for damages to seriously injured employees. Final Passage Roll Call - 33-32 - bill does not pass.

SF 1614 (Hottinger) Civil actions for state violation of federal age discrimination in employment, fair labor standards, family and medical leave or Americans with disabilities acts. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-0

SF 577 (Anderson) Metropolitan council transit regulation authority expansion. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 37-27.

Real Media format 4 hrs, 52 min
Thursday
May 10, 2001
An amendment to the Omnibus DWI bill (SF 1208) that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .08 from .10 was defeated and several bills were considered on Special Orders. Senator Leo Foley, DFL-Coon Rapids, authored Senate File 1208, a bill that makes changes in DWI provisions. The amendment to lower the legal blood alcohol limit was also sponsored by Senator Foley. The amendment failed 33-30. The bill passed 58-5.

Other items on the Special Orders Calendar included:

SF 1485 (Kelley, SP) Minnesota Money Transmitters Act. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

HF 1155 (Sams) Health plan companies network shadow contracting and action plans regulation provisions modifications; managed care automobile insurance plans moratorium -HF 1155 Laid on table.

HF 926 (Sams) Minnesota uniform health care identification card standards modifications. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 59-0.

HF 1248 (Samuelson) Veteran homes residents deposit accounts maintenance requirements modification and clarification. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

HF 1153 (Lesewski) Local government units smaller building projects architect employment requirement exemption. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-2.

SF 1908 (Cohen) Nursing facilities medical assistance payment rates computation raw food costs adjustment exclusion. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

HF 1487 (Lessard) Recreation and game and fish provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

HF 1155 (Sams) Health plan companies network shadow contracting and action plans regulation provisions modifications; managed care automobile insurance plans moratorium. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 63-0.

HF 1596 (Chaudhary) Metropolitan area taxis as special transportation service providers. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-0.

SF 1944 (Knutson) Crime of non-support of spouse or child clarification

Real Media format 4 hrs, 15 min
Wednesday
May 9, 2001
Three bills were taken up on the Special Orders Calendar including a bill to modify civil commitment provisions (SF 0179). This bill extends the maximum period of short-term hospitalization under court ordered early intervention from ten to 21 days and modifies petition requirements relating to neuroleptic medications. Senator Don Betzold, DFL-Fridley, authored Senate File 0179. It passed 63-0.

Other items on the Special Orders Calendar included:

SF 1249 (Lessard) Public Utilities biomass power mandate proposal consideration requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 2142 (Kelly, R.C.) A bill for an act relating to highways; allowing judicial review of public purpose and necessity for taking property for county highway or town road. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 64-0.

Real Media format 41 min
Tuesday
May 8, 2001
Several bills were considered on the Special Orders Calendar including the Omnibus Health and Human Services bill which was taken from the table and passed. The Health and Human Services bill appropriates $8.6 billion over the next two years for health, human services and corrections. It contains a controversial provision that requires women to wait 24 hours and receive certain information before getting an abortion. An attempt was made to move the abortion language from the omnibus funding bill to a Health Department bill and failed. The bill passed 43-22.

Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, authored Senate File 2361.

Other bills on Special Orders included:

SF 795 (Stevens) Snowmobile grant in aid trails access continuation upon land acquisition; Mille Lacs and Pine counties recreational land use trails all-terrain vehicles operation. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 446 (Johnson, Doug) Telecommunications equipment on state owned property. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1721 (Anderson) Employers protected genetic information use prohibition. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1004 (Lourey) Farm tractors clock hour meters tampering prohibition. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 57-6.

HF 208 (Dille) Resolution supporting state participation in Sault Ste. Marie lock new construction and recognizing upper Mississippi River critical habitat restoration and rehabilitation needs. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 54-8.

SF 2106 (Terwilliger) tate highways in cities review and approval requirements - Laid on table.

HF 2498 Omnibus Tax bill-Referred to Taxes.

SF 1128 (Sams) Ambulance services staffing requirements waiver -Stricken from General Orders.

SF 1109 (Johnson, Dean) Design Build. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-2.

HF 208 (Dille) Resolution supporting state participation in Sault Ste. Marie lock new construction and recognizing upper Mississippi River critical habitat restoration and rehabilitation needs. Final Passage Roll Call - 46-17.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 32 min
Monday
May 7, 2001
Many bills were considered on the Special Order Calendar including the Omnibus Agriculture Policy bill (SF 1495). The Agriculture bill was amended to requires that all diesel fuel sold in Minnesota contain at least 2 percent soybean or vegetable oil by 2003. Industries that rely on diesel fuel (truckers, airline, railroad) oppose the measure while environmentalists and farmers support it. The biodiesel fuel amendment passed 48-15.

Senator Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, authored Senate File 1495. The bill passed 62-3.

Other bills on Special Orders included:

SF 1246 (Chaudhary) Manufactured home park owners resident utility charges and collection restriction. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1546 (Chaudhary) Driving after drivers license suspension, revocation or cancellation adjudication stay-laid on the table.

SF 1124 (Chaudhary) Health Insurance coverage continuation for spouses of retired school district employees-Final Passage Roll Call - 34-28.

SF 1821 (Murphy) Telecommunications and cable facilities railroad right-of-way use regulation. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-1.

SF 1963 (Krentz) State agencies and public entities recycled, repairable and durable materials purchase requirements expansion. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 1769 (Ourada) Transportation and highway provisions modification. Final Passage as amended Roll Call -63-0.

HF 1266 (Langseth) Omnibus Bonding bill (The Senate amended the language of SF 1402 into HF 1266 in Rules Committee) Final Passage Roll Call - 50-14.

HF 2486 Omnibus Economic Development Budget Bill. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 45-20.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 50 min
Friday
May 4, 2001
Several bills were considered on the Special Orders Calendar including the Omnibus Energy bill (SF 722). The Omnibus Energy bill is a comprehensive energy plan. The plan provides incentives for energy conservation, requires utilities to generate more renewable energy, and makes it easier and quicker to build new power plants. Senator Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, authored Senate File 722. It passed 59-0.

Other bills on the Special Orders Calender:

SF 1711 (Knutson) Crime of counterfeit drivers licenses and identification cards; shoplifting gear possession crime expansion. Final Passage - 60-0.

SF 1215 (Cohen) Human rights provisions modifications. Final Passage - 54-0.

SF 846 (Cohen) Criminal justice data communications network use authority expansion. Final Passage - 58-0.

SF 1033 (Wiener) State Community and technical colleges employee unions merger. Final Passage - 53-3.

SF 1472 (Metzen) Capital access program modifications. Final Passage - 57-0.

SF 1033 (Wiener) State Community and technical colleges employee unions merger. Final Passage - 56-0.

SF 491 (Berglin) Patient protections provisions modifications. Final Passage as amended - 55-5.

SF 414 (Hottinger) MN utilization review act provisions modifications. Final Passage as amended - 45-10.

SF 859 ( Hottinger) Accountancy practice regulation provisions modification and recodification. Final Passage - 56-0.

SF 1064 (Rest) State agencies professional services contractors selection process. Final Passage as amended - 57-0.

SF 2049 (Sabo) Camp Coldwater Springs natural flow protection. Final Passage - 55 - 0.

SF 1498 (Murphy) County state aid highway and municipal state aid street funds disaster accounts limit increases. Final Passage - 53 -0.

SF 694 (Murphy) Minnesota Propane Education and Research Act of 2001 -Laid on table.

SF 970 (Murphy) Gasoline sales below cost prohibition. Final Passage - 42-18.

SF 694 (Murphy) MN Propane Education and Research Act of 2001. Final Passage as amended - 43-10.

SF 1659 (Murphy) Animal feedlot permit conditions and additional level.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 28 min
Thursday
May 3, 2001
The Senate approves the Omnibus Early Childhood through Grade 12 Education Finance bill (SF 2359) and the Education Policy bill (SF 866).

The Omnibus Early Childhood through Grade 12 Education Finance bill appropriates $8.8 billion over the next two years for education - a $458 million increase. It includes a per pupil aid formula increase of 2.6 percent in the first year and 3 percent in the second. Other highlights: $565 million for early education including increases for screening and school readiness programs; increases in special funding for low income students, provides school districts that don't have voter approved excess levies another $415 per student; $23 million for secondary vocational education; and requires districts to reserve funds for gifted and talented programs. The bill does not change the Profile of Learning and repeals past legislation requiring districts to add three days to the school year.

Senator LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Thief River Falls, authored Senate File 2359. The bill passed 46-18.

The Education Policy bill (SF 866) modifies state education policies for pre-kindergarten through 12 grade. Senator Sandra Pappas, DFL St. Paul, authored Senate File 866. It passed 60-5.

Real Media format 8 hrs, 34 min
Wednesday
May 2, 2001
The Senate approves the Omnibus Bonding bill (SF 1402) and considers other bills on the Special Orders Calendar. The Omnibus Bonding bill appropriates $213 million in emergency funding for building projects, land acquisition, and disaster aid.

Some of the items in the bonding bill include: $48.9 million for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP); $33.4 million for buildings at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System; $20.9 million for grants to non-commercial TV stations to convert to digital broadcasting; $5.2 million for disaster funding to Granite Falls and Eagan; $1.1 million for maintenance on the Governor's Residence; and other funding for state building repairs and upgrades.

Senator Cal Larson, R-Fergus Falls, offered an amendment to provide funding for damage caused by a tornado that struck Glenville on May 1, 2001, flood mitigation in southwestern Minnesota, and a storm sewer project in Bayport. The amendment failed (34-29) but language was included in the bill that addresses the Glenville tornado with an expenditure to be added after the damage has been assessed.

Senator Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, authored Senate File 1402. The bill passed 42-22 and was tabled after the vote.

Special Orders included:

SF 221 (Pappas) Animal cruelty prevention and dangerous dogs regulation. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 60-0.

SF 2225 (Pappas) School buses operation without drivers license endorsement; school buses operation by licensed child care providers. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 54-0.

SF 1208 (Foley) DWI drivers license revocation, motor vehicle license plates impoundment, implied consent violation and forfeited motor vehicle sale proceeds distribution provisions modifications; health professionals accidents reporting. Foley moves to lay on table.

SF1944 (Knutson) Crime of non-support of spouse or child clarification and modification. Knutson moves to lay on table.

SF 2031 (Knutson) Public works contracts unenforceability. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

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Tuesday
May 1, 2001
The Senate reconsiders the Omnibus State Government, Economic Development, and Judiciary bill (SF 2360) and takes up several bills on the Special Orders Calendar. The Omnibus State Government bill was amended to prevent interference to the collective bargaining agreement. It would allow the Ventura administration to offer "domestic partner" benefits in upcoming contract negotiations with state employee unions. The amendment passed 36-31. The bill passed as amended 44-22.

The Special Orders Calendar included:

SF 555 (Betzold) State agencies rule making procedures modifications. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 59-1.

SF 1341 (Foley) Assisted living home care and housing with services providers Alzheimer's patients care and treatment disclosure requirements. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0.

SF 1666 (Murphy) Motor vehicle dealers temporary places of business establishment authority. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 57-0.

SF 1752 (Solon) Local liquor license provisions; on-sale intoxicating liquor licensees premix and dispensing machines use authority. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 52-2.

SF 761 (Fowler) A bill for an act relating to state government; providing for proportional representation between the metropolitan area and non-metropolitan areas on administrative boards and agencies. Final Passage Roll Call - 52-9.

HF 489 (Scheid) State or local government units public improvement projects contractors surety bond requirement restriction. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-0.

SF 1068 (Betzold) - Data Practices Omnibus Bill. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 55-1.

SF 1144 (Marty) DWI Chemical testing authority expansion and alcoholic beverage concentration terms definitions. Final Passage Roll Call - 54-0.

SF 1324 (Marty) Private detectives and protective agents weapons and firearms use training rules requirements modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

SF 1394 (Kiscaden) Child placement and maltreatment in schools provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-0.

SF 1367 (Lourey) County creation and boundary change procedures modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-2.

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Monday
April 30, 2001
The Senate passes the Omnibus State Government, Economic Development, and Judiciary bill (SF 2360) and tables the Omnibus Health and Human Services bill (SF 2361).

The Omnibus State Governments bill appropriates $678 million over the next two years for economic development, the state judiciary system and state government. Some of the items in the bill include fund for: nine new judges positions, a new court information system, affordable housing, a new program to promote high technology businesses, public broadcasting digital conversion, voluntary parental leave from work, and a pay increase for the Governor. Some other provisions in the bill include: reforming the financing of state elections, overhauling the state's job training program and maintaining the dislocated worker program.

Senator Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, sponsored Senate File 2360. The bill passed 40-22.

The Omnibus Health and Human Services bill appropriates $8.6 billion over the next two years for health, human services, and corrections. The bill was tabled after it was amended to require women to wait 24 hours and receive certain information before getting an abortion. The amendment passed 36-31.

Some of the items in the bill include fund for: public health programs, health care for low income individuals, services for disabled persons, an extension of welfare payments for recipients that have reached the five year time limit but can't support themselves yet, a raise for workers at long-term health care facilities, and a statewide computer system that allows law enforcement agencies to share information. Some of the other provisions in the bill include: long term care incentives, health care coverage for the uninsured children and mental health services.

Senator Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, sponsored Senate File 2361.

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Friday
April 27, 2001
The Senate passes the Omnibus Transportation and Public Safety bill that appropriates $2.2 billion for road and bridge construction over the next two years. The bill also will put a constitutional amendment before the voters to dedicate 50% of the revenue from the 6.5% sales tax on cars and trucks to fund highways and mass transit.

Several amendments were added to the bill including: making the failure to wear a seatbelt a primary offense; approval of a study on the effects of shutting down the "sane lane" on Highway 394; allowing cities to install cameras at intersections to catch drivers who run red lights; delaying the Crosstown Highway project for one year; granting St. Paul $3 million to purchase the Union Depot and turning it into a hub for Amtrak trains, new high-speed trains and commuter rail service; and a referendum to be put before seven county metro voters that would increase the sales tax by half a cent to fund metro area transportation and mass transit.

Senate File 2340 was authored by Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar. It passed 40-23.

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Thursday
April 26, 2001
Senate approves the Omnibus Agriculture and Environment Budget Bill (SF 2351) and the Omnibus Higher Education Budget Bill (SF 2343). The Agriculture and Environment bill appropriates about $809 million over the next two years. It passed 47-13. The Higher Education bill appropriates $2.9 billion over the next two years for Minnesota colleges and student financial aid. It passed 47-18.

Other Items on the Calendar include:

HF 873 (Kinkel) Tax-forfeited land conveyances, sales, exchanges and easements. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0.

HF 865 (Kinkel) Criminal defendants community work service in lieu of fines payment. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

SF 1932 (Lesewski) Employment and training services provisions modification and repeal. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

HF 1188 (Vickerman) Fire training exercises ash disposal regulation. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0.

HF 1748 (Vickerman) Rural ambulance services staff requirements temporary variances. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-0.

HF 933 (Sams) Farm implements and heavy and utility equipment manufacturer or distributor repurchase requirements expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 2046 (Lesewski) Workers compensation provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

HF 779 (Betzold) Motor vehicle dealer franchise transfer practices modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 2197 (Stevens) State health care programs provider participation and retention barriers identification. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

SF 1334 (Foley)Criminal sexual conduct DNA analysis requirements and domestic abuse conduct admissible evidence expansion; fleeing a peace officer penalty increases; offender aid crime clarification. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

HF 1192 (Foley) Teachers temporary limited licenses and personnel variances application acceptance and issuance timelines. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 923 (Pariseau) Refugees or immigrants social work licensure examination requirement exemption and temporary permit eligibility. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1712 (Schwab) Predatory sex offenders registration law modification and clarification. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 2006 (Schwab) Motor vehicle accident data public availability. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

HF 1219 (Rest) State fund mutual insurance company state involvement elimination. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1263 (Robertson) Multi-member agencies expiration dates modifications or repeal. Final Passage. Roll Call - 63-0.

SR 127 (Krentz) honoring the life and service of the late regents professor John R. Borchert for his countless contributions to the university and the state of Minnesota-adopted.

Urgency be declared Rules suspended for SF 2351

SF2351 (Price) Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources budget bill. Final Passage as amended. Roll Call - 47-13.

Special Orders

SF2343 (Wiener) Omnibus Higher education budget bills. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 47-18.

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Wednesday
April 25, 2001
Many bills were considered on General Orders (preliminary passage) and the Calendar including:

HF 1219 (Rest) Relating to insurance; removing certain state involvement with the state fund mutual insurance company-Recommended to pass.

SF 1263 (Robertson) Relating to state government; changing the expiration dates of certain advisory councils and committees and other multimember entities-Recommended to pass as amended.

HF 873 (Kinkel) Tax Forfeited Land Bill-Recommended to pass as amended.

HF 865 (Kinkel) Relating to criminal justice; providing for community service in lieu of criminal fines in certain instances-Recommended to pass.

SF 1932 (Lesewski) Relating to economic security; modifying and repealing various statutory provisions in the area of economic security-Recommended to pass.

HF 1188 (Vickerman) Relating to environment; regulating ash disposal from fire training exercises-Recommended to pass.

HF 1748 (Vickerman) Relating to health; authorizing the emergency medical services regulatory board to grant temporary variances from staffing requirements for basic life support ambulances operated by rural ambulances service-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 2046 (Lesewski) Relating to workers' compensation; making technical changes-Recommended to pass.

HF 779 (Betzold) Relating to commerce; modifying provisions dealing with motor vehicle dealer franchise transfers-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 2197 (Stevens) Relating to human services; requiring the commissioner of human services to identify and address nonfinancial barriers to provider participation in state health care programs-Recommended to pass.

SF 1334 (Foley) Relating to crime prevention; requiring submission of DNA evidence by offenders convicted of felony-level fifth degree criminal sexual conduct-Recommended to pass as amended.

HF 1192 (Foley) relating to education; permitting applicants for a temporary limited teaching license or a personnel variance to submit their application by July 1 in any year; directing the board of teaching to amend its rules to conform with the July 1 date-Recommended to pass.

SF 923 (Pariseau) Relating to health occupations; temporarily exempting certain persons who are refugees or immigrants to the US and for whom English is a second language from the examination requirement for social work licensure and for obtaining a temporary permit to practice social work-Recommended to pass.

SF 1712 (Schwab) Housekeeping bill for Department of Corrections-Recommended to pass.

HF 1261 (Chaudhary) Department of Corrections Omnibus Policy Bill-

HF 1261 (Chaudhary) Department of Corrections Omnibus Policy Bill-Recommended to pass as amended.

HF 933 (Sams) Relating to commerce; update Minnesota Equipment dealer statues-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 2006 (Schwab) Relating to government data; authorizing accident data to be made public-Recommended to pass as amended.

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SF 560 (Sams) A bill for an act relating to health; modifying review organization provisions; allowing review organizations to participate in Internet-based information sharing systems. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

HF 967 (Lesewski) Schools potluck events sponsorship and fraternal or patriotic organizations home prepared food sale authority. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 574 (Kelley, S.P.) Home care providers service termination advance notice requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 518 (Wiger) Special motor vehicle license plates design requirement exemption for veterans; special motor vehicle license plates for Grenada veterans. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 912 (Tomasssoni) Snowmobiles trunk highway rights-of-way use. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-2.

SF 1344 (Higgins) Employers commissions payment regulation and background check and training charges restriction. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1429 (Higgins) Occupational safety and health. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

HF 995 (Tomassoni) Horse racing license application and medication provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-5

SF 1613 (Knutson) Pollution control agency permit process expedition authority expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0

SF 665 (Orfield) Uniform Arbitration Act. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1295 (Robling) Local government units federal funds use authority expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

HF 1151 (Kelley, S.P.) Modifying penalty provisions for psychologists. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1490 (Metzen) Metropolitan council interceptor facilities continues use determination. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

HF 1383 (Schwab) Motorcycles and motorized bicycles handlebar height restrictions elimination.

Final Passage Roll Call - 59-4.

HF 1522 (Stevens) Nursing home administrators requirements modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1043 (Chaudhary) Peace officer standards and training board license denial, suspension or revocation authority expansion and reporting requirements modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 427 (Scheevel) Charter schools teaching leaves limit. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1855 (Pappas) Charter school provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1434 (Price) Water permit provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1558 (Higgins) Metropolitan council disposal system cost allocation system modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1507 (Knutson) State procurement provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1437 (Kelley, S.P.) Local government units salary increase requests submission requirements; state and public employees salary limit increase for pension purposes.nFinal Passage Roll Call - 59-0.

SF 1894 (Stevens) Administration department procedures elimination. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

HF 1247 (Larson) Veterans homes board donations administration provision modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1104 (Johnson, Dean) National guard eligibility and rank designation requirements clarification and armory provisions modification and clarification. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 1430 (Higgins) Alcohol and drug counselors health commissioner reporting requirements elimination and information exchange and investigations coordination procedures establishment. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-1.

HF 525 (Wiener) Multi-member agency members compensation conditions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0

HF 1681 (Sabo) State employment technical and housekeeping changes; civil service pilot project extension. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 1528 (Terwilliger) Edina recreational motor vehicles operation restrictions or prohibitions imposition authority. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-7.

SF 1464 (Lourey) Lead poisoning prevention and food, beverage and lodging establishments inspection requirements modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

HF 2107 (Neuville) Pupil fair dismissal act disruptive behavior specification and parent meeting requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-2.

SF 997 (Schwab) Austin municipal utilities commission and Freeborn-Mower counties cooperative electric power association joint venture. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 1475 (Pogemiller) State employees group long term care insurance program eligibility. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-8.

SF 1772 (Samuelson) C. Elmer Anderson memorial highway outdoor advertising restriction. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-5.

SF 1968 (Samuelson) Crane operators certification requirements. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

HF 953 (Kinkel) Child abuse definition expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 407 (Pappas) Historic structures renovation and rehabilitation building code adoption requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 508 (Pappas) Railroad bridges expansion or reconstruction financial assistance. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

HF 1261 (Chaudhary) Department of Corrections Omnibus Policy Bill-Recommended to pass as amended.

HF 933 (Sams) Relating to commerce; update Minnesota Equipment dealer statues-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 2006 (Schwab) Relating to government data; authorizing accident data to be made public-Recommended to pass as amended.

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SF 560 (Sams) A bill for an act relating to health; modifying review organization provisions; allowing review organizations to participate in Internet-based information sharing systems. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

HF 967 (Lesewski) Schools potluck events sponsorship and fraternal or patriotic organizations home prepared food sale authority. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 574 (Kelley, S.P.) Home care providers service termination advance notice requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0.

SF 518 (Wiger) Special motor vehicle license plates design requirement exemption for veterans; special motor vehicle license plates for Grenada veterans. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 912 (Tomasssoni) Snowmobiles trunk highway rights-of-way use. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-2.

SF 1344 (Higgins) Employers commissions payment regulation and background check and training charges restriction. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1429 (Higgins) Occupational safety and health. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0.

HF 995 (Tomassoni) Horse racing license application and medication provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-5

SF 1613 (Knutson) Pollution control agency permit process expedition authority expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0

SF 665 (Orfield) Uniform Arbitration Act. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1295 (Robling) Local government units federal funds use authority expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

HF 1151 (Kelley, S.P.) Modifying penalty provisions for psychologists. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1490 (Metzen) Metropolitan council interceptor facilities continues use determination. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

HF 1383 (Schwab) Motorcycles and motorized bicycles handlebar height restrictions elimination.

Final Passage Roll Call - 59-4.

HF 1522 (Stevens) Nursing home administrators requirements modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

SF 1043 (Chaudhary) Peace officer standards and training board license denial, suspension or revocation authority expansion and reporting requirements modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 427 (Scheevel) Charter schools teaching leaves limit. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1855 (Pappas) Charter school provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 1434 (Price) Water permit provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1558 (Higgins) Metropolitan council disposal system cost allocation system modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1507 (Knutson) State procurement provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1437 (Kelley, S.P.) Local government units salary increase requests submission requirements; state and public employees salary limit increase for pension purposes.nFinal Passage Roll Call - 59-0.

SF 1894 (Stevens) Administration department procedures elimination. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

HF 1247 (Larson) Veterans homes board donations administration provision modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-0.

SF 1104 (Johnson, Dean) National guard eligibility and rank designation requirements clarification and armory provisions modification and clarification. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 1430 (Higgins) Alcohol and drug counselors health commissioner reporting requirements elimination and information exchange and investigations coordination procedures establishment. Final Passage Roll Call - 65-1.

HF 525 (Wiener) Multi-member agency members compensation conditions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0

HF 1681 (Sabo) State employment technical and housekeeping changes; civil service pilot project extension. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 1528 (Terwilliger) Edina recreational motor vehicles operation restrictions or prohibitions imposition authority. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-7.

SF 1464 (Lourey) Lead poisoning prevention and food, beverage and lodging establishments inspection requirements modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

HF 2107 (Neuville) Pupil fair dismissal act disruptive behavior specification and parent meeting requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-2.

SF 997 (Schwab) Austin municipal utilities commission and Freeborn-Mower counties cooperative electric power association joint venture. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 1475 (Pogemiller) State employees group long term care insurance program eligibility. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-8.

SF 1772 (Samuelson) C. Elmer Anderson memorial highway outdoor advertising restriction. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-5.

SF 1968 (Samuelson) Crane operators certification requirements. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

HF 953 (Kinkel) Child abuse definition expansion. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0.

SF 407 (Pappas) Historic structures renovation and rehabilitation building code adoption requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0.

SF 508 (Pappas) Railroad bridges expansion or reconstruction financial assistance. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0.

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Tuesday
April 24, 2001
Numerous bills were considered on the General Orders Calendar. They included:

SF 407 (Pappas) Historic structures renovation and rehabilitation building code adoption requirement - Recommended to pass.

SF 860 (Rest) Metropolitan council nonvoting affiliate members-stricken from General orders and referred back to committee.

SF 560 (Sams) Health care review organizations - Recommended to pass.

SF 508 (Pappas) Railroad bridges expansion or reconstruction financial assistance-Recommended to pass.

SF 574 (Kelley, SP) Home care providers service termination advance notice requirement-Recommended to pass.

SF 1344 (Higgins) Employers commissions payment regulation and background check and training charges restriction.-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 518 (Wiger) Special motor vehicle license plates design requirement exemption for veterans; special motor vehicle license plates for Grenada veterans-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 912 (Tomassoni) Snowmobiles trunk highway rights-of-way use-Recommended to pass.

SF 1128 (Sams) Ambulance services staffing requirements waiver-progress. HF 995 (Tomassoni) Horse racing license application and medication provisions modifications-Recommended to pass.

SF 1429 (Higgins) Motor vehicle license plate costs standing appropriation-Recommended to pass.

SF 665 (Orfield) Uniform Arbitration Act-Recommended to pass.

SF 1295 (Robling) Local government units federal funds use authority-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1490 (Metzen) Metropolitan council Interceptor facilities continued use determination-Recommended to pass. HF 1383 (Schwab) Motorcycles and motorized bicycles handlebar height restrictions elimination-Recommended to pass. HF 1522 (Stevens) Nursing home administrators requirements-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1855 (Pappas) Charter schools provisions modifications-Recommended to pass.

SF 427 (Scheevel) Charter schools teaching leaves limit-Recommended to pass. HF 967 (Lesewski) Schools potluck events sponsorship and fraternal or patriotic organizations home prepared food sale authority-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1558 (Higgins) Metropolitan disposal system cost allocation system modification-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1043 (Chaudhary) Peace officer standards and training board license denial, suspension or revocation authority expansion and reporting requirement modification; city council members peace officer authority repeal-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1507 (Knutson) State procurement provisions modifications-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1437 (Kelley, SP) Local government units salary increase requests submission requirements; state and public employees salary limit increase for pension purposes-Recommended to pass. HF 1151 (Kelley, SP) Forest management appropriation-Recommended to pass. HF 525 (Wiener) Multi-member agency members compensation conditions modifications -Recommended to pass.

SF 1104 (Johnson, Dean) National guard eligibility and rank designation requirements clarification and armory provisions modification and clarification-Recommended to pass.

SF 891 (Rest) State treasurer powers, responsibilities and duties tran

SFer-stricken from General orders and referred back to committee.

SF 1613 (Knutson) Pollution control agency permit process expedition authority expansion-Recommended to pass. HF 1681 (Sabo) State employment technical and housekeeping changes; civil service pilot project extension-progress. HF 995 (Tomassoni) Horse racing license application and medication provisions modifications-motion to reconsider the vote-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF1528 (Terwilliger) Edina recreational motor vehicles operation restrictions or prohibitions imposition authority -Recommended to pass.

SF 1434 (Price) Water permit provisions modifications-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 357 (Price) Educational data classification, dissemination and access provisions modifications-stricken from General orders and referred back to committee. HF 1681 (Sabo) State employment technical and housekeeping changes; civil service pilot project extension-Recommended to pass.

SF 1271 (Higgins) Real estate education, research and recovery fund accelerated claims payment-stricken from General orders and referred back to committee.

SF 1894 (Stevens) Administration department procedures elimination-Recommended to pass. HF 2107 (Neuville) Pupil fair dismissal act disruptive behavior specification and parent meeting requirement-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 1430 (Higgins) Alcohol and drug counselors health commissioner reporting requirements elimination and information exchange and investigations coordination procedures establishment-Recommended to pass as amended. HF 1247 (Larson) Veterans homes board donations administration provision modification-Recommended to pass.

SF 997 (Schwab) Austin municipal utilities commission and Freeborn-Mower counties cooperative electric power association joint venture-Recommended to pass.

SF 1772 (Samuelson) C. Elmer Anderson memorial highway outdoor advertising restriction-Recommended to pass.

SF 1968 (Samuelson) Crane operators certification requirements-Recommended to pass.

SF 1475 (Pogemiller) State employees group long term care insurance program eligibility expansion-Recommended to pass.

SF 44 (Betzold) Civil action for death by wrongful act medical malpractice statute of limitations provision reference correction-stricken from General orders and referred back to committee. HF 953 (Kinkel) Child abuse definition expansion-Recommended to pass as amended.

SF 3 (Wiger) School districts early reading assessment and intervention requirements; reading specialists education requirements and licensure-stricken from General orders and referred back to committee.

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Monday
April 23, 2001
Numerous bills were considered on the Special Orders Calendar and an amendment to an education bill (SF 866) was proposed that would eliminate basic skills requirements and the Profile of Learning graduation standards.

Special Orders included: SF 1441 (Hottinger) Local officials gifts acceptance prohibition exception. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 61-4. HF 285 (Murphy) Regulating agricultural liens; revising and consolidating crop liens and agricultural liens on livestock. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 66-0. HF 1637 (Robling) repealing provisions requiring licensing of hawkers and peddlers by counties. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 1397 (Kiscaden) Health and human services programs license applicants and employees background studies requirements modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 66-0. SF 1155 (Langseth) Modifying width limitations on recreational equipment; prescribing maximum length of motor homes. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 1964 (Oliver) Life and health insurance guaranty association regulation provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 103 (Larson) Drivers license suspension for gasoline theft crime conviction. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 64-1. SF 453 (Larson) Bleacher safety requirements exemptions-progress. SF 673 (Larson) Mental health treatment health care providers medication administration liability limit. Final Passage Roll Call - 63-0. SF 564 (Ring) providing for access to employee assistance records; requiring employee assistance records to be kept separate from personnel records. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 63-0. SF 1392 (Ring) Creating Northern Technology Initiative Inc. Final Passage Roll Call - 58-2. SF 1407 (Ring) Modifying provisions in health care access programs. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0. SF 1447 (Ring) Requiring notice to parents and employees when Head Start program or child care center plans to use certain pesticides. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 58-0. SF 834 (Johnson, Doug) Iron Range resource and rehabilitation board; legislative members selection requirements modification. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-0. SF 1826 (Oliver) Providing qualifications and procedures for the licensing of insurance producers. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 866 (Pappas) Education provisions modification. A56 amendment (Bachmann) Eliminate basic skills requirements and Profile of Learning. Roll Call- 26-39 -amendment not adopted. The bill is laid on table as amended.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 28 min
Friday
April 20, 2001
A controversial motion was made (SF 1047) and many bills were considered on the Special Orders Calendar including one to ban most mercury thermometers (SF 247) and one to make disclaimers on campaign advertisements more legible (HF 486). Senator Dave Knutson, R-Burnsville, made a motion to concur with House amendments on SF 1047, a bill that expands the criminal background check requirements on apartment managers. A motion not to concur with the House amendments and a request that a Conference Committee of 5 be appointed was adopted on a 35-26 Roll Call vote.

Special Orders included: HF 274 (Marty) Mercury thermometers sale or distribution restriction. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-0. SF 1441 (Hottinger) Local officials gifts acceptance prohibition exception -progress. HF 550 (Hottinger) Higher education services office Edvest savings program implementation rules adoption time limit extension. Final Passage Roll Call - 59-0. SF 1449 (Hottinger) Community based planning modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 56-4. HF 323 (Hottinger) Motor vehicle fuel franchisees transfer rights provision expiration date extension. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0. SF 1965 (Anderson) Trade and economic development department obsolete and redundant programs and duties repeal -progress. A1 amendment (Anderson) nonprofit development organization-adopted. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 58-0. HF 486 (Lesewski) Newspapers or magazines paid political advertisement disclaimers legibility requirement. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 56 -0. SF 2022 (Lesewski) Child support payments crediting and enforcement remedies implementation timing requirements. Final Passage Roll Call - 55 - 0. HF 1160 (Sams) Physician assistants delegated drug and medical device prescription activities review frequency requirement reduction. Final Passage Roll Call - 56-0. SF 511 (Sams) State agricultural society provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 56-1. HF 239 (Neuville) Real estate provisions modifications. Final Passage Roll Call - 57-0. SF 750 (Neuville) Educational programs and services for children with attention deficit or attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 58-0. SF 866 (Pappas) Education provisions modifications-Laid on table as amended. SF 333 (Kelley SP) Veterinary medicine board complaint review committee cease and desist orders issuance authority. Final Passage Roll Call - 60-0. SF 1264 (Scheid) No-fault automobile insurance senior citizens income loss benefits purchase option. Final Passage Roll Call - 56-0.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 39 min
Thursday
April 19, 2001
Numerous bills were considered on the Special Orders Calendar including a proposal (SF 1013) that establishes principles for legislators in redrawing legislative and congressional districts.

The complete Special Orders Calendar included: SF 1212 (Foley) Marriage dissolution child custody best interests factors use and pension plan assets division clarifications; domestic abuse cases custody awards court findings requirement. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0. SF 1222 (Wiger) World War II civilians service recognition memorial plaque on capitol grounds. Final Passage Roll Call - 62-2. HF 867 (Rest) A bill for an act relating to the suburban Hennepin regional park district; authorizing the district to set commissioners' compensation; clarifying the district's boundaries; clarifying that meetings shall be held in conformance with the open meeting law authorizing the district to enter into joint powers agreements by majority board action. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 1610 (Rest) Regulating liquidations and investments of insurers. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. HF 2119 (Rest) relating to charitable organizations; amending report filing requirements. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 321 (Kleis) A bill for an act relating to probate; providing for a background study before appointment of guardians or conservators; authorizing access to data on substantiated maltreatment of vulnerable adults; providing for background study systems and records in the department of human services. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 1414 (Ranum) A bill for an act relating to crimes; making it a crime for employees, contract personnel, or volunteers of a correctional system to engage in certain sexual activities with offenders in correctional. Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0. SF 1347 (Ranum) Requiring a sex offender assessment for certain repeat sex offenders. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-0. SF 1797 (Ranum) Nonprofit neighborhood organizations members meeting notice requirements and voting rights. Final Passage Roll Call - 61-1. SF 1013 (Pogemiller) Establishing districting principles for legislative and congressional plans. Final Passage as amended Roll Call- 38-27. SF 1326 (Pogemiller) A joint resolution relating to redistricting; establishing redistricting principles for legislative and congressional plans. Final Passage as amended Roll Call - 38-27.

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Wednesday
April 18, 2001
Numerous bills were considered on the Special Orders Calendar. A bill that increases penalties for extreme cruelty to pets or companion animals passed (S.F. 197-Betzold). A bill that crackdowns on child pornography on the Internet and allows judges to issue search warrants that could extend to other states passed (S.F. 969-Chaudhary). A bill that allows alleged card cheaters to be detained at Canterbury Park for up to an hour until the police arrive passed (S.F. 1008-Betzold). In addition, a bill that allows bingo games to be conducted between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and not subject to the 15 game minimum passed (S.F. 986-Stumpf).

The complete Special Orders Calendar included: H.F. 1084, H.F. 1159, H.F. 149, S.F. 849, S.F. 986, S.F. 1674, S.F. 1707, S.F. 1479, S.F. 1212, S.F. 1583, S.F. 715, S.F. 1297, S.F. 275, S.F. 969, S.F. 341, H.F. 125, S.F. 1199, S.F. 1680, S.F. 861, S.F. 2033, S.F. 824, S.F. 197, S.F. 1834, H.F. 704, S.F. 1222, S.F. 1432, S.F. 1706, S.F. 1611, S.F. 780, S.F. 1008, and S.F. 949.

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Wednesday
April 11, 2001
A motion to place S.F. 1395 (Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act or the concealed weapons bill) before the full Senate was voted down. This proposal would allow more Minnesotans to carry concealed weapons by easing the procedure for getting a permit. Senator Pat Pariseau, author of Senate File 1395, made the motion.

The motion failed on a 40-23 vote.

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Monday
April 9, 2001
The Senate considers motions, messages from the House, and four measures on the consent calendar. The Senate passed Senate File 1269, authored by Senator Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, which places a plaque in the Capitol for the Minnesota soldiers who participated in the Bataan Death March. Senate File 974, Senate File 1999, Senate File 1835, and Senate File 2005 were passed on the consent calendar. Real Media format 50 min
Thursday
April 5, 2001
The Senate passed a bill (S.F. 152) to authorize the State Patrol to conduct training academies to fill vacancies in the patrol and considered 11 measures on the Consent Calendar. Senator Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, sponsored Senate File 152 which passed 63-0.

Consent Calendar items included: S.F. 1056, S.F. 486, S.F. 1301, S.F. 1206, S.F. 1154, S.F. 1919, S.F. 1780, S.F. 1709, S.F. 1369, S.F. 1460, and S.F. 1864.

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Monday
April 2, 2001
The Senate passes a budget resolution (S.R. 94) and other bills on the consent calendar. The budget resolution would spend $1.3 billion over the next two years and cut taxes by $609 million. This proposal spends more than the plans proposed by the Governor and the House of Representatives. Senator Doug Johnson, DFL-Tower, sponsored the budget resolution. The Senate passed the resolution on a 38-28 vote. Real Media format 56 min

March 2001
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Monday
March 26, 2001
Several bills were taken up on the Consent Calendar. Bills on the Consent Calendar included: H.F. 320, H.F. 556, S.F. 1047, S.F. 1031, S.F. 930, S.F. 910, S.F. 1157, S.F. 1430, S.F. 971, S.F. 972, S.F. 1428, H.F. 264, S.F. 883, and S.F. 1047. Real Media format 48 min
Monday
March 19, 2001
Former Governor Elmer L. Andersen spoke from the heart to members of the Minnesota Senate. The elder statesman was invited to address the Senate by Majority Leader Roger Moe and Minority Leader Dick Day. Gov. Andersen shared fond memories and encouragement especially when talking about Minnesota government. Real Media format 59 min
Thursday
March 15, 2001
Approval of Resolution 6, setting the price of government targets, and passage of a bill requiring a closed iron mine to be maintained for two years and extending unemployment benefits for employees laid off by the recent LTV mine closure. Senator Lawrence Pogemiller, DFL Minneapolis, offered the resolution. Senator Doug Johnson, DFL Tower, authored Senate File 0047.

Resolution 6 was adopted on a voice vote. House File 0047 passed the floor 63-1.

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Thursday
March 8, 2001
The Senate passed a bill that appropriates $7.3 million to the city of Newport for it's share of the costs associated with the Wakota Bridge. Senator Len Price, DFL-Woodbury, sponsored Senate File 0183. The Senate also adopted a resolution setting committee deadlines, repassed a bill for a resolution requesting a ban on the importation of certain steel products, and several other bills were passed on the Consent Calendar. Real Media format 54 min
Monday
March 5, 2001
The Senate adopted permanent rules governing Senate procedures. Senate Resolution 71 was adopted as amended on a voice vote. Real Media format 1 hrs, 14 min

February 2001
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Monday
February 26, 2001
A bill that imposes a felony for certain egregious and intentional acts of violence against a pet or companion animal was debated. Currently, these cases can only be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. The proposal creates 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 author requested progress.

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Monday
February 19, 2001
A resolution was offered that addresses the current crisis in the domestic steel industry. Minnesota taconite companies are closing and cutting back on production resulting in major job loss and economic distress. The resolution requests that the federal government step up efforts to halt the importation of illegal steel to the United States. Senator David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, authored Senate File 0258.

The bill passed the floor 60-1.

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Monday
February 5, 2001
Senate File 228, a bill providing $30 million in emergency energy assistance to schools, set the stage for the first major floor debate in the Minnesota Senate this session. The bill, authored by Sen. Leroy Stumpf, DFL-Thief River Falls, calls for immediate reimbursements to school districts for increased fuel costs needed to transport kids and to heat schools. The funds would come from the $924 million projected budget surplus.

Senate Republicans argued that the assistance should be part of the next budget cycle and the money should not come from the budget surplus. "Wake up, Minnesotans, today's the day when the people are going to start down the path of taking your rebate check and using your surplus," said Sen. Minority Leader Dick Day, R-Owatonna. In addition, Republicans felt that there would be a benefit to waiting on the funding because then it would be based on actual costs and not estimates.

Sen. Leroy Stumpf noted that due to abnormally cold weather in December and high fuel prices school districts will spend hundreds of thousands of extra dollars on energy costs this year. Without immediate assistance some of these school districts will find it necessary to cut programs. "Minnesota, wake up, we are simply trying to help school districts in an emergency situation by using 3 percent of the surplus monies," said Sen. Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar.

The bill passed 40-23 on almost a straight party line vote. The bill now awaits action in the House of Representatives.

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