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May 2002
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Monday
May 13, 2002
Budget Conference Committee The House made an offer on the K-12 provisions; later the Senate made a K-12 counter-offer and the conference committee discussed state employee contracts. The budget reserve remains a major sticking point as well. The conference committee adopted Health and Human Services provisions and will continue to meet this evening. Real Media format 2 hrs
Friday
May 10, 2002
Transportation Conference Committee The conference committee heard a Senate transportation funding offer followed by House counter-offer. The Senate offer included:
5 cent gas tax increase, effective 06-01-02;

Up to $100 million per year in trunk highway bonds financed by gas tax increase;

No indexing of the gas tax;

8.25% of MVST dedicated to a multi-modal transportation fund (8.25% taken from the 32% currently deposited in the HUTDF);

Multimodal fund to be split 60% to the Metropolitan Council, 40% to MnDOT, of which 25% is for small cities and 20% for Greater Minnesota transit;

Senate CSAH formula - 10% equally, 10% lane-miles, 30% population, 50% needs;

No referendum for a half cent sales tax in the 11 county metropolitan area.

The House counter-offer included:
3 cent gas tax increase, effective 06/01/02;

No change in CSAH formula;

Up to $100 million per year over 10 years in trunk highway bonds, financed by the gas tax increase, split as follows:
47.5% greater MN interregional corridors
47.5% metro bottlenecks
5% advantages for transit

No $750 million in trunk highway bonding as proposed by House;

Do not convert $245 million in trunk highway funding cash to bonds;

No indexing of the gas tax;

No half cent sales tax for the 11-county metropolitan area;

Constitutional amendment dedicating current MVST appropriations,
32% HUTDF
20.5% Metro Transit property tax replacement
1.25% Greater MN Transit property tax replacement
2% Metro Area Transit appropriation account

House position on bonding for transit and transportation:
$54 million bonding authority for Metro Transit in the Public Finance bill;
$48 million local bridge replacement;
$10 million local road 10-ton upgrades;
$61 million local road improvement program;
$1 million town road sign replacement;
$2 million greater MN transit capital facilities;
$4 million Northwest metro busway;
$1 million Cedar Avenue transitway;
$500,000 park-in-rides;

No funding for MN/DOT buildings

Real Media format 1 hr, 47 min
Wednesday
May 8, 2002
State and Local Government Operations The Committee passed SF 1589 - a bill that proposes an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution dedicating 3/16th of one percent of the state sales tax for natural resource purposes. The amendment allows for the creation of a dedicated fund for wildlife, land and water
conservation, and parks, trails and zoos. The fund would collect an estimated $115 million per year and would be in effect for 21 years.

The money will be appropriated by law as apportioned as follows:

50 percent in the Heritage Enhancement Fund for improvement, enhancement and protection of the state's natural resources; (the bill also establishes a 15 member Heritage Fund Council)

22.5 percent for state parks and trails;

22.5 percent for metropolitan park and trail grants;

Three percent for local trail grants; and

Two percent for the Minnesota Zoological Garden, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, and the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.

The amendment would be placed on the November, 2002, ballot and would take effect on July 1, 2005.

The bill passed and was referred to the Finance Committee.

Real Media format 1 hr, 36 min
Monday
May 6, 2002
Environment and Natural Resources The Committee passed SF 1589 - a bill that proposes an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution dedicating 3/16th of one percent of the state sales tax for natural resources purposes. The amendment allows for the creation of a dedicated fund for wildlife, land and water conservation, and parks, trails and zoos. The fund would collect an estimated $115 million per year and would be in effect for 21 years. The amendment would be placed on the November, 2002, ballot and would take effect on July 1, 2005 if passed.

The bill passed and was referred to the Governmental Operations Committee.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 26 min
Thursday
May 2, 2002
Environment and Natural Resources The Committee passes S.F. 3463 - a bill that clarifys the prohibition on certain applications of pesticides. SF 3463 would allow the Department of Agriculture to eradicate Gypsy Moth populations by spraying the bacteria Btk over affected areas. The bill also impacts the spraying for mosquitos which is a point of controversy.

The committee heard testimony from the Department of Agriculture, the MN Center for Environmental Advocacy; the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District; the Governor's Office; and the Sierra Club.

SF 3463 passed as amended and was referred to the Senate Floor.

Real Media format 1 hr, 34 min

April 2002
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Tuesday
April 30, 2002
Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs The committee passes SF 3463 - clarifying the prohibition on certain applications of pesticides (to eradicate the Gypsy Moth) The committee heard testimony from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, the MN Nursery and Landscape Assn, the MN Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Agricultural Aircraft Assn on SF 3463.

The bill would allow the Department of Agriculture to eradicate Gypsy Moth populations by spraying the bacteria Btk over affected areas.

SF 3463 passed as amended and was referred to the Environment Committee.

Real Media format 1 hr, 23 min
Wednesday
April 17, 2002
Budget Conference Committee The Budget Reconciliation Conference Committee hears a Senate counter offer. The Senate offer includes a blink on/blind off tax increase on cigarettes.

The Conference Committee is scheduled to reconvene at the Call of the Chair.

Representative Kevin Goodno chairs the next meeting.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 27 min
Tuesday
April 16, 2002
Budget Conference Committee Senate Minority Leader Dick Day outlines the Senate Republicans plan to balance the budget (phase II) and the House makes a second counter-offer. The Conference Committee is scheduled to reconvene on Wednesday, April 10th at 11:00am. Real Media format 2 hrs, 15 min
Friday
April 12, 2002
Budget Conference Committee The Budget Reconciliation Conference Committee hears a counter-offer from the House - followed by a Senate counter-offer. The conference committee is scheduled to reconvene on Monday, April 15, 2002, at 4:00p.m. Real Media format 3 hrs, 4 min
Thursday
April 11, 2002
Budget Conference Committee The Supplemental Budget Reconciliation Conference Committee examines an offer made by the Senate. Senator Doug Johnson presents the Senate's offer to House conferees.

The conference committee is scheduled to reconvene on Friday, April 12 at 10am. Representative Kevin Goodno will explain the House's counter-offer at that time.

Real Media format 1 hr, 22 min
Wednesday
April 10, 2002
Budget Conference Committee The Supplemental Budget Reconciliation Conference Committee continued to take wide range of testimony from the public. The conference committee is co-chaired by Representative Kevin Goodno and Senator Doug Johnson. It is scheduled to reconvene on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. Real Media format 4 hrs, 18 min
Monday
April 8, 2002
Transportation Conference Committee The Conference Committee heard public testimony on HF 3364 - Transportation Funding Bill. Representative Bill Kuisle and Senator Dean E. Johnson co-chair the conference committee.

The conference committee will reconvene at 4:00 pm on Monday, April 8, 2002. Note: Meeting was in progress when streaming began.

Real Media format 55 min
Friday
April 5, 2002
Budget Conference Committee The Budget Conference Committee heard public testimony on the supplemental budget balancing bill. A wide range of public testimony was taken regarding various aspects of the budget balancing bill. Senator Doug Johnson and Representative Kevin Goodno are co-chairs of the conference committee.

The conference committee will reconvene on Monday, April 8, 2002.

Note: the meeting was not streamed in its entirety - included is the last 3 hours and 22 minutes of the hearing.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 22 min
Friday
April 5, 2002
Baseball Stadium Financing Conference Committee The Conference Committee heard testimony on HF 2214 - financing for a major league baseball stadium. Various officials testified regarding the construction and financing of a new stadium including: the City of Minneapolis, the Hennepin County Commissioners, the City of Brooklyn Park, the City of St. Paul, the Minnesota Vikings, the University of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the Minnesota Twins, and the Department of Finance.

Representative Harry Mares and Senator Dean E. Johnson served as co-chairs.

The Conference Committee will reconvene on Monday, April 8, 2002.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 47 min

March 2002
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Wednesday
March 20, 2002
Tax Committee The Committee passed SF 2812 - Transportation Funding bill and continued SF 3436 - Budget Reconciliation bill. The Committee passed two other bills: SF 1811 - a bill that transfers authority of drainage systems and SF 2125 - a bill that designates 102,315 acres of consolidated conservation lands as wildlife management areas.

The Transportation Funding bill that passed the Committee spends $5 billion dollars on improvements to transportation over 10 years.

Highlights of the plan included: a 6 cents per gallon gas tax increase; a Nov. 5 referendum in the 11 county metro area on whether to increase the sales tax by .5 percent for 10 years; and creating a multi-modale transporation fund.

The Transportation Finance bill was referred to the Senate Floor.

The Committee debated the budget reconcilation bill which will have a number of tax provisions added to it including a cigarette tax increase. The bill was continued.

Real Media format 4 hrs, 12 min
Friday
March 15, 2002
Tax Committee The Committee reviews draft tax articles to the supplemental budget reconciliation bill. Real Media format 1 hrs, 39 min
Friday
March 8, 2002
Education Committee, E-12 Education Budget Division The Committee takes up E-12 budget reconciliation recommendations and education levies and passes SF 2736 - Omnibus Education Policy bill. SF 2736 is referred to the Education Committee; the budget reconciliation recommendation is referred to the Finance Committee; and the education levy provision is referred to the Taxes Committee. Real Media format 1 hrs, 27 min
Monday
March 4, 2002
Rules and Administration, Subcommittee on Elections The Subcommittee took up two bills recommended by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board The Committee passed SF 3384 - election campaign finance and ethics provisions modification and referred it to the Rules and Administration Committee. SF 3056 - election campaign finance and ethics provisions modifications did not pass. Real Media format 1 hrs, 49 min
Friday
March 1, 2002
Judiciary The Committee passed three bills including SF 3246 - regulating unsolicited telephone calls. The other bills passed by the Committee were SF 3206 - state employee social security administrative duties transfer, dependent data classification; and SF 3114 - child support obligors limited drivers' licenses and payment agreements. SF 3246 regulates unsolicited telephone calls to residential subscribers who are on a "no-call" list maintained by the Commissioner of Commerce. SF 3246 was passed as amended and referred to the Finance Committee.

The Committee has no further meetings scheduled for the legislative session.

Real Media format 1 hrs, 50 min
February 2002
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Thursday
February 28, 2002
Environment and Natural Resources The Committee passes SF 2932 - encouraging citizen water quality monitoring. SF 2932 allows citizen volunteers to collect samples of water from Minnesota rivers and lakes to be sent to the PCA for quality testing.

The bill passed and was referred to the Floor.

Real Media format 34 min
Wednesday
February 27, 2002
Commerce The Committee passed four bills including: SF 2553 - auto insurance may cover damage to auto glass on same basis as other parts and SF 2363 - prohibiting credit scoring. The two other bills that passed were: SF 3345 - regulating certain credit scoring procedures and SF 2475 - motor vehicle fuel franchises; removing an experation date.

Each bill was referred to the Floor.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 39 min
Tuesday
February 26, 2002
Judiciary The Committee passed several bills including: SF 2807 - drivers' license organ donation designation as conclusive evidence of donation intent, and SF 2697 - real estate transactions disclosure requirement. Other bills passed by the Committee: SF 3238 - nonprofit neighborhood organization members directors election, voting rights and meeting notice options; SF 2611 - Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision; SF 2559 - impounded motor vehicles shorter sale period application expansion; SF 2707 - real estate registration fee surcharge increases for real estate task force; and SF 2892 - second judicial district combined jurisdiction program. Three bill were continued on the agenda: SF 2540, SF 2541, and SF 2673. Real Media format 3 hrs, 45 min
Friday
February 22, 2002
Judiciary The Committee took up several bills including: SF 3030 - Responsible Lending Act of 2002 and SF 2460 - crime of assuming responsiblility for criminal acts. Other bills acted upon were: SF 2908 - Internet privacy and commercial electronic mail solicitation regulation; SF 3313 - Real estate documents electronic filing; SF 3086 - Domestic abuse cases temporary child custody provisions; SF 3302 - court judgements interest rates; SF 2922 - marriage dissolution family farm property division.

(Note: the meeting was not archived in its entirety: SF 3368 - Hmong Mej Koob marriage solemnization recognized; SF 3097 - child support collection and enforcement provisions modifications; and SF 3217 - child protection or parental rights termination proceeding rights and status clarification were also listed on the agenda.)

Real Media format 3 hrs, 9 min
Wednesday
February 20, 2002
Health and Family Security The committee passed six bills including: SF 2877 - placing a moratorium on the establishment, licensure, and public financing of large institutions and SF 2918 - establishing a moratorium on the sixty month time limit on MFIB. The committee passed: SF 2877 - placing a moratorium on the establishment, licensure, and public financing of large institutions (7 - 4 roll call vote); SF 3211 - developing a pilot project to deliver services to deaf-blind individuals; SF 3098 - making technical changes to continuing care programs; SF 3100 - establishing approved tribal health professionals for medical assistance providers; SF 2918 - imposing a moratorium on the sixty month time limit on MFIB; and SF 3331 - modifying access to health care. SF 2625 - authorizing collaborative reproduction and embryo agreements was set aside. Real Media format 2 hrs, 35 min
Tuesday
February 19, 2002
State and Local Government Operations The Committee took up several bills and passed SF 1755- mandatory statewide health insurance for school district employees, and SF 3041 - ratifying state labor contract. The committee took up the following bills: SF 2930- financing Metro Area Transit and Para Transit capital expenditure; SF 2834 - permitting appointment of the County Recorder in Steeele County; SF 3147 - modifying Affirmative Action programs; SF 2971 - competitive bidding for building and construction permits (Department of Adminstration's bill); SF 1755 - mandatory statewide health insurance for school district employees; SF 3208 - public employee labor contracts; SF 3041 - ratifying state labor contract (Passed on a 7-5 roll call vote) and others. Real Media format 2 hrs, 16 min
Tuesday
February 19, 2002
Environment and Natural Resources The Committee passes SF 2604, SF 3177, SF 2311, and SF 3054. The Committee took up the following:

SF 2604 - a bill relating to sanitary district to be treated as county for MMSW payments; SF 3054 - a bill that modifies provisions relating to petrofund contractors; SF 2952 - a bill requiring auxiliary lights on snowmobiles (set aside); SF 3177 - a bill that makes modifications to the Wastewater Infrastructure Fund; SF 2311 - a bill that enacts burning regulations regarding persistent bioaccumulative toxins (Mercury and Dioxin); and SF 2664 - a bill that relates to open air swine lagoon ban and modification to release liability was discussed but no action was taken.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 17 min
Thursday
February 14, 2002
State and Local Government Operations The Committee passes several bills including: SF 2539- construction of a major league baseball park in St. Paul and SF 2656- community ownership of the Minnesota Twins. Supporters of SF 2539 included: St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, St. Paul City Councilmember Dan Bostrom, and representatives from labor and the Chamber of Commerce. Opponents of the bill including, Dan McGrath of Progressive Minnesota, also testified. SF 2539 passed and was referred to the Tax Committee.

Other bills passed by the Committee: SF 2881- relating to Housing- discretionary municipal subdivision authority; SF 2656- community ownership of the Minnesota Twins; SF 2963- transferring the duties of the State Treasurer to the Commissioner of Finance; SF 2531- Minneapolis Firefighters pensions; and more.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 10 min
Wednesday
February 13, 2002
Crime Prevention The Committee passes SF 2683: Homeland Security/Anti-Terrorism Bill. SF 2683 establishes emergency preparedness training grants and emergency preparedness equipment grants under the Commissioner of Public Safety to partially reimburse local units of government for emergency response training and equipment. General fund appropriations will be made to the Commissioner of Public Safety and Commissioner of Administration for communication and response purposes. The bill also addresses the open meeting law, Minnesota identification cards, Minnesota driver's licenses, the heinous crime statute, the definition of murder, the trespass law, the definition of terroristic threats, and penalties for various terroristic activities.

SF 2683 was discussed at length. It passed and was referred to the Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Committee.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 29 min
Tuesday
February 12, 2002
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Continuation of SF 2672: Iron Range power plant legislative proposal. The Committee heard testimony from many individuals and organizations both in support and against SF 2672: a proposal to build a coal-fired base-load generating plant on the Iron Range in Minnesota.

The Committee reconvenes on Thursday, February 14, and did not vote on the bill.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 36 min
Monday
February 11, 2002
Health and Family Security The Committee passes SF 2486: a bill that modifies requirements for major spending commitments of radiation therapy facilities and SF 2669: the Adminstration's proposal to establish the MN Emergency Health Powers Act. The committee heard much testimony on SF 2486 from both proponents and opponents of the bill. SF 2486 puts regulatory oversight on placement of radiation oncology centers within a 10 mile radius of existing radiation oncology centers. SF 2486 passes and was sent to the Senate Floor.

SF 2669, the MN Emergency Health Powers Act, addresses the state's emergency planning and response plan if a public health emergency, like bioterrorism, were to occur in Minnesota. Commissioner of Health, Jan Malcolm, and Dr. Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota, were among those that testified. SF 2669 passed and was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Real Media format 3 hrs, 12 min
Friday
February 8, 2002
Crime Prevention The Committee passed SF 1861- a bill that requires firearms to comply with certain safety requirements. The Committee passed SF 1861 and sent it to the Senate Floor. The Committee also passed: SF 2445: prohibits climbing on the roof of a school without proper permission; SF 2458: prohibits certain facilities from hiring people convicted of a violent crime. SF 2533: modifies local correctional fee definition and SF 2638: creates felony offense for employing runners were continued. Real Media format 2 hrs, 48 min
Thursday
February 7, 2002
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities The Committee heard testimony on SF 2672 - a proposal to build a power plant on the Iron Range. The proposal is to build a coal-fired base-load generating plant on the Iron Range. Supporters spoke on the economic and environmental need for it. Opponents addressed environmental issues and questioned whether the process for such a request was being circumvented. The bill was continued.

The Committee also passed SF 2421-Vickerman: Renewable biodiesel fuel incentives. SF 2421 was referred to Finance.

Real Media format 1 hr, 35 min
Wednesday
February 6, 2002
Crime Prevention The committee continues SF 1861 - a bill that requires firearms to comply with certain safety requirements and passed SF 2580 and SF 2611. Three bills were taken up by the committee. SF 2580 - Foley: provides that certain license revocation hearings do not give rise to an estoppel on any issues in criminal prosecutions; provides for jurisdiction over persons found to have caused a delinquent act or charged by a juvenile petition; makes it child endangerment to permit a child to be present when a person possesses certain chemical substances; prescribes penalties for persons who escape from electronic monitoring. SF 2580 passed and goes to the Floor.

SF 2611 - Ranun: adopts a new compact for interstate adult offender supervision and repeals the existing compact; creates an advisory council on interstate adult offender supervision. SF 2611 passed and is referred to the Judiciary Committee.

SF 1861 - Ranum: requires firearms to comply with certain safety requirements; imposes criminal penalties. Massachusetts and California currently have this law on the books. Sen. Ranum tabled SF 1861 until the next meeting.

Real Media format 2 hrs, 9 min
Tuesday
February 5, 2002
Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities The committee heard three bills: SF 2421, SF 2426 and SF 2651 and heard reports from Allete Rapid Power and MAPP. The committee passed SF 2426: providing for personal property tax exemption for the Otter Tail project and SF 2651: providing for personal property tax exemption for the Simon Energy Project and referred them to the Tax Committee. The committee continued SF 2421: classifying biodiesel fuel as a renewable energy source until the next hearing.
Reports were also presented by Allete Rapids Power and MAPP.

The committee reconvenes on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 1:30 pm.

Real Media format 1 hr, 49 min
Monday
February 4, 2002
Health and Family Security Three bills were considered: SF 2381, SF 2419 and SF 2459 and an overview of the Small Business Health Insurance Task Force report was presented. S.F. 2381: Regulates hospice care providers. S.F. 2419: Exempts certain wading pools from public swimming pool requirements. S.F. 2459: Modifies requirements for nursing services agencies. Officials from the Department of Commerce and the MN Department of Health presented the Small Business Health Insurance Task Force Report. Real Media format 1 hr, 11 min
Friday
February 1, 2002
Education Committee, E-12 Education Budget Division The Committee discussed and passed a budget reconciliation bill. The bill makes financial adjustments or changes as a result of the budget deficit. Representatives from the Department of Children, Families and Learning testified. The bill passed and was referred to the Education Committee.

The E-12 Education Budget Division is scheduled to take up bonding on Wednesday, February 6, 2002.

Real Media format 1 hr, 25 min

January 2002
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Wednesday
January 30, 2002
Health & Family Security The committee took up three bills: SF 819, SF 887, and a bill to prohibit the hiring of individuals convicted of violent crime as caregivers. SF 819: requires plumbers to be licensed. SF 819 was passed and referred to the finance division. SF 887: creates registration for medical response units. SF 887 was passed and referred to the Senate Floor. SF XXXX: prohibits the hiring of individuals convicted of a violent crime as caregivers. Testimony was taken from represenatives of the MN Attorney General's Office, MN Department of Human Services, MN Department of Health, ARRM, and citizens in support of the legislation. SF XXXX was continued. Real Media format 1 hr, 16 min



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