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December 2005
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Thursday
December 8, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development A joint meeting of the Senate and House committees responsible for housing policies and finance meet jointly to examine Minnesota's affordable housing needs. Real Media format 1 hr, 51 min
Thursday
December 8, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources The Committee investigates the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's handling of the mercury reduction plan and the process used to secure public input on reduction efforts. Real Media format 3 hrs, 27 min
Thursday
December 1, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources The committee continues its investigation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's response to environmental contamination by perflurochemcials, which are used to produce products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. Real Media format 3 hrs, 2 min

November 2005
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Tuesday
November 29, 2005
Finance
State Government Budget Division
The committee reviews a report from the Legislative Auditor's Office regarding the Secretary of State's operation and is updated on the progress of the health care purchasing alliance, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission land lease arrangement, and the Governor's Office interagency agreement. Real Media format 2 hrs, 58 min
Thursday
November 17, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development The Senate Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee invites the public and energy industry leaders to talk about the impact of high fuel costs and solicits ideas to curb energy use. Real Media format 3 hrs, 15 min
Wednesday
November 16, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Four committees of the Senate meet jointly to examine how well Minnesota public agencies are prepared to handle a disaster. Real Media format 2 hrs, 43 min

October 2005
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Tuesday
October 25, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources Chemicals used in the manufacturing of Scotchgard and Teflon pans have contaminated drinking wells in Minnesota, and the committee explores the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's response in addressing the problem. Real Media format 2 hrs, 18 min
Monday
October 24, 2005
Transportation Committee The Senate Transportation Committee explores the controversy surrounding the state's bid process for purchasing a new plane. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently replaced its Bonanza aircraft with a newer model, and the bid specifications were criticized by the Cirrus Design Corporation. Real Media format 4 hrs, 6 min

September 2005
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Wednesday
September 21, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming A recent inspection of the Minneapolis Veterans Home by the Department of Health identified several problems, and a joint committee hearing of the Minnesota Senate examines those issues in detail. Real Media format 2 hrs, 50 min

August 2005
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Wednesday
August 24, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Over 625,000 state prisoners will be released this year, and each will face a 50 percent chance of returning to prison a for new crime or parole violation. The Senate Crime Prevention & Public Safety Committee delves into the issue of successfully helping prisoners re-enter society. Real Media format 2 hrs, 14 min
Friday
August 12, 2005
Elections The Legislative Auditor's office presents their yearly report on the Office of the Secretary of State. Real Media format 1 hr, 27 min

July 2005
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Friday
July 1, 2005
Rules and Administration The Senate Rules Committee considers a resolution to temporarily restore funding to government agencies and services that have been shut down. Real Media format 37 min

June 2005
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Tuesday
June 28, 2005
Rules and Administration The committee considers SF 65, a bill that would provide base level funding for the coming biennium in areas related to education, health and human services, agriculture, the environment and economic development. Real Media format 38 min
Monday
June 27, 2005
Rules and Administration Before the committee is SF 69, which would provide base level funding for state programs and services related to agriculture, the environment and economic development. Real Media format 26 min
Monday
June 13, 2005
Transportation Committee Lieutenant Governor and Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau appears before the Senate Transportation Committee to update members on the use of MnPass Lanes on I-394 and the Wakota Bridge project. Also, Commissioner Molnau and Public Safety Commissioner Mike Campion talk about the impact on their agencies and projects should Minnesota face a partial government shutdown July 1st. Real Media format 1 hr, 36 min

May 2005
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Wednesday
May 25, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The public is invited to comment on the latest health and human services budget proposals being considered during the special session. Real Media format 2 hrs, 32 min
Tuesday
May 17, 2005
Taxes Committee Before the committee is SF 896, authorizing the sale of various lands requiring state approval. Real Media format 13 min
Monday
May 16, 2005
Rules and Administration SF 1908, a measure offering protection for established shooting ranges in developing areas, awaits the committee's referral; as does SF 1218, a resolution calling for tolerance of animal agriculture production practices. Real Media format 16 min
Thursday
May 12, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The conference committee on the early childhood and K-12 education funding bills gather for their first meeting. Real Media format 2 hrs, 44 min
Tuesday
May 10, 2005
Taxes Committee To fund highway and road improvements, SF 1980 proposes a 7 cent per gallon gax tax hike among its funding provisions. The committee takes action on the bill. Real Media format 2 hrs, 38 min
Monday
May 9, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee begins review of SF 1980, the transportation funding plan. Real Media format 2 hrs, 16 min
Monday
May 9, 2005
Finance Among the bills considered by the committee Monday morning, a proposal, SF 1468, funding survivor benefits of public safety officers, is before the committee. (coverage begins at 00:45:38). Real Media format 2 hrs, 27 min
Thursday
May 5, 2005
Taxes Committee During a brief afternoon meeting, Senate Tax Committee Chair Larry Pogemiller announces proposed changes to the amount of revenue raised in the omnibus tax bill. Real Media format 41 min
Thursday
May 5, 2005
Finance Beginning July 1st, it will be illegal for Minnesota residents to dispose of television sets and computer monitors in their garbage. SF 1298, creating a recycling program for those electronic devices, is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:10:49).
The Finance Committee also considers:
SF 966 - setting a maximum fee fo obtaining government documents (00:00:00);
SF 1542 - establishing a commodity corridor for transporting heavy goods between Grand Rapids and Duluth (01:01:35).
Real Media format 1 hr, 9 min
Monday
May 2, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee conducts a special, post-deadline hearing to act on SF 2259, proposing the hand gun permit law approved by the 2003 legislature. Real Media format 4 hrs, 3 min

April 2005
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Friday
April 29, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee reviews the omnibus early childhood budget bill (00:10:19) and the omnibus K-12 education funding bill (00:57:00). Real Media format 2 hrs, 34 min
Thursday
April 28, 2005
Taxes Committee A penny per drink liquor tax is part of the omnibus public saftey bill to fund sex offender supervision, and the bill is before the Senate Tax Committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 22 min
Thursday
April 27, 2005
Finance Before the Senate Finance Committee is the omnibus health and human services funding bill (00:00:00)and the omnibus early childhood education budget bill (02:11:00). Real Media format 3 hrs, 11 min
Tuesday
April 26, 2005
Finance Before the committee is the omnibus public safety budget bill and a proposal to increase the liquor tax in order to reduce probation officer workloads and fund enforcement. Real Media format 2 hrs, 1 min
Monday
April 25, 2005
Finance During the afternoon meeting, the Finance Committee acts on the omnibus K-12 education funding bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 40 min
Monday
April 25, 2005
Finance The finance committee begins reviewing the omnibus public safety budget bill. (Part 1) Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Friday
April 22, 2005
Finance The Finance Committee begins work on the omnibus funding bills with the higher education budget bill (00:00:00) and the omnibus state government budget bill (00:52:20). Real Media format 3 hrs, 25 min
Thursday
April 21, 2005
Finance
Higher Education Budget Division
Awaiting final action is the omnibus higher education funding bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 21 min
Thursday
April 21, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The division continues its work on the omnibus K-12 education finance bill. Real Media format 2 hrs, 8 min
Wednesday
April 20, 2005
Legislative Audit Commission The Legislative Audit Commission reviews a report outlining troubles with the Department of Public Safety's web-based license tab renewal system. Real Media format 1 hr, 47 min
Tuesday
April 19, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
In an attempt to provide pay raises for long-term health care workers, a Senate proposal, SF 2003, closes some multi-bed rooms in order to fund the nursing home rate increases. The measure is before the division (00:00:00).
The committee also considers:
SF 1710 - providing additional support for child care and child protection services (00:32:12);
SF 1000 - requiring plans for the release of mentally ill inmates from prison (00:41:27);
SF 227 - establishing a cancer drug repository program (01:11:00);
SF 1837 - the Dept. of Human Services' policy bill (01:24:00);
SF 1822 - special transportation services study (01:58:00).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 4 min
Monday
April 18, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The budget division considers a bill, SF 254, that would restore grants cut in 2003 for families on the Minnesota Family Investment Program. (Coverage begins at 00:00:00) Also before the division is SF 1182, which sets a maximum amount hospitals can charge uninsured patients for hospital care (01:30:00).
Also before the division:
SF 1279 - removing sunset for anti-hemophilic drugs;
SF 1395 - providing community services for residents discharged from Anoka Regional Treatment Center;
SF 1955 - work participation rate enhancement.
Real Media format 1 hr, 46 min
Thursday
April 14, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The Omnibus K-12 Education Policy Bill, SF 1148, is before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 14 min
Wednesday
April 13, 2005
Finance
State Government Budget Division
A bill, SF 1963, offering grants to provide support services for veterans, including homeless veterans, is before the finance division. (Coverage begins at 00:11:10.) The committee also considers:
SF 659 - establishing a military assitance trust fund;
SF 734 - providing funds for national guard incentive programs, WW II memorial, veteran homes improvements and Support our Troops license plates;
SF 1796 - establishing a Health Care Purchasing authority.
Real Media format 1 hr, 50 min
Tuesday
April 12, 2005
Transportation Committee Northwest Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Steenland meets with the committee to talk about the success and challenges facing the company and airline industry. Real Media format 1 hr, 52 min
Tuesday
April 12, 2005
Health and Family Security Committee A bill, SF 1029, giving parents of still-born babies the option of receiving a birth certificate is before the committee (00:04:46). Also before the members is SF 1274, a measure allowing small businesses to provide flexible benefits health insurance plans (00:51:52).
The committee also considers the following proposals:
SF 1279 - Antihemophilic factor drugs prior authorization requirment;
SF 1934 - Medical assistance quality assurance system modifications;
SF 1935 - Medical assistance quality assurance and licensing system task force and study.
Real Media format 1 hr, 51 min
Monday
April 11, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources A bill, SF 1629, to help Minnesota's livestock industry is before the committee (00:19:30). The committee also considers SF 1721, asking the voters whether a portion of the sales tax should be dedicated to the environment (02:29:00).
The following bills also are before the committee:
SF 940 - biomass power changes;
SF 1738 - water use permits;
SF 1902 - power plan siting authority changes;
SF 2085 - Cologne trail construction and wetland replacement.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 49 min
Friday
April 8, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development With the deadline fast appoaching for policy committees to complete their work, the committee takes action on four bills: SF 527 - allowing White Bear Lake residents to pay for a power line burial (00:01:26); SF 940 - allowing trees and brush to be used in biomass power production (00:04:51); SF 1846 - allowing the state to enter certain contracts in order to save energy (00:15:07); SF 1903 - transfering power plant siting authority to the Dept. of Commerce (00:22:40). Real Media format 30 min
Thursday
April 7, 2005
Finance
Early Childhood Policy and Budget Division
A bill, SF 1792, a bill designed to help more working low income families qualify for child care assistance and better coordinate child care programs, is before the committee.
The committee also considers:
SF 2026 - correcting a reduction in child care provider rates that were unintentionally levied to some providers (00:27:47);
SF 2027 - creating a child care asssitance provider reimbursement rate grant program (00:37:18).
Real Media format 1 hr, 25 min
Thursday
April 7, 2005
Taxes Committee SF 2001, creating a transfer tax on the sale of either the Minnesota Vikings or Twins, is before the committee (00:24:50). The committee also considers SF 397, allowing teachers to deduct expenses for class room supplies (01:45:15); and SF 1312, easing the loss of local government aid when cities reach 2500 in population (00:10:07). Real Media format 1 hr, 55 min
Wednesday
April 6, 2005
Taxes Committee Several bills proposing to increase local government aid come before the committee. The committee also considers SF 1455, requiring local governments to mail a taxpayer satisfaction form along with the property tax notice forms. Under the plan, if local taxpayers are unhappy with the level of property tax increase, they could force a referendum on the issue by mailing in the included postcard. Real Media format 3 hrs, 10 min
Tuesday
April 5, 2005
Education The committee considers several proposals for inclusion in the omnibus education policy bill. Real Media format 2 hrs, 42 min
Tuesday
April 5, 2005
Judiciary SF 1689, a proposal defining labor and sex trafficking and imposing civil penalties, is before the committee. The committee also considers:
SF 1307 - requiring consumers be notified when business computerized dat security is breached (00:25:30);
SF 227 - creating a repository for cancer-treating prescription drugs that are left unused (01:48:00);
SF 1956 - allowing Hennepin County to create a separate governing board for its health care systems (02:13:00).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 34 min
Monday
April 4, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming The committee takes action on SF 1978, proposing a casino partnership between the state and Northern Indian tribes, and SF 1609, authorizing slots at Canterbury Park. Real Media format 2 hrs, 59 min

March 2005
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Thursday
March 31, 2005
Transportation Committee Northwest Airlines expansion efforts at the Minneapolis, St. Paul International Airport would be put on hold, under SF 208, which is before the committee (01:20:00).
The committee also considers two bills regarding the levying of administrative penalites on traffic violations:
SF 1713 calls for a uniform, statewide approach to administrating penalites for traffic violations;
SF 1042 allows local determination of whether administrative fees on traffic fines should be used for locally-determined purposes (00:00:00).
Real Media format 3 hrs, 31 min
Thursday
March 31, 2005
Health and Family Security Committee acts on SF 69, a proposal setting a stem cell research policy, including the use of embryonic stem cells. The committee also considers SF 1892, called the "I Save Prescription Drug Program" (01:05:00); and SF 968, providing AIDS prevention grants (01:20:00). Real Media format 1 hr, 25 min
Wednesday
March 30, 2005
Capital Investment The conference committee on the capital investment bill takes final action on the level of bonding for the various public construction projects. Real Media format 23 min
Wednesday
March 30, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming The committee considers two bills allowing gambling to aid racetrack operations: SF 1723 expedites the start-up of a card club at the coming harness-racing track in Anoka County (00:23:56); and SF 1609 allows slot machines at Canterbury Park (01:16:31). The committee begins the meeting with consideration of SF 1891, providing outreach services to minority veterans. Real Media format 2 hrs, 31 min
Wednesday
March 30, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Three different approaches to strengthen Minnesota's sex offender laws are before the committee. The bills are SF 1325, SF 1377 and SF 1875. Real Media format 2 hrs, 22 min
Tuesday
March 29, 2005
Health and Family Security SF 899, a bill requiring day care providers to ensure that their cribs meet the federal safety standards, is before the committee (00:09:12). The committee also takes action on SF 639, a proposal prohibiting the administering of vaccines containing mercury (00:21:37). Real Media format 1 hr, 35 min
Wednesday
March 23, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources Before the committee is SF 1434, a bill designed to fight invasive aquatic species (00:00:00), and SF 789, the omnibus game and fish bill (01:11:08). Real Media format 2 hrs, 21 min
Wednesday
March 23, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee begins discussion on a budget resolution, which sets the maximum amount of general fund spending for the coming biennium, the size of the cash flow account and budget reserve. Real Media format 42 min
Tuesday
March 22, 2005
Transportation Committee A comprehensive transportation funding plan is before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 42 min
Monday
March 21, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources The committee considers three different approaches, SF 1398, SF 1298 and SF 1595, to manage the recycling of electronic devices, including television sets and monitors. Real Media format 2 hrs, 11 min
Friday
March 18, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee's first omnibus tax bill is before them. Real Media format 2 hrs, 10 min
Thursday
March 17, 2005
Transportation Committee Before the committee is a controversial bill, SF 1193, designed to protect runway safety at the Twin Cities International Airport by restricting development in Bloomington at the Mall of America and the former Control Data site. Real Media format 3 hrs, 20 min
Thursday
March 17, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee begins compiling its first omnibus tax bill and considers several proposals.
They include:
SF 867 - granting local sales tax option for the city of Willmar (00:00:00);
SF 53 - exempting sales tax for Lake Superior dock relocation (00:15:33);
SF 1571 - exempting sales taxes on the sale of ready-to-eat meat and seafood when sold to another retailer (00:40:46);
SF 1081 - expempting property taxes on homes contaminated with mold (00:48:27);
SF 344 - allowing local fire departments to recoup their costs for putting out car fires (00:57:00);
SF 1190 - exempting sales tax on construction material used for the conversion of a coal burning facility to a biomass producing facility (01:00:00);
SF 1786 - clarifying that certain hybrid crops are an agricultural product for property assessment purposes (01:03:30);
SF 1683 - exempting property taxes on elderly nursing facilities providing services to the majority of residents whose income is 60 percent or more below the median household income for that area (01:11:00);
SF 1685 - providing tax incentives for high energ.y performance commercial buildings (01:15:40);
SF 1659 - providing income tax credit for building rehabilitation expenditures (01:19:04)
Real Media format 1 hr, 27 min
Wednesday
March 16, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources Before the committee is S.F. 720, a bill regulating the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Real Media format 22 min
Tuesday
March 15, 2005
Finance
State Government Budget Division
The Department of Employee Relations presents its report on the state of Minnesota workforce. Real Media format 36 min
Tuesday
March 15, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety A bill, SF 123, increasing the penalty for video voyeurism is before the committee. Another measure, SF 657, extending the time limit for conducting civil commitment hearings for sexual psychopaths, is considered. (00:35:02).
The committee also hears:
SF 87 - expanding the crime of trespass (00:51:56); and
SF 676 - establishing the crime of interference with ambulance service (01:29:12).
Real Media format 1 hr, 31 min
Tuesday
March 15, 2005
Health and Family Security SF 917, a bill providing grants to organizations encouraging women to carry their unborn children to full term, is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:28:52) Also, the committee considers another measure, SF 581, designed to prevent unwanted pregnancies. (00:00:00) Real Media format 2 hrs, 46 min
Monday
March 14, 2005
Environment and Natural Resources The Department of Natural Resources' policy changes regulating the use of off-highway vehicles is before the committee as SF 1047 (00:06:25). Another proposal, SF 1442, promoting off-highway vehicle trail development and proposing regulatory changes is outlined as well (01:08:43). Real Media format 1 hr, 25 min
Thursday
March 10, 2005
Transportation Committee A young boy hit by a truck while crossing the street spurs a proposal, SF 1144, creating a crosswalk safety education account. (Coverage begins at 00:48:14). Also before the committee are two similar bills, SF 366 and SF 818, allowing cities to impose street utility fees (01:33:00). The commmmitte also considers SF 808, regulating motorized scooters, requiring minors to wear potective headgear while using them and prohibiting children under 12 from operating the motorized toy (03:02:00).
The committee further considers:
SF 981 - establishing statewide aviation planning process (00:00:00);
SF 885 - establishing motor vehicle deputy registrar office at Mpls. Midtown Exchange (00:48:14);
SF 670 - preventing local ordinances from discriminating against owners parking motorized vehicles (01:20:30):
SF 1089 - Creating a revolving account for purchasing traffic signs and SF 1125 - Allowing peace officers to use their class D license to operate other vehicles (02:52:20).
Real Media format 3 hrs, 8 min
Wednesday
March 10, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee considers the Price of Government Resolution, which sets the percentage of state and local government spending in relationship to personal income. Real Media format 44 min
Wednesday
March 9, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming Bills to assist Minnesota veterans are before the committee. They include: SF 681 - providing life insurance premium reimbursements; SF 616 - providing grants for tuition and textbook reimbursements(00:07:00); and SF 734 - offering a variety of measures, including bonuses, tuition assistance, bond sales for a WW II memorial and veteran home funding, and the sale of "Support our Troops" license plates to fund a military assistance account (00:23:13). Real Media format 57 min
Wednesday
March 9, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The committee considers funding for several initiatives, including SF 255, restoring MnCare health benefits to adults without children (00:26:40), and SF 930, supporting compulsive gambling prevention programs(00:00:00).
The committee further considers:
SF 826 - reducing child care licensing fees (00:26:36);
SF 895 - Altering depreciation consideration when calculating MnCare eligibility for farmers (02:01:28);
SF 1030 - raising per diem reimbursement for Bayshore nursing facility in Duluth (02:04:51);
SF 789 - providing funds for the New Chance program for young mothers (02:11:50).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 24 min
Tuesday
March 8, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The committee considers SF 785, a measure restricting the sale of video games to minors(00:00:00). Also, the committee begins discussion of a measure, SF 102, that sets a new definition for criminal insanity (01:19:00).
The committee considers two other bills:
SF 1036 - altering the administration of CrimNet to address problems raised by a recent Legislative Auditor's report (00:46:48);
SF 778 - providing technical changes to provisions relating to DWI vehicle forfeiture and license revocation (01:04:09).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 15 min
Tuesday
March 8, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
Education Commissioner Alice Seagren and Tom Melcher, Director of Education Finance Reform and Accountability, continue their presentation of the Governor's education funding proposal. Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Monday
March 7, 2005
Elections A bill, SF 1317, creating a buffer zone around polling places preventing demonstrations and exit polling is before the committee (00:51:30). The committee also considers another proposal, SF 1316, attempting to create uniformity in polling places and signage (00:15:00).
The committee further considers:
SF 960 - allowing candidates to hand out candy during parades (00:00:00);
SF 1315 - Regulating precinct summary statements.
Real Media format 1 hr, 34 min
Thursday
March 3, 2005
Education Lawmakers' concern about the federal No Child Left Behind law was at the forefront of the committee's discussion. The committee considers a resolution, SF 1092, opposing the expansion of the federal no child left behind regulations to high schools (00:25:06). They also review a bill, SF 1244, that would allow Minnesota to opt out of the federal plan if certain changes aren't made to the program (01:35:00). The committee also considered a bill providing an income tax refund for contributions made to hire classroom teachers (00:05:00). Another measure also allowed teachers to deduct contributions made to cover education expenses (00:00:00). Real Media format 2 hrs, 14 min
Wednesday
March 2, 2005
Commerce About one out of six Minnesota drivers are not insured, and two bills intending to make car insurance more affordable come before the Committee. SF 970 repeals Minnesota no-fault insurance law, while SF 1094 modifies it. Real Media format 2 hrs, 25 min
Wednesday
March 2, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The committee begins its review of Governor Pawlenty's budget and policy education proposals for the coming two years. Real Media format 2 hrs, 11 min
Tuesday
March 1, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The committee considers a bill, SF 992, defining the crime of identity theft (00:00:00), and SF 336, which prohibits electronic means, such as an email message, to steal one's identity through the use of a false pretense (00:29:50).
The committee also considers:
SF 781 - Creating a process for background checks on hunting licensees (00:10:02);
SF 607 - Permitting publication of cross reference tables for criminal justice collateral sanctions (00:46:35);
SF 855 - Restricting public defenders representation services and expanding data access rights (00:57:30).
Real Media format 1 hr, 31 min
Tuesday
March 1, 2005
Judiciary Minnesota is known to have 400 meth labs throughout the state, and the number is growing. Two bills to curb the manufacturing and use of the home-made drug are before the committee. SF 423 raises penalties for the use and manufacturing of the drug, funds additional BCA agents, and increases treatment and education efforts. (Coverage begins at 00:12:42) SF 901 creates a toll-free meth reporting number, instructs the Legislative Auditor to evaluate treatment programs and establishes civil nuisance penalties (00:02:15).
The committee also considers:
SF 608 - regulating comprehensive law enforcement data of the Dept. of Commerce (01:50:00);
SF 647 - providing for allocation of common condominiums expenses (01:56:00).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 25 min

February 2005
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Monday
February 28, 2005
Commerce The committee acts on SF 200, prohibiting gift certificate expiration dates and service fees. Real Media format 1 hr, 30 min
Thursday
February 24, 2005
Finance
Early Childhood Policy and Budget Division
The public is invited to comment on two proposals, SF 949 and SF 673, that would restore funding to early childhood education programs. Real Media format 2 hrs, 20 min
Thursday
February 24, 2005
Taxes Committee Encouraging the growth of the Bioscience industry is at the forefront, when the committee considers SF 1024, a measure creating an industry zone tax credit. The committee listens to a presentation by Joel Kramer, Executive Director of Growth and Justice, about their proposed strategy for state tax reform (00:52:30). Real Media format 1 hr, 38 min
Wednesday
February 23, 2005
Commerce Before the committee are three bills--SF 126, SF 219 and SF 200--prohibiting expiration dates and service fees on gift certificates and gift cards. Real Media format 1 hr, 41 min
Wednesday
February 23, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The committee sets aside its final two hours to hear from the public on the governor's proposed health and human services budget. Real Media format 1 hr, 50 min
Tuesday
February 22, 2005
Education Two bills are before the committee: SF 180 allows parents to decide whether their multiple birth children should be placed in the same school classrom (00:00:00); and SF 419 instructs the Dept. of Education and school districts to promote student access to license support services, such as licensed school counselors, licensed school psychologists and licensed school social workers (00:50:45). Real Media format 1 hr, 5 min
Tuesday
February 22, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The committee convenes its third of four scheduled meetings to solicit public testimony on Governor Pawlenty's proposed health and human services budget. Real Media format 2 hrs, 22 min
Monday
February 21, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development The committee focuses on the topic of Minnesota's climate change with Meteorologist Paul Douglas, founder of Digital Cyclone, and Will Steger, Arctic and Antarctic explorer and educator. Real Media format 1 hr, 42 min
Monday
February 21, 2005
Commerce Before the committee is SF 404, a bill prohibitng smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, places of employment, public transportation and places where public meetings are conducted. Real Media format 1 hr, 46 min
Thursday
February 17, 2005
Transportation Committee Lieutenant Governor and Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau is invited to present the Governor's transportation funding plan. Real Media format 16 min
Thursday
February 17, 2005
Health and Family Security The committee dedicates its meeting to reviewing long-term care issues and considers several bills, including SF 378, which creates incentives for Minnesotans to care for family members (00:00:00).
Other long-term care proposals include:
SF 540 - encouraging people to purchase long-term care insurance (00:19:00);
SF 687 - making minor changes to hospice care regulations (00:41:00);
SF 811 - increasing nursing home and community services payment rates by 3 percent (00:48:43).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 23 min
Wednesday
February 16, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development Minnesota faces a major challenge: expanding its power transmission grid to the cost of nearly $2 billion dollars. Legislators review a study, called CapX 2020, which details the need for the expansion. (Coverage begins at 00:52:45)
The committee also reviews a report on by the Dept. of Commerce on wind power intergration. (00:00:00).
Real Media format 1 hr, 55 min
Wednesday
February 16, 2005
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The committee has invited the public to comment on the governor's proposed budget for health and human services programs. One of the controversial proposals relates to the governor's attempt to control the growing costs of state subsidized health insurance. Under the Governor's plan, adults without children would be ineligible for the MinnesotaCare program, and the income eligibility standard for Parents on the MinnesotaCare program would be lowered. Real Media format 2 hrs, 26 min
Tuesday
February 15, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Supporters of efforts to curb the manufacturing and use of methamphetamines explain why stepped-up efforts are needed in Minnesota. Real Media format 2 hrs, 46 min
Tuesday
February 15, 2005
Health and Family Security Former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger presents the Governor's Citizen Forum on Health Care recommendations to control rising health care costs. Real Media format 1 hr, 34 min
Monday
February 15, 2005
Elections SF 852, a bill to ease the process for college students to register to vote is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:04:43)
The committee also considers:
SF 959 - Clarifying that statewide audits of election occur only for national and statewide races (00:00:34);
SF 733 - Proposing noncontroversial changes to campaign finance and public disclosure provisions (00:35:03).
Real Media format 1 hr
Thursday
February 10, 2005
Transportation Committee The Minnesota Department of Transportation contracts with over 200 concrete suppliers for road construction, and recently they required concrete suppliers to computerize their plants to control the concrete mixtures and to issue compliance reports. SF 300, a bill that would exempt smaller producers from computerizing their plants is before the committee. (00:08:13)
Other measures before the committee include:

SF 633 - Permitting Metro Mobility buses to use freeway shoulders during rush hour (00:05:08);
SF 530 - Allowing the display of lighted slow moving vehicle signs (00:48:01);
SF 685 - Returning Legislative Route 143 to Kandiyohi County (00:01:33).

Real Media format 1 hr, 33 min
Wednesday
February 9, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming The Legislative Auditor's office presents its report regarding gambling oversight and regulation. Real Media format 1 hr, 29 min
Wednesday
February 9, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The committee dedicates time for public comment on the governor's proposed two-year budget for elementary and high school public education. Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Tuesday
February 9, 2005
Health and Family Security The committee considers a bill called the "Freedom to Breath Act." The measure would prohibit smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, places of employment, public transportation and places where public meetings are conducted. Real Media format 2 hrs, 22 min
Tuesday
February 8, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee invites the public to comment on a proposal called the "Truth and Fairness in Taxation Act." The measure would freeze local property taxes, including taxes raised by counties, cities and school districts. Real Media format 2 hrs, 3 min
Monday
February 7, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles presents his department's audit report on workforce development services. Real Media format 1 hr, 16 min
Thursday
February 3, 2005
Transportation Committee Two groups--the Minnesota Transportation Alliance and the Itasca Group--interested in improving Minnesota's road and transportation system present their plans to the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 28 min
Thursday
February 3, 2005
Health and Family Security The committee considers a proposal, SF 254, to restore some of the humans services grants that were reduced in the 2003 legislative session. (Coverage begins at 00:53:45) The committee also considers two proposals, SF 175 and SF 154, that would limit claims by the state against estates for the recovery of medical assistance costs associated with alternative care. (Coverage begins at 00:00:00) Real Media format 2 hrs, 33 min
Wednesday
February 2, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The Senate Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee along with the Budget Division review last year's Senate proposals to strengthen crimes against sex offenders. The committee also considers the governor's newly-released plan to lengthen jail time and improve monitoring of persons convicted of the crime. Real Media format 2 hrs, 19 min
Tuesday
February 1, 2005
Health and Family Security The Senate Health and Family Security Committee along with the Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee hears testimony on the health effects of mercury in the environment. Later, the Senate Health and Family Security Committee considers a bill, SF 639, calling for the administering of mercury-free vaccines. Real Media format 2 hrs, 26 min
Tuesday
February 1, 2005
Taxes Committee The committee considers a proposal, SF 318, called the truth in fairness and taxation act, which prevents local units, such as counties, cities, and school boards from raising local property taxes. Real Media format 2 hrs, 22 min

January 2005
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Monday
January 31, 2005
Commerce SF 204, a proposal prohibiting companies and organizations from requiring social security information when offering goods or services, is before the committee. Coverage begins at 00:31:50. Real Media format 1 hr, 27 min
Thursday
January 27, 2005
Health and Family Security The Minnesota Medical Association presents its ideas to reform the health care system, and the committee reviews the state's General Assistance Medical Care Program. Real Media format 2 hrs, 28 min
Wednesday
January 26, 2005
Jobs, Energy & Community Development SF 3, a bill raising the minimum wage, is before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 48 min
Wednesday
January 26, 2005
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The finance division delves into the report from the Education Finance Reform task force. Real Media format 1 hr, 43 min
Tuesday
January 25, 2005
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The committee convenes with the Public Safety Budget Division to review the Legislative Auditor's report on the community supervision of sex offenders. Real Media format 2 hrs, 10 min
Tuesday
January 25, 2005
Health and Family Security A proposal, SF 210, to increase funding for a program allowing senior citizens to live at home and receive nursing care awaits committee action. (Coverage begins at 01:05:12)
Two other bills are before the committee:
SF 211 - Increasing funding for senior nutrition programs and creating a grant for innovative methods to reach hard-to-serve senior population (01:45:20);
SF 371 - Funding senior campanion and foster grandparent program and volunteer program for retired senior citizens (01:57:30).

The committee convenes with a presentation on minority health grants (00:00:00).

Real Media format 2 hrs, 11 min
Thursday
January 20, 2005
Transportation Policy and Budget Division KBEM radio would continue providing traffic reports through a required MnDOT contract, according to SF 365, which is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:41:30)

Three bills to suspend the Dept. of Public Safety's current system of sampling drivers to verify that they are insured are before the committee (01:27:18) The three bills include:
SF 285 - Restoring previous system requiring proof of auto insurance when obtaining new license;
SF 159 - Requiring automobile insurance verification be sent certified mail;
SF 372 - Requring mail surveys to be forwarded to the appropriate address.

Also, the committee reviews SF 181, designating Biauswah Bridge and Roussain Cemetery (00:00:00) and hears about MnDOT's state and district planning process (00:07:34).

Real Media format 2 hrs, 20 min
Thursday
January 20, 2005
Health and Family Security Minnesota taxpayers who contribute to Health Savings Accounts would be able to fully deduct their contributions when determining their state income tax. The bill, SF 99, would conform state income tax policy to the federal law, which excludes amounts contributed to Health Savings Accounts from federal income. (Coverage begins at 01:10:58).
Also before the committee are the following bills:
SF 22 - Creating a prescription drug bulk purchasing program (00:00:00);
SF 23 - Establising pricing reporting requirements for wholesale drug manufacturers (00:21:42);
SF 227 - Forming a cancer drug repository program (00:54:04).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 31 min
Wednesday
January 19, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming Before the committee is SF 48, which would ask voters in the next general election whether the constitution should be amended to permit bonus payments to veterans of the war on terrorism. (Coverage begins at 45:50) Real Media format 1 hr, 7 min
Wednesday
January 19, 2005
State Government Budget Division The committee reviews a report from the Legislative Audit Commission showing that charities only receive four percent of the amount spent on the gambling games, such as bingo and pull tabs. Real Media format 1 hr, 38 min
Thursday
January 13, 2005
Health and Family Security Before the committee is SF 255, a bill to repeal a provision in the MinnesotaCare program that limits health benefits to $5,000 dollar annually for low income adults who do not have children. Real Media format 1 hr, 24 min
Wednesday
January 12, 2005
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming A bill, SF 4, to raise the ethanol content in gasoline sold in Minnesota from 10 to 20 percent is before the committee. Also, the committee hears a presentation about the problem of gambling addiction in the state. Real Media format 3 hrs, 26 min
Wednesday
January 12, 2005
Taxes Committee Minnesota residents who contribute this month to charitable organizations aiding victims of the Tsunami may be able to deduct their contribution from their 2004 income taxes, according to SF 218, a bill before the committee. Real Media format 34 min
Tuesday
January 11, 2005
Transportation Policy and Budget Division The Metropolitan Airports Commission is invited to highlight their plan to expand the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Committee members also hear from Airline Mechanics Union representatives, who are concerned that the expansion will result in the loss of both short-term and long-term airline mechanic jobs. Real Media format 2 hrs, 23 min
Tuesday
January 11, 2005
Health and Family Security The committee convenes to learn about the new federal prescription drug benefit program under the Medicare Modernization Act, which begins in January of 2006. Real Media format 2 hrs, 20 min
Monday
January 10, 2005
Finance Committee, Public Safety Budget Division Key public safety agencies are facing budget shortfalls due to stepped-up efforts combating crime. A joint hearing of the Public Safety Budget Division and the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Policy Committee is convened to hear about the size and reasons for the shortfalls. Real Media format 2 hrs, 13 min
Thursday
January 6, 2005
Finance Every year the Department of Finance releases a November and February budget forecast, which propels the process for setting and adjusting the state budget. In 2002, the Legislature decided when assessing future budget trends, inflation should be excluded in caluclating anticipated state expenditures. The 2002 decision remains controversial, and the Finance Committee considers a proposal to add inflation in the expenditure calculations when determing the state budget forecast. Real Media format 1 hr, 48 min
Wednesday
January 5, 2005
Capital Investment The Capital Investment Committee begins its work in earnest reviewing several requests for environmental projects. Real Media format 2 hrs, 3 min



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