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May 2006
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Saturday
May 20, 2006
Sales Tax Dedication Conference Committee The Senate offers a proposal to House conferees providing one constitutional question to voters regarding the dedication of revenue to the environment and cultural programs. Real Media format 45 min
Friday
May 19, 2006
Transportation Conference Committee The Transportation Conference Committee identifies several issues to be resolved before an agreement can be reached. Real Media format 51 min
Friday
May 19, 2006
Conference Committee on Twins/Vikings Stadiums The conferees vote on an agreement to build a new Minnesota Twins ballpark. Real Media format 49 min
Thursday
May 18, 2006
Conference Committee on Twins/Vikings Stadiums The Twins / Vikings Stadium Conference committee meets three times during the evening and conferees move closer to a final agreement. Real Media format 42 min
Thursday
May 18, 2006
Bonding Conference Committee The conferees review a House bonding proposal. Real Media format 23 min
Wednesday
May 17, 2006
Conference Committee on Twins/Vikings Stadiums The Minnesota Vikings and Anoka county present their revised stadium agreement, and the conference committee reviews different proposals from both the Senate and the House. Real Media format 2 hrs, 12 min
Wednesday
May 17, 2006
Finance Two bills are on the committee's agenda: SF 3282 increases the 911 emergency telecommunications service fee from 65 cents to 93 cents per customer for public safety radio communications development, and SF 2672 requires large employers to allocate 8 percent of their wages paid to health insurance. Real Media format 55 min
Monday
May 16, 2006
Sales Tax Dedication Conference Committee The conference committee resolving Senate and House differences in proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating a portion of the sales tax to environmental and cultural prorams meets to review a Senate proposal. Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Monday
May 15, 2006
Conference Committee on Twins/Vikings Stadiums The Minnesota Vikings offer a stadium proposal that excludes a roof on the facility. Real Media format 1 hr, 33 min
Wednesday
May 10, 2006
Taxes Committee A bill extending the expiration date of the Council on Disability becomes the vehicle for the Senate's omnibus tax bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 31 min
Wednesday
May 10, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee considers a bill, SF 2551, creating an income tax check off for benefits to survivors of public safety officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. HF 4142, a bill providing a 9 percent property tax rebate to homeowners, also is before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 29 min
Friday
May 5, 2006
Bonding Conference Committee Senate Capital Investment Chair Keith Langseth outlines the latest Senate bonding proposal. Real Media format 1 hr, 7 min
Thursday
May 4, 2006
Commission on Pensions and Retirement The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement reviews the Minnesota Taxpayers Association's report, "Public Pensions in Minnesota: Re-Definable Benefits and Under-Reported Performance." Real Media format 1 hr, 38 min
Wednesday
May 3, 2006
Taxes Committee SF 2460, a bill financing the construction of a Gophers football stadium through a tax increase on the purchase of sports memorabilia, awaits final committee action. Real Media format 5 min
Tuesday
May 2, 2006
Rules and Administration Committee The committee meets to consider pulling HF 2480, the House-approved Twins financing plan, from the Senate Taxes Committee and amend the bill to impose a metro area sales tax increase for funding a Twins stadium with a roof, a Vikings stadium and transit. Real Media format 1 hr, 40 min
Monday
May 1, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee decides whether or not Hennepin County voters should vote on the sales tax increase to support the construction of the Twins ballpark. The House passed HF 2480, the Twins stadium bill, without a local referendum, and an amendment requiring a referendum is before the committee. Real Media format 23 min

April 2006
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Friday
April 28, 2006
Taxes Committee Supporters and opponents of building new stadiums for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings testify before the committee, and the committee votes again on SF 2460, funding the construction of the Gophers football stadium. Real Media format 4 hrs, 59 min
Thursday
April 27, 2006
Taxes Committee The Senate Tax Committee begins review of the stadium financing plans and considers a sports memorabilia tax to fund the construction of the Gophers football stadium and hears a new idea to help finance the Twins and Vikings stadiums. Real Media format 2 hrs, 47 min
Wednesday
April 26, 2006
Finance A bill, SF 2460, providing for the construction of a new University of Minnesota football stadium is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:22:30) More: Real Media format 3 hrs, 19 min
Wednesday
April 26, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The division investigates concerns surrounding the security and saftey operations at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center. Real Media format 2 hrs, 19 min
Tuesday
April 25, 2006
Finance The committee considers SF 3764, the omnibus transportation policy and funding bill, and SF 2489, the omnibus state government policy bill.
The committee also considers:
SF 2852 - Modifying state timber provisions; providing for land donor appraisal reimbursement and eliminating comprehensive forest resource managment plan requirements;
SF 3631 - Paying claims against the state;
SF 2814 - Changing the name and membership of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources.
Real Media format 3 hrs, 2 min
Friday
April 21, 2006
Eminent Domain Conference Committee The conference committee on SF 2750, a bill restricting the use of eminent domain proceedings, meets to review differences between the Senate and House bills. Real Media format 1 hr, 28 min
Tuesday
April 18, 2006
Finance The work of the finance divisions are compiled into one supplemental budget bill, which is before the committee. Real Media format 3 hrs, 23 min
Wednesday
April 12, 2006
Legislative Audit Commission The Legislative Audit Commission reviews a report from the Legislative Auditor's Office on public health care eligibility for non-citizens. Real Media format 28 min
Tuesday
April 11, 2006
Transportation Committee The committee amends and acts on SF 3764, the omnibus transportation bill, which authorizes the sale of trunk highway bonds, and allocates vehicle sales tax deposits. Real Media format 2 hrs, 42 min
Tuesday
April 11, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee continues its work on the omnibus tax bill and considers several amendments. Real Media format 1 hr, 45 min
Monday
April 10, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee reviews a draft of the omnibus tax bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 31 min
Friday
April 7, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee has used its past few meeting to compile its omnibus tax bill. This webcast only is the televised portion of the Friday meeting. (Please refer to audio archive for complete meeting recordings.) Real Media format 2 hrs, 26 min
Thursday
April 6, 2006
Education The school year would be extended five weeks, according to SF 3203, a bill under discussion by the Senate members and students who serve on the advisory committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 2 min
Wednesday
April 5, 2006
State and Local Government Operations SF 2061, a bill to finance the construction of a new Vikings stadium in Blaine, is before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 1 min
Tuesday
April 4, 2006
Transportation Committee The Governor's highway construction funding proposal, which would finance $2.5 billion dollars in bonds through a voter-approved transfer of vehicle sales tax revenue from the general fund to the transportation fund, is before the committee as SF 2930.
The committee also considers SF 3455, which transfers a greater portion of the gas tax revenue to ATV trail development.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 38 min
Tuesday
April 4, 2006
Judiciary Voters in the November election would have the opportunity to decide whether Minnesota's constitution should define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, according to HF 6, a bill before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 46 min
Tuesday
April 4, 2006
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
Dr. John Myers of the Education Finance Reform Task Force provides an overview of education finance reform efforts throughout the country. Real Media format 1 hr, 29 min
Monday
April 3, 2006
State and Local Government Operations A bill putting in place a process to allow Hennepin County to help finance the construction of a new Twins ballpark is before the committee as SF 2297. Real Media format 2 hrs, 11 min
Monday
April 3, 2006
State and Local Government Operations During the afternoon meeting, the committee acts on several bills, including SF 3254, which prohibits local governments from imposing fees on college students.
The committee also considers:
SF 2635 - Aitkin county public land ordinance authority repeal;
SF 3209 - Adoption advisory task force;
SF 3310 - Boat slip rentals advance deposits;
SF 3587 - State procurement policy changes;
HF 2998 - Firefighters interest arbitration;
SF 3078 - Public safety provisions;
SF 3219 - Brainerd regional treatment center land conveyance;
SF 3240 - Pharmcy payment reform advisory committee;
SF 3400 - Congressional medal of honor memorial plaque;
SF 3513 - Ford plant enhancement commission;
SF 3440 - State purchase of hybrid, electric vehicles.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 29 min

March 2006
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Friday
March 31, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee acts on SF 3550, which raises the income tax on high income earners and uses that additional revenue to lower taxes for Minnesota married couples who estimate their taxes using the standard deduction and to raise the threshold for the alternative minimum tax. Real Media format 47 min
Thursday
March 30, 2006
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Among the significant measures before the committee, SF 3517 redefines what constitutes "driving while impaired," and SF 2615 would prohibit the construction and use of private prisons in Minnesota. The City of St. Cloud would house a gang strike task force (SF 3532), and a Forensic Laboratory Oversight Commission would be created (SF 3273). The committee also considers SF 3170, unifying the fire code appeals process; SF 3051, creating an appeal process for the revocation of a fireworks operator license, and SF 3078, making several miscellaneous changes to public safety provisions. Real Media format 3 hrs, 28 min
Thursday
March 30, 2006
Taxes Committee Only one bill is before the committee, SF 3550, which eliminates the disadvantage in Minnesota tax law for married couples who estimate their taxes using the standard deduction and raises the threshold for the alternative minimum tax. Real Media format 59 min
Wednesday
March 29, 2006
Finance
Public Safety Budget Division
The finance division reviews a bill, SF 3341, that would reimburse bomb squads for handling threats outside of their jurisdictional area. (This is the only televised portion of Wednesday's meeting.) Real Media format 9 min
Wednesday
March 29, 2006
Rules and Administration The Rules Committee considers two proposed constitutional amendments. One measure, SF 2734, would raise the states sales tax to fund natural and cultural programs. The additional money would finance projects such as hunting and fishing habitat development, art and cultural training and performance programs, public television and radio. The other biil, SF 2625, defines access to affordable health care as a constitutional guarantee. Real Media format 1 hr, 2 min
Wednesday
March 29, 2006
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
The finance division considers SF 2867 and SF 2567, two bills providing assistance to school districts to cover unanticipated heating and transportation fuel costs. The panel also reviews a bill, SF 3036, increasing funding to school districts for technology improvements.
Also before the committee:
SF 3492- allowing an administrative lease levy for ISD 750, Rocori;
SF 3494 - appropriating emergency funds for ISD 750, Rocori.
Real Media format 1 hr, 59 min
Tuesday
March 28, 2006
Finance
Higher Education Budget Division
The newly-revised financing plan for a University of Minnesota football stadium is before the committee as SF 237, and the committee reviews an alternative financing plan, SF 2460.
The committee also considers:
SF 2909 - financing the St. Cloud hockey center;
SF 3074 - lowering by 1 percent the student share for a state grant;
SF 3227 - funding a study by the University's Dept. of Forest Resources for an alternative sustainable forestry incentive payment structure.
Real Media format 1 hr, 31 min
Tuesday
March 28, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
Several bills are before the division, including SF 2477, which would eliminate MinnesotaCare premiums for those serving in the military and their families. The Committe also considers SF 2672, which requires employers with more than 10,000 employees to contribute to the state's health care access fund if their health insurance coverage falls below a minimum threshold. The committee also considers:
SF 2725 - restoring cuts to the MinnesotaCare program;
SF 2975 - claiming reduction of family planning special project grants;
SF 3095 - regulating PCA services;
SF 2534 - providing launry services for the Brainer RTC
Real Media format 2 hrs, 39 min
Monday
March 27, 2006
Taxes Committee SF 2734, proposing a constitutional amendment raising the state sales tax to fund natural and cultural programs and services, is before the Senate Taxes Committee Real Media format 33 min
Monday
March 27, 2006
Health and Family Security Minnesota would have a biomonitoring program, which measures environmental contamination on an individual's health, under SF 979, a bill before the committee. The committee also considers SF 2889, establishing a drug or controlled substance electronic reporting program and SF 641, requring the proper disposal of mercury waste generated in dental offices and the removal of mercury from remains before cremation. Real Media format 1 hr, 50 min
Friday
March 24, 2006
Environment and Natural Resources Four bills relating to ATV use in Minnesota are before the committee:

SF 3348 - allows youth to take ATV training when they are 11 years old, but their certificate is effective when they are 12 years old;
SF 3053 - allows deer hunters to use their ATV on their private land during the deer hunting season;
SF 3462 - altering the allocation formula dedicating a portion of the sales tax to off-road vehicle and ATV trail development;
SF 3378 - reversing a decision made last year that allows off-highway vehicles to be used on non-designated trails in northern forests.

Real Media format 1 hr, 53 min
Thursday
March 23, 2006
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Minnesota residents who are fighting a serious illness and would benefit from the use of marijuana would be able to legally purchase and use the drug, according to SF 1973, a bill before the committee. Also before the panel, SF 2803, would criminalize the sale of drug paraphernalia.
The committee also considers the following measures:
SF 3192 - regulating the handling and identification of human remains;
SF 3249 - attempting to reduce the backlog of data relating to missing persons and unidentified bodies;
SF 3226 - Modifying sentencing provisions relating to career offenders.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 40 min
Thursday
March 23, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
SF 2725, a bill restoring cuts to the state-subsidized health insurance program, MinnesotaCare, is before the committee. The panel also considers SF 930, creating a compulsive gambling prevention and education program. Real Media format 58 min
Wednesday
March 22, 2006
Environment and Natural Resources SF 2974, the Omnibus Game and Fish Bill awaits committee approval. The committee also considers SF 3048, a bill altering the restrictions for the taking of Cervidae.
The committee also considers the following bills:
SF 2926 - Establishing conditions by which a person receives crop protection assistance;
SF 2437 - Establishing a requirement for replacing or discontinuing straight pipe sewage systems;
SF 2723 - PCA bid requirements for building a new wastewater treatment facility;
SF 2655 - Creating the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District dredge material site authority.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 43 min
Wednesday
March 22, 2006
Finance Voters would have the opportunity to decide whether Minnesota's sales tax should be incresed for the support of natural and cultural purposes, according to SF 2734, a bill before the committee. Also, members consider SF 3475, the 2006 capital improvements, or bonding, bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 24 min
Tuesday
March 21, 2006
Capital Investment The Capital Investment Committee votes on the 2006 capital improvements, or bonding, bill. Real Media format 37 min
Tuesday
March 21, 2006
Finance
Early Childhood Policy and Budget Division
The committee considers SF 3300, the Governor's early childhood development initiatives. Real Media format 2 hrs, 18 min
Monday
March 20, 2006
Finance
K-12 Education Budget Division
Special Education is the focus of today’s hearing. SF 2588 requires school districts to report the amount spent on special education litigation costs. Some parents file lawsuits because they feel not enough is being spent on special education needs. The division also considers SF 2744, which sets a formula for an increase in special education funding to account for the Federal Government’s lack of special education support. In 2003, the legislature removed the growth factor increase in 2003 as part of a budget solution. Real Media format 56 min
Friday
March 17, 2006
Housing Subcommittee SF 1003, a bill requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in homes, is before the Housing Subcommittee. The members also consider SF 2887, which requires the Dept. of Health and the Housing Finance Agency to be notified when a manufactured park is closed, and SF 3216, which lifts sunset provisions regarding condominium coversion regulations. Real Media format 1 hr, 21 min
Thursday
March 16, 2006
Health and Family Security Several bills are before the committee, including SF 3064, which limits the monthly copayments for medicare part D eligible seniors. The committee also considers SF 2080, which implements recommendations from the Long-Term Care Task Force.
The committee also considers SF 2521 and SF 2630, which lifts the moratorium on hospital construction projects in Fergus Falls and Cass County and S.F. 2888, which provides assisted service requriements, licensing and regulation.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 32 min
Wednesday
March 15, 2006
Commerce If anyone has had the unfortunate experience of having their wallet or purse stolen along with their credit cards, they know the frustrations that arise from identity theft. The Senate Commerce Committee considers proposals to provide consumers protection against identify theft and allow consumers the option to place a freeze on their credit report. Real Media format 2 hrs, 1 min
Wednesday
March 15, 2006
Finance The Finance Committee votes on a proposal, SF 2722, allowing state government appropriations to remain intact should the legislature and the Governor fail to reach a budget accord by the end of the biennium. Also before the committee is the omnibus pension bill, SF 2239, which makes noncontroversial changes to several public pension plans. Real Media format 53 min
Tuesday
March 14, 2006
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Two bills are before the committee: SF 2870 establishes penalties for labor and sex trafficking and creates a human trafficking task force; and SF 2911 raises the penalties for violating no-contact orders in domestic abuse cases. Real Media format 56 min
Tuesday
March 14, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
Two Senate budget divisions, Health and Human Services and Early Childhood Development, solicit public testimony on proposals to expand child care assistance and welfare eligibility. Real Media format 1 hr, 41 min
Friday
March 10, 2006
Environment and Natural Resources Before the committee is a proposed constitutional amendment asking voters whether the sales tax should be raised by 1/4 cent to fund projects related to the environment, natural resources and the arts. Real Media format 1 hr, 26 min
Thursday
March 9, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
An inspection of the Minnesota Veterans Board last year identified several problems relating to the care of the home's residents. The committee hears a report on changes made as a result of that inspection. The committe also acts on SF 23, a bill requiring drug manufacturers to report their pricing criteria to the state. Real Media format 2 hrs, 10 min
Wednesday
March 8, 2006
Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming SF 2654, a comprehensive bill providing assistance to Minnesota veterans and active military personnel, is before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 6 min
Wednesday
March 8, 2006
Taxes Committee James Nobles, the Legislative Auditor, presents a report on tax compliance in Minnesota. Real Media format 1 hr, 24 min
Thursday
March 2, 2006
Transportation Committee Minnesota Dept. of Transportation officials explain the funding allocation for statewide highway and road construction projects. Real Media format 1 hr, 46 min
Thursday
March 2, 2006
Health and Family Security Expanding the eligibility of the Minnesota Care program and defining access to health care as a constitutional guarantee are issues before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 27 min
Wednesday
March 1, 2006
Jobs, Energy & Community Development Mercury reduction in Minnesota is the issue before the Senate Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee and the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 41 min

February 2006
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Monday
February 27, 2006
Jobs, Energy & Community Development The Committee begins to study the impact of immigration on Minnesota's workforce and economy. Real Media format 1 hr, 40 min
Monday
February 27, 2006
Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Fardin Oliaei, former Emerging Contaminants Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, presents a report on her investigation of Perflurochemical contamination. Real Media format 2 hrs, 12 min
Tuesday
February 22, 2006
Finance
Public Safety Budget Division
The Legislative Auditor's office presents a report on substance abuse treatment to members of the Senate Crime Prevention Committtee and the Public Safety Budget Division. Real Media format 1 hr, 46 min
Thursday
February 16, 2006
Taxes Committee The committee hears a report on the impact of Federal Deficit Reduction Act on local governments and the lack of federal conformity to married standard deduction. Real Media format 2 hrs, 19 min
Wednesday
February 15, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The budget division learns about the use of reverse mortgages for long term care and is updated on the status of the Medicare Part D program. Real Media format 2 hrs, 10 min
Monday
February 13, 2006
Finance
Public Safety Budget Division
Members of the Minnesota Supreme Court's Task Force on Chemical Dependency meet with members four Senate committees to review issues surrounding chemical dependency. Real Media format 2 hrs, 35 min
Wednesday
February 8, 2006
Judiciary The Senate committees on the Judiciary and Elections meet jointly to study the impact and process of partisan judicial elections. Real Media format 1 hr, 48 min
Thursday
February 2, 2006
Finance
Early Childhood Policy and Budget Division
The Senate and House budget divisions responsible for early childhood issues meet jointly to hear a report from McKinsey and Company regarding early childhood development programs. Also, Helen Blank, Leadership and Public Policy Director for the National Women's Law Center, discusses her research on state child care policies. Real Media format 1 hr, 55 min

January 2006
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Tuesday
January 31, 2006
Finance
Health and Human Services Budget Division
The budget division reviews the recent Ramsey County Court ruling that found the 2005 health impact cigarette fee to be illegal and unconstitutional. Real Media format 2 hrs, 18 min



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