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Minnesota Legislature

2007 Archive Video Collection

Floor Sessions

Date About the Coverage Play Duration
Wed January 3, 2007Senators passed bills relating to mortgage foreclosures, radiation therapy facilities, and appointed county offices.N/A
Thu January 4, 2007The Senate meets briefly to formally introduce the first bills of the 2007 legislative session.N/A
Mon January 8, 2007The Senate met briefly to formally introduce bills and assign them to the appropriate committees for review.N/A
Thu January 11, 2007The Senate meets briefly in session and approves a resolution setting rates for reimbursing Senators' mileage and other expenses.N/A
Tue January 16, 2007State lawmakers return to the Capitol following the observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and the Senate holds a brief floor session.N/A
Thu January 18, 2007A motion to reconsider a resolution setting per diem allowances comes before the Senate.N/A
Mon January 22, 2007The Senate takes initial action on SF 25, which reinstates inflation in the budget forecasting process, and HF 8, which incorporates federal tax changes into state tax code.N/A
Thu January 25, 2007The Senate takes final action on HF 8, a bill conforming state tax code to federal law, thus allowing tax deductions for college tuition and school supply costs. Also before the Senate is SF 25, which would require inflation rates to be incorporated into state budget forecasts.N/A
Mon January 29, 2007The Senate meets briefly to officially process bill introductions. No action is taken on bills listed on the General Orders Calendar.N/A
Thu February 1, 2007The Senate acts on SR 32 - setting permanent rules of the Senate. N/A
Mon February 5, 2007Before the Senate is SF 123, a bill requiring campaign contributions in excess of $800 to be reported within 24 hours after receipt. N/A
Wed February 7, 2007The Minnesota Senate meets in an extended floor session to act on one of the premier session bills, SF 4. The measure requires public utility companies to produce a minimum amount of their energy through the use of renewable sources. Xcel Energy, the largest utility in Minnesota, would be required to reach 30 percent by the year 2020. Other state utilities would be required to use 25 percent renewable sources by 2025. The Senate also takes action on a bill requiring the state to give special consideration to veteran-owned businesses when awarding state contracts. N/A
Thu February 8, 2007Having a day to review the bills acted upon during Wednesday's floor session, the Senate gives final approval to SF 4, the bill setting minimum energy standards, and SF 255, a bill requiring the state to give special consideration to veteran-owned businesses when awarding state contracts. N/A
Mon February 12, 2007Two bills on General Orders come before the Senate: HF 110 ratifies Minnesota's involvement with the Great Lakes Compact, a partnership of eight states formed to protect Great Lakes water from being diverted to water-poor areas; and SF 321, allowing nonprofit firefighting corporations to enter joint powers agreements. N/A
Thu February 15, 2007The Senate takes preliminary action on SF 372, repealing the law prohibiting ticket scalping, and SF 302, authorizing phlebotomists to take blood samples from DWI offenders. N/A
Mon February 19, 2007The Senate acts on SF 122, requiring drivers to place children 8 years old and younger in booster seats, SF 538, establishing heating and cooling policy for building projects funded with state appropriations; and SF 463, increasing fees of notaries of public. N/A
Wed February 21, 2007A resolution ratifying Senators' per diem for expense allowances is before the Senate. The Senate also acts on the confirmation of Commerce Commissioner Glenn Wilson and Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. N/A
Thu February 22, 2007The following bills await Senate action: SF 13, asking the President and Congress to fund 40 percent of special education; SF 65, asking the President and Congress to protect the Great Lakes; SF 555, extending the time period for the designation of health community provider; SF 106, changing the timing for payment of compensation to legislators. N/A
Thu March 1, 2007Following a brief recess the Senate takes a final vote on two bills: SF 660, allowing counties to withdraw from a regional jail system; and SF 60, providing postemployment benefits for Duluth city retired employees. N/A
Mon March 5, 2007SF 646, a bill requiring school districts to adopt a policy discouraging Internet bullying awaits Senate approval. Other bills on General Orders include SF 227, authorizing Rural Finance Authority bonding; SF 103, transferring appropriations to America Vote Act account; and SF 572, allowing FAA certificate for bus drivers physical exam. In other action, the Senate observes a moment of silence on the passing of Senator Dallas Sams. N/A
Wed March 7, 2007The Senate takes a final vote on bills approved earlier on General Orders: SF 646, prohibiting internet bullying; SF 227, Rural Finance Authority; HF 160, HAVA funds transfer; SF 572, Allowing FAA medical certificates for school bus driver physicals. N/A
Mon March 12, 2007Bills on General Orders awaiting initial Senate approval include: SF 805, extending health plan coverage for hearing aids; SF 543, a resolution called the Employees Free Choice Act, which affirms employees' right to form and join unions; SF 1499, ensuring student's ability to participate in league activities after completing treatment programs. N/A
Wed March 14, 2007Before the Senate is HCR 2, a resolution setting the price of state and local government at 16 percent of personal income. N/A
Thu March 15, 2007SF 81, a bill calling for the election of Metropolitan Council members is before the Senate. N/A
Mon March 19, 2007The Senate acts on the following bills on General Orders: SF 1340, requiring report on public defender services in the 4th district; SF 357, establishing transfers of city property to low and moderate income housing developers and local governments; SF 380, allowing school boards to determine if a primary should be held. N/A
Wed March 21, 2007Bills on General Orders awaiting initial Senate approval include: SF 547, giving Scott County more administrative oversight over library board's budget; SF 1053, making techical law changes regarding Ramsey County corrections; SF 585, repealing law that prevents City of Little Falls from leasing property that it owns; SF 252, designating Elk River as "Minnesota's Energy City." SF 144, allowing Winona county to own and generate electricty from a wind turbine. N/A
Thu March 22, 2007The Senate acts on SF 1989, the omnibus higher education funding bill, which provides $296 million dollars above current levels, and SF 1925, the omnibus agriculture and veterans appropriations bill, which allocates $32 million in additional money above current levels. The Senate begins its session with considers a proposed change to handling appropriation amendments. N/A
Fri March 23, 2007SF 1986, the omnibus transportation funding bill, is before the Senate. The bill raises $11 billion dollars for transportation over 10 years through a dime-per-gallon gas tax hike, one-half percent metro sales tax increase, wheelage tax increase to $20 per vehicle, and higher registration fees for new cars. In addition, SF 1992, the omnibus public safety bill, which, among it several provisions, helps the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension hire more forensic scientists, is before the Senate.N/A
Sat March 24, 2007SF 1997, a $653 million dollar to fund the executive and legislative branches of government, is before the Senate. The bill contains the controversial amendment to extend state-paid health insurance to domestic partners of state employees. N/A
Mon March 26, 2007Before the Senate is SF 2095, the omnibus E-12 education funding bill. It provides $498 million dollars in new spending. The Governor recommended about $700 million in new spending, and the House recommended $919 million in new spending. The Senate plan does not add additional money to the school funding formula, but it does provides about $110 million dollars in property tax relief. The focus of the Senate bill is to cover greater costs associated with Special Education. Two controversial provisions also are contained in the bill. One puts a cap on the number of charter schools. About 133 charter schools currently exist, and the bill caps it at 150. The other measure reallocates $62 million dollars designated for the Q Comp program. N/A
Tue March 27, 2007SF 238, a bill prohibiting smoking in public places throughout Minnesota, is before the full Senate. The Senate begins its session with SF 817, a bill requiring overtime pay for nurses required to work extended hours. Two omnibus appropriation bills also await Senate approval--SF 2089, the economic development funding bill, and SF 2096, the environment, energy and natural resources funding bill. The Senate also takes up a bill, SF 2096, capping health insurance rate premiums, and after having failed during session debate, is reconsidered later in the afternoon. N/A
Wed March 28, 2007SF 2054, a bill setting aside $629 million dollars in the budget reserve, is before the Senate. The Senate also takes final action on SF 1972, the omnibus judiciary funding bill, SF 2157, the capital investment bill, and SF 276, a bill creating a statewide insurance pool for teachers and school district employees. N/A
Thu March 29, 2007SF 2171, the omnibus health and human services appropriations bill, receives the Senate's attention. The bill sets the goal of extending health insurance to about 50,000 uninsured Minnesotans, which includes about 30,000 children. The Senate also considers SF 1333, called the "Car Buyer Bill of Rights," which gives car buyers two business days to return their purchase. N/A
Fri March 30, 2007The Senate votes on SF 1024, the omnibus tax bill. It provides $375 million dollars in local government aid and property tax relief and increases statewide business property taxes and closes tax advantages for foreign-operating corportations. It also eliminates the state's JOBZ program, which provides tax incentives to companies locating in Greater Minnesota. N/A
Sat March 31, 2007SF 1611 - what some legislators are calling an education funding bill, and other legislators are calling a tax bill -- is the main issue before the Senate. In that order, a $444 million dollar education package financed through increased income taxes on higher income earners awaits Senate action. The bill sets a new tax rate of 9.7 percent for joint filers with taxable income over $250,000 dollars and single filers with taxable income over $141,000 dollars. It would allocate about $295 million dollars to E-12 education, $93 million for higher education and $56 million for early childhood education. N/A
Tue April 10, 2007Property owners would be discouraged from allowing gangs to congregate on their property, under SF 493, a bill defining types of gang behavior as a public nuisance. More... Other bills before the Senate include: SF 1236, making technical and housekeeping changes for state employees; SF 1048, changing the state Indian Affairs Council; SF 837, authorizing Hennepin Co. Brd and Wright Co. Brd to initiate a process for changing county boundaries by resolution; SF 753, permitting appointment of election judges not affiliated with a major political party; and SF 1696, specifying criteria for affordability programs for low-income residential customers.N/A
Wed April 11, 2007Mortgage lenders would have to verify a borrower’s ability to repay a loan and the act of "churning--refinancing without benefit to the borrower--would be prohibited, under HF 1004, a bill awaiting Senate action.N/A
Mon April 16, 2007During the afternoon session, the Senate maintains its aggressive pace and considers about 40 bills on General Orders. The bills receiving the greatest amount of attention include SF 241, which prevents mortgage companies from selling private application data, and an amendment to SF 1193--weights and measurements bill--that calls for the removal of a requirement that drivers attend the fueling of their vehicles. (Coverage of SF 241 begins at 00:00 and amendment discussion begins at 02:09) More... About 32 bills listed on General Orders receive the Senate's attention during the morning session. The measure receiving the greatest amount of discussion is SF 1441, which requries companies selling paint to offer copies of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's \\"Protecting Your Family From Lead\\" pamphlet to all paint customers; place a poster visible in the paint department that informs customers of the right to receive a copy of the pamphlet; and offer for sale a lead dust test kit that is capable of determining the presence of lead-based paint hazards. (Coverage of that bill begins at 01:36:00)N/A
Tue April 17, 2007At the top of the list of bills before the Senate is a measure requiring the Department of Health to set health risks limits to the consumption or exposure to perflourochemicals,which were once used by 3M in the manufacturing of nonstick cookware and stain repellents. More... Other bills include: SF 1558, contribution limits for certain candidates; SF 1807, regulating conflicts of interest for Henn. Healthcare personnel; SF 1336, authorizing professionals to deliver services to inmates; SF 1436, defining political subdivisions related to the state auditor; SF 1221, changing child welfare provisions; SF 1542, regulating conduct of an insurer in collision cases; SF 1271, extending time periods for enforcing child support judgements; SF 1660, establishing a food safety task force; SF 1688, Seregulating insurance requirements for motor carriers; SF 1148, exempting medical service personnel; SF 1605, imposing restrictions on provisional drivers license holders; SF 647, clarifying pupil transportation requirements; SF 124, consolidation of county offices; SF 1157, clarifying use of drivers 'license photos for criminal justice use; SF 1959, allowing the return of drugs to pharmacies; SF 514, regulating unpaid work for cash assistance; SF 1443, unemployment insurance filing waivers; SF 2212 modifying SS offset provisions; SF 794, increasing the dollar amount of the homestead exemption; SF 2068, establishing licensure requirements for counselors; SF 2098, changing licensing provisions for social work; SF 2099, temporary license for social work; SF 2100, Mn Brd of Social Work Act modifications; SF 2105, licensing provisions for the Brd of Pharmacy; SF 1405, changing livestock compensation provisions; SF 1218, absentee voter provisions; SF 1073, ratifying labor agreements and compensation plans.N/A
Wed April 18, 2007SF 145, the energy policy bill, which includes greenhouse gases reduction standards, and SF 875, a bill raising the minimum wage, lead the list of bills on General Orders during the afternoon session. More... The 62 bills receiving preliminary approval Monday await a final vote of the Senate during the morning session.N/A
Mon April 23, 2007The Senate takes final votes on several bills previously approved last week and considers SF 475, changing the expiration date for radiation therapy facility construction limitations, and SF 1857, regulating service disconnections by public utilities, and SF 1144, providing testimonial confidentiality for sexual assault counselors. N/A
Tue April 24, 2007SF 1075, a bill calling for the divestment from state investments relating to Sudan is before the Senate. More... Bills on General Orders awaiting Senate action include: SF 1075, divestment from certain investments relating to Sudan; SF 1936, regulating advertising and conduct of live musical performances or productions; SF 2174, designating Dept. of Admin as lead agency; SF 2041, authorizing St. Paul Port Authority to create a non-profit steam producing facility; SF 2226, clarifying private cemeteries; SF 2203, making technical changes to chemical and mental health; SF 802, dealing with mortuary science; SF 949, requiring a social work license under certain circumstances; SF 1310, clarifying election procedures and terminology; SF 1822, Sen. Clark: allowing victims of domestic abuse to terminate a lease; SF 1981, providing repairs to the Elmer L. Anderson and the Orville Freeman buildings; SF 1298, related to elections-changing certain definitions, voter registration procedures and requirements, filing requirements, voting procedures, election day prohibitions, and ballot preparation requirements.N/A
Wed April 25, 2007A bill, SF 100, allowing the University of Minnesota to use state funds for stem cell research is before the Senate. More... The Senate also considers: SF 140, regulating consumer access to restroom facilities; SF 2059, qualifications for service on MN Veterans home Board; SF 1178, establishing an advisory committee to simplify program administration; SF 1070, authorizing intoxicating liquor license.N/A
Thu April 26, 2007SF 514, a bill prohibiting recipients of state cash assistance from being required to perform unpaid work, is before the Senate. More... The Senate also considers: SF 802, related to mortuary science; SF 1429, changing certain financial liability requirements for charitable organizations, related to motor carriers; HF 532/SF 409, regulating certain contracts entered into by military service personnel; SF 728, modifying requirements for contested case hearing notices; SF 2231, related to human services; changing long term care provisions; SF 1302, modifying provisions governing metropolitan livable communities fund; SF 1791, integrating instruction about the contributions of Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities into student learning and teacher preparation and licensing requirements; SF 1474, preserving the right of building contractors to bring an action for contribution or indemnity under certain circumstances; SF 1126, limiting predatory offender registration for certain persons under the age of 16; SF 596, noncontroversial data practice law changes; SF 988, prohibiting certain predatory lending practices.N/A
Fri April 27, 2007SF 1312, the omnibus environment policy bill, is before the Senate during their afternoon session. Plus, HF 854, a bill creating a process for the recycling of televisions and computer monitors leads the Senate's morning debate. More... Other bills on General Orders include: SF 2231, making changes to continuing care provisions; SF 118, related to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board; SF 1186, modifying provisions of the MN Public Facilities Authority Act; HF 455/SF 300, updating and clarifying public defense provisions of law; SF 961, providing for regulation of shoreland resorts; SF 1126, limiting predatory offender registration for certain persons under the age of 16; SF 599, a resolution urging the President and Congress to end trade, financial and travel restrictions to Cuba.N/A
Mon April 30, 2007The Senate debates the conference committee report on the omnibus capital improvements bill, which it later approves on a 45-18 vote. N/A
Tue May 1, 2007SF 345, a bill allowing the use of marijuana for medical reasons, is before the Senate. Also, the conference committee report on the omnibus agriculture and veterans appropriations bill awaits a final vote. N/A
Wed May 2, 2007The environmental policy bill and a bill extending hospital visitation rights to domestic partners await the Senate's final vote. N/A
Thu May 3, 2007Following an extended recess, the controversial provision requiring insurance companies to act in good faith causes the Senate to consider a motion to refer the omnibus public safety appropriations bill back to conference committee. The Senate alos acts on a bill, SF 2236, providing flood relief funds to Brown Valley. N/A
Mon May 7, 2007The Senate takes action on the $10 billion dollar omnibus health and human services conference committee report, which would extend state-subsidized health insurance to about 72,000 residents. More... Conference Committee Report SF2171 (Berglin) Omnibus Health and Human Services bill -Motion to adopt conference committee report Sen. Senjem moved to reject the report and send it back to committee Berglin – Call of the Senate Roll Call – 22-44 – motion does not prevail Third Reading Final Passage as amended by the Conference Committee Roll Call- 47-19 General Orders 42 - - S.F. No. 1971: (SENATE AUTHORS: MURPHY; Companion to H.F. No. 2191) Omnibus Transportation Policy bill A112 amendment (Murphy) Lafayette bridge -adopted A63 amendment (Frederickson) Technical -adopted A109 amendment (Vandeveer) Ronald Regan Beltway -not adopted A110 amendment (Wergin) Vehicle transporting milk -adopted A108 amendment (Vandeveer) Proof of identity and residency Roll Call – 25-38 – not adopted A113 amendment (Bakk) Allows multiple units of government to form an airport authority Senator Ortman calls into question germaneness of amendment - amendment withdrawn A105 amendment (Ortman) content of certificate Roll Call – 65-0 A104 amendment (Hann) Pages 21 and 22, delete sections 37 and 38 Roll Call – 14-48 – not adopted A111 amendment (Wergin) Deletes section 55 -not adopted A107 amendment (Tomassoni) Deletes sec. 39 and 85 (Seatbelt primary offense) Roll Call – 23-40 – not adopted -Recommended to pass as amended 51 - - S.F. No. 1312: (SENATE AUTHORS: CHAUDHARY and Saxhaug; Companion to H.F. No. 1418) Environment Policy bill A26 amendment (Chaudhary) Delete sec. 27 -adopted -Recommended to pass as amendedN/A
Tue May 8, 2007A $3 billion dollar higher education funding bill is before the Senate as a Senate and House agreed-upon conference committee report. More... General Orders 34 - - S.F. No. 1346: (SENATE AUTHORS: TORRES RAY, Scheid, Betzold, Metzen and Koering; Companion to H.F. No. 1608) A bill for an act relating to the Office of the Secretary of State; regulating registrations, filings, and dissolutions of certain entities; regulating foreign limited partnership name changes; regulating notaries public -Recommended to pass 21 - - S.F. No. 961: (SENATE AUTHORS: SKOGEN, Saxhaug, Chaudhary, Tomassoni and Ingebrigtsen; Companion to H.F. No. 849) A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing for regulation of shoreland resorts -Recommended to pass 33 - - S.F. No. 1015: (SENATE AUTHORS: HIGGINS, Marty, Torres Ray, Foley and Sieben; Companion to H.F. No. 695) A bill for an act relating to children’s environmental health; modifying the lead abatement program; requiring medical assistance coverage to cover environmental investigations for children with elevated blood lead levels -Progress More... 44 - - S.F. No. 1753: (SENATE AUTHORS: REST, Stumpf, Saltzman, Jungbauer and Bakk; Companion to H.F. No. 1940) A bill for an act relating to airports; creating an advisory task force to study airport funding issues and the state airports fund; requiring a report; appropriating money -Recommended to pass 51 - - S.F. No. 303: (SENATE AUTHORS: WERGIN; Companion to H.F. No. 267) A bill for an act relating to local government; extending the municipal boundary adjustment advisory task force -Recommended to pass 37 - - S.F. No. 1449: (SENATE AUTHORS: ROSEN, Higgins, Latz, Neuville and Ingebrigtsen; Companion to H.F. No. 1230) A bill for an act relating to public safety; modifying requirements for 911 emergency communication fees -Recommended to pass 50 - - S.F. No. 1215: (SENATE AUTHORS: FISCHBACH; Companion to H.F. No. 1582) A bill for an act relating to health; making technical changes; eliminating radioactive material license renewal fee; establishing fees for ionizing radiation-producing equipment; modifying requirements for operating x-ray equipment; extending the expiration date for a task force -Recommended to pass Conference Committee Report Senator Pogemiller moved to suspend Joint Rule 2.06 as it relates to the conference committee on SF1989 (12 hour lie over for conference committee reports) -motion prevails SF1989 (Pappas) Higher Education Omnibus bill -Motion to adopt conference committee report Sen. Senjem moves to reject report and send back to the committee Pappas – Call of the Senate Roll Call – 23-41- Motion does not prevail Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by Conference Committee Roll Call – 44-21N/A
Wed May 9, 2007The Senate considers an amendment to conduct party caucus meetings in February, in conjunction with other "Super Tuesday" primary dates. More... Calendar 2 - - S.F. No. 1312: (SENATE AUTHORS: CHAUDHARY and Saxhaug; Companion to H.F. No. 1418) Omnibus Environment Policy bill Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 61-0 General Orders 12 - - S.F. No. 883: (SENATE AUTHORS: SCHEID, Moua, Pogemiller and Rest; Companion to H.F. No. 1074) A bill for an act relating to anatomical gifts; adopting the Darlene Luther Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act; imposing penalties A6 amendment (Scheid) ANATOMICAL GIFT; RELATION TO UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE -adopted A11 amendment (Scheid) Effective date -adopted A9 amendment (Betzold) Sets up registry -adopted A7 amendment (Neuville) Contents of application; other information Roll Call – 20-43 – not adopted Roll Call – 53-6 – Recommended to pass as amended 26 - - S.F. No. 184: (SENATE AUTHORS: MARTY, Torres Ray, Berglin, Prettner Solon and Bakk; Companion to H.F. No. 298) A bill for an act relating to health; authorizing registered nurses to dispense oral contraceptives in family planning clinics; expanding the definition of a governmental unit; providing for adjustment of medical assistance reimbursement rates for family planning clinics -Recommended to pass 35 - - S.F. No. 1823: (SENATE AUTHORS: TORRES RAY, Marty, Erickson Ropes, Koering and Lourey; Companion to H.F. No. 2027) A bill for an act relating to health professions; changing licensing requirements for physical therapists; imposing penalties A1 amendment (Torres Ray) Technical -adopted -Recommended to pass as amended 40 - - S.F. No. 1360: (SENATE AUTHORS: SKOGEN, Chaudhary, Saxhaug and Ingebrigtsen; Companion to H.F. No. 1866) A bill for an act relating to game and fish Recommended to pass 44 - - S.F. No. 1185: (SENATE AUTHORS: SKOGEN; Companion to H.F. No. 1507) A bill for an act relating to natural resources; modifying acquisition authority for state trails; modifying requirements for certain recreational vehicles; providing for off-trail snowmobile use in certain state forests; modifying certain state trails A5 amendment (Skogen) GAME AND FISH BUDGETARY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE -adopted A4 amendment (Frederickson) Class II ATVs Sen. Vandeveer calls into question germaneness of the amendment -withdrawn Roll Call – 36-22 – adopted A2 amendment (Kubly) Minnesota River Trail additional segments -adopted A3 amendment (Chaudhary) Penalties -adopted Recommended to pass as amended 5 - - S.F. No. 893: (SENATE AUTHORS: LARSON, Rest, Gerlach, Gimse and Higgins; Companion to H.F. No. 1117) A bill for an act relating to elections; moving precinct caucuses from March to February; moving the state primary from September to June A50 amendment (Larson) Time and manner of holding; postponement Roll Call – 39-20 – adopted Recommended to pass as amended 46 - - S.F. No. 445: (SENATE AUTHORS: FISCHBACH, Metzen and Clark; Companion to H.F. No. 645) A bill for an act relating to occupations and professions; modifying provisions for individuals operating x-ray equipment; appropriating money -Recommended to pass Conference Committee Reports SF1045 (Ortman) Renaming the Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by Conference Committee Roll Call – 57-1 Calendar 1 - - S.F. No. 1971: (SENATE AUTHORS: MURPHY; Companion to H.F. No. 2191) Omnibus Transportation Policy bill Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 52-12 Sen. Murphy moved to lay bill on the table -adopted Senator Sieben moved pursuant to Rule 12 that the following Senators be excused for Conference Committee: Sen. Sieben, Sen. Murphy, Sen. Dibble, Sen. Carlson, Sen. Bonoff Sen. Pogemiller moved to lay the lie over of the bills on the Calendar -adopted Calendar 3 - - S.F. No. 1346: (SENATE AUTHORS: TORRES RAY, Scheid, Betzold, Metzen and Koering; Companion to H.F. No. 1608) A bill for an act relating to the Office of the Secretary of State; regulating registrations, filings, and dissolutions of certain entities; regulating foreign limited partnership name changes; regulating notaries public Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 62-1 4 - - S.F. No. 961: (SENATE AUTHORS: SKOGEN, Saxhaug, Chaudhary, Tomassoni and Ingebrigtsen; Companion to H.F. No. 849) A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing for regulation of shoreland resorts Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call - 64-0 5 - - S.F. No. 1753: (SENATE AUTHORS: REST, Stumpf, Saltzman, Jungbauer and Bakk; Companion to H.F. No. 1940) A bill for an act relating to airports; creating an advisory task force to study airport funding issues and the state airports fund; requiring a report; appropriating money Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 60-3 6 - - S.F. No. 303: (SENATE AUTHORS: WERGIN; Companion to H.F. No. 267) A bill for an act relating to local government; extending the municipal boundary adjustment advisory task force Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 63-1 7 - - S.F. No. 1449: (SENATE AUTHORS: ROSEN, Higgins, Latz, Neuville and Ingebrigtsen; Companion to H.F. No. 1230) A bill for an act relating to public safety; modifying requirements for 911 emergency communication fees Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 64-0 8 - - S.F. No. 1215: (SENATE AUTHORS: FISCHBACH; Companion to H.F. No. 1582) A bill for an act relating to health; making technical changes; eliminating radioactive material license renewal fee; establishing fees for ionizing radiation-producing equipment; modifying requirements for operating x-ray equipment; extending the expiration date for a task force Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 63-1N/A
Thu May 10, 2007HF 2294, a bill increasing income taxes on wealthier Minnesota taxpayers to provide property tax relief, is before the Senate. More... Special Orders HF2294 (Bakk) Cook-Orr Hospital District levy authority modified A5 amendment (Bakk) Page 11, line 17, delete "$18,531,000" and insert "$19,242,000" -adopted Third Reading Final Passage as amended Roll Call – 35-31 N/A
Fri May 11, 2007The conference committee report calling for a statewide smoking ban is before the Senate, as is SF 6, a bill asking voters whether the sales tax should be increased to fund environmental, cultural and outdoor game resources. N/A
Mon May 14, 2007Summary - Part 2 A bill securing about $8 billion dollars over 10 years for transportation projects and services through a nickel per gallon gas tax increase, $1.5 billion in bond sales and a half-penny metro sales authorization, is before the Senate as a conference committee report. Summary - Part 1 Also, in the early afternoon session, women Senators pay tribute to their mothers. More...N/A
Wed May 16, 2007Summary - Part 2 The Senate acts on a revised tax bill and five revised major spending bills: higher education, economic development, health and human services, state government and E-12 education. Summary - Part 1 Also, before the Senate begins action on the bills, Senate Minority Leader David Senjem requests that Senate leadership meet with the Governor in an attempt to finalize a global budget agreement. More...N/A
Thu May 17, 2007Summary - Part 2 Before the Senate is SF 430, the omnibus pension bill, and SF 2173, a bill requiring insurance companies to act in good faith in regards to benefit payments. Summary - Part 1 The Senate acts on conference committee reports and bills received from the House. More...N/A
Fri May 18, 2007Senator LeRoy Stumpf, chair of the Senate E-12 Education Finance Committee, returns to the Senate for the first time following bypass surgery, and the Senate considers conference committee reports. More...N/A
Sat May 19, 2007The Senate concentrated on processing messages from the other body, conference committee reports and the Senate Calendar. The Senate considers a bill creating a statewide health insurance pool for all publc school employees. Another major bill before the Senate is the conference committee omnibus environment and natural resources policy bill. More... Sen. Scheid moved to take SF883 from the table -adopted SF883 (Scheid) Relating to anatomical gifts; adopting the Darlene Luther Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act -Motion to concur with House amendments Third Reading Final Passage Concurrence Roll Call – 53-9 -Urgency be declared pursuant to Art. 4, sec. 19 with respect to HF1973 currently on General Orders be given it’s third reading and place on final passage HF1973 (Rest) Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County library system merger enabled; and transfer of employees, property and assets to Hennepin County authorized Sen. Pogemiller moved to lay bill on the table -adopted -Urgency be declared pursuant to Art. 4, sec. 19 with respect to HF1208 be given it’s second and third reading and placed on final passage HF1208 (Scheid) Construction code and licensing provisions modified, penalties and enforcement provided, statutes recodified, and money appropriated Sen. Pogemiller moved to lay the bill on the table -adopted Special Orders 36 - - S.F. No. 590: (SENATE AUTHORS: VICKERMAN; Companion to H.F. No. 903) A resolution exhorting Congress to reform the federal Montgomery GI Bill for the Selected Reserves to permit members of the National Guard and reserves who have been mobilized into federal active duty in support of current wars to receive and use their federal educational benefits following separation from active reserve status and final discharge from the military Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 62-0 Sen. Rest moved that HF1973 be taken from the table -adopted HF1973 (Rest) Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County library system merger enabled; and transfer of employees, property and assets to Hennepin County authorized Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 60-2 38 - - H.F. No. 464: (HOUSE AUTHORS: Sertich, Huntley, Peterson, S., Wardlow and Slocum; SENATE AUTHORS: BETZOLD, Berglin, Clark, Koering and Rest; Companion to S.F. No. 276) A bill for an act relating to insurance; creating a statewide health insurance pool for school district employees; appropriating money A1 amendment (Wergin) Opt-out provision Betzold – Call of the Senate Roll Call – 35-29 – adopted Third Reading Final Passage as amended Roll Call – 49-16 Recess at 12:53 pm until 6:13 pm Messages from the House The House announces they have adopted the recommendation report of the conference committee and re-passed said report; HF2433 (Langseth) Browns Valley flood relief mitigation -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by conference committee Roll Call – 60-0 Conference Committee Reports SF463 (Betzold) Increasing maximum fees to be charged and collected by notaries public -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by conference committee Roll Call – 44-17 SF1131 (Chaudhary) Omnibus Game and Fish Bill -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by conference committee Roll Call – 61-4 SF1048 (Lourey) Indian Affairs council membership and duties modification -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by conference committee Roll Call – 65-0 SF167 (Sparks) Unemployment Insurance bill -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by conference committee Roll Call – 65-0 SF1377 (Rest) State boards and advisory groups provisions modifications and repeal -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by conference committee Roll Call – 63-0 SF596 (Olson M.) Omnibus Data Practices bill -Motion to adopt conference committee report Third Reading Final Passage as amended by the conference committee Roll Call – 64-0 -Pursuant to Rule 26 for immediate consideration Special Orders 35 - - S.F. No. 1274: (SENATE AUTHORS: PARISEAU, Saxhaug, Skogen, Rosen and Gimse; Companion to H.F. No. 151) A resolution memorializing the United States Congress to reauthorize the Conservation Reserve Program as part of the 2007 Farm Bill Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 65-0 Calendar 2 - - H.F. No. 1409: (HOUSE AUTHORS: Gottwalt, Thissen and Thao; SENATE AUTHORS: KOERING; Companion to S.F. No. 1229) A bill for an act relating to health; changing provisions for well contractor’s license Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 64-2 3 - - S.F. No. 1196: (SENATE AUTHORS: JUNGBAUER, Marty, Lourey, Pappas and Erickson Ropes; Companion to H.F. No. 1205) A bill for an act relating to housing; creating the Minnesota manufactured home relocation trust fund; requiring that a manufactured home park owner make specified payments to the trust fund; requiring an owner of a manufactured home who rents a lot in a manufactured home park to make an annual payment to the trust fund; authorizing advances to the Minnesota manufactured home relocation trust fund Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 66-0 4 - - H.F. No. 1396: (HOUSE AUTHORS: Madore, Loeffler, Thissen and Walker; SENATE AUTHORS: OLSON, M., Moua and Foley; Companion to S.F. No. 795) A bill for an act relating to guardians and conservators; requiring a study to make recommendations regarding conservatorship and guardianship Third Reading Final Passage Roll Call – 60-5 Messages from the House The House announces they have adopted the recommendation report of the conference committee and re-passed said report on SF26 The House announces the passage by the House of the following Senate file as amended by the House, in which amendments the concurrence of the Senate is requested SF430 (Betzold) Omnibus Pensions bill -Motion to not concur with House amendments and request that a conference committee of five be appointed Reports of Committees Senator Cohen from the Committee on Finance to which was referred; SF2284 University of Minnesota 717 Delaware building renovation bond issue and appropriation Reports the same back with the recommendation that the bill do pass Senator Pogemiller from the Committee on Rules and Administration to which was referred; SF2097 Constitutional amendment for right to affordable health care Reports the same back with the recommendation that the bill be amended and when so amended the bill do pass Senator Pogemiller from the Committee on Rules and Administration to which was referred; SF14 Constitutional amendment for affordable health care Reports the same back with the recommendation that the bill do pass Second Reading of Senate bills SF2284, SF2097, SF14 Confirmation Calendar Senator Chaudhary from the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, to which were referred the following appointments: MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY – Barbara Battiste, Chester Wilander, Paige, Winebarger – confirmed Senator Chaudhary from the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, to which were referred the following appointments: LEGISLATIVE –CITIZEN COMMISSION ON MN RESOURCES Alfred Berner, Nancy Gibson, John Hunt, Mary Mueller -confirmed Senator Marty from the Committee on Health, Housing and Family Security, to which was referred the following appointment: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONER – Cal Ludeman -confirmed Senator Scheid moved to take HF1208 from the table -adopted HF1208 (Scheid) Construction code and licensing provisions modified, penalties and enforcement provided, statutes recodified, and money appropriated A20 amendment (Scheid) Technical -adopted A50 amendment (Frederickson) Page 176, delete lines 6 and 7 Page 176, line 8, delete "unlicensed individuals." Page 176, line 11, after the period, insert "The board shall make recommendations to the legislature by February 15, 2008, on the ratio of licensed individual contracting high pressure pipefitters or licensed journeyman high pressure pipefitters to the pipefitter apprentices or registered unlicensed individuals for purposes of supervision -adopted Third Reading Final Passage as amended Roll Call – 65-1 Recess (brief) Conference Committee appointed SF1753 Relating to airports; creating an advisory task force to study airport funding issues and the state airports fund Senate Conferees: Rest, Jungbauer, Saltzman SF430 Omnibus Pensions bill Senate Conferees: Betzold, Larson, Olson M., Lynch, Werg N/A
Sun May 20, 2007The Senate acts on the negotiated omnibus economic development bill and the energy policy bill. More...N/A
Mon May 21, 2007Bills funding education, health and human services, state government and the same-level of transportation administration and projects await final Senate approval. The Senate also considers the omnibus tax bill. More...N/A
Tue September 11, 2007A comprehensive relief package totalling about $150 million for flood-stricken residents in Southeastern Minnesota awaits Senate action. The bill also provides assistance to Cook County for costs associated with fighting forest fires and to the city of Minneapolis to help with efforts surrounding the 35W bridge collapse. The bill is before the Senate first as SF 1, then as HF 1 following final House action. N/A