A NONPARTISAN PUBLICATION 5 5 5 S APRIL 6, 2001 ESSION Weekly VOLUME 18, NUMBER 14 MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES • PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE In this issue: HERITAGE ENVIRONMENT FUND TRUTH IN TAXATION, TORT REFORM, AND MORE HF2354-HF2419 SESSION Session Weekly is a nonpartisan Weekly publication of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office. During the 2001-2002 Legislative Session, each issue reports daily House action between Thursdays of each week, lists bill introductions and upcoming committee meeting schedules, and provides other information. The publication is a service of the Minnesota House. No fee. To subscribe, contact: CONTENTS Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office HIGHLIGHTS 175 State Office Building Consumers • 5 Government • 9 Law • 12 St. Paul, MN 55155-1298 Crime • 5 Health • 10 Recreation • 12 (651) 296-2146 or 1-800-657-3550 Education • 6 Higher Education • 10 Taxes • 13 TTY (651) 296-9896 Employment • 8 Industry • 11 Transportation • 14 Environment • 8 Director LeClair G. Lambert Editor/Assistant Director Michelle Kibiger FEATURES Assistant Editor At Issue: Crime — Legislators have proposed more than $1 million in Mike Cook grants to local law enforcement to combat clandestine methamphet- amine labs in Minnesota. • 16 Art & Production Coordinator Paul Battaglia At Issue: Education — A plan allocating money to three programs that Writers train future teachers in cultural and social methods to help them teach in David Maeda, Theresa Stahl, urban and urban-like schools will be considered for the K-12 omnibus Jonas M. Walker, Mary Kay Watson bill. • 17 Chief Photographer Tom Olmscheid At Issue: Law — A bill that amends civil case law with regard to the damages defendants must pay passes the House, but awaits action in the Photographers Senate. • 18 Andrew Von Bank, Sara Kirk Office Manager At Issue: Taxes — Lawmakers are debating a measure that would allow Nicole Wood taxpayers a direct mechanism to vote down property tax increases. • 19 Staff Assistants Christy Novak, Michelle Sorvari Session Weekly (ISSN 1049-8176) is published DEPARTMENTS/RESOURCES weekly during the legislative session by the Min- nesota House of Representatives Public Information Office, 100 Constitution Ave., St. It’s A Fact: How high’s the water? 4 Reflections: Teachers everwhere 27 Paul, MN 55155-1298. Periodicals postage paid Governor’s Desk (CH1-CH12) 20 Minnesota Index: Local government at St. Paul, MN, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Bill Introductions (HF2354-HF2419) 21 lobbyist expenditures 28 Session Weekly, Public Information Office, Committee Schedule (April 9-13) 23 Minnesota House of Representatives, 175 State Office Building, 100 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155-1298. Printed on recycled paper which is 50% recycled, 30% post-consumer content. On the cover: A brief blanket of snow and slush covered the Capitol lawn early April 2. Marks of the snow disappeared by afternoon when temperatures reached the mid-40s. —Photo by Sara Kirk 2 April 6, 2001 F IRST READING 5 5 5 fish and game funds are currently budgeted, A rich heritage which is the responsibility of the Department of Natural Resources commissioner. People who testified at the meeting were Bill proposes a constitutional amendment to establish a unanimous in their support of the constitu- permanent natural resource fund from sales tax proceeds tional amendment. However, there was dis- agreement over who should oversee the BY MARY KAY WATSON expenditure of the resulting funds. T he possibility of long-term funding “The DNR wants nothing more than for natural resources got a high-five to support this effort by people who be- from rep-resentatives of public and lieve earnestly in what they are doing,” private environmental organizations April DNR Commissioner Alan Garber said. 3 at a meeting of the House Environment “At the same time we believe it is our re- and Natural Resources Policy Committee. sponsibility to see to it that funds from Rep. Mark Holsten (R-Stillwater) pre- our citizens are wisely spent.” sented the committee with a bill that Frank Schneider, representing Muskies, would ask voters to consider a constitu- Inc. and the Bass Federation, thanked tional amendment to dedicate three-six- Holsten for “having the courage for teenths of 1 percent of state sales tax bringing this to the electorate.” While revenue for natural resources. supportive of the funding initiative, “The environment, though culturally Schneider expressed reservations about important to us, gets put on the back the oversight committee. “I don’t want to burner when it comes time for the Legis- see a second DNR,” he said. lature to budget,” Holsten said. “Let’s first secure the funding, then “To me it’s a no-brainer,” said Kent decide how it shall be overseen,” said Hrbek, former Twins first baseman. “I’m Harvey Nelson, a retired DNR employee looking at the long run. I want my 9-year- who spoke in support of the bill for the old daughter to understand the outdoors.” Minnesota Waterfowl Association. HF1671 would place the proposal on Holsten said the creation of a citizen’s the 2002 ballot; if approved by the voters, council was a way to profit by the exper- it would go into effect July 1, 2005. tise of the many outdoors groups that Holsten estimated the amount raised by have evolved over the last 20 or 30 years. this amendment would be in the neigh- “Private groups have access to lands we borhood of $115 million. The proposal don’t,” Holsten said. “This bill will bring would replace current funding from lot- some new, different ideas to the table.” tery receipts of about HF1671 provides for grants “to improve, $22 million. enhance, or protect fish and wildlife re- The bill is similar to a proposal from sources.” Those grants could go to fishing the 2000 legislative session that stalled in PHOTO BY ANDREW VON BANK and hunting groups, environmental groups, the House Ways and Means Committee. Former Minnesota Twin and avid outdoorsman Kent Hrbek or the DNR. Ninety percent of the money At the time, proponents included former testifies before the House Environment and Natural from the Heritage Enhancement Fund must Resources Policy Committee April 3 in support of HF1671, a be spent on game and fish projects on pub- Minnesota Vikings Coach Bud Grant. bill that would create a constitutional amendment to If the constitutional amendment were dedicate sales tax revenue for the environment. lic and private lands. Up to 10 percent may passed, the bill and its Senate counterpart be used for administrative expenses, such sponsored by Sen. Bob Lessard (Ind.-Int’l The 45 percent set aside for fishing and as hiring consultants. Falls) would dedicate the funds as follows: hunting would be placed in a separate fund, Tom Meyers, vice president of the Minnesota • 45 percent to improve, enhance, or protect to be called the Heritage Enhancement Fund. Conservation Federation, said his group was fishing and hunting resources; This fund would be overseen by the Heritage enthusiastic about the bill and the opportuni- • 25 percent for state parks and trails; Enhancement Council, which would decide ties it offers for public-private partnerships. • 25 percent for metropolitan parks and how money in that fund would be allocated. “The things we do on private land affect trails; The 11-member council would include four public land,” Meyers said. “We have an oppor- • 3 percent for grant-in-aid trails; and legislators, six representatives of hunting and tunity to do something here that’s landmark • 2 percent for the Minnesota Zoo, Como fishing interests, and one citizen appointed by legislation.” Park Zoo and Conservatory, and the the governor. This is a departure from the way Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher Duluth Zoo. Session Weekly 3 (DFL-Mpls) said she was disappointed that non-game wildlife was not mentioned in the bill. “I drafted this bill specifically for fish and game habitat, partly because all wildlife will benefit,” Holsten said. “If we dedicate these revenues, that would relieve the Environmen- How high’s the water? tal Fund and free up a whole lot of money.” Legislature studies river management after series of ‘100 year’ floods While the fish and game groups were the most vocal in their support, representatives of Every spring, communities along control project will provide unlimited protec- parks, trails, and zoos also spoke in favor of Minnesota’s rivers await predictions regarding tion from all floods. Holsten’s bill. whether the waters will merely lap along the “Experience in the United States has “Last year we had over 29 million visitors banks or overflow them and envelop shown that property values increase greatly to metro parks,” said Mary Merrill Anderson, everything within the river’s floodplain. in areas of protected flood plain and when superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and With the high value of property within the unpredicted floods occur in excess of the Recreation Board. “We know we have trails floodplains, leaders 35 years ago were con- flood protection limits of a project, the dam- that are falling apart and shorelines that are cerned that people did not know enough about age and hazards to life and property are of- crumbling. the risks and costs of flood damage. ten greater than would have occurred if the “We need to preserve this park system for When rivers fill the floodplain, hydrologists project had not been constructed.” our children and grandchildren,” she added. call it a “100-year” or “regional” flood because The 1969 report concluded there were sev- they, don’t occur fre- eral methods “to keep “I urge your support of this bill.” quently. But in the late man away from flood Judy Erickson of Minnesota Parks and Trails 1960s, studies showed water.” Among them agreed. “Parks and trails are truly representative the recurrence rate of were zoning, subdivi- of what is best in Minnesota,” she said. such substantial floods sion regulations, and Victor Camp, director of the Como Zoo, was less than five years. building codes. said the zoos of Minnesota also support the The 1965 floods will Main suggestions proposal. “Wild places and the wild things that long be remembered in encouraged govern- live in them are continually under pressure, Minnesotans’ minds as ment to acquire prop- and zoos get that message out to people,” one of the worst years erty within the Camp said “If we pass this amendment we will ever. That year, urban A bridge at Granite Falls during the 1969 flood. floodplain through a be a powerful force for saving those wild places flood damage in the state combination of nego- and the wild things that inhabit them.” was estimated at nearly $40 million, however, tiated purchase, condemnation, or gift. Rep. Tom Osthoff (DFL-St. Paul) agreed total damage was just more than $70 million. In addition, the report suggested locating that funding for natural resources was an on- Add in the damage to roads and transportation public facilities outside the floodplain to going problem but said there were other ways facilities, and the costs exceeded $90 million. draw private development away. to get the money than a constitutional amend- Though cities along the Mississippi River In response, the 1969 Legislature passed a ment. bore most of the urban damage — $23.6 mil- law that would encourage local units of gov- “I don’t like constitutional amendments and lion — the Minnesota River flooding tallied the ernment to develop flood management plans, most overall damage, including agricultural working in conjunction with surrounding I hate dedicated funds,” Osthoff said. “Every and rural, of more than $35 million. communities and state planning agencies. time the state dedicates funds, they take money Several studies, intended to help better man- Two years later, a 1971 interim report from a away through the general fund.” age waters and prevent extensive damage caused subcommittee on flood control claimed the Leg- Holsten’s bill addresses that concern with a by floods, followed the 1965 flood. The state and islature provided the right mechanism with the provision clarifying that the dedicated fund the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were involved. 1969 law, particularly with regard to Minnesota would not be a substitute for “traditional In 1969, Gov. Harold LeVander submitted a residents’ ability to obtain federal flood relief. funding sources” but would be a supplement report on flood damage to the Legislature, ex- But the measure required many different local, to them. pressing concern that no effective solution to the state, and federal agencies to work together, “The public is ready for this,” said Kevin problem had been proposed. In his letter, he sug- which was not happening. Auslund, executive director of the Game and gested legislation should be developed and in- “In the judgment of the subcommittee, the Fish Coalition. “Its time has come.” troduced as a result of the findings in the report. flood plain problems of the Minnesota — and HF1671 was approved and sent to the The report encouraged the Legislature to de- other rivers — will not be solved until some House Rules Committee. velop a flood management plan and find ways degree of harmony can be brought into river to limit development along floodplain land. management planning by all levels of govern- Though the report suggested that cooperative ment with basic direction and policy being measures from the standpoint of preventing fu- provided by the state,” the report said. ture damage and correcting existing problems The report encouraged the state to take a Clarification would help, it warned flooding will always exist more active role in planning dam systems A story in the March 30 issue of Session along major rivers. and other flood mitigation methods, so lo- Weekly about the Faribault state hospital “Too often the public is unaware that a flood cal communities could have an adequate voice. should have clarified that the hospital was control project, which provides a certain degree In addition, the state needed to do a better job closed in 1998, and the facility now belongs of protection from floods in a limited area, is educating the local governments about the fed- to the state Department of Corrections. not a project which will eliminate floods,” the eral insurance and other resources available. report states. “People erroneously feel that a flood (M.KIBIGER) Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society 4 April 6, 2001 H M A R C H 3 0 - A P R I L 6, 2 0 0 1 IGHLIGHTS 5 5 5 in prison and up to a $14,000 fine, or both. “We should try to keep those costs down,” 5 CONSUMERS The bill has now passed through three com- Jaros said. mittees and will be sent to the House Judi- Jaros also wanted to know if there was a “less No chardonnay at the checkout ciary Finance Committee. damaging and less costly way to deal with this.” Rep. Barb Sykora (R-Excelsior) withdrew Committee Chair Rep. Philip Krinkie (R- “The purpose of the legislation is to say her bill to allow the sale of wine in grocery Shoreview) offered the amendment, which (drunken drivers) have had three chances to stores March 29, an unexpected move after an would distribute a $138,000 annual cost to deal with (law enforcement) and they con- aggressive lobbying effort. The action effec- counties for appeal services provided by the tinue to drive while intoxicated,” Stanek said. tively killed the legislation for this year. Attorney General’s office. “We’re not looking to lock up people for a HF1025 had been approved by the Liquor The amendment instructs the attorney gen- long, long time. We want them to know the Subcommittee of the House Commerce, Jobs, eral to bill the county in which the offense state of Minnesota is taking this seriously.” and Economic Development Policy Commit- occurred for the cost of its services for felony tee but was stopped without a vote by the full drunken driving offenses. Payments would be committee. issued from nearly all counties outside the After complimenting Sykora on her profes- Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Attorney Animal cruelty measure sionalism, Committee Chair Rep. Greg Davids General’s office handles felony appeals for Responding to what one legislator described (R-Preston) drastically changed his tone, say- most Greater Minnesota counties. as an increase in the number and severity in ing he was disgusted with the way liquor lob- Stanek said he “doesn’t feel one way or an- incidents of unkindness to animals, legislators byists had harassed and threatened members. other” about the amendment. are bringing forward legislation to increase Davids said he used to be a “no vote” on the Rep. Mark Thompson (DFL-New Hope) criminal penalties for those convicted of bill, but now is “a free market” with regard to asked if counties may intentionally “not find” animal cruelty. the proposal. any drunken driving offenses due to a tight bud- Rep. James T. Clark (R-New Ulm) is spon- Making final comments on her bill, Sykora get. Paul Skoggin, representing the state County soring HF1330 to create increased penalties contended that people are stressed for time, Attorney’s Association, said a county would for repeated or especially severe cruelty to and that floral shops, bakeries, and pharma- probably keep the appeal quiet rather than sub- animals. He told an April 3 meeting of the cies, which exist in many grocery stores, still mit it to the Attorney General’s office. House Crime Prevention Committee that cur- flourish in independent shops. Rep. Mike Jaros (DFL-Duluth) said he was rent law provides only for misdemeanor pen- She maintained her bill was “a responsible opposed to the amendment even though it alties for animal cruelty. The committee proposal.” HF1025 would put tight restrictions wouldn’t affect his district, because it would approved the measure and referred it to the on the sale of wine in grocery stores of at least be shifting the cost from the state to local gov- House Judiciary Finance Committee. 10,000 square feet, including identification ernments, therefore increasing the property He said 31 other states have created animal checks on every purchase, annual compliance tax, he said. checks, and a theft management program in every store. Opponents claimed the legislation would in- crease alcohol availability to youth, would in- crease drinking in society as a whole, and might harm the business of independent liquor stores. The bill is technically alive for the biennium and could be reconsidered sometime during 2002. 5 CRIME Felony DWI costs The House State Government Finance Com- mittee approved a bill (HF351) authorizing a felony drunken driving penalty April 3 after amending out the only financial implication to the committee’s budget. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rich Stanek (R- Maple Grove), would create a felony drunken Tessa, a German Shepherd service dog, lies at the feet of her owner, Tom Heinl of the American Council driving penalty for offenders who receive a of the Blind of Minnesota, as he testifies for a bill making it a crime to kill or harm animals trained to fourth conviction within 10 years. The bill pro- assist persons with disabilities. His testimony was during a hearing an April 3 meeting of the House vides a maximum penalty of up to seven years Crime Prevention Committee. Session Weekly 5 cruelty felony penalties and seven others are doing so now. 5 EDUCATION HF1330 specifies that engaging in torture Assistance for advanced classes that results in “substantial bodily harm” is a Advanced placement and international bac- gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year calaureate teachers and students might get a imprisonment and a fine up to $3,000. A sec- little help from the Legislature. ond violation within five years would be a Since 1992, the state has assisted with teacher felony, carrying up to a two-year prison sen- training and student testing fees for the programs tence and $5,000 fine. except during the current biennium. Rep. Alice That same penalty would be imposed for Seagren (R-Bloomington), sponsor of HF1862, torturing a pet to the point of death or “great is hoping to regain $2 million in each year of the bodily harm,” defined as “creating a high prob- 2002-03 biennium. ability of death, or which causes serious per- Seagren is chair of the House K-12 Educa- manent disfigurement, or which causes a tion Finance Committee, where HF1862 was permanent or protracted loss or impairment heard April 4. It will be considered for inclu- of the function of any bodily member or or- sion in the committee’s omnibus bill. gan, or other serious bodily harm.” The bill explains the need for both advanced Acting on an initiative by Rep. Scott Wasiluk placement and international baccalaureate pro- (DFL-Maplewood), the committee amended grams: “These programs, in addition to provid- HF1330 to create especially severe penalties for ing academic rigor, offer sound curricular design, cruelty to service animals, such as seeing-eye accountability, comprehensive external assess- dogs. Torturing, killing, or causing great bodily ment, feedback to students and teachers, and the harm to a service animal would carry up to a opportunity for high school students to com- four-year prison term. pete academically on a global level.” Clark said his bill would “direct courts to Naly Yang, with the Women’s Association of Teacher training for both programs is criti- look at psychological or behavioral counsel- Hmong and Lao, testifies before the House Judi- cal, the bill states. In addition to teachers, the ing,” especially for cruel juveniles. ciary Finance Committee April 3 in support of a bill bill has added language to include “other in- Keith Streff, a humane agent for the Ani- that would provide grants for Asian-American ju- terested educators,” which would likely be mal Humane Society, said current penalties are venile crime intervention and prevention. school administrators. ineffective deterrents. “I clean cats out of mi- be good parents while working long, irregu- Marlys Peters-Melius, director of advanced crowaves, and people just ask me ‘What’s it lar hours. placement programs at the Department of going to cost me?’” he said. Yang said she remembers how strong the Children, Families and Learning, said admin- The Animal Humane Society wrote a letter influence of the gang world and running away istrators were added to interest principals or of support, citing a “well-documented link is on young Asian people in the Twin Cities. superintendents in the training so they may between animal abuse and violence towards She said she tries to help her younger cousins be prepared to better inform students who humans. Early intervention and penalties for who are going through those same things. want to take advanced placement courses. violence against animals can often prevent “The issues of crime and violence are very Advanced placement and international bac- further crimes towards people.” real,” she said. “It’s a very, very easy decision calaureate teachers, as well as other educators Rep. Dave Bishop (R-Rochester) expressed to make.” wanting to receive training, must first enroll doubt that increased penalties can prevent Yang’s organization particularly works with at a college offering the program and would undesirable activity. “I have yet to see any evi- parents to help guide them through the school later be compensated. Support would be avail- dence that increasing penalties decreases in- system and legal system. Sometimes they only able on a first-come, first-served basis, but stances (of crime),” he said. need referrals. Peters-Melius said colleges are instructed to David Zander from the Council on Asian hold spaces for beginning teachers and then Pacific Minnesotans emphasized the need for admit teachers who have already had some Grants for crime prevention Asian-born social workers in the state to deal training in the area. A bill that would appropriate $1 million in with some of the cultural boundaries. Yang the 2002-03 biennium for Asian-American agreed. Second committee juvenile crime intervention and prevention “Theories that people apply (as) social deadline approaches grants will be considered by the House Judi- workers do not always work on our people,” With about five weeks left in the 2001 legis- ciary Finance Committee for its omnibus bill. she said. lative session, members are facing the second The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sheldon The state has been providing funding for of three committee deadlines this week. Johnson (DFL-St. Paul), was heard by the Southeast Asian nonprofit organizations for All bills must be through policy committees committee April 3. in both the House and Senate by Wednesday, many years. For the upcoming biennium, the April 11. The Legislature will break for the Eas- The intent of the bill, Johnson said, is to al- Department of Public Safety will administer ter and Passover holidays from Thursday, April low agencies providing services to Asian- the grants, and therefore the programs fall 12 through Monday, April 16. House committees American youth and their families to continue under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Finance will not meet until after noon Tuesday, April 17 bridging inter-generational gaps that often Committee. and the House will meet in session at 3 p.m. that lead to truancy, gang violence and crime. day. Naly Yang from the Women’s Association of The final deadline, when all omnibus finance bills must be approved by committees, is Hmong and Lao told the committee that many Wednesday, April 25. of the people she works with are struggling to 6 April 6, 2001 Special education funding requested The way the tax is now set allows the Legis- Tinglestad said Rep. Mary Jo McGuire The House passed a resolution April 2 urg- lature to avoid accountability, he said. “As long (DFL-Falcon Heights), the only committee ing Congress to fulfill its promise to fund as we have school board’s to blame, we don’t member who spoke in favor of the bill, could 40 percent of the cost of special education. take a close look at our actions.” carry it next year. Rep. Andrew Westerberg (R-Blaine), spon- sor of HF456/SF647*, told House members Reading competency that the lack of funding is “hurting our edu- Pesticide manager defeated Using a successful pilot program as a model, cation system,” explaining that Minnesota has Finding several problems with a bill that a bill heard in the House K-12 Education to subsidize education funds to afford special would create a “school pest management co- Finance Committee would replicate the read- education expenses. ordinator,” the House Education Policy Com- ing competency program in schools through- “The resolution will go a long way in filling mittee defeated the measure April 3. out the state. those holes in funding education,” he said. Under HF1529, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Committee Chair Rep. Alice Seagren (R- Federal allocations for special education Tingelstad (R-Andover), a “point person” at Bloomington), sponsor of HF1136, said she funding have averaged 13 percent annually for each school would apply or supervise the ap- is impressed with the statistical findings of a the past few years. plication of nonrestricted pesticides, and St. Croix River Education District model that The bill reads: “Over 25 years ago, the fed- would belong to a registry of coordinators presented its results to the committee eral government required states to provide managed by the commissioner of the Depart- March 30. Using the model, Taylors Falls children with disabilities an appropriate edu- ment of Agriculture. The coordinator would Elementary School far surpassed its target rate cation, and for 25 years, the government has receive information and instructions for pes- of words correctly read per minute. failed to meet its promise to pay 40 percent of ticide use. “St. Croix wants to spread this training and the cost.” The Senate companion awaits action of the assessment model to other sites because of the “Our intent is to call upon Congress to make floor of that body. phenomenal success they have had,” Seagren good on their promise,” Westerberg said. The committee first found problems with said in an e-mail interview. The House passed the resolution with a the bill where it states the school pest man- HF1136 aims to ensure Minnesota’s chil- 123-1 vote. agement coordinator must be an employee of dren are able to read by the end of the third Sen. Ann H. Rest (DFL-New Hope) spon- the school. Paul Liemandt of the Agriculture grade as measured by state testing. It would sored the bill in the Senate, where it received Department said 75 percent of schools in an award $2 million in grants in each year of the a 64-0 vote March 5. informal survey reported they had a person 2002-03 biennium to three districts that could The bill now awaits the governor’s to designate for the task. distribute funds to at least 50 sites, a portion signature. But Rep. Marty Seifert (R-Marshall) said he of those to have one-fourth of students in kin- has small schools in his district, including pa- dergarten through third grade eligible for free rochial schools, which have few employees. In or reduced-price lunch. The St. Croix district Levy clarification some cases, volunteers tend to the school’s would receive one-half the funds each year. Rep. Len Biernat (DFL-Mpls) is seeking to lawn. He said he knows of two schools that The bill requires clear goals of grant recipi- clarify one of the sources of funding for would be out of compliance with law because ents, who “must reach an agreement with a public schools. they couldn’t afford a pest management site on the reading results the site will achieve He says many property taxpayers assume a coordinator. over a three school year period and on the as- large portion of overall levy, called the gen- “I don’t think the bill is as flexible as you sistance with reading competency the grant eral education levy, is set by local school dis- want it to be,” Seifert said. recipient will provide.” tricts, when it is actually set by the state. Liemandt said the coordinator could be a Former Department of Children, Families Biernat, the sponsor of HF1907, presented the principal or someone in charge. and Learning Commissioner Bob Wedl, rep- bill April 2 to the House K-12 Education Finance After some discussion, the bill was amended resenting the Minnesota Consortium for Evi- Committee. It was referred to the House Taxes to only require school districts to have a dence in Education, said what needs to change Committee without recommendation. coordinator, hence excluding nonpublic is the instruction process between teachers and He said he wants to change the perception schools. students. of the tax from the “misconception” that local Rep. Peggy Leppik (R-Golden Valley) of- Reading competency needs to be measured school boards are changing this property tax fered a successful amendment to delete the three times each year, he said, by one-minute when the reality is the state sets the levy registry from the bill to “get rid of some ex- “tests” where students read aloud. amounts. pensive bureaucratic hassle.” Sherryl Johnson, principal of Taylors Falls The bill does not raise taxes or change the Members then began questioning the need Elementary School, said these practices do amount a district can levy, but would create for the bill. Rep. Barb Sykora (R-Excelsior) work. The reading competency program mea- an additional line item on tax forms, indicat- pointed out a law passed last year requires sures the same cohort of students instead of ing the state sets and collects this levy. parent notification when the school uses different groups. On average, the general education levy is pesticides. “We know exactly where our students are,” about one-half of a person’s education tax “This would help schools with the legisla- said Pat Almos, reading specialist at Hinckley dollars. Other education tax dollars are levied tion we gave last year,” Tingelstad said. Elementary School. She told committee mem- and collected by districts. References for the “This is already in law,” said Rep. Rob bers she can’t imagine going back to the general educational levy would be renamed Eastlund (R-Isanti) “Why do we need a former methods and not having the data they the statewide school property tax levy. statute?” have now. “It will show that Minnesota has a high per- Tinglestad said she carried the bill as a cour- HF1136 will be considered for possible in- centage of state education funding,” Biernat tesy to the department. “My experience with clusion in the committee’s omnibus bill. said. pesticide issues has concluded,” she joked. Session Weekly 7 Special education spending attended Minneapolis Technical College for Two bills that would appropriate funds for 5 EMPLOYMENT two years, and received an electrical appren- adult basic education (ABE) special needs aid ticeship within one week of graduation. Nontraditional training were heard April 4 by the House Family and “I received $621 a month from AFDC,” Women trying to get off welfare face the Early Childhood Education Finance Washington said. “As an apprentice I took problem that most jobs for which they are Committee. home $621 a week after taxes. Now, I take qualified pay too little to support them and ABE provides educational opportunities for home close to $900. their children. adults who lack basic academic skills and need “I see a significant difference in my life and Helping women find opportunities in non- specialized education to help them find and the lives of my children because of my traditional, higher paying careers is a goal of keep employment. nontraditional job,” she said. Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Mpls), sponsor of “Many ABE participants would qualify for HF23. His bill was approved by the House special education if they were in school,” said Health and Human Services Finance Commit- Carlye Peterson, ABE director for the Minne- apolis Public Schools. “These are not supple- tee April 4 and will be considered for inclu- 5 ENVIRONMENT sion in the committee’s omnibus bill. mental services, they are essential services.” HF23 would appropriate $1 million for the Let sleeping logs lie HF2188, sponsored by Rep. Peggy Leppik 2002-03 biennium for grants for nontradi- A law passed last year that allows the com- (R-Golden Valley), would appropriate tional career assistance training programs. mercial removal of sunken logs from Minne- $700,000 per year for ABE supplemental ser- It would also direct the commissioner of sota lakes has stirred up more than the muck vice grants. economic security to require those employ- on lake bottoms. These grants would be available to nonprofit ment and training programs that receive state “We have concluded the costs to the public organizations statewide for services not offered funds to inform women about careers in the are much higher than the benefits to either the by a district ABE program, such as the training trades and technical occupations. public or the contractor,” said Michelle of ABE teachers and volunteers, provision of in- “These are jobs that pay very well,” Mullery Beeman of the Department of Natural terpreters, and adapted technology. said. “They get people into a livable wage situ- Resources. “Many of the people who serve our learn- ation in just a few months.” A bill that would impose a moratorium on ers are volunteers, and to ask them to pay for Ethel Washington went from welfare to be- the removal of sunken logs was heard April 3 their own training could be burdensome,” ing the first African-American woman in the by the House Environment and Natural Re- Peterson said. state to get an electrician’s license. Through a sources Policy Committee. In previous years, these services were fully similar program to that in Mullery’s bill, she HF1491, sponsored by Rep. Doug Fuller (R- supported through federal money. That fund- Bemidji), addresses concerns of the DNR and ing source ended in 2000 and the state picked PREVENTING GANG MEMBERSHIP lake associations that raising century-old logs up the loss, but the allocation was not included may cause environmental damage. The bill was in the governor’s budget for the coming approved and sent to the House Environment biennium. and Natural Resources Finance Committee. HF2274, sponsored by Rep. Mary Jo The bill would do two things. First, it would McGuire (DFL-Falcon Heights), includes a require the department to cancel contracts al- provision that matches Leppik’s bill but ready made for log removal and refund the ap- McGuire’s bill goes further to include an ap- plication fee. Second, it would establish a pilot propriation for $250,000 per year for ABE project, to be conducted by the DNR, to study special needs aid. the effects of contaminants that might be re- It would also extend telecommunications leased from disturbances to the lake bottom. access grants and provide funding of $180,000 The bill would appropriate $100,000 for the per year to pay for 60 percent of the costs of pilot project. Some of the contaminants un- general equivalency diploma (GED) tests. der study would include mercury, nitrates, The telecommunications grants would go PCBs, phosphorous, and blue-green algae. A to make information, courses, and degrees peer-reviewed report would be due to the Leg- available to more people across the state, islature by Jan. 1, 2003. especially in Greater Minnesota where access “We believe the results of the study will to educational resources is more limited. prove environmental destruction with long- The GED testing reimbursement program term negative effects,” said Pat Delmore, would make it easier for students to complete speaking for the Lake Plantagenet Association. the test by paying for a portion of their Beeman said the department would prefer testing fees. to cut its losses. “Our perspective is to repeal “Some of us go on to post-secondary edu- and prohibit,” she said. cation, some even end up in a chair like this,” Craig Waddell, a logging contractor who said Rep. Dale Swapinski (DFL-Duluth), re- would be affected by the moratorium, said his ferring to his personal experience of obtain- PHOTO BY ANDREW VON BANK tests showed no more turbidity from pulling ing his high school diploma through adult Boys & Girls Club Board Member Wendell up a sunken log than from pulling up an basic education. “These dollars will be well Butler testifies before the House Judiciary Fi- anchor. spent.” nance Committee April 5 in support of a bill “I’m astounded that we’re discussing this that would authorize a pilot project grant for gang prevention and intervention. again,” Waddell said. “There’s 10,000 years of 8 April 6, 2001 history out there. It’s the last unexplored area and St. Paul. Cities such as Eden Prairie, Eagan of the state.” 5 GOVERNMENT and Woodbury saw large population increases Fuller said the questions that have been during the 1990s. Census chatter raised need an answer. “Otherwise every time Gillaspy said one of the surprises from the Minnesota’s minority population nearly we go to another lake we’ll have to answer census was that Minneapolis, St. Paul, and doubled during the past decade, but the state’s these questions all over again,” he said. Duluth all saw population increases. He said percentage of minorities is still far below the most officials had predicted a drop in the national average. number of people in the state’s three largest According to the recently released United cities. The increase reversed trends of a half- Minnesota River State Trail States Census data, the share of the state’s mi- century when Minneapolis hit its population The House Environment and Natural Re- nority population grew from 6.3 percent in peak in the 1940s, and St. Paul in the 1950s. sources Policy Committee approved a bill 1990 to 11.8 percent in 2000. Nationally, mi- Rochester is now the state’s fourth largest March 29 that would establish a multi-use trail norities comprise 30.9 percent of the city, but Gillaspy said part of that growth can along the Minnesota River Valley from Big population. be attributed to annexation activity that oc- Stone Lake State Park to LeSueur where it “We’re substantially more diverse than in curred in the 1990s. would connect with the Minnesota Valley 1990 but substantially less diverse than the rest Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie), the Trail. of the country,” State Demographer Tom committee chair, said he expects the commit- “This trail has been under discussion since Gillaspy told the House Redistricting Com- tee will develop the principles and standards the 1930s,” said Geoff Hathaway, from the mittee April 3. that will be used in drafting the redistricting Minnesota Trails Initiative. “It’s time for this Gillaspy said data from those who listed a bill later this month. legislation to move forward.” single race on their census forms indicates that HF1073, sponsored by Rep. James T. Clark the state’s Hispanic population grew by (R-New Ulm), would appropriate $1.4 million 166 percent. The number of Asians grew by from the general fund to the commissioner of 87 percent, the African-American population Contract changes natural resources to establish the trail. The bill by 81 percent, and the number of American The House Governmental Operations and was approved and sent to the House Environ- Indians by 8 percent. Veterans Affairs Policy Committee approved ment and Natural Resources Finance This census was the first that allowed people a bill April 2 that would clarify what consti- Committee. to identify themselves as members of multiple tutes a conflict of interest in state purchasing Hathaway said the goal is to connect a se- races. Gillaspy said 1.7 percent of census par- contracts. ries of state parks and wildlife areas along the ticipants chose the multiple race category, and The bill now goes to the House floor. river under the auspices of the Department the percentage increases for those that selected HF1379, sponsored by Rep. Philip Krinkie of Natural Resources. that category are all higher when compared (R-Shoreview), would define an “organiza- The Minnesota Trails Initiative has been to the single race category. For example, the tional conflict of interest” when a vendor is working on a segment from Montevideo to number of those saying they are part Ameri- unable, or potentially unable, to render im- Granite Falls. Other groups are working to can Indian increases to 57 percent. partial assistance or advice to the state because connect their communities with nearby state The fastest growing region of the state was of existing or planned activities or because of parks. The proposed trail would connect these the suburban area surrounding Minneapolis existing relationships. segments. Work would proceed over a number of years DRUG DEMONSTRATORS on a section-by-section basis. The total costs are not known at this time. Funding would come from foundation grants as well as state and federal funds. Supporters of the trail include the McKnight Foundation, the National Audubon Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Minnesota Horse Council. A group of property owners opposed to the bill said they were frustrated because they had not been involved in the planning process. “We are not opposed to a bike trail,” said Donna Halvorson. “We are opposed to the route they want to take.” Mark Wegner, comptroller of the Twin Cit- ies and Western Railroad Company in Glencoe, also spoke in opposition to the trail, citing safety and liability concerns. “I’d be happy to work with the landowners and the railroad,” Clark said. “This should be PHOTO BY TOM OLMSCHEID a positive thing for these communities.” Charlotte Fisher of Sauk Rapids, right, wears a top hat with her hands full of money to portray “big drug companies,” while Lorraine Schreyer of Bloomington wears a pill bottle during an April 4 rally for affordable prescription drugs in the Capitol Rotunda. Session Weekly 9 The new definition further clarifies that a contraceptive services from the governor’s Her bill creates a new post-secondary grant conflict would exist when the vendor’s objec- $10 million-a-year teenage pregnancy preven- program that will be funded with a 1 percent tivity in performing the contract work might tion program. allocation of the appropriations for the state otherwise be impaired or when a vendor has According to the state Department of grant program. A grant “may be made for a an unfair advantage over others vying for the Health, 32 percent of family planning grants maximum of four years or until the student contract. now go to non-profit community clinics. receives a baccalaureate degree,” the bill states. Kent Allin, an assistant commissioner with the HF1581 would redirect that funding to local To be eligible for the funding, a student Department of Administration, said the bill par- governments. must attend a four-year college or university tially addresses an issue that arose last fall when “This takes money away from programs that following high school graduation. They must the Federal Transit Administration required the work and gives it to cities and counties, many also achieve a score of three or higher on five Metropolitan Council to re-bid a contract in- of which have no experience in this area,” said or more advanced placement exams for full- volving the Minneapolis light-rail project. In that Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth). “I don’t year courses or achieve a score of four or case, the selected vendor worked as an interim see why we would want to do this.” higher on five or more international project manager and may have had an unfair Arguing his intent was to narrow the focus, baccalaureate exams for full-year courses. competitive advantage. Goodno said the original bill had a “shotgun Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal), a The bill would make other changes to the approach,” and he preferred to “specifically former teacher, said sometimes his top stu- state’s purchasing laws, including increasing target certain areas.” dents would attend a two-year college initially the threshold amount from $25,000 to $50,000 Sections of the bill are aimed at health care after high school. He asked if this could be for instances when a state agency is required disparities by making block grants available expanded to include those institutions. to go through the formal contracting process. to community organizations. Money for fam- Seagren said she is open to the idea. The bill also would increase from $10,000 to ily planning is specifically excluded. Marlys Peters-Melius, director of advanced $75,000 the value of a contract that requires a Rep. Neva Walker (DFL-Mpls) protested placement and international baccalaureate performance and payment bond from the these exclusions. “Let the people in the com- programs at the Department of Children, contractor. munity decide for themselves where to put this Families and Learning, said approximately 210 Allin said that 328 out of 2,300 professional money,” she said. high schools in Minnesota offer advanced technical contracts in 2000 went through the “Family planning clinics prevent a large placement programs and 11 have international formal bidding process and they would fall number of teen pregnancies,” said Michael baccalaureate programs, with four or five under the threshold proposed in the bill. He Resnick, director of the National Teen Preg- more expressing an interest. The advanced said likewise 2,015 commodity contracts out nancy Prevention Research Center at the Uni- placement numbers represent about one-half of 424,000 would have fallen beneath the versity of Minnesota. “Availability of of the state’s high schools. She said 7-10 new $50,000 amount proposed in the bill. contraceptives and clinic services do not in- schools have been added during the past few Rep. Len Biernat (DFL-Mpls) said he was crease the number of sexual partners or cause years, but more students are taking advanced concerned that by allowing more informal an earlier age of first sex.” classes. contracts to be executed between state agen- “I want to know that the values I teach as a “Students want this type of rigorous aca- cies and vendors, there was potential for parent aren’t going to be undermined when demic experience,” said Stu Lade, advanced increased instances of conflicts of interest. some clinic sets up down the street,” said placement coordinator at Brainerd High Allin said there was a “slight increase” in the Rep. Tim Wilkin (R-Eagan). School. chances of misuse of the process but state “Clinics make every effort to connect young Seagren said the bill would help the agencies are currently having a difficult time people back with their parents,” Resnick said. workforce situation in Minnesota. She said finding qualified contractors, especially in the “If that isn’t possible, they connect them with Wisconsin offers a similar program because information technology sector. another responsible adult.” officials believe students attending college in “We will pay now or we will pay later,” he that state will remain after graduation. She said said. “If we pay later, we will pay much, much officials with the Minnesota State Colleges and more.” Universities report that 84 percent of their 5 HEALTH graduates stay in the state. Peters said about 80 percent of international Limiting family planning services baccalaureate students and 60 percent of stu- The House Health and Human Services 5 HIGHER EDUCATION dents taking advanced placement classes stay Policy Committee voted March 29 to approve in Minnesota for college. a major health measure that will be consid- Aid for grades No cost was given, as appropriations are yet ered for inclusion in the committee’s Students willing to take challenging courses to be made, but Peters said giving each quali- omnibus bill. in high school may be entitled to more finan- fying student $1,000 would cost about HF1581, sponsored by Committee Chair cial aid for college, under a plan heard by the $230,000 in year one, increasing to $1 million Rep. Kevin Goodno (R-Moorhead), includes House Higher Education Finance Committee annually by year four. an array of health-care programs and appro- April 4. priations that legislators have considered this Rep Alice Seagren (R-Bloomington) is session. sponsoring HF2226 as a way to encourage high school students who take advanced place- Math help But at this meeting, testifiers and commit- ment and international baccalaureate classes Officials with the Minnesota Talented Youth tee members focused on two related provi- to attend a post-secondary institution in Min- Math Program are used to working with num- sions: the prohibition of state funding for nesota. It will be considered for inclusion in bers. Now they seek more money from the non-profit organizations that provide family the committee’s omnibus bill. state. planning, and the exclusion of medical or HF428, sponsored by Rep. Bob Gunther 10 April 6, 2001 (R-Fairmont), was held over April 4 for con- Radio requests heard sideration in the House Higher Education 5 INDUSTRY Public radio stations took their turn testi- Finance Committee’s omnibus bill. fying about HF218, a bill which proposes to Taconite plant loan fund Funded by $40,000 from Minnesota State completely cut funding. A request for a $100 million revolving loan University, Mankato, the program allows stu- Sponsored by Rep. Phil Krinkie (R- fund for taconite plant capital improvements dents in south central Minnesota to take math Shoreview), chair of the House State Govern- might sound shockingly high. The same could classes at an accelerated rate. The program ment Finance Committee, HF218 proposes to be said for the industry’s expenses: $2 million began in 1983. cut more than $100 million from the for a dump truck; $4 million for hydraulic shovel; The 60 students now in the program spend governor’s total recommendations for state and $6 million to $7 million for a conveyer. two hours per week in class and then do five agencies. Rep. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) is sponsoring to 10 hours of homework each week. Starting Minnesota’s two public radio groups — the a bill to ease some of the financial strain on in grade six, students take full Algebra I and II Association of Minnesota Public Educational Minnesota mining companies. Under HF1736, classes in one year, followed by geometry in Radio Stations (AMPERS) and Minnesota presented to the House Jobs and Economic the second year, and advanced algebra and Public Radio (MPR) — testified to the com- Development Finance Committee April 2, precalculus in year three. In years four, five, mittee March 29. Both received a recommen- mining companies would submit proposals and six students take Calculus I, II, and III for dation for their base allocation from Gov. Jesse for capital improvements to the Department university credit. Less than 1 percent of the Ventura. of Trade and Economic Development. The student population qualifies for this program. Krinkie asked AMPERS representatives maximum duration of the loan would be 30 Program Director Quintin Pettigrew said a what would happen if they receive none of years. classroom of students meet with an instruc- their $640,000 base funding request for the “Banks are not very friendly to people in our tor in Mankato with interactive television 2002-03 biennium. Barry Tilley, a lobbyist for industry right now,” said Charles William, vice classes set up in Fairmont, Madelia, Blue AMPERS, said he doesn’t know if some of the president of Forbes-based EVTAC Mining. Earth, or Owatonna, depending on the class. association’s 13 stations would go off the air, William was referring to the nearly 1,400 “We’d like to see the program available in but it would put additional strain on all sta- steel worker layoffs within the past year, mostly all of rural Minnesota,” Pettigrew said. “We tions, including some that are already stressed. from LTV Steel Mining Co. in Hoyt Lakes, want this available to students in Pipestone All stations, ranging from jazz to classical which declared bankruptcy. The entire United and International Falls, as well as the Twin to college rock, are community-based, non- States steel industry is under stress, however, Cities and Rochester.” Larger metropolitan commercial radio stations. Rep. Jim Rhodes due to other countries illegally selling steel in areas have a similar program funded through (R-St. Louis Park) said it is the only place to the U.S. below cost, he said. the University of Minnesota. hear some types of music. “It serves a need,” “A bill of this type sends a strong message Expansion plans call for interactive televi- he said. to our bankers or lenders that the state of Min- sion links at 21 sites, which would allow stu- Ventura did not recommend funding the nesota is supportive of this industry and dents in more than 100 school districts the AMPERS request of a $150,000 biennial in- willing to take a chance on it,” William said. opportunity to take part. Districts included in crease in their base primarily to cover expenses During 2000, mining companies on the Iron that number are within one hour of the related to the conversion from analog to digi- Range spent $68.5 million on capital products, interactive television site. tal broadcasting. The association’s request for Bakk noted. Now, parent companies are The bill requests $250,000 in fiscal year 2002 $174,000 in equipment grants would also con- strapped for cash and can’t invest in improve- and $318,000 in fiscal year 2003 to expand the tribute to the conversion. ments necessary to provide a good product. program statewide. Pettigrew expects 350 to “It’s a process of becoming digital, because Under the original bill, the loan was inter- 400 participants once the program is fully when the system becomes digital we’ll have to est free. However, Committee Chair Rep. Dan implemented. be ready,” said Maggie Montgomery, president McElroy (R-Burnsville) offered an amend- Richard Rush, president of Minnesota State of AMPERS. ment to charge interest on the loan “at a rate University, Mankato, said the university will Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts news set by the commissioner.” McElroy reasoned be unable to fund the program in coming years and information that reaches 98 percent of other business loans managed by the depart- due to its own budget constraints. state. Their request to the state only pays for ment charge interest, usually at a rate below Jon Ostrem, deputy to the chancellor for capital expenses; MPR covers operating ex- market. The amendment was approved. legislation and policy of the Minnesota State penses through donations from approximately Rep. Dale Walz (R-Brainerd) asked what Colleges and Universities, said their board has 90,000 members. changes would be needed to make Minnesota’s not taken a position on the bill. The $814,000 base request includes steel companies more competitive with other “This program would help with workforce $614,000 for a generator in St. Paul and countries. development,” Gunther said, noting many new $200,000 for a new tower in Bemidji. The real solution to today’s problems, Bakk jobs in the state will require “lots of math The generator, explained Don Heppelmann, replied, can only be solved in Washington D.C. mastery.” co-chair of the Minnesota State Emergency Gov. Jesse Ventura recently signed a resolu- Communications Committee, is needed for tion to send an official message to President emergency messages for local, national, or in- George W. Bush requesting that his adminis- ternational emergencies. There is a federal tration immediately investigate the illegal sale If you have Internet access, visit the mandate to receive the signal, he said. of steel products in the country. Legislature’s web page at: The committee has taken no action on the Bakk hopes the Bush administration will http://www.leg.state.mn.us bill. heed the resolution ”to make sure we’re on a level playing field with the rest of the world.” The bill will be considered for possible in- clusion in the committee’s omnibus bill. Session Weekly 11 permit,” she said. “I’m not sure I’m comfort- would require at least one member of the task 5 LAW able going in that direction.” force represent views of those who oppose ei- ther a direct state appropriation or tax incen- Permit measure heads to floor tives for a new stadium. A bill that would change the way concealed Stang said it was important for the Legisla- weapons permits are issued and require hold- ers to be certified has made its way to the 5 RECREATION ture to be involved from the beginning of the process since ultimately lawmakers are going House floor. Skol Vikings to have to decide if public money will be spent HF1360, sponsored by Rep. Lynda The House Governmental Operations and on a new stadium. Boudreau (R-Faribault), was approved by the Veterans Affairs Policy Committee approved Mike Kelly, executive vice president of the House Judiciary Finance Committee March 29 a bill April 4 that would establish a task force Vikings, said the goal is for the new facility to and by the House Ways and Means Commit- to study issues relating to a new football sta- be flexible enough to accommodate other tee April 2. dium for the Minnesota Vikings and Univer- events such as soccer, high school athletic The bill would require sheriffs in Minne- sity of Minnesota. events, and a national tournament like the sota to issue a concealed weapon permit to The bill that was approved by a 13-5 vote NCAA Final Four men’s basketball event. people within 15 days of application as long now goes to the House floor. Rep. Philip Krinkie (R-Shoreview) said a as they do not fail a background check. In ad- HF2241, sponsored by Rep. Doug Stang (R- new study was not needed because a study dition, it would require that each permit Cold Spring), would create a 17-member task commissioned by former Gov. Arne Carlson holder be trained in firearms safety and re- force composed of six legislators, five mem- was done five years ago and every city that ceive re-certification upon each renewal. bers appointed by the governor, two members eventually has funded a sports stadium began Existing law gives sheriffs and police chiefs appointed by the University of Minnesota its process with a study. discretion regarding whether the applicant Board of Regents, two representatives of busi- Krinkie said the study was just the first step actually needs to carry a concealed weapon ness interests and two representatives of la- in finding a way to come up with public fund- publicly. Sheriffs would be the sole granting bor interests. ing for the stadium. authority for permits under the bill. There would be no state money involved in “We all know this study could be conducted The bill also creates a statewide system that funding the task force. The task force would by the Vikings without legislative involvement,” keeps track of all the people legally permitted issue its report by Oct. 31, 2001 after studying he said. “This is not just the camel’s nose under to carry a concealed weapon. issues related to proposals to construct a new the tent. This is the camel in the tent.” HF1360 provides a $45 fee for new permit facility. Krinkie also was critical of the university applications, $35 of which would go to the The committee adopted an amendment of- being involved in the proposal since it has state. Permits would have to be renewed ev- fered by Rep. Eric Lipman (R-Lake Elmo) that 10 years left on its Metrodome lease. ery three years at a cost of $15, $3 of which Rep. Mike Osskopp (R-Lake City) said he has would go to the state. opposed public funding for stadiums in the past Those costs are higher than reflected in the but the study would ensure that the Legislature original bill. be involved in “every inch of this thing.” In addition, the bill has been amended to “If the bill was proposing even 10 cents of grandfather in existing permit holders. They taxpayer funds I’d be leading the charge must still re-apply when their permits expire, against it,” Osskopp said. but Boudreau said they would come in gradu- ally over the course of the first year rather than all at once. Boudreau said officials anticipate 50,000 Mississippi Whitewater Trail permit applications the first year and 20,000 An urban whitewater trail created by the each subsequent year. She said fees would Legislature in 1998 is ready for the next stage cover the costs of administering the bill, of development. though an up-front appropriation of $1.6 A bill that would provide pre-construction million is required to begin. funding for the Mississippi Whitewater Trail was In the Ways and Means hearing, Commit- heard by the House Environment and Natural tee Chair Rep. Dave Bishop (R-Rochester) Resources Finance Committee April 2. asked whether sheriffs will be able to conduct HF1269, sponsored by Rep. Phyllis Kahn accurate background checks, given that there (DFL-Mpls), would appropriate $683,000 — are several thousand criminal records in sus- about one-half of which would be earmarked pense that do not register in the state system. to secure federal funding of $1 million. The “I find that troubling,” Boudreau said, “a bill will be considered for inclusion in the problem I’m hopeful that we can find a way committee’s omnibus finance bill. to correct.” Mike Kelly, left, executive vice president of the Min- nesota Vikings, testifies April 4 before the House The trail, to be built below the Stone Arch Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL- Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Bridge in Minneapolis in the lower St. An- Mpls) expressed concern whether the bill’s fees Policy Committee for a bill that would establish a thony Falls area, will run through a river chan- will cover costs, especially given the fees for panel to review proposals and make recommen- nel bordered by a newly created island across other state permits and licenses. dations for new sports facilities. Richard from the University of Minnesota steam plant. “We ask people to pay more for a fishing Pfutzenreuter, associate vice-president of the Uni- versity of Minnesota’s Office of Budget and This channel will be 2,000 feet long and license than we are for obtaining a gun Finance, sits to his right. 40 feet wide with a vertical drop of 25 feet. 12 April 6, 2001 High school savings In the past few weeks, thousands of fans have made their way to St. Paul to watch the many high school athletic tournaments that take place in March. Some might have been surprised at the cost of tickets. The House Taxes Committee Sales and In- come Tax Division heard two bills March 29 that would exempt events sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League from sales tax. HF960, sponsored by Rep. Bob Milbert (DFL-South St. Paul), and HF1686, sponsored by Rep. William Kuisle (R-Rochester), would expand a current sales tax exemption on regu- lar season games to regional and state tour- nament athletic and academic competitions. According to information provided by the high school league, $491,645 was the amount of sales taxes collected between July 1999 and Bill Tilton of the Mississippi Whitewater Park Development Corporation uses a drawing April 2 to show July 2000. Attendance at those events during members of the House Environment and Natural Resource Finance Committee where the 2,000-foot long, 40-foot wide whitewater channel along the east side of the Mississippi River would be located the same time period was more than 500,000 below the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. people. Milbert said there was no good reason for The re-creation of a rapids below St. Anthony mentally disadvantaged constituent who re- differing treatment in current law that ex- Falls will be controlled by a headgate so water ceived a $193 property tax refund check from empts regular season games but taxes tourna- levels can be adjusted for different activities and the department and promptly filed it away ment games. levels of skill. The trail will accommodate only to rediscover the check three years later. “This is a very significant and unexpected whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking for Under current law the right to the property expense for a family. It is very reasonable of people of all skill levels. Plans include the cre- tax refund lapses if the check is not cashed us to remove the discrimination,” he said. ation of a green space along the trail with walk- within two years after it is issued. Kuisle said he talked with his brother, who ways, picnic areas, and a fishing pier. McElroy told the House Taxes Committee is a high school athletic director in Rochester, A feasibility study projected an economic Sales and Income Tax Division March 29 that and said the sales tax exemption would gen- impact of $2 million to $2.5 million annually. his bill would allow the department to re-issue erate enough savings to allow the school to The overall cost of the trail and surround- tax refunds to an individual taxpayer who dem- hire an assistant coach. ing park is estimated to be about $15 million. onstrates there is reasonable cause to do so. “The cost is getting almost prohibitive in Federal funding of $10 million has already The bill also would require the department going to these events,” he said. been authorized for the design and construc- to report to the Department of Commerce any Although both bills were similar, the De- tion of the trail under the Water Resources tax refund checks more than one year old that partment of Revenue preferred the language Development Act of 2000. have not been cashed so they can be listed as of HF1686; therefore, Rep. Elaine Harder (R- “This is both a recreational project and a unclaimed property. Jackson) said it would be considered further river restoration project,” said Bill Tilton, chair According to the Department of Revenue, for possible inclusion in the omnibus tax bill. of the Mississippi Whitewater Park Develop- 1998 property tax refund checks totaling ment Corporation, a nonprofit organization $549,000 have yet to be cashed and have thus that has spearheaded the project. “It gives us a lapsed. For the 1999 sales tax rebate, checks worth chance to get back to the falls.” a total of $458,000 have not been cashed. Preferred rate The park and trail would be managed by Rep. Andy Dawkins (DFL-St. Paul) asked Existing state tax law provides that the value the Department of Natural Resources. “This the likelihood of uncashed checks of large of land is based on its “highest and best” use. is a new kind of venture for us,” said Dennis amounts still being out there, making the pos- The House Taxes Committee heard a bill Asmundson, of the DNR Trails and Waterways sible cost of the bill unexpectedly expensive. April 3 that would establish the “Minnesota Division, speaking in support of the bill. McElroy said the bill is limited to personal Environmental Preservation Property Law” refund checks and does not apply to businesses. that would allow certain property owners to The committee adopted an amendment apply for preferential valuation of their land. clarifying the “reasonable cause” standard that 5 TAXES would allow the department to re-issue a Rep. Roxann Daggett (R-Frazee), the spon- sor of HF2121, said the bill’s provisions were Check again check. In the original bill, the criteria were patterned after the state’s current Green Acres based upon “the disability or diminished ca- Because the topic is taxes it might be tempt- tax program. pacity of the taxpayer, extreme hardship, or ing to throw material received in the mail from That program allows owners of certain ag- other good cause.” the Department of Revenue into a drawer. But ricultural land to pay property taxes on the The committee took no further action on sometimes that doesn’t pay off. land based on agricultural use rather than the the bill, but Rep. Elaine Harder (R-Jackson), Rep. Dan McElroy (R-Burnsville) said he is commonly higher market value. the division chair, said it would be considered sponsoring HF1357 on behalf of a develop- Daggett said several property owners in for possible inclusion in the omnibus tax bill. Session Weekly 13 Otter Tail County received a letter from the Workman explained that one barge can Kahn suggested Congress examine the us- county assessor informing them that in de- carry the same load as 58 trucks, and that wa- ing better equipment and scheduling as ways termining the value of their property contain- terway improvements could therefore remove the shipping industry could improve its effi- ing lakeshore or river frontage, the influence traffic from more expensive highways. ciency without requiring increased spending. of that water frontage had to be taken into Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Mpls) offered an Workman accused opponents of trying to account. amendment that would have included lan- forestall waterway expenditure indefinitely Previously that frontage had not been con- guage encouraging Congress to appropriate with disingenuous calls for study. “I’m not the sidered due to the size and use of the funds only after “a thorough and completed most fiscally conservative member in the property. review of the scientific and economic data re- body,” retorted Kahn. “But this is like throw- Daggett said the lakeshore involved was garding the lock and dam system.” ing money into the river to see if the problem more of a slough or swamp and that the body Countering assertions by proponents that goes away.” of water could not be used for recreational the matter had been sufficiently studied, Kahn In the Senate, the bill awaits a hearing in purposes. said doubt had been cast upon a U.S. Army the Environment and Natural Resources In order to qualify for the lower valuation Corps of Engineers’ study promoting water- Committee. provided in the bill, the land would have to be way expansion. She said a member of the homesteaded by the owner, his or her spouse, Corps had been fired after publicly denounc- or a child of the owner. The bill also requires ing the study’s methodology and that several Railroad quiet zones that the property owner has owned the land independent analyses concluded waterway Cities and towns may soon have the option for at least seven years prior to the applica- companies had unduly influenced the results. of creating railroad “quiet zones” within which tion for benefits. “We want Congress to consider accurate in- locomotives would be forbidden to blow Land that qualifies for the program would formation,” she said. whistles. Rep. Dennis Ozment (R-Rosemount) have to consist of forestland, woodland, mead- Workman, who chairs the House Transpor- is sponsoring HF595 to “try to make it clear owland, slough, or a wasteland. The revenues tation Policy Committee, and Rep. Dennis that local communities can make quiet zones.” derived from the property in the previous year Ozment (R-Rosemount), chair of the House He told a March 30 meeting of the House could not exceed $5 per acre and would have Environment and Natural Resources Policy Transportation Policy Committee meeting to continue to be less than $5 per acre in each Committee, each denied having studied alter- that some local jurisdictions declined to cre- year that the property is enrolled in the native strategies for increasing river traffic ate such zones out of concern that doing so program. volume, the ultimate goal of additional would violate the law. The committee ap- Jenny Engh, an assistant commissioner with expenditure. proved the bill and referred it to the House the Department of Revenue, said the depart- Transportation Finance Committee. ment is concerned about equity issues that LIVING DONOR Also of concern is that quiet zones might could occur because the taxes would be shifted require the construction of expensive traffic onto other properties within the jurisdiction. barriers at railroad intersections with streets. Keith Carlson, a lobbyist for the Metropoli- The bill would permit local governments to tan Inter-County Association, spoke against spend county state-aid and municipal state- the bill saying it would provide tax reductions aid funds to buy, construct, and install grade to individuals who own an asset that is rap- crossing signals and barriers on county state- idly appreciating. aid highways and municipal state-aid streets. The committee took no action on the bill, Brian Sweeney of the Burlington Northern but Rep. Ron Abrams (R-Minnetonka), the and Santa Fe Railroad endorsed the bill. He committee chair, said it would be considered explained that forthcoming federal rules for possible inclusion in the omnibus tax bill. would soon require locomotives to sound their horns at every public intersection other than those designated “quiet zones.” 5 TRANSPORTATION Ozment said that decisions about railroad quiet zones under his bill should and would ‘Modernizing’ waterways be “between local communities, railroads, and The full House adopted a non-binding the federal government.” resolution urging Congress to authorize fed- eral funding “for the modernization of water- ways” during the April 4 floor session. Rep. Tom Workman (R-Chanhassen) spon- Lifetime trailer registration sored the resolution, which neither appropriates A plan to limit the number of times a per- money, nor changes state law. It does encourage son must pay for registering a trailer with the Congress to spend millions of dollars updating state will be considered for possible inclusion PHOTO BY TOM OLMSCHEID the “Upper Mississippi River System.” Randall Callies of Stillwater tells the House in the House Transportation Finance Workman emphasized that HF208 has re- Commerce, Jobs, and Economic Development Committee’s omnibus bill. ceived the support of U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar Policy Committee April 3 how he donated a At the April 2 meeting, committee mem- (DFL-Chisholm). “(He) believes this should kidney and strongly urges them to pass a bill bers evaluated a proposal that would allow requiring employers to give paid leave for owners of trailers weighing 3,000 pounds or be distributed and passed in all states around organ donation. the Mississippi River.” less to register them for the life of the vehicle. Currently those trailers must be registered 14 April 6, 2001 with the state every two years with the fee Committee Chair Rep. Carol Molnau (R- endangers people or property, it would be a based on total gross weight. Chaska) reassured Kalis, saying the Legislature misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail and Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville) is could raise registration fees on approximately up to a $1,000 fine. sponsoring HF1281, which would provide for 800,000 such trailers in Minnesota. a one-time registration tax of $55 for trailers when registered in the state for the first time. The bill provides that the tax for a currently ALCOHOL MONITORING registered trailer is $25 if the owner wishes to Shifting left register it for the remaining life of the trailer. Drivers on roads with more than one lane If an owner does not want permanent regis- in the same direction might soon be required tration, the first biennial tax is $10 through June to move left when passing an emergency ve- 30, 2003. After that, trailers must be issued per- hicle parked on the right shoulder. manent registration at the first opportunity, at a Rep. William Kuisle (R-Rochester) is spon- cost of $20, according to the bill. soring legislation in memory of Minnesota For owners of trailers whose registration State Patrol Cpl. Ted Foss, who was killed dur- does not need to be renewed until after July 1, ing a routine traffic stop on Interstate 90 near 2003, the tax would be $20 and permanent Lewiston in August 2000. Foss was speaking registration must be issued. with the occupants of a minivan he had just The state Department of Transportation pulled over when a semi-tractor trailer estimates that income from trailer registration slammed into him and the minivan. would exceed $20 million in the upcoming At the April 3 meeting of the House Trans- biennium, more than double the figure that portation Policy Committee, Kuisle described would be collected if lifetime registration were HF801 as “an attempt to look at a serious situ- not adopted. Projected revenue under the pro- ation.” The bill was approved and now moves posed change would remain greater than rev- to the House floor. enue under the current system until The bill would also permit drivers on two- approximately 2020. In that year, the two lane roads to move into the left lane while trailer registration plans are forecast to gen- passing stopped emergency vehicles. Under erate the same revenue. existing law, drivers may operate vehicles on Driver and Vehicle Services, a subdivision the left side of a road only to pass or to avoid PHOTO BY TOM OLMSCHEID of the Department of Public Safety, released a a road closure. A device that electronically monitors alcohol statement explaining official support for the “As vehicles get bigger and bigger, it gets levels is displayed before the House Crime bill. “The change will simplify the registration harder and harder to see officers along the side Prevention Committee April 5 as Stephen process for owners, provide a more efficient of the road,” Kuisle said. He added that police Simon, director of the DWI Task Force, testi- system for collecting taxes, as well as reduce officers are especially concerned about driv- fies for a bill that would fund a study of elec- staff time needed to process registrations,” it ers unable to see officers around large trucks tronic alcohol monitoring recidivism and conditional release violation rates. said. and sport utility vehicles. Rep. Henry Kalis (DFL-Wells) predicted Failing to move over into available lanes that permitting one-time registration could would be a petty misdemeanor, punishable by jeopardize long-term registration revenue. a fine up to $300. If the same offense “Some states did it, and are sorry,” he said. Minnesota’s U.S. Senators U.S. Senators Senator Senator 417 W. Litchfield Ave. Mark Dayton (DFL) Paul Wellstone (DFL) Willmar, MN 56201 818A Hart Senate Office Building 136 Hart Senate Office Building (320) 231-0001 Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510 Fax: (320) 231-0006 (202) 224-3244 (202) 224-5641 Fax: (202) 228-2186 Fax: (202) 224-8438 P.O. Box 281 105 S. Second Ave. Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building Suite 100 North Virginia, MN 55792 1 Federal Drive, Suite 298 2550 University Ave. W. (218) 741-1074 St. Paul, MN 55111 St. Paul, MN 55114 Fax: (218) 741-8544 (612) 727-5220 (651) 645-0323 E-mail: Fax: (612) 727-5223 Fax: (651) 645-0704 firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.senate.gov/~dayton 1-800-642-6041 Web site: http://www.senate.gov/~wellstone Session Weekly 15 T ISSUE: CRIME A 5 5 5 O’Malley said methamphetamine manufac- Stopping trafficking turing has progressed gradually from California to the Midwest in recent years. It settled first in Missouri and spread quickly to Legislators propose grants for local law enforcement to curb the Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois. growth of clandestine methamphetamine labs in Minnesota It’s now spreading north to Minnesota, O’Malley said, because Iowa officials have been BY MICHELLE KIBIGER The bill provides that grants be distributed successfully curbing behavior with public W hen a 12-year-old girl stumbled upon in a balanced manner among rural, suburban, awareness campaigns and enforcement a portable methamphetamine lab in and urban drug task force agencies. Most of methods. the woods near Baxter a couple sum- the state’s counties participate in the statewide As a result, meth “cookers” are moving mers ago, Rep. Dale Walz (R-Brainerd), the narcotics task force. north. police officer the girl’s father called, was thank- Statistics show that nationally, law enforce- Recipes are relatively easy to obtain. In fact, ful that it hadn’t been a young child who found ment seized eight times as many labs in 1999 step-by-step instructions are available on the it. as they did in 1995. In Minnesota, agencies Internet. In addition, those who make the drug A smaller child, Walz testified at the April 3 seized 13 labs in 1995, compared to 134 in successfully tend to share their success with hearing of the House Judiciary Finance Com- 2000. others. mittee, might have tasted the volatile chemi- Tim O’Malley, special agent with the Min- Duluth Police Chief Scott Lyons testified cals, which can kill if ingested. nesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, tes- that an important part of the bill allows for Walz says that because methamphetamine tified that through March 26, agencies in the the money to pay for public awareness cam- can be so easily made, labs are popping up state had seized 62 labs, placing them on a paigns. He said law enforcement needs to in- across the state and the problem is getting out track to seize as many as 300 statewide this form discount and hardware stores, where of hand for law enforcement. He proposed a year. many of the ingredients for methamphet- bill (HF1777) intended to buffer some of the amine manufacturing are available, to watch costs local governments incur when they have out for people buying large quantities of to take down a meth lab, investigate the case, certain materials. and prosecute the perpetrator. In addition, law enforcement agencies need “Law enforcement has to get on top of it,” to educate the public about what goes into the Walz said. “The only thing we can do is con- manufacturing process, in case they stumble trol it, and the only thing I can think to do is upon a lab, like the girl in Walz’s district did. appropriate money to local governments to Lyons said there are so many methods — control it.” both hot and cold — that a lab can literally However, other members are concerned pop up anywhere. that by appropriating money for local law en- “It’s like a hotdish,” he said. “There isn’t one forcement to complete specific types of inves- specific way to make methamphetamine.” tigations, such as gang strike forces, narcotics The costs associated with taking down a enforcement, and others, the state is merely clandestine lab are difficult to determine, setting up a series of specialized police forces. O’Malley said, because of the variables that “I guess it’s old fashioned to think that the exist. He said the clean up alone can cost be- sheriff would have enough money to do all tween $5,000 and $6,000 per lab. However, law enforcement,” said Rep. Dave Bishop (R- each case requires different levels of investi- Rochester). gation, prosecution, and involvement of Walz’s bill would appropriate $1.096 million different government agencies. during the 2002-03 biennium in the form of Each lab bust requires 40 trained law en- grants to local law enforcement for the purpose forcement officers, O’Malley said. Sometimes of paying costs related to clandestine metham- they obtain the help of a chemical assessment phetamine labs. The money could be used for team from the state to determine what is in increased law enforcement or investigation costs the lab, and the damage associated with it. Fire and training courses, materials or public aware- crews often stand by in case of fire or ness campaigns. explosion. According to the bill, the money could not PHOTO BY ANDREW VON BANK If children are involved, the Department of be used to clean up a lab site or dispose of the Duluth Police Chief Scott Lyons testifies before the Human Services comes along. chemicals seized. In addition, it could not sup- House Judiciary Finance Committee April 3 in sup- If the lab is self-contained and has not port of a bill that would provide methamphet- plant local spending related to labs. Continued on page 22 amine lab law enforcement grants. 16 April 6, 2001 T ISSUE: EDUCATION A 5 5 5 well-prepared academically, and they are ex- Educating teachers ceptional teaching candidates,” she wrote. “They are also wonderful role models for our students.” Licensure programs at three colleges recruit minorities to St. Thomas’ Collaborative Urban Educator teach minorities program places people of color in urban or urban-like public elementary or middle BY THERESA STAHL $450,000 each year for St. Thomas, and schools, and offers specialized programs in A fter a few years of teaching, Roxanne $400,000 each year for Hamline. science and math education licensure. Nearly Glawe considered leaving the St. Paul “The need for teachers like these is growing two-thirds of program participants are Afri- school system — maybe even teaching all around us,” said William Staley, director of can-American, one in five is Asian, and one in altogether. Concordia’s program. Staley testified April 2 to nine is Hispanic. The program has licensed Many of her students needed intensive read- the House K-12 Education Finance Committee. almost 200 people from under-represented ing instruction, a high level of consistency in Concordia’s Southeast Asian Teacher Licen- populations. the way they were taught, and teachers who sure program, with enrollment at 37 people, Marcus Moten is currently student teach- were empathetic and didn’t come and go each has surpassed expectations of its founders, ing as an intern from the St. Thomas program year. It was a demanding environment that according to preliminary analysis. Ten to 15 at Washington Middle School in St. Paul. An caused many teachers, including Glawe, to graduates are expected each year, and the first African-American man, he said he has been burn out. seven graduates are teaching in metro-area educated in both an all minority, or black, Then Glawe decided to participate in the schools. classroom and a predominantly white setting. Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching, a 20- Irene Jelacic, principal of Parkway Elemen- “Now with me being in the classroom, I can credit series of classes at Hamline University tary School in St. Paul, wrote a letter to Seagren see that I am having a really different impact that aims to increase the number of new mi- in support of the legislation. Nearly on a lot of the students,” he wrote to Seagren. nority teachers and help teachers of any back- 50 percent of Parkway’s students are South- “I have noticed that some of the kids who are ground succeed in urban or urban- east Asian children, she said. Jelacic hired three labeled as ‘problems’ are following the like classrooms. new Hmong teachers from Concordia’s pro- directions that I am giving them without Completing the certificate program helped gram in 2000. Glawe understand poverty, diverse ethnic “The Concordia students come to us Continued on page 22 groups, and how to make diversity a benefit rather than a problem. She emphasizes that she has higher expectations for her students now, and as a result they perform at a higher level. Glawe said all teachers who work in an ur- ban environment need some type of training similar to what the center offers. “It’s so frustrating to watch teachers treat kids in ways they shouldn’t,” she said. “It’s young teachers without much experience who get hired in urban settings. We need to make them positive influences and get them to stay in the profession.” Hamline’s program, which started in 1998, offers graduate-level courses to new and vet- eran teachers to help them, like Glawe, become more effective in urban-like settings. Two other programs at colleges in the Twin Cities metropolitan area have similar missions, one at Concordia University-St. Paul and the other at the University of St. Thomas. A bill (HF1890), sponsored by Rep. Alice PHOTO BY ANDREW VON BANK Seagren (R-Bloomington), would distribute A bill being considered by the House K-12 Education Finance Committee, would support teaching pro- $2.7 million to the programs in the 2002-03 grams to help new teachers better understand cultural and social differences in urban school settings, like this third-grade classroom at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School in St. Paul, biennium: $500,000 each year for Concordia, being taught by See P. Vang. Session Weekly 17 T ISSUE: LAW A 5 5 5 Legislators have struggled to balance the Tort reform need to reasonably compensate victims with the desire to not unduly burden defendants who may only be marginally at fault. Legislators seek to amend civil case law that some say is In Bishop’s original version, defendants unfair to defendants found less than 50 percent responsible could be held liable for no more than their propor- BY JONAS M. WALKER tion. Those more than one-half at fault could A cting on one of the most contentious and long-standing, yet least have been required to pay for all damages. Rep. Joe Opatz (DFL-St. Cloud) proposed commonly understood legal issues, the full House adopted a tort amending that figure to 40 percent during reform measure March 29 by a 68 to 62 vote. floor debate. He summarized the tension ex- HF369, sponsored by Rep. Dave Bishop (R-Rochester), would modify the pressed by many legislators. “Do we err on the system of joint and several liability, which permits courts to hold defen- side of the victim and make a new victim, or do we err on the side of the defendant and fail dants in civil actions responsible for a greater share of a plaintiff ’s cost than to make the victim whole?” the proportion of damage for which they are responsible. Bishop sponsored the same amendment on an identical bill two years ago. He later ex- Bills such as HF369 are known as “tort re- being ordered to pay more than $300,000 per plained he supports the amendment because form” because they amend the civil law sys- person or $1 million per incident. Joint and he wants to ensure the bill’s success. Last year, tem used to compensate those injured by the several liability is upheld for persons commit- the House approved the measure but the Sen- actions of others. A tort is defined as “a pri- ting intentional wrongs. ate declined to follow suit. vate or civil wrong, other than a breach of Ideally, courts would only order compen- This year, Sen. John Hottinger (DFL- contract, for which the court will provide a sation proportional to the amount of each Mankato) is sponsoring the Senate version, remedy in the form of an action for damages.” defendant’s fault. But given that many defen- SF629. It has been referred to the Senate Judi- Under the House bill, defendants found li- dants are unable to adequately meet the finan- ciary Committee, which as of April 4 had not able for 40 percent or less of the damages in a cial demands on their own, for example due taken any action on the matter. civil case would be responsible for only the to inadequate insurance, courts sometimes percentage of the plaintiff ’s damage that they caused. Current law sets that proportion at 15 percent. “Do we err on the side of the victim and make a new victim, or do we The following scenario demonstrates how err on the side of the defendant and fail to make the victim whole?” the changes in HF369 would affect a civil case. —Rep. Joe Opatz Three defendants are found 55, 35, and 10 percent at fault, respectively, in damaging a plaintiff. Current law would allow the court to order order other defendants to compensate victims Bishop’s bill has been a target for criticism both defendants one and two to compensate the beyond their own proportional fault. This is in part because of the difficulty in predicting plaintiff for up to 100 percent of the damages. to prevent injured people from having to pay its economic impact. He said the Department Because the third defendant is less than expenses unfairly incurred to them because of of Finance was unable to forecast the impact 15 percent at fault, he or she could be held ac- others’ negligence. to Minnesota because doing so would require countable for up to four times their actual li- Critics of joint and several liability point out forecasting the number of lawsuits. ability. In this case, defendant three could be the unfairness that defendants can be held li- Some representatives objected to the bill’s ordered to pay up to 40 percent of damages. able for more than their share of a tort. failure to be reviewed by any finance commit- Courts would do this generally when defen- Regarding that point, the American Tort tee, arguing that state and local governments dants one or two were unable to pay or had Reform Association wrote that “modern joint could be required to cover costs, which would inadequate insurance coverage. No more than and several liability can be inequitable because no longer be born by defendants. 100 percent compensation of a plaintiff ’s ac- a defendant with only a small percentage of However, the chair of the committee most tual damage can be awarded. However, plain- fault can be liable for 100 percent of the likely to have an interest, Rep. Kevin Goodno tiffs are still eligible for additional funds plaintiff ’s damages. Joint and several liability (R-Moorhead) of the House Health and Hu- awarded to punish defendants or compensate leads to a search for ‘deep pockets’ and had man Services Finance Committee, opposed plaintiffs for pain or emotional distress. made governments, large corporations, and both the bill and two attempts to refer it to The bill maintains existing law regarding other insured entities bear the greatest bur- his committee. “This is bad public policy, but environmental torts, but eliminates a provi- dens of liability when their involvement in an I see no fiscal impact,” he said. sion preventing government entities from injury is minimal.” 18 April 6, 2001 T ISSUE: TAXES A 5 5 5 crease from the $5 it cost 10 years ago. Tax transformation He said the cost of inspection fees are “grossly unfair” considering it isn’t unusual for the inspections to last a matter of minutes and Legislators are considering a plan that would allow voters to there is no guarantee to the inspection. have a mechanism to vote down property tax increases He said municipal fees are one reason that there is a shortage of building of affordable BY DAVID MAEDA housing in the state. S ome consider 1971 as the year of the “The public sector is doing a terrific job of “Minnesota Miracle” in which a major driving up housing costs,” he said. reform to the state’s tax system was passed Rep. Tom Rukavina (DFL-Virginia) said it into law. wasn’t fair to blame local government for spend- At the heart of the change was a reduction ing increases. He said the state too often man- in the reliance on local property taxes with a dates local spending such as increasing penalties corresponding increase in sales and income for crimes without weighing costs of the legisla- taxes and increased state funding for educa- tion and without providing any more funding. tion. As a result, the state became the primary “We’re part of the problem. A lot of our laws revenue collector and local units of govern- are way too extreme and we’re not being hon- ment became more reliant on state aid to meet est about costs,” Rukavina said. their needs. Keith Carlson, representing the Metropoli- Now some lawmakers are revisiting issues tan Inter-County Association, said the current of local control and accountability as the state system already ensures accountability, because once again considers changes to its tax system. county commissioners must answer to voters. The House Taxes Committee heard a bill He said a reverse referendum would com- April 4 that would attempt to provide more plicate and delay an already lengthy process. accountability to local spending decisions by Currently, the county budget and levy adop- allowing voters to have a direct mechanism to tion process takes place from August through vote down property tax increases. December. A successful petition to force a ref- HF2160, sponsored by Rep. Bob Milbert erendum would stretch the process through (DFL-South St. Paul), would allow voters to January, Carlson said. request a reverse referendum when a county He said county auditors already struggle to or city adopts a property tax levy that has in- PHOTO BY TOM OLMSCHEID meet the March 31 deadline to mail tax state- Rep. Bob Milbert, sponsor of HF2160, presents the ments and late mailings can affect the cash flow creased over the certified levy amount for the bill that would allow voters to have a direct mecha- previous year. of local governments. nism to vote down property tax increases. The bill If the referendum were to pass, the previous was heard in the House Taxes Committee April 4. Kevin Corbid from the Association of Min- year’s levy would be certified for the current year. nesota Counties said that property taxes are that same period, total state aid to cities increased used to pay for too many things. He said Min- The bill only applies to counties or cities with by 62.5 percent and property taxes grew by nesota counties are responsible for the costs a population greater than 500, and requires a 29 percent. The rate of inflation was 39 percent. for child welfare programs and out-of-home petition be signed by a number equal to 5 per- County expenditures from 1985 to 1996 health care costs more than any other state. cent of the votes cast at the previous general elec- increased 68.8 percent, while state aids to Corbid said that last year 80 new county com- tion before a referendum would take place. counties increased 48.9 percent and property missioners were elected and that fewer are run- The bill would also eliminate the require- taxes grew by 56.2 percent. ning unopposed — a sign that voters are paying ment for cities and counties with populations Milbert said that with the removal of levy more attention to local spending decisions. less than 500 from holding Truth-in-Taxation limits last year local spending increased even Milbert said the trend towards city council hearings and exempt those with populations more on top of city imposed fees that he said terms being increased from two-year terms to greater than 500 from holding a hearing if the have grown at an alarming rate. staggered four-year terms, along with the in- property tax levy has not increased over its An owner of a water device business, creasing reliance on professional city manage- previous year’s levy. Milbert said inspection fees are disproportion- ment staff has also contributed to less The committee took no action on the bill, ate with the cost of installation. The cost of accountability when it comes to the costs of but it will be considered for inclusion in the installing devices such as water heaters and local government. omnibus tax bill. softeners is usually between $50 to $115 for a “What do we have to fear about letting Information provided that was compiled from couple hours of work. A residential plumbing people who have to pay taxes the right to vote state auditor reports shows a 90.8 percent growth permit application from the city of Eagan on increases?” he asked. in city expenditures from 1985 to 1996. During shows a $50 permit cost, a 1,000 percent in- Session Weekly 19 JANUARY 3 - APRIL 5, 2001 G OVERNOR’S DESK 5 5 5 CHAPTERS 1 - 12 Tracking new laws, vetoes Once a bill has passed both the House and doesn’t sign the bill within this time frame, it the Legislature, anything vetoed after the Leg- Senate in identical form, it’s ready to be sent will become law with or without his signature. islature adjourns is history — at least until the to the governor for consideration. The gover- (Sundays are not counted in the three-day next year. nor, who has several options when consider- time limit, but holidays are.) The governor’s veto authority is outlined in ing a bill, can: Only on appropriations bills can the gover- the Minnesota Constitution (Article IV, Sec- • sign the bill and it will become law; nor exercise the line-item veto authority. This tion 23). • veto the bill; option allows the governor to eliminate the • line-item veto individual items within an ap- appropriation items to which he or she ob- This information is also available on the propriations bill; jects. As with all vetoes the governor must in- governor’s Web site (www.governor.state.mn.us). • or do nothing, which can have two different clude a statement listing the reasons for the Select the “Legislative Initiatives” link, then click on “Legislative Log 2001.” effects. The timing of these actions is as im- veto with the returned bill. Here, too, the time- portant as the actions themselves. table is within three days after the governor Key: In the first year of the biennium, the im- receives the bill. CH=Chapter; HF=House File; SF=Senate File portant thing to remember is that the gover- A two-thirds vote of the members in each nor has three days from the time of house is needed to override a veto. But because “presentment” to veto a bill. If the governor only the governor can call a special session of CH HF SF Description Signed Vetoed Res.1 219 258* Resolution requesting a ban on the importation of certain steel products. 3/15/01 1 34 28* Teacher licensing under current licensure rules. 1/16/01 2 421* 460 Energy assistance program federal fund expenditure authorized. 2/2/01 3 213 201* Physicians assistants infection control continuing education requirements repeal. 2/15/01 4 181 43* Adult foster care license capacity age requirement and maximum admissions variances. 2/28/01 5 817 376* City contract limit increases. 3/2/01 6 106* 47 Minnesota agricultural education leadership council replacement members authorized 3/8/01 7 656* 231 Revisor’s Bill. 3/15/01 8 80* 79 Coon Lake water level control. 3/16/01 9 393* 155 Ramsey County and St. Paul employees allowed equal competition for county jobs in city-county departments. 3/16/01 10 357 289* Alcohol and drug counselors licensing requirements modified. 3/16/01 11 487 433 Townships health, social, and recreational services contracts amounts increases. 3/21/01 12 320* 399 Property casualty insurance agents surplus lines insurance procurement authority. 3/29/01 *The legislative bill marked with an asterisk denotes the file submitted to the governor. Constitutional Officers Governor Attorney General State Auditor Jesse Ventura Mike Hatch Judith H. Dutcher 130 State Capitol 102 State Capitol Suite 400 75 Constitution Ave. 75 Constitution Ave. 525 Park St. St. Paul 55155 ................ (651) 296-3391 St. Paul 55155 ................ (651) 296-6196 St. Paul 55103 ................ (651) 296-2551 Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State State Treasurer Mae Schunk Mary Kiffmeyer Carol Johnson 130 State Capitol 180 State Office Building 303 Administration Building 75 Constitution Ave. 100 Constitution Ave. 50 Sherburne Ave. St. Paul 55155 ................ (651) 296-3391 St. Paul 55155 ................ (651) 296-2803 St. Paul 55155 ................ (651) 296-7091 20 February 4, 2000 B ILL INTRODUCTIONS 5 5 5 APRIL 2 - 5, 2001 HOUSE FILES 2354 - 2419 Monday, April 2 HF2364—Mulder (R) HF2373—Hausman (DFL) HF2384—Kalis (DFL) Education Policy Health & Human Services Finance Judiciary Finance HF2354—Olson (R) School start prior to Labor Day au- Ramsey County nursing facility rate Town road maintenance revolving thorized for certain school districts. increase provided. loan fund established and money Education Policy appropriated. Teacher contract qualified economic HF2365—McElroy (R) HF2374—Rhodes (R) offer labor requirements provided. Taxes Judiciary Finance HF2385—Westrom (R) HF2355—Hausman (DFL) High technology business investment Clergy compensation provided for Agriculture & capital gains tax exemption provided, imparting religious rites or instruc- Rural Development Finance Health & Human Services Policy research and development activities tion at correctional facilities. Feedlots; hog feedlots environmental St. Anthony Park nursing facility credit refund provided, and money issues study provided and money moratorium exception provided. appropriated. HF2375—Erhardt (R) appropriated. HF2356—Bakk (DFL) Taxes HF2366—Harder (R) Deed taxes definition of consideration HF2386—Solberg (DFL) Higher Education Finance Jobs & Economic clarified. Health & Human Services Policy Competitive bidding and prompt Development Finance Genealogy researchers authorized to ob- payment requirements extended to Connected communities grants pro- HF2376—Carlson (DFL) tain certified copies of birth certificates for University of Minnesota. vided and money appropriated. K-12 Education Finance specified deceased individuals. HF2357—Mariani (DFL) Truancy reduction activities funding HF2367—Ness (R) provided. HF2387—Daggett (R) Higher Education Finance Agriculture & Rural Taxes United family medicine residency Development Finance HF2377—Pawlenty (R) Sebeka Fire Hall construction mate- program grant provided and money appropriated. Agricultural products and produc- Higher Education Finance rials and equipment sales tax exemp- tion certification program established University of Minnesota Excellence tion provided. HF2358—Nornes (R) as permanent program, fees and li- Commission established, report re- censing provisions modified, penal- quired, and appointments provided. HF2388—Tuma (R) Transportation Policy ties imposed, and money Health & Human Services Policy Vehicle registration 60-day exemp- appropriated. Northfield nursing home moratorium tion for new residents “residence” definition modified. Wednesday, April 4, exception provided and money HF2368—Kuisle (R) appropriated. HF2359—Stang (R) Environment & HF2378—Paulsen (R) Natural Resources Finance HF2389—Finseth (R) State Government Finance Regulated Industries Olmsted and Dodge counties solid Agriculture & State government finance, budget, Telecommunications access to mul- and highway bond provisions modi- waste recovery facility grant provided tiple-resident dwellings provisions Rural Development Finance fied, and property tax reform account and money appropriated. clarified. Agricultural processing revolving loan repealed. account established, germ and fiber HF2369—Kuisle (R) HF2379—Kielkucki (R) recovery process funding provided at HF2360—Wasiluk (DFL) Environment & an existing ethanol facility, bonds Environment & Natural Resources Finance authorized, and money appropriated. Governmental Operations & Natural Resources Policy Veterans Affairs Policy Olmsted and Dodge counties solid waste Property owners reimbursed for dam- recovery facility grant provided, bonds HF2390—Goodno (R) Public Employees Retirement Plan age caused by snowmobiles. issued, and money appropriated. Health & Human Services Policy exclusion provided specified trades employees. Targeted case management services medi- HF2380—Sykora (R) HF2370—Wenzel (DFL) cal assistance coverage provided for ser- K-12 Education Finance vices for vulnerable adults and persons HF2361—Kubly (DFL) K-12 Education Finance Reading program grants provided for with developmental disabilities. K-12 Education Finance Independent School District No. 482, school district Internet-delivered Independent School District No. Little Falls, state aid repayment pe- reading courses. riod extended. HF2391—Westrom (R) 2190, Yellow Medicine, lease levy Environment & authorized. HF2381—Stang (R) HF2371—Nornes (R) Natural Resources Policy Higher Education Finance HF2362—Davids (R) Higher Education Finance Grant County Church Lake exempted Medical education funding and en- Independent School District No. 544, from public access while in use for Commerce, Jobs & dowments increased. Fergus Falls, and Fergus Falls Commu- aquaculture. Economic Development nity College joint grant provided for a Resolution memorializing Congress HF2382—McElroy (R) tech center, and money appropriated. HF2392—Huntley (DFL) to pass legislation requiring cigarettes K-12 Education Finance Commerce, Jobs & that are less likely to start fires. Building lease levy use expanded. HF2372—Juhnke (DFL) Economic Development HF2363—Gunther (R) Crime Prevention Internet access catalyst grants pro- HF2383—Seifert (R) Feasibility of placing felony DWI of- vided and money appropriated. Transportation Finance Taxes fenders at existing surplus state facili- Previous local bridge replacement and School districts required to report ties determined and cost-benefit rehabilitation funding usage lobbying and other expenditures used analysis required. expanded. to support or oppose government- proposed initiatives. Session Weekly 21 HF2393—Finseth (R) HF2400—Rhodes (R) HF2406—Kubly (DFL) HF2414—Otremba (DFL) Environment & Local Government & Taxes Local Government & Natural Resources Finance Metropolitan Affairs Homestead property tax classification Metropolitan Affairs Lottery ticket in lieu tax disposition Affordable housing county and mu- provisions expanded relating to United States Department of Agri- modified, state forest land additions nicipal requirements provided and family farms. culture financing program for cities, provided, land exchanges specified, money appropriated. counties, and towns fund uses up- and Roseau County consolidated con- HF2407—Ness (R) dated to include child care facilities. servation land sale authorized. K-12 Education Finance Thursday, April 5 Equity revenue definition modified HF2415—Dorman (R) HF2394—Winter (DFL) to include small schools factor and Taxes Health & Human Services Finance money appropriated. General education tax rate reduced, HF2401—Davids (R) Worthington nursing facility rate in- property tax class rates reduced, mar- Taxes creases provided. HF2408—Johnson, R. (DFL) ket value homestead credit provided, Ostrander wastewater treatment sys- Taxes and education homestead credit and tem construction materials and equip- HF2395—Hilty (DFL) Nicollet County courthouse construc- education agricultural credit ment sales tax exemption provided. Local Government & tion materials and equipment sales eliminated. Metropolitan Affairs tax exemption provided and money HF2402—Pugh (DFL) Cromwell emergency medical services appropriated. HF2416—Kalis (DFL) Governmental Operations & special taxing district authorized for Transportation Finance Veterans Affairs Policy HF2409—Krinkie (R) Minnesota Safety Council traffic safety Carlton and Aitkin counties, and State primary election moved from training and education funding pro- property tax levies provided. Taxes September to June. vided and money appropriated. Ad valorem taxes on real and per- HF2396—Skoglund (DFL) sonal property prohibited and con- HF2403—Fuller (R) stitutional amendment proposed. HF2417—Abeler (R) Civil Law Local Government & Health & Human Services Finance Judicial system obsolete references updated and repealed. Metropolitan Affairs HF2410—Dempsey (R) Minnesota commission serving deaf Alcoholic beverages sales tax paid to Health & Human Services Finance and hard of hearing people funding counties, revenues dedicated to alco- Hastings Veterans Home tunnel reno- provided and money appropriated. HF2397—Daggett (R) hol abuse-related costs of local gov- vation funding provided, bonds is- Taxes ernments, and money appropriated. sued, and money appropriated. HF2418—Entenza (DFL) Maple syrup added to definition of agricultural products relating to prop- Health & Human Services Policy HF2404—Abeler (R) HF2411—Kuisle (R) Cemetery registration required with erty taxation. K-12 Education Finance Transportation Finance health commissioner and money Early graduation and half-time school Southeastern Minnesota public safety appropriated. HF2398—Seifert (R) attendance provided for 12th grade radio system construction funding Taxes students completing all standards, and provided and money appropriated. HF2419—Davnie (DFL) Yellow Medicine County redevelop- general education revenue reallocated ment tax increment financing district Commerce, Jobs & to all-day kindergarten. extension authorized. HF2412—Solberg (DFL) Economic Development Judiciary Finance Housing program funding provided for HF2405—Hilty (DFL) HF2399—Wenzel (DFL) Aitkin County homicide trials and new and existing programs, programs Taxes investigations expenses reimbursed created, and money appropriated. K-12 Education Finance Banning Junction area wastewater and money appropriated. Pupil transportation categorical aid collection system construction mate- restored and money appropriated. rials and supplies sales tax exemption HF2413—Boudreau (R) provided. Health & Human Services Policy Group residential housing monthly rates provided. Continued from page 16 Continued from page 17 tials, and needs of many of the high school stu- contaminated the surrounding area, environ- much argument. They are also doing the work dents I teach in Minneapolis,” he said. mental impact might be relatively minor. that is being assigned and they seem to enjoy Hamline’s program offers courses such as: However, if chemicals have been dumped having me around to answer their questions. Framework for Teaching: Changing Para- down the drain or on land somewhere, or have “I believe just my presence at the school is digms to a New Way of Thinking, Seeing, and otherwise escaped, the Pollution Control helping the kids to realize that there is hope Doing; Literacy and Learning for Urban Stu- Agency gets involved. for them in the future to reach their goals as a dents; The Roots of Violence; Linking the Ur- In addition, the Department of Health professional.” ban Community to the Classroom. might be required to determine whether the John Dunham, an English teacher at South- “Because of this class,” Dunham said, “my home where the lab was can be inhabited or west High School in Minneapolis, wrote to exposure to real life experiences of different requires further cleanup. Lillian Baker-Kent, executive director of cultural groups (in my case, African-Ameri- The state expects to get about $2.6 million Hamline’s program, about what he learned in can, Latino-Hispanic, and Tibetan students) during the 2002-03 biennium in federal grants a class through a licensure program. has proved invaluable.” for drug task forces, as well. “‘The Real World, Social and Environmental HF1890 will be considered for inclusion in Walz’s bill will be considered for inclusion Issues Affecting Urban Learners’ (course) gave the committee’s omnibus bill. in the committee’s omnibus bill. me useful insight into the backgrounds, poten- 22 April 6, 2001 C OMMITTEE SCHEDULE 5 5 5 APRIL 9 - 21, 2001 until approved. remaining duties transferred to commissioner of Schedule is subject to change. HF830 (Slawik) Ramsey and Washington commerce, light capacity scales inspection provided, For information updates, call House Calls counties property owner personal information unfair cigarette sales act administration transferred at (651) 296-9283. disclosure notice continued. to commerce, and money appropriated. All meetings are open to the public. HF440 (Knoblach) Probate; background HF1955 (Davids) Insurance producer licensure Sign language interpreter services: investigations provided on guardians and procedures and qualifications provided and (651) 224-6548 v/tty. conservators, access to data on maltreatment of criminal penalty prescribed. To have the House committee schedule vulnerable adults authorized, and court HF1007 (Davids) Gas sales below cost prohibited delivered to your e-mail address, send an procedures and requirement authorized. and enforcement authority provided. e-mail message to HF2258 (Lindner) Housing finance and email@example.com GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS & development programs consolidated, loan or direct your Web browser to http:// VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICY forgiveness time period lengthened, tenant ww3.house.leg.state.mn.us/scripts/ Basement Hearing Room income limits eliminated, project-based rental lyris.pl?join=houseschedule and fill State Office Building assistance authorized, aggregation of earnings out the subscription form on the Chr. Rep. Jim Rhodes authorized, and technical changes provided. Legislature’s Web site. Agenda: HF1019 (Workman) State contract HF1589 (Howes) Bid and performance bond procedures modified, highway construction and thresholds modified for economic development maintenance bids and records posted projects. MONDAY, April 9 electronically or over the Internet, seasonal HF2225 (Nornes) Workers’ compensation highway weight limitations modified, and technical provisions modified, special 7:30 a.m. clarifying changes provided. compensation fund interest revenue deposited HF1938 (Kahn) Administration Department in fund, pilot program extended, and penalties HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE provisions modified. paid to Department of Labor and Industry. 10 State Office Building HF2201 (Kahn) Bicycle commuting by state HF422 (Seagren) Loan repayment program Chr. Rep. Kevin Goodno agency employees promoted. established to improve recruitment of excellent Agenda: HF1053 (Abrams) Private health care teachers in science, math, industrial technology, coverage regulations revised, specified regulatory JOBS & ECONOMIC special education and in rural areas, and money controls transferred, and managed care plan DEVELOPMENT FINANCE appropriated. requirements established. 200 State Office Building HF1259 (Erickson) Fingerhut, Inc., of Mora HF1581 (Goodno) Healthy kids learn Chr. Rep. Dan McElroy employees provided extra unemployment endowment fund established, health department Agenda: Morning Hearing (8:15-10 a.m.) in Room benefits. provisions and programs modified, and money 200 State Office Building HF564 (Rhodes) Neighborhood home appropriated. HF846 (Clark, K.) HIV/AIDS general education improvement loan pilot project established and HF1123 (Mulder) Nonmetropolitan county in the workplace funding provided and money money appropriated. prepaid medical assistance program capitation appropriated. rates increased. HF182 (Paymar) Neighborhood Development TRANSPORTATION FINANCE HF2373 (Hausman) Ramsey County nursing Center, Inc., entrepreneur training, operation, and 5 State Office Building facility rate increase provided. staffing grant provided, and money appropriated. Chr. Rep. Carol Molnau HF2394 (Winter) Worthington nursing facility HF1631 (Mullery) Hennepin County Southeast Agenda: HF1365 (Dorman) Clean fuel use rate increases provided. Asian collaborative transitional employment required in state vehicles, grants provided motor HF1658 (Bradley) Long-term care revolving fund training project funded and money appropriated. fuel retailers who install pumps to dispense and loan forgiveness program created, nursing HF1632 (Mullery) Blind; job assistance training cleaner fuel, and money appropriated. agency registration required and money provided for counselors for the blind, and money HF51 (Goodno) DWI; maximum blood alcohol appropriated. appropriated. level lowered for impairment offenses involving Note: Meeting will continue after session in 10 HF1726 (Sertich) Metropolitan economic driving motor vehicles, recreational vehicles or State Office Building at the call of the chair. development association grants provided and watercraft, hunting, handling explosives, or money appropriated. operating military vehicles. 8:15 a.m. HF2366 (Harder) Connected communities HF1921 (Workman) Bus transit study authorized CIVIL LAW grants provided and money appropriated. and bus transit way within part of the southwest 500N State Office Building Note: Morning hearing will recess and reconvene light rail transit corridor prohibited. Chr. Rep. Steve Smith in 400N State Office Building at 7 p.m. HF595 (Ozment) Railroads; local governments Agenda: HF1898 (Holberg) Edvest, human rights Evening Hearing (7-10 p.m.) in Room 400N State authorized to establish quiet zones regulating or intake, and automobile insurance financial data Office Building prohibiting locomotive warning devices. classified as nonpublic. HF1311 (McElroy) Minnesota Money HF2309 (Kuisle) Trunk highway project HF1704 (Larson) Bureau of Criminal Transmitters Act established. construction considerations clarified. Apprehension dissemination of certain juvenile HF1859 (McElroy) Department of Economic and HF429 (Bakk) State agencies authorized to allow data authorized. Workforce Development created; certain duties of commercial wireless equipment on state-owned HF1100 (Smith) Government Data Practices Act the Departments of Trade and Economic property, and money appropriated. expanded to include metropolitan area towns. Development, Economic Security, and Labor and HF490 (Kuisle) County economic development Industry transferred, and money appropriated. assistance application data designated nonpublic HF1293 (Davids) Public service commissioner’s Session Weekly 23 10:15 a.m. statewide tax base; appropriating money. HF2336 (Harder) Relating to family and early HF1079 (Slawik) Relating to education finance; childhood education; modifying child care ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL providing for a grant to school district No. 6067, assistance employment eligibility. RESOURCES FINANCE Tri-District; authorizing state bonds; HF2229 (Bernardy) Relating to education; early 10 State Office Building appropriating money. childhood; modifying the definition of child; Chr. Rep. Mark Holsten HF951 (Slawik) Relating to education; increasing establishing a pool of up to 2 percent of the Agenda: HF1761 (Holsten) Stream protection equity revenue. annual appropriation to provide assistance to and improvement loan program grant funding children age 14. provided and money appropriated. Property Tax Division/TAXES HF206 (Opatz) Relating to education; HF1073 (Clark, J.) Minnesota river trail 200 State Office Building appropriating money for an after-school established and money appropriated. Chr. Rep. Ron Erhardt educational enhancement pilot program for low- HF691 (Hackbarth) Motor vehicle transfer fee Agenda: HF1402 (Erhardt) Homestead, income youth in the St. Cloud area. eliminated. agricultural, and seasonal recreational property HF2265 (Skoe) Relating to libraries; providing a HF2191 (Ozment) Local road wetland exempted from general education tax; property grant for the Fosston Public Library accessibility replacement funding provided and money tax class rates reduced; homestead credit program project; appropriating money. appropriated. established, school district levy computation HF1612 (Kelliher) Water appropriation permit modified, and money appropriated. LOCAL GOVERNMENT & provisions modified and fees established. HF2330 (Howes) Property tax payment by METROPOLITAN AFFAIRS commissioner of natural resources required in 200 State Office Building HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE counties having a reduced tax base due to acreage Chr. Rep. Jerry Dempsey 300S State Office Building in state ownership. Agenda: Not in final agenda order. Chr. Rep. Peggy Leppik HF2295 (Mullery) Tax court jurisdiction HF2214 (Mares) Major league professional Agenda: HF2377 (Pawlenty) University of provided in specified Hennepin County property baseball stadium financed, private funding Minnesota excellence commission established, tax cases. required, interest-free loans and temporary tax- report required, and appointments provided. HF2397 (Daggett) Maple syrup added to free zone provided, site selection commission HF2371 (Nornes) Independent School District definition of agricultural products relating to created, disposition of the Metrodome provided, No. 544, Fergus Falls, and Fergus Falls property taxation. and money appropriated. Community College joint grant provided for a HF1952 (Rhodes) Affordable housing tech center, and money appropriated. Sales and Income Tax Division/TAXES requirements authorized in subdivision HF2290 (Opatz) MnSCU facilities acquisition 500N State Office Building regulations, regulatory relief required to housing provisions and prior St. Cloud State University Chr. Rep. Elaine Harder developers who voluntarily meet affordability capital improvements funding source modified. Agenda: HF2237 (Bernardy) Expands the thresholds, and money appropriated. Witnesses: Laura King, Chief Financial Officer, dependent care credit on individual income taxes. HF1146 (Ozment) Salt distribution stockpiles MnSCU; Roy Saigo, President, St. Cloud State HF377 (Harder) Extends credit for taxes paid to design, construction, and use requirements University; Kurt Kalm, Chair, St. Cloud State other states to taxes of German Lander. established. Foundation Board. HF2308 (Kuisle) Exempts purchases for certain HF2403 (Fuller) Alcoholic beverages sales tax road projects from sales and use taxes. paid to counties, revenues dedicated to alcohol K-12 EDUCATION FINANCE HF2346 (Daggett) Provides an individual income abuse-related costs of local governments, and 5 State Office Building tax subtraction for health insurance premiums. money appropriated. Chr. Rep. Alice Seagren HF2261 (Daggett) Exempts certain sales to Other business. Agenda: HF2376 (Carlson) Relating to education benefit certain charitable organizations from the Note: The committee may hear other bills on finance; promoting school success through sales and use tax; provides that certain employer Monday; watch electronic and paper bulletins. If enhanced pupil attendance; providing funding distributions to persons who have made payroll there are bills not heard by 2:15 p.m., the meeting for truancy reduction activities. or retirement deductions for combined will recess and reconvene in 500N State Office HF1887 (Abeler) Relating to special education; charitable organizations are not lotteries. Building after session, at the call of the chair. establishing regional centers on autism-related HF2387 (Daggett) Exempts the purchase of disorders. construction materials and equipment used in REGULATED INDUSTRIES HF2041 (Cassell) Relating to education; constructing a fire hall in the city of Sebeka from 10 State Office Building appropriating money for the commission on sales and use taxes. Chr. Rep. Ken Wolf national and community service for the service HF2176 (Milbert) Clarifies the taxation of certain Agenda: HF1817 (Workman) Utility facilities learning program. nonmixed municipal solid waste disposed of in regulation modified in railroad rights-of-way. HF2382 (McElroy) Relating to education; a landfill. HFXXXX (Paulsen) Multiple dwelling unit expanding the use of the building lease levy. HF2234 (Erhardt) Increases the maximum long- complexes television services providers access HF2235 (Bakk) Relating to education; term care insurance credit, reduces the lifetime rights clarification. appropriating money for Independent School benefit requirement, and extends the credit to And other bills to be announced. District No. 696, Ely, for a transitional employers. transportation grant. After Local Government meeting, at the call HF2361 (Kubly) Relating to education; 12:30 p.m. of the chair authorizing a lease levy for Independent School District No. 2190, Yellow Medicine East. FAMILY & EARLY CHILDHOOD Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council HF731 (Pugh) Relating to education finance; EDUCATION FINANCE and Agencies/LOCAL GOVERNMENT & increasing the funding for debt service 5 State Office Building METROPOLITAN AFFAIRS equalization aid; lowering the property tax levy Chr. Rep. Barb Sykora 500N State Office Building for new school buildings; appropriating money. Agenda: New Life Academy student presentation. Chr. Rep. Mark Buesgens HF2012 (Bernardy) Relating to education finance; HF680 (Rhodes) Relating to appropriations; Agenda: To be announced. increasing the state commitment to the debt service Children, Families and Learning; appropriating equalization aid program; lowering the initial local money for a grant to provide transitional housing levy; fixing the equalizing factor to the average services. 24 April 6, 2001 3 p.m. 10:15 a.m. *This bill will be heard for informational purposes only. THE HOUSE MEETS IN SESSION. CRIME PREVENTION Note: If the agenda is not completed, it will be Basement Hearing Room continued at 3 p.m. in 200 State Office Building. State Office Building TUESDAY, April 10 Chr. Rep. John Tuma 12:30 p.m. Agenda: HF2122/SF1711 (Leppik) Crime of 8 a.m. counterfeit drivers license and identification AGRICULTURE & RURAL cards and materials. DEVELOPMENT FINANCE ***NOTE TIME AND ROOM*** HF1289/SF1274 (Dawkins) Prostitution crimes 10 State Office Building TRANSPORTATION POLICY aggressive initiative ; increased criminal penalties; Chr. Rep. Bob Ness 10 State Office Building money appropriated. Agenda: To be announced. Chr. Rep. Tom Workman HF1908/SF1297 (McGuire) Gunshot wound Agenda: HF1054 (Johnson); SF257 (Day) reporting requirement modified. I-394 “sane lanes” use by single-occupant vehicles CAPITAL INVESTMENT HF2291/SF1727 (Skoglund) Implementing an 5 State Office Building study and report required, and money automated crime victim notification system. Chr. Rep. Jim Knoblach appropriated. Note: Additional bills may be added. Agenda: To be announced. HF852 (Howes) Motor vehicle filing fees modified and clarifying changes provided. ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL COMMERCE, JOBS & HF1728 (Workman); SF1986 (Kelly, R.C.) RESOURCES POLICY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Transit assistance fund expenditures restriction; 10 State Office Building 200 State Office Building motor vehicle sales tax revenues allocation Chr. Rep. Dennis Ozment Chr. Rep. Greg Davids modification, constitutional amendment. Agenda: HF110 (Wagenius) Water quality Agenda: HF1821 (Kuisle) Relating to commerce; HF362 (Westrom); SF326 (Vickerman) Diesel standards risk evaluation and report required. allowing licensing exemption for certain sales of fuel minimum biodiesel fuel content specified. HF2306 (Jennings) Wastewater and drinking horse trailers and temporary sales of recreational water funding requests coordinated and vehicles. 8:15 a.m. rulemaking authorized. HF322 (Rhodes) Relating to health; modifying SF266/HF371 (Workman) Aggregate resource the Minnesota Utilization Review Act. EDUCATION POLICY protection and development included in local 200 State Office Building HF1953 (Rhodes) Relating to housing; streamlining government land use comprehensive plans. the residential development process; authorizing Chr. Rep. Harry Mares HF877 (Bakk) Specified solid waste transfer the state building official to have final interpretive Agenda: HF1015 (Mares) Family, early station project repayment obligations waived. authority of the State Building Code; authorizing childhood, and K-12 education programs HF1782 (Otremba) Long Prairie River declared the construction codes advisory council to establish administrative and funding provision a canoe and boating route. a technical advisory group; requiring a report; modifications. establishing the State Building Code as the building STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE standard for the state of Minnesota; authorizing HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES POLICY 300N State Office Building ***NOTE ROOM*** municipalities to require developers to include Chr. Rep. Philip Krinkie affordable housing; modifying the requirements 5 State Office Building Agenda: HF218 (Krinkie) State Government for adoption or amendment of zoning ordinances. Chr. Rep. Fran Bradley Finance Bill. Section 12, Subd. 8, proposed budget HF2362 (Davids) A resolution memorializing Agenda: HF702 (Goodno) Local intervention for Department of Administration’s Office of Congress to pass legislation requiring cigarettes grants for self-sufficiency formula modified. Technology. that are less likely to start fires. HF918 (Otremba) Alzheimer’s Disease care HF260 (Stanek) Criminal justice information Other bills may be added. facilities patient disclosures required, and money system improvements provided including appropriated. fingerprinting, collection of aliases, and suspense 2:30 p.m. HF919 (Dawkins) Civil commitment definitions file reporting, and money appropriated. and procedures modified, patient rights specified, Additional bills may be added. REDISTRICTING coverage and cost of care provided, voluntary Note: Additional meetings may be scheduled 500S State Office Building consent procedures expanded, and court records outside of the committee’s regularly scheduled Chr. Rep. Erik Paulsen sealed. meeting time. Agenda: Testimony on the Minneapolis and HF2345 (Abeler) Oral language interpreter St. Paul Latino community. services coverage required of health plans. More bills may be added. TAXES 200 State Office Building Salary and Budget Subcommittee/ Note: If necessary, this meeting will continue Chr. Rep. Ron Abrams Legislative Coordinating Commission past the normal meeting time of 10 a.m. and go Agenda: HF2127 (Pawlenty) Creates the 400N State Office Building no later than 12 noon. Biomedical Innovation and Commercialization Chr. Sen. Roger Moe Initiative; provides a tax credit. Agenda: Review/approve recommendations JUDICIARY FINANCE HF192 (Goodno) Authorizes special taxing regarding compensation evaluation. Review/ Basement Hearing Room districts for emergency medical services. approve biennial budget proposal. Other State Office Building HF1806 (Knoblach) Allows St. Cloud, Sartell, business as approved by the chair. Chr. Rep. Rich Stanek Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, St. Joseph, and St. Agenda: HF351 (Stanek) DWI; felony level Augusta to impose a local sales and use tax to Immediately following the Salary and Budget driving while impaired offense established. fund certain projects. Subcommittee meeting (approximately *HF1451 (Larson) Minneapolis-St. Paul 3:15 p.m.) International Airport expansion impact provided, airport mitigation planning authorized and airport impact zones established, mitigation fund created, and money appropriated. Session Weekly 25 Legislative Coordinating Commission WEDNESDAY, April 11 HF9 (Ruth) Motor vehicle sales tax revenue 400N State Office Building dedicated to highway user tax distribution fund, Chr. Rep. Steve Sviggum 7:30 a.m. and constitutional amendment proposed. Agenda: Report from the Subcommittee on HF1286 (Ruth) Traffic flow improvements Salary and Budget regarding adoption of HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE funded to eliminate bottlenecks in metro area, compensation evaluation recommendations. 10 State Office Building at-risk interregional corridors outside metro area Report from the Subcommittee on Salary and Chr. Rep. Kevin Goodno improved, annual reports required, and money Budget regarding biennial budget proposal. Agenda: HF1303 (Boudreau) Commissioner of appropriated. Other business as approved by the chair. Human Services authorized to collect drug HF1965 (Vandeveer) Greater Minnesota rebates, medical assistance provisions modified, interregional corridor improvements, 3 p.m. demonstration project for family services metropolitan area bottlenecks, and transit established, and MinnesotaCare coverage advantages funding provided, and money LOCAL GOVERNMENT & extended to Indian health service facilities. appropriated. METROPOLITAN AFFAIRS HF812 (Bradley) Suicide prevention goals, HF1944 (Holberg) Light rail; special taxing 500S State Office Building programs, duties and studies required; mental districts created to finance operating costs of Chr. Rep. Jerry Dempsey illness transition plans established; provider light rail transit. Agenda: To be announced. payment adjusted; mental health services and HF1498 (Larson) Minneapolis and Richfield treatment coverage requirements provided; and Highway No. 62 construction and reconstruction After Local Government meeting, at the call money appropriated. delayed and report required. of the chair HF1531 (Bradley) Young adult transitional services provided, community-based mental 10:15 a.m. Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council health services for adults increased, and adult and Agencies/LOCAL GOVERNMENT & rehabilitative and crisis stabilization provider CIVIL LAW METROPOLITAN AFFAIRS qualifications and established. Basement Hearing Room 500S State Office Building State Office Building Chr. Rep. Mark Buesgens 8:15 a.m. Chr. Rep. Steve Smith Agenda: To be announced. Agenda: HF1169 (Dorman) Employer safety GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS & committee requirements modified and penalty 4 p.m. VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICY limits for violations increased. Basement Hearing Room HF205 (Nornes) Gas theft from motor fuel retail ***NOTE TIME AND LOCATION*** State Office Building business civil remedies provided. JOBS & ECONOMIC Chr. Rep. Jim Rhodes HF1145 (Boudreau) Veterinary medicine cease DEVELOPMENT FINANCE Agenda: To be announced. and desist orders authorized. 5 State Office Building HF661 (Stang) Accountancy act of 2001 Chr. Rep. Dan McElroy JOBS & ECONOMIC established, rulemaking authorized, and penalties Agenda: HF2298 (Clark, K.) Opportunities DEVELOPMENT FINANCE imposed. industrialization center programs funding 200 State Office Building HF2244 (Abrams) State funding of trial courts provided and money appropriated. Chr. Rep. Dan McElroy provided in unfunded judicial districts. HF2320 (Knoblach) Job training program grants Agenda: HF1725 (Gunther) WomenVenture HF1256 (Holberg) Best interests of the child made available to employers who hire qualified business development programming grants factors clarified relating to custody proceedings. low-income graduates of nonprofit job training provided and money appropriated. Note: Any unfinished business will be conducted programs. HF1270 (Entenza) Currency exchanges, real at 5 p.m. in 500S State Office Building. HF739 (Osskopp) Grand Excursion 2004 estate brokers, real property appraisers, planning and promotion funded, and money residential contractors, and collection agencies ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL appropriated. continuing education, fees, costs, duties, rights RESOURCES FINANCE HF675 (Swenson) West Newton reimbursed for and recovery fund amounts regulated. 10 State Office Building costs of St. George community wastewater HF1789 (Lindner) Employment support services Chr. Rep. Mark Holsten treatment system, and money appropriated. for persons with mental illness grants provided Agenda: HF94 (Haas) Fish and game law gross HF932 (Swenson) Regional sludge management and money appropriated. overlimit violations criminal penalties demonstration project appropriated money. HF1799 (Sertich) Centers for independent living established, and restitution values determined. HF700 (Lieder) Ada 1997 flood recovery work grants provided and money appropriated. HF1591(Ozment) Aquatic restoration grants bond interest reimbursement grant provided HF1872 (Marquart) Vocational rehabilitation facilities authorized, administrative penalty orders and money appropriated. grant procedures technical changes provided. provided for commercial aquatic activity, decoy HF721 (Larson) Richfield redevelopment grants HF1834 (Marquart) Breckenridge and East regulations and turtle licensing modified, provided and money appropriated. Grand Forks grants provided to reimburse conservation law enforcement provided, and HF2011 (Dawkins) Urban Indian housing temporary financing in anticipation of FEMA penalties prescribed. program funding provided and money financing for 1997 flood recovery projects and Note: If agenda is not completed, the committee appropriated. money appropriated. will reconvene after session in the Basement HF2306 (Jennings) Wastewater and drinking Hearing Room, State Office Building. water funding requests coordinated and TRANSPORTATION FINANCE rulemaking authorized. 5 State Office Building HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE HF2338 (Osthoff) St. Paul Port Authority Chr. Rep. Carol Molnau 300S State Office Building customized job training funding provided and Agenda: HF1306 (Howes) Minnesota Chr. Rep. Peggy Leppik money appropriated. Conservation Corps program and decorative Agenda: HF2241 (Stang) Stadium review HF1930 (Rukavina) Northeast Minnesota forest products provisions modified, sustainable commission established to evaluate sports economic protection trust expenditures limited. forest resources provisions repeal delayed, study stadium construction proposals. required, civil penalties imposed, and money appropriated. 26 April 6, 2001 K-12 EDUCATION FINANCE 5 State Office Building Chr. Rep. Alice Seagren Agenda: To be announced. TAXES 200 State Office Building Chr. Rep. Ron Abrams The art of teaching is too often taken for Another example is House page Robert Agenda:HF2158 (Abrams) Met Council Transit granted. If not for teachers like Socrates, Cook’s professor of culture and mythology funding. Plato, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Leonardo who had such a manic demeanor and pas- HFXXXX (McElroy) Abolishes the property tax da Vinci, the creation of ideas and impart- sion for his job that he garnered strong levy for transit. ing them would still be in the Dark Ages writing skills and a love for the written HF697 (Holsten) Provides a class rate reduction of disbelief. word from most of the 22 students and a for certain property bordering public waters. Of the 134 legislators in the House, 20 few slackers in the class. HF2339 (McElroy) Exempts current value of utility list their occupation as teacher or educa- Page coordinator Andrew Padula, who generation personal property from the general tor. While all become “teachers” to the gen- speaks Japanese, dedicated time in Japan education levy; reduces the class rate on utility eral public by the end of session, lawmakers to teaching English and grammar. Mean- generation personal property; exempts certain new begin as students who must learn as they while, Susan Moore, reading coordinator increased capacity and increased efficiency utility debate and decide what should become at Rosemount Middle School, gets seventh personal property from property tax; requires the PUC to adjust utility rates for reduced utility law. and eighth-graders committed to notewor- property taxes; establishes an electric utility Laws are the outcome of what lawmak- thy topics of importance to a larger world generation attached machinery personal property ers have learned through instruction, around them. Likewise, Kate North at Black tax replacement trust fund; provides for a rebate if study, and commitments to voters. Not un- Hawk Middle School in Eagan is devoted an electric generation facility shuts down; authorizes usual are many leg- to energizing cre- issuance of bonds; provides a state guarantee on islators who on ativity in her art certain local bonds; appropriates money. occasion initiate students and HFXXXX (McElroy) Provides that certain “teaching the class” others. personal property of an electric utility is exempt during a House One of from taxation; provides state aid payments to session to educate Minnesota’s first replace the revenue loss by local governments; or clarify issues for teachers, Harriet provides a state guarantee for certain bonds; appropriates money. their peers. Among Bishop, came from them are: Reps. Vermont in 1847 12:30 p.m. Alice Seagren (R- to educate Kaposia Bloomington), Indian youth and AGRICULTURE POLICY Carlos Mariani others in South 10 State Office Building (DFL-St. Paul), A group of teachers poses for the camera circa St. Paul. Chr. Rep. Tim Finseth Dave Bishop (R- 1900. A long-time Agenda: HF1763 (Olson) Relating to drainage Rochester), and Mary Murphy teacher of note, retired 83-year-old Ruth by transferring a public drainage system to a (DFL-Hermantown). Bethel of Miami, Fla., nurtured thousands public water management authority. Others include Reps. Harry Mares (R- of wary students to lead fruitful lives. White Bear Lake), Peggy Leppik (R-Golden Furthermore, today, Joyce Burnham of FAMILY & EARLY CHILDHOOD Valley), Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal), Pelican Rapids High School, gives speech EDUCATION FINANCE 5 State Office Building and Leslie Schumacher (DFL-Princeton). students opportunities to learn more about Chr. Rep. Barb Sykora Teachers — whether by profession or lesser known women of Minnesota. Agenda: To be announced. duty — are the very core and foundation Many teachers are volunteers — like of all society. Good teachers are passion- House staff members Edward Burdick and LOCAL GOVERNMENT & ate, caring, objective, fair, dedicated, and Patrick Duffy Murphy who teach the leg- METROPOLITAN AFFAIRS committed to imparting true and univer- islative process to new members and in- 200 State Office Building sal knowledge — not the propaganda of terns, or the father of a House staffer who Chr. Rep. Jerry Dempsey what they think truth should be. taught his daughter to play golf, and an- Agenda: To be announced. Most teachers are unique idealists who other who gives free piano lessons. Note: The committee will reconvene in 200 State are strongly dedicated to sharing and im- Good and honest teachers are noble. Office Building after session at the call of the chair. proving the knowledge of others. For ex- They are to be held in high esteem and 3 p.m. ample, New York teacher Ruth Morgan, commended for their devotion and dedi- through her own stamina and drive, got cation to society. THE HOUSE MEETS IN SESSION. an entire senior class of near dropouts from the inner city to attend college. —LECLAIR GRIER LAMBERT THURSDAY, April 12 Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society No committee hearings scheduled. FRIDAY, April 13 House offices closed. Session Weekly 27 MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE 175 STATE OFFICE BUILDING ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA 55155-1298 SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: STEVE SVIGGUM MAJORITY LEADER: TIM PAWLENTY MINORITY LEADER: THOMAS W. PUGH MIN N E S OTA I N D E X FOR MORE INFORMATION Local government lobbyist expenditures For general information, call: House Information Office Amount of dollars spent in 1999 by local governments in direct and (651) 296-2146 or indirect lobbying, ............................................................................................................ 4,101,192 1-800-657-3550 Increase over 1998, as percent .............................................................................................. 13.9 Dollars spent in 1998, in millions .......................................................................................... $3.6 To obtain a copy of a bill, call: Number of cities that directly employed staff and/or contracted with Chief Clerk’s Office professional lobbyists, in 1999 ..................................................................................................28 (651) 296-2314 Amount they spent ......................................................................................................$1,038,130 Largest amount (Minneapolis) .................................................................................... $213,501 To find out about bill introductions or the status of a specific bill, call: Second largest (Richfield) ............................................................................................. $191,919 House Index Office Number of counties that directly employed staff and/or contracted with (651) 296-6646 professional lobbyists, 1999 .......................................................................................................12 Amount they spent ......................................................................................................... $907,960 For an up-to-date recorded message Largest amount (Hennepin) ......................................................................................... $324,728 giving committee meeting times and Number of school districts that directly employed staff and/or contracted agendas, call: with professional lobbyists, 1999 .............................................................................................10 Committee Hotline Amount they spent ......................................................................................................... $372,697 (651) 296-9283 Number of metropolitan agencies that directly employed staff and/or contract with professional lobbyists, 1999 ............................................................................. 4 The House of Representatives can be reached on the World Wide Web at: Amount they spent ......................................................................................................... $320,548 http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us Largest amount (Metropolitan Airports Commission) ....................................... $148,573 Amount paid in 1999 by local governments to associations that represented Teletypewriter for the hearing impaired. their interests ..................................................................................................................$6,015,709 To ask questions or leave messages, Numbers in 1998 respectively ..................................................................................$5,488,216 call: Portion of the 1999 dollars spent on lobbying activities, as percent .......................... 24 TTY Line (651) 296-9896 or In 1998 ................................................................................................................................................24 1-800-657-3550 Number of local units of government who relied entirely on their employees to represent them at the Legislature .................................................................................................. 7 Check your local listings to watch Number that relied on contract lobbyists .............................................................................41 House committee and floor sessions Number that had both ................................................................................................................... 6 on TV. Amount spent in 1999 on lobbying expenditures by associations Senate Information representing local governments, in millions .................................................................... $1.8 296-0504 Percent funded through dues of association members .............................................. 77.8 1-888-234-1112 Most dollars spent by a local government organization lobbying in 1999 (League of Minnesota Cities) ....................................................................................... $216,599 Senate Index 296-5560 Second (Metropolitan Inter-County Association) ................................................ $160,482 Third (Minnesota School Boards Association) ....................................................... $145,247 This document can be made available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling (651) 296-2146 voice, (651) 296-9896 Source: 1999 Local Government Lobbying Expenditures report, Office of the State Auditor, TTY, or (800) 657-3550 toll free voice and TTY. March 2001.
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