Greetings from the Capitol,
Welcome to first deadline! This week, the Governor released his supplemental budget and MMB will be presenting it in the House Ways and Means on Monday. The DNR Game and Fish bills (SF1303; HF1406) progressed and are headed to the Senate Finance Committee and the General Register. The DNR Policy and Technical bills (SF1430; HF1329) also were moved as amended, and are destined for Senate State and Local Government and House Government Operations and Elections Policy. The Omnibus Lands bills (HF1429; SF1406) were moved to the House Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee and the Senate Energy and Environment Committee.
In the House Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee, HF1649 and 1704 were passed and re-referred to the House Taxes Committee. Three other bills (HF989 and HF1349, HF1557) were laid over for possible inclusion. A bill that would establish trust funds with Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars for the purpose of paying in lieu property tax payments (HF1707) passed and was re-referred to House Taxes. A similar bill is written for the Outdoor Heritage Fund (HF1706).
In the House Legacy Funding Finance Committee, HF462 (Legacy fund appropriation eligibility modified) and HF181 (Outdoor Heritage Fund) were laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.
Senator Hoffman’s bill on trapping modifications (SF1325) passed committees and is headed to the Senate floor. The House Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee’s Omnibus bill (HF1168) and Camp Ripley’s Sentinel Landscapes (HF283) were referred to the General Register.
With one more week before session break, look for another busy week at the Capitol. The tentative schedule for Monday and Tuesday is below. For the most up to date list of meetings and bills, please visit committee web pages or currently posted meetings for the House and Senate.
Please contact me at email@example.com or Bob Meier (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you have any comments on concerns. It’s great to hear American robins again, true ambassadors of spring. Grab a pair of binoculars and see what birds you can find this weekend in our great outdoors!
HOUSE & SENATE BROADCAST TELEVISION SCHEDULE
Monday, March 23, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015 10:15 AM House
Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
MMB: Presentation of the Governor’s Supplemental Budget
Monday, March 23, 2015 11:00 AM Senate
Monday, March 23, 2015 12:30 PM House
Legacy Funding Finance
Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Dean Urdahl, Josh Heintzeman
||Big Marine Lake veterans rest camp improvement funding provided, and money appropriated.
||Culvert replacement grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
||Ramsey County; Culturally relevant sport courts and fields development and installation funding provided, and money appropriated.
||Wastewater treatment system planning appropriated money from the clean water fund.
||Veterans programs funding provided, and money appropriated.
||Dakota County; Mississippi River Regional Trail funding provided, and money appropriated.
||Motor vehicle lease sales tax revenue deposits clarified.
||Outdoor heritage trust fund account established, trust fund payments to counties provided, and money appropriated.
||Soil and water conservation district block grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
||Parks and trails fund usage to acquire property by eminent domain prohibited.
||Cuyuna Mountain bike system funding provided, and money appropriated.
Legacy funding request by the Regional Public Libraries
HF1049 (Drazkowski) Soil and water conservation district block grant funding provided, and money appropriated
HF698 (Pierson) Parks and trails fund usage to acquire property by eminent domain prohibited
HF791 (Lueck) Cuyuna Mountain bike system funding provided, and money appropriated.
Monday, March 23, 2015 3:30 PM House
The House Meets in Session
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:15 AM House
Civil Law and Data Practices
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Peggy Scott
||Religious objections to autopsies provided.
||Horse racing definitions modified and provided, Minnesota Racing Commission powers and duties clarified, licensure requirements and other regulatory provisions provided and modified, and industry-related revenue provided.
||Revisor’s bill; erroneous, ambiguous, and omitted text and obsolete reference corrected; redundant, conflicting, and superseded provisions removed, and miscellaneous corrections made.
**More bills may be added **
HF 1972 Amendment A15-0244.pdf
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:15 AM House
Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Denny McNamara
||Solid waste reduction and recycling grant to counties usage modified, and solid waste management tax revenue allocation amended.
||Snowmobile registration fees modified.
||Trap shooting sports facility grants provided funding, and money appropriated.
||Metropolitan regional park maintenance and operation funding provided, and money appropriated.