Environmental Bill Gains Final Senate Approval
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Environmental Bill Gains Final Senate Approval


CAMPAIGN FINANCE PUBLIC SUBSIDY UNFORTUNATE LAY IT GRABS TO MANY WORDS IN THE REPEALER AND REPEALS THE PCR AS WELL AND IT ALSO REPEALS SOME OF THE CONTRIBUTION LEVELS THAT CAN BE GIVEN>>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT I MOVE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE ROLL CALL BE DISPENSED WITH AND THE SERGEANT BRING INSTRUCTED TO BRING IN THE ABSENT MEMBERS. >>ON THAT MOTION ALL THOSE IN BIGGER SAY AYE OPPOSE OPPOSE THE MOTION PREVAILS. REMAINING UNDER MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS MOVING TO THE THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS WORKING FROM THE ADDENDUM MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE THE SECRETARY WILL READ IT MESSAGE. >>MADAM PRESIDENT I HAVE THE HONOR TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE OF THE FOLLOWING BILL RETURNED SENATE FILE 151 OF BILL FOR ENACT RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY PATRICK MURPHY CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MADAM PRESIDENT HAVE THE HONOR TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE OF THE FOLLOWING HOUSE FILES HERE IN WITH TRANSMITTED HOUSE FILES FOR 74, AND 792 PATRICK MURPHY CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. >>THERE’S NO ACTION NECESSARY ON THE MESSAGES REMAINING UNDER MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS MOVING TO THE FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS FIRST READING OF HOUSE BILLS THEY’RE PRINTED ON THE FIRST PAGE OF TODAY’S ADDENDUM THEY WILL BE REFERRED AS INDICATED FIRST READING. MOVING TO THE FIFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS REPORTS OF COMMITTEES SENATOR GAZELKA. >>MADAM PRESIDENT WE WILL TAKE A BRIEF RECESS. >>SENATOR GAZELKA @ MOVES FOR RECESS ALL THOSE AND NEVER SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED WE ARE IN RECESS. >>THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER REMAINING UNDER MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS THE FIFTH VOTER BUSINESS SENATOR GAZELKA OF. >>THANK MADAM PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE REPORT PRINTED IN THE ADDENDUM BE ADOPTED. >>ON THAT MOTION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. REMAINING ON MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS SENATOR GAZELKA. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT PURSUANT TO RULE 26 I DESIGNATE THE FOLLOWING BILLS BE MADE FOR SPECIAL ORDERS FOR NEEDED CONSIDERATION THE SHEET IS ON YOUR DESK MEMBERS. >>MOVING TO SPECIAL ORDERS SENATE FILE 1937 #140 ON GENERAL ORDERS SENATOR MILLER. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT SENATE FILE 1937 IS THE OMNIBUS JOBS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMERCE AND ENERGY FINANCE AND POLICY BILL. MEMBERS I WILL BE DISCUSSING THE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH PORTION OF THE BILL AND SENATOR OSMEK WILL BE DISCUSSING THE ENERGY ARTICLE AND SENATOR DAHMS WILL BE DISCUSSING THE COMMERCE ARTICLE. THE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH ARTICLE INCLUDES FUNDING FOR EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DEED THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY AS WE KNOW AS THE ZERO ALLIED THE BUREAU OF MEDIATION SERVICES THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COURT OF APPEALS THE IRRRB PUBLIC FACILITIES AUTHORITY AND A DESTINATION MEDICAL CENTER. MEMBERS THIS BUDGET PUTS A STRONG FOCUS ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT PROMOTE JOB GROWTH AS WELL AS ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WE DO THIS BY PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO THE JOB CREATION FUND MINNESOTA INVESTMENT FUND AND REDEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM. WE MAKE ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS TO THE WORKFORCE HOUSING GRANTS AND A JOB SKILLS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AND THIS IS A PROGRAM WHERE EMPLOYERS WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO PROVIDE A WORKFORCE TRAINING AND RETRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. ADDITIONALLY WE INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE EMPLOYMENT EXTENDED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT INITIATIVES I WILL GO THROUGH QUICKLY THAT WE FUNDED IN THIS BILL INCLUDING $20 MILLION FOR THE BORDER TO BORDER BROADBAND PROGRAM WHICH PRIORITIZES ON SERVED AREAS THIS WAS AN INITIATIVE OF FROM SENATOR SIMONSON AND SENATOR WESTROM. WE HAVE THE SENATOR GOGGIN HELMETS TO A HARD HAT PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES OR VETERANS AND INDIVIDUALS RETURNING FROM ACTIVE DUTY. WE HAVE THE BRIDGES TO HEALTH CARE PROGRAM WHICH WAS A SENATOR SENJEM INITIATIVE SENATOR PAUL ANDERSON HAS A FIGHTING CHANCE, INITIATIVE CHANCE SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA ECONOMIC STUDY WHICH WAS A SENATOR IN NELSON IN THE SHETEK OF. TWIN CITIES RISE WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE UP FROM SENATOR DRAHEIM AND SENATOR CHAMPION, BUT GETTING TO WORK PROGRAM WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE FROM SENATOR INGEBRIGTSEN, THE NORTH MARKET PARTNERSHIPS WHICH IS A SENATOR CHAMPION INITIATIVE OF, DIGIT KEY WHICH IS A SENATOR JOHNSON INITIATIVES OF THE NONPROFIT ASSISTANCE FUND A SENATOR DRAHEIM INITIATIVE, AMERICAN INDIANS WORK FORCE PILOT PROGRAM WHICH IS A SENATOR BAKK INITIATIVE, THE COOK COUNTY HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM WHICH IS ANOTHER SENATOR BAKK INITIATIVE, CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING WHICH IS A SENATOR FISCHBACH INITIATIVE MINNESOTA DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIES WHICH IS A SENATOR TOMASSONI INITIATIVE, THE YOUTH SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM WHICH IS A SENATOR PAUL ANDERSON INITIATIVE, AND THE PIPELINE PROJECT WHICH IS AS SENATOR SENJEM INITIATIVE. MEMBERS WE’VE HEARD PRESIDENT TRUMP TALK A LOT ABOUT JOBS INITIATIVES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL BUT THIS IS OUR BILL HERE IN MINNESOTA TO PROVIDE JOBS AS WELL AS ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND THIS WAS A STRONG BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND MEMBERS I’M VERY PROUD OF THE BILL THAT WE PUT FORWARD AND BEFORE I STAND FOR QUESTIONS MADAM PRESIDENT I WOULD LIKE TO TURN IT TO SENATOR DAHMS TO DISCUSS THE COMMERCE ARTICLE. >>SENATOR DAHMS. >>THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR AND THANK YOU SENATOR MILLER THE COMMERCE PORTION IS A FAIRLY SMALL PORTION OF THE COMMERCE BILL THE KEY PROVISIONS THE DEPARTMENT REQUESTED SPECIAL REVENUE FUND FOR THEIR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY AND BUDGET MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS $4 MILLION IN NEW AND INCREASED FEES TO COVER CURRENT OPERATING DEFICIT AND AT 1600 15,000 PER YEAR IN HIGHER ADDITIONAL STAFF OUR BILL PROVIDES SPECIAL REVENUE FUND AT MODEST FEE INCREASES OF $615,000 PER YEAR TO ELIMINATE THE CURRENT OPERATING DEFICIT THIS CAN BE REFERENCED IN THE BILL ON PAGE 31 AND 32, SENATOR GRAMM PROVISION TO REDIRECT $1.3 MILLION PER YEAR OF THE AUTO THEFT PREVENTION FUND MONEY CURRENTLY DIRECTED TO THE GENERAL FUND WHICH WAS ORIGINAL TO THE GENERAL FUND IN 2002 BACK TO THE INSURANCE FRAUD PREVENTION ACCOUNT. THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO HIRE TO DO ANALYSTS WITH THIS FUNDING AND THAT WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE INDUSTRY THAT IT INDICATED WE NEED STRONGER SUPPORT AT THE BUREAU FOR THIS EFFORT THAT COULD BE REFERENCED ON PAGE 4 OF THE BILL THAT SETS UP THE LANGUAGE FOR THE HIRING OF THE TWO ANALYSTS ON PAGE 33 WHICH TALKS ABOUT TRANSFERRING MONEY ON PAGE 31 A DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCOUNT AND THE NEXT PART OF THE BILL WAS THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES REQUESTED THE DEPARTMENT REQUESTED WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 10% INCREASE IN THESE 20% INCREASE AND ALL OTHER ASSOCIATED FEES TO PAY FOR REPAIRS OF NEW EQUIPMENT AND REPAIRS AND NEW EQUIPMENT THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR 10% INCREASE ACROSS THE BOARD AND THAT IS FOUND IN THE BILL ON. ON 38 THIS IS AND NO POLICY BILL IT’S STRICTLY A FINANCE BILL AND THAT WOULD BE THE PARTS OF OUR BILL BETTER PART OF THE OVERALL BILL.>>SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT I WILL SPEAK TO THE ENERGY PROVISIONS UNDER THIS BILL THEY ARE POSTED IN ARTICLE 2. ARE OUR POLICY PROVISIONS IN HERE AND I KNOW THAT MAKES SOME MEMBERS MATTER THAN SPIDER MONKEYS BUT I THINK IT’S RIGHT TO HAVE IT IN THIS BILL. SECTION 9 OF ARTICLE 2 IS ALSO SECTION 10 OF ARTICLE 2 IS THE MUNICIPAL CO-OP PORTION OF THE BILL THAT SENATOR WEBER RIDGELY AND ON THE FLOOR. THAT’S BEING WE INSERTED A THERE IS NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON NOW WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE TO PERHAPS ENHANCE THAT LANGUAGE MY PREFERENCE IS TO HAVE IT IN THE BILL SO WE COULD HAVE A POSITION AND GO TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR ON LANGUAGE THAT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND THE LEGISLATIVE BODY CAN AGREE TO. SECTION E 11 AND SECTION 13 AND SECTION 14 COME FROM THE SENATOR INGEBRIGTSEN BILL SENATE FILE 1649 REGARDING SOLAR ENERGY STANDARD AS WELL AS RESOURCE PLANNING AND PREFERENCE FOR A NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES. SECTION 12 COMES FROM SENATOR TOMASSONI SENATE FILE 584 DEALING WITH STAGING AND PERMITING AND THE FINAL SECTION I HAVE A COMMENTARY ON WOULD BE SECTION 19 WHICH IS TO RESIDENTIAL PACE THAT COMES FROM THE SENATOR PRATT BILL. I APPRECIATE THE DISCUSSION WE HAVE PUT THEIR DISCUSSION INCLUDING ON VOIP WHICH MAY EVENTUALLY COME UP TONIGHT I APPRECIATE THE MEMBERS OF MY COMMITTEE WORKING ON THIS AS WELL AS MY STAFF THAT’S WORKED SO WELL TOGETHER TO GET THIS JOB DONE WITH THAT MADAM PRESIDENT I YIELD. >>SENATOR HAYDEN DISCUSSION TO THE BILL? >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRS THAT BROUGHT THE BILL FORWARD SENATOR MILLER IN PARTICULAR THANK YOU FOR TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER A BILL I THINK YOU MOVE FORWARD AND WORK WITH COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO PUT TOGETHER SOMETHING WITH THE TARGET ONCE AGAIN MEMBERS THAT I THINK WAS TOO LOW FOR THE KIND OF WORK IN WHICH WE NEED TO DO IN THE STATE. WHAT I RISE FOR IS TO TALK ABOUT THE EQUITY ARTICLES THAT ARE IN THE THE BILL, LAST YEAR MANY OF YOU WHO WERE HERE THOSE THAT WERE HERE LAST YEAR SENATOR CHAMPION AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF COCHAIRING THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF EQUITY AND WHAT THAT MEANT WAS THAT THERE WERE INFORMATION THAT DID COME FROM THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS VIA A SURVEY USA ABOUT A YEAR-AND-A- HALF AGO THAT LOOKED AT THE ECONOMIC CONDITION OF THE STATE AND IN PARTICULAR THE REGION. ONE OF THE THINGS THEY SAID WAS MINNESOTA WAS DOING WELL AND AT THE METROPOLITAN AREA WAS DOING GREAT, AND WE HAD MOVED PAST THE RECESSION AND ALL OF THE INDICATORS YOU USED WOULD SAY THAT MINNESOTA IS DOING WELL AS A MATTER OF FACT ONE OF THE THINGS THEY SAID WE WERE AT RISK OF IN TERMS OF GOING BACKWARDS IS NOT HAVING ENOUGH WORKERS ENOUGH PEOPLE TO FILL THE JOBS THAT THEY BELIEVE WERE COMING IN THE FUTURE DUE TO THINGS LIKE PEOPLE AGENT RETIRING, CUTTING BACK ON THE WORKFORCE IF YOU WELL AS A MATTER OF FACT OUR FORMER DEMOGRAPHY DEMOGRAPHER WHEN I STARTED THE LEGISLATURE REMINDED US THAT MINNESOTA WAS GETTING BROWNER AND GRAYER WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT WAS WE’RE GETTING OLDER BUT THE FOLKS THAT WERE GOING TO BACKFILL FOR THAT WERE GOING TO BE PEOPLE OF COLOR AND THAT’S WHERE THE GROWTH WAS BROUGHT. ALL THE BROUGHT IN THAT SAME ASSESSMENT OF OUR ECONOMY ONE OF THE THINGS WE NOTICED WAS THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE STATE WERE DOING QUITE AS WELL PEOPLE OF COLOR WERE MOVING BACK WORDS AND IN PARTICULAR AFRICAN- AMERICANS AND AMERICAN INDIANS, LATINOS IN PARTICULAR MEXICAN DESCENT SOUTHEAST ASIAN IN PARTICULAR THE HMONG COMMUNITY THOSE WERE COMMUNITIES IT WITHIN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND THE EMERGING SOMALI COMMUNITY ARE ACTUALLY GOING BACKWARDS THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT RATES WERE GETTING BIGGER OR LARGER THEIR POVERTY RATES WERE GROWING EVEN THOUGH THE REGION WAS DOING WELL. THAT WAS OF GREAT CONCERN OF MANY PEOPLE IN THIS LEGISLATURE AND INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR AND WE WORKED AWFULLY HARD TO START TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN THE SAME WAY THAT WE WOULD ADDRESS ANY EMERGENCY IN THE STATE. IN THE SAME WAY WE WOULD ADDRESS WHEN THE LIGHTS WERE LEAVING MILLE LACS AND THE SAME WAY WE WANT TO ADDRESS WHEN THE AVIAN FLU WAS AFFECTING THE TURKEYS THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND THE SAME WAY THAT WE LOOKED AT THE ISSUE ON THE IRON RANGE OF FOREIGN STEEL GOING ON THE MARKET STOPPING PEOPLE FROM BEING ABLE TO WORK THOSE WERE EMERGENCIES IN MINNESOTA AND SO IS THIS ISSUE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR NOT BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMY. WE’RE BACK ONCE AGAIN WE DID THE EQUITY COMMITTEE AND WHAT WE CAME UP WITH MEMBERS WE STARTED WITH $100 MILLION IS WHAT THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED THAT WE NEEDED TO DO TO AND USE THE STATE ALL THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND WHERE PEOPLE OF COLOR OF LIVE TO HELP THEM DO A COUPLE OF THINGS, GET THE TRAINING THAT THEY NEED TO GET INTO THE JOBS THAT WE KNOW ARE THERE AND GOING TO BE THERE IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE BASIC TRAINING TO GIVEN THE GED OR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO THE TRAINING, THE OTHER THING WE DID WE PUT MONEY INTO SMALL BUSINESS WE ALL KNOW AND TO TALK ABOUT THE SMALL BUSINESS IS THE BACKBONE AND THE LIFELINE OF THE STATE OF THIS COUNTRY AND WE KNOW THAT ESPECIALLY IN OUR NEW AMERICANS THEY DO HAVE A GRASP ON TO THAT ISSUE YOU CAN SEE THAT ON UNIVERSITY AVENUE YOU CAN SEE IT ON LAKE ST. YOU CAN SEE IT IN DOWNTOWN OWATONNA DOWN TOWN OF FARIBAULT DOWNTOWN WILLMAR WHERE WE HAVE IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS IN AUSTIN AND I WAS TELLING SENATOR FROM MINNEAPOLIS WAS PLAYING THE AUSTIN BACKERS AND THERE WERE GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF AFRICAN DESCENT THOSE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THAT COMMUNITY. WHAT WE WANTED TO DO WAS TO GIVE A STIMULUS TO THAT COMMUNITY AND GET THEM MOVING AND WE WERE ABLE TO DO SO LAST YEAR WE PASSED THE $34 BILLION APPROPRIATION SOME OF IT WAS DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY UNDERSTOOD HOW TO WORK IN THESE COMMUNITIES AND ALSO WE SEND MONEY TO DEED FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND WORK WITH DEED AND A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS AND IN THAT WE ALSO SENT MONEY TO BUILD CAPACITY FOR PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS THAT NEEDED THAT. WITH THAT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WE WOULD ADD $70 MILLION AN ONGOING APPROPRIATION FOR THIS PARTICULAR INITIATIVE OF THE. IT WAS $34 MILLION AND THEN AT $17 MILLION IN THE BASE. WE EXPECTED THIS YEAR AND UP PREPARATION YEAR LAST YEAR WAS A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION WE EXPECTED WHEN THE FEBRUARY FORECAST AMOUNT THAT WE HAVE $1.6 BILLION THAT NOT ONLY WOULD GO TO THE TABLE AND TALK ABOUT THIS WITH THE INDICATORS SAYING SOME OF THE WORK IS HELPING BUT WE COULD CONTINUE TO DO MORE. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SIT DOWN AND WE WOULD INCREASE THAT APPROPRIATION I TALKED TO SENATOR COHEN AND WE THOUGHT THAT WAS SOMETHING WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO IT DEPENDING UPON THE ECONOMIC FORECAST AND LOW AND BEHOLD THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN NOT ONLY ARE WE NOT GOING TO INCREASE THAT BUT WE’RE GOING TO START TAKING THE MONEY AWAY OR NOT WANT WATER THE COMMITMENT WHICH WE MADE TO THE STATE AND TO THESE FOLKS. SENATOR MILLER I APPRECIATE THIS WAS A TOUGH SLOG FOR YOU AND YOUR TARGET WAS AND WHERE YOU NEEDED IT TO BE BUT MR. PRESIDENT WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO THIS COMMUNITY WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO HELP THEM SO I KNOW THERE’S A ONE TIME TO KEEP EVERYTHING BUT AFTER THAT INTO THE TALES SENATOR MILLER HAS DECIDED TO TAKE MONEY AWAY AND PUT IT IN OTHER PLACES PUT IT IN A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM WE ARE NOT MEETING AND HONORING THE COMMITMENT THAT WE HAD AND I THINK I’M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THAT. WE HAVE JOBS THAT NEED TO BE FILLED IN THIS STATE AND THE EMERGING POPULATION WHO WAS GOING TO FILL THAT ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE BLACK AND BROWN. PEOPLE WHO ARE FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA ORIGIN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FROM SOMALIA PEOPLE THAT ARE BORN AND BRED PEOPLE OF COLOR HERE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AMERICAN INDIANS YOU CAN EASILY DO WHAT I’M SAYING AND FIND THE DATA THIS IS HYPERBOLE. WITH THAT MR. PRESIDENT I’M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT WE ARE NOW PICKING AND CHOOSING WHAT I HEARD FROM THE CHAIR WAS WE DIDN’T WANT THIS MONEY FOR PEOPLE TO DEPEND NOT AND GET INTO THE BASE IN MID WE CAN’T MAKE THAT COMMITMENT WE WANTED TO HAVE FAIRNESS IN A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS MR. PRESIDENT IF THERE WERE FAIRNESS IN A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS WE WOULD NEVER GOTTEN THE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS IT WAS CLEAR WE NEEDED TO THAT TO GIVE A STIMULUS TO THOSE FOLKS IT WAS CLEAR THE PROCESS THAT WE HAD TODAY THE WE DID TRY TO WORK SOME OF THAT OUT IT WAS NOT WORKING FOR THESE FOLKS. THE OTHER PRINCIPAL AND WHICH WAS TALKED ABOUT WAS THEIR BEST, I DON’T SEE A LOT OF FAIRNESS IN PICKING AND CHOOSING BECAUSE THERE’S PLENTY OF DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS THAT SENATOR MILLER HAS APPROPRIATED IN THIS BILL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I’M NOT MAKING THIS A PARTISAN ISSUE I MAKING THIS AN ISSUE ABOUT US MEETING OUR COMMITMENTS SO I WASN’T ON THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS BUT I KNOW THIS ISSUE, I WORKED HARD ON THIS ISSUE AND I’M GOING TO LET THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS CONTINUED TO TELL YOU THE THINGS THEY SAW AND HEARD BUT MEMBERS I WILL TELL YOU I THINK WE WILL HAVE SOME AMENDMENTS AND THERE WILL BE OTHER THINGS AND EVEN IF THIS BILL PASSES AND ITS CURRENT FORM WE NEED TO GET TO THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE I’M ACTUALLY HOPING THE OTHER BODY STANDS UP STRONG AND SAYS YOU KNOW WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE MINNESOTA SENATE LAST YEAR WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO SENATOR BAKK AND SENATOR COHEN SENATOR CHAMPION AND SENATOR HAYDEN AND WE WON’T FORGET THAT AND WE’RE GOING TO RESTORE THOSE TALES FOR EQUITY AND I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD EVEN THEN BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE GOVERNOR AND GET A BIGGER TARGET SO WE CAN PUT MORE MONEY IT IS WORKING IT IS THERE AND IT IS GOING TO DO DOING THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE MINNESOTANS MINNESOTA CONTINUES TO PROSPER. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION ON SENATE FILE 1937? SENATOR COHEN. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS LET ME REINFORCE WHAT SENATOR HAYDEN HAS SAID FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCE BILL LAST YEAR AND THE DELIBERATIONS FOR THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND THOSE FOLKS WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL REMEMBER DISCUSSIONS WE HAD. ANYONE WHO IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE SENATE AND ALL LIKELIHOOD REMEMBERS THE SIGNIFICANT REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR ABOUT THE CONCERNS RELATIVE TO EQUITY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ON, THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL SENATOR HAYDEN AND SENATOR CHAMPION LABORED ON REQUESTED $100 MILLION THAT OBVIOUSLY IN A SUPPLEMENTAL YEAR WAS DIFFICULT NUMBER TO MEET. WE DID WHAT WE COULD AND BE HONEST IN ADEQUATELY IN PROVIDING $17.5 MILLION LAST YEAR WITH THE MONEY CONTINUING IN THE BASE FOR BOTH YEARS OF THE. UPCOMING THE THOSE AMOUNTS WERE CERTAINLY CONTAINED WITHIN THE SENATE BILL. I CAN ALSO SUGGEST AND SENATOR HAYDEN ALLUDED TO IT SENATOR HAYDEN AND SENATOR CHAMPION WERE COCHAIRS OF LINE IN THE EQUITY SUBCOMMITTEE WITH IN THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR THIS VERY EXPLICIT PURPOSE A FAIRLY UNUSUAL MOVE THEY HAD HOURS AND HOURS OF HEARINGS ON WHAT IS THE NEED TO ROUTE THE STATE NOT TO SIMPLY IN MINNEAPOLIS OR ST. PAUL ODYSSEY CONCENTRATED IN MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL, BUT A CONCERN TO THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS IN THE STATE. THERE WAS NO QUESTION AS THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL THAT THE ABSOLUTE CENTERPIECE OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCE BILL LAST YEAR OFF THE SENATE FLOOR IT WAS THE EQUITY FUNDING. SENATOR HAYDEN HAS DESCRIBED THE DETAIL I’M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT HE HAS SAID, WENT INTO CONFERENCE I WASN’T QUITE SURE I TALKED ABOUT THIS WITH BOTH SENATORS A WASN’T SURE WHERE WE WOULD BE WITH THE HOUSE. I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AND IT COULD SHARE OF CREDIT GOES TO SENATOR BAKK IN OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE SPEAKER WITH THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE THEY UNDERSTOOD THE NEED FOR PROVIDING THE EQUITY FUNDING NOT ONLY DID THEY UNDERSTAND THE NEED OF GRATITUDE TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCE BILL BUT THEY AGREED TO CARRY THAT MONEY IN THE TAILS AND I WILL BE HONEST WITH MEMBERS THAT WAS NOT NECESSARILY MY EXPECTATION AND GOING TO THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE THE DISCUSSIONS WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP EXCEED THOSE EXPECTATIONS AND AWAY THE THOUGHT WAS A GOOD START FOR THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN AND PROBLEM. COMING INTO THIS YEAR MY EXPECTATION AND SENATOR HAYDEN POINTED THIS OUT OF THIS LUECK TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE BUDGET FORECAST WAS, MY EXPECTATION ALL ALONG WAS THAT WE WOULD TAKE FROM WHERE WE LEFT OFF LAST YEAR AT LEAST IN THE SENATE PROVIDE ADDITIONAL MONEY BECAUSE AGAIN THE REQUEST WAS $100 MILLION THE REQUEST PRESENTED TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE FAR EXCEEDED THAT FOR MANY AND VERY GOOD REASONS. I RECOGNIZE SENATOR MILLER HAS LABORED VERY HARD WITH THIS BILL HAS DONE SO IN MANY RESPECTS IN VERY GOOD WAYS, THIS ON FOR CHILE IS A MAJOR HOLE IN THE BILL AND I RECOGNIZE WE TALK ABOUT TARGETS AND WE NEED TO BE TARGETED AT THE BUDGET BALANCE AND ALL THE REST OF THAT THIS IS A TARGET THAT CAN’T WAIT THIS IS A TARGET THAT’S YEARS IN THE MAKING. I HOPE MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY WOULD CONSIDER THE HISTORY OF THE STATE IN HISTORY LAST SEVERAL DECADES THE HISTORY IN THE STATE SENATE LAST YEAR AND THE HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATURE LAST YEAR THE HISTORY THAT LED DIRECTLY TO THE REQUEST FOR EQUITY FUNDING AND GIVE CONSIDERATION TO WHAT HAPPENED WHAT’S NEEDED AND WHAT WE SHOULD DO. >>SENATOR SIMONSON. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. I WANT TO TALK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT WHAT’S NOT IN THE BILL ONE OF THE ISSUES I’VE SPENT A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME ON AND CARE A LOT ABOUT IS THE ISSUE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN GREATER MINNESOTA. I CAN APPRECIATE THE SENATOR MILLER EFFORTS FOR FINDING $20 MILLION TO INVEST IN OUR BORDER TO BORDER BROADBAND PROGRAM, I THINK TO BE FAIR THERE WAS A LOT OF DESIRE TO DO MORE THAN THAT HAD WE HAD A LARGER TARGET. I THINK MANY OF MY COMMENTS WILL BE ABOUT THE LACK OF A LARGER TARGET AND MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS IT’S VERY FRUSTRATING WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT HOW GOOD THINGS ARE GOING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE STATE AND CERTAIN PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY ARE DOING REALLY WELL OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS VERY LOW IN SOME AREAS. IN OTHER PARTS OF OUR STATE THAT SOMETIMES GETS FORGOTTEN AND NOT TALK ABOUT A LOT THOSE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE HIGHER THINGS ARE NECESSARILY GOING AS WELL AS PERHAPS THEY ARE IN THE METRO OR IN LARGER REGIONAL CENTERS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE STARTED WITH THE BORDER TO BORDER BROADBAND PROGRAM WAS AN INITIATIVE TO PARTNER WITH ALL MINNESOTANS THE MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE IN THE STATE IN PROVIDING A TOOL TO HELP THEM PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO HELP THEM FUNCTION AS INDIVIDUALS IN THE STATE TO HELP THEM STAY CONNECTED WITH THE WORLD, AND WE DID THAT THROUGH CREATING THIS PROGRAM AND WE KNOW THAT WORKS WE KNOW THAT IT’S WORKING BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. OFTENTIMES HERE IN THE METRO OR IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE WE BECOME VERY SPOILED WITH THE CONVENIENCE AS WE HAVE WITH ACCESS TO GREAT SERVICE AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT’S NOT THE CASE EVERYWHERE WE GO. I CAN APPRECIATE WE’RE INVESTING $20 MILLION IN THIS BILL INTO THE FUND, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SEEN A LOT MORE AND A THINK A LOT OF OTHER MEMBERS WOULD DO BUT IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN TIMES WHEN MANY WILL AGREE THAT THINGS ARE GOING VERY WELL ACROSS THE STATE LET US TO NOT FORGET THOSE AREAS OF THE STATE THAT ARE NECESSARILY DOING QUITE AS WELL AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE A LARGER TARGET. BRIEFLY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE POLICY THAT’S BEEN BUILT AROUND BROADBAND. I WAS BRISLING GOING TO TALK ABOUT AN AMENDMENT WHICH I’M CHOOSING NOT TO OFFER BUT I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND AS WE TALK ABOUT BROADBAND LIKE MANY OF THE SUBJECTS WE TALK ABOUT IT’S INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED THERE’S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS THERE’S A LOT OF INTERESTED PARTIES AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS YEAR BEING THE NON POLICY YEAR I TOOK THAT TO HEART, I MADE THESE COMMENTS IN COMMITTEE AND HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH THE BILL AUTHOR I’M NOT GOING TO REPEAT A LOT OF THAT NOW. I HOPE AS WE GO INTO CONFERENCE SENATOR MILLER HAS A POSITION HIMSELF BETTER THAN THE HOUSE AND COMES OUT WITH SOMETHING WE ALL CAN LIVE WITH. I’M DISAPPOINTED IT’S NOT MORE MONEY I THINK THIS WAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN GREATER MINNESOTA WHEN WE HAVE A SURPLUS BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS I APPRECIATE IT FOR WHAT WE HAVE THANK YOU. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. THANK YOU JEREMY MILLER FOR THE WORK YOU’VE DONE ON A JOBS BILL AS YOU AND I HAVE DISCUSSED AND WE WORKED HARD FOR THIS BILL AND YOU CLEARLY KNOW SOME OF THE THINGS BETTER ON CHALLENGE ABOUT EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE SOME GOOD THINGS IN THE BILL THE BILL MISSES THE POINT ON SOME VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES. SENATOR HAYDEN WAS SO ELOQUENTLY TALKED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF HOW WE GOT TO THIS PLACE AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING NUMBERS WERE ALSO TALKING ABOUT REAL PEOPLE OUR NEIGHBORS OUR FRIENDS AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE WE RUN IN CONTACT WITH ALL THE TIME. ONE OF THE THINGS I THOUGHT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT WOULD BE SOME STATISTICS WERE EMPIRICAL FOLKS WE LIKE DATA. MINNESOTA’S BLACK MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS HOVERED AROUND $30,000 FOR SEVERAL YEARS LESS THAN THE WHITE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME LAST YEAR IT OF $66,000 THAT ACCORDING TO THE NEWSPAPER WE ALSO KNOW BLACK MINNESOTA’S REMAIN UNEMPLOYED AT NEARLY THREE TIMES THE RATE OF WHITE MINNESOTANS AND ALSO IS ACCORDING TO THE STAR TRIBUNE AND 2015 DATA SUGGEST THE AMERICAN INDIAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS AROUND 17.3% THAT’S ACCORDING TO OUR DEMOGRAPHER SUSAN BROUWER MINNESOTA’S LABOR FORCE AS YOU HEARD SENATOR HAYDEN TALKING ABOUT IS PROJECTED TO SLOW OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND ALL HANDS ON DECK APPROACH WILL BE NEEDED FOR MINNESOTA TO THE ECONOMICALLY AND MORALLY SUCCESSFUL IN THE FUTURE SO WHEN YOU HEAR US TALK ABOUT THE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS BECAUSE WE WANT TO DO GO TO GREAT STRAIN TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS A BALANCE AND GEOGRAPHICAL BALANCE AND WE LOOK OUT FOR WOMEN AND VETERANS AND VARIOUS COMMUNITIES, WE LOOKED AT SMALL BUSINESSES AS WELL WHEN WE THINK ABOUT DIRECT A PREPARATIONS OF THIS BILL WHERE THEY REMAIN HARMLESS IN 18 AND 19 BUT IN 20 AND 21 THOSE DIRECT A PREPARATIONS WILL BE ELIMINATED. WHEN YOU HEAR THAT STATEMENT YOU THINK OK BUT LET’S PUT SOME CASES TO THOSE APPROPRIATIONS. AND MEDIATE WHICH PROVIDES BUSINESS CONSULTING ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY ENTREPENEURS IN ADDITION THEY HOSTA PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER THAT HELPS ALL MINNESOTA’S BUSINESSES PURSUE FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THEY ARE STATEWIDE HOW ABOUT YOU,, YOU JOB IS BEING CUT BY $1.2 MILLION ONCE THE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS ARE CUT IN THE TAILS AND HUGE, PLACE IS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE OF A CIVIC ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON YOUNG MEN WHO MAY SUFFER MULTIPLE BARRIERS TO BECOMING A STABLE FUTURE REPLACE IT GAUGES THE CEMENT TO FOSTER DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE HUGE, PLACED COMMITTEE AND ASSIST THEM IN BECOMING STRONGER MORE RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYED PROSPEROUS MEN AND FATHERS LET’S _ FATHERS WHO PROVIDE AN CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY TO THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY. AND THERE’S WHITE EARTH AND I WILL GO THROUGH THIS EXHAUSTIVE LIST BUT ALL SPEAK ABOUT WHITE EARTH. THERE WAS GRANTS PROVIDED FOR BUSINESS ASSISTANCE FOR WORK FORCE DEVELOP OUTREACH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPERATIONAL SUPPORT FINANCING AND OTHER BUSINESS TO THAT AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHITE EARTH COMMUNITY. WE KNOW THAT IN 20 AND 21 THOSE DIRECT A PREPARATIONS WILL BE ELIMINATED BUT WHAT AMID AN 18 AND 19? THE COMPETITIVE GRANTS APPROPRIATION THE COMPETITIVE GRANTS REALLY FOCUS ON A VARIETY OF COMMITTEES FROM PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY PROGRAM TO USE AT WORK TO WOMEN IN HIGH-WAGE HIGH DEMAND NON-TRADITIONAL JOB GRANTS PROGRAMS TO SOUTHEAST ASIAN ECONOMIC RELIEF COMPETITIVE GRANTS AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR OF VARIETY OF DIFFERENT GROUPS. I FAILED TO MENTION EARLIER WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT AS I TALKED ABOUT THE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS THAT ALSO INCLUDES CLUES THE STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION AS WELL. I THINK THIS BILL IS OVER RELIANT ON COMPETITIVE GRANTS IN THE TALES ALTHOUGH I HEAR PEOPLE SAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE EVERYONE APPLY FOR THE MONEY BY WAY OF A COMPETITIVE GRANT AND THAT HAS MERIT HOWEVER THERE ARE SEVERAL CONCERNS IS EASY TO CUT A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM VERSES AND A CORPORATION FOR A SPECIFIC NONPROFIT THIS PROPOSAL ILLUSTRATES THE POINT SOME NONPROFITS ARE MORE ABLE TO COMPETE BECAUSE THEY HAVE GREAT WRITERS AND EXPERTISE WITHIN THEIR ORGANIZATIONS I CALL THEM PAPER TIGERS. THEY ALWAYS HAVE THE DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE GRASS-ROOTS FOLKS BUT THEY CAN LOOK GOOD ON PAPER AND I BELIEVE WE GO TO A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROCESS ONLY OR HEAVILY THAN WE LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. THINK ABOUT IT LEADING DISCRETION TO APPROPRIATE A LOT OF MONEY TO AN AGENCY IS SOMETHING WE SHOULDN’T ALWAYS DO BECAUSE WE ARE THE LEGISLATURE AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE A SURGICAL APPROACH AND AN INTENTIONAL APPROACH TO MAKING SURE THESE COMMUNITIES ARE IMPORTANT. IF SENATOR MILLER WILL YIELD? >>SENATOR MILLER WILL YIELD SENATOR CHAMPION. >>SENATOR MILLARD YOU AND I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS AROUND PUBLIC POLICY OF COMPETITIVE GRANTS AND I WONDER IF YOUR COMMITMENT WILL BE GOING FORWARD IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THESE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE RECEIVING THE ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING A DIRECT APPROPRIATION WHAT CAN WE DO BEFORE THAT A CORPORATION ENDS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE DOING GOOD WORK AND IF THEY’RE DOING GOOD WORK WHAT CAN WE DO AS THE LEGISLATURE GOING FORWARD IN THE FUTURE? >>MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATOR CHAMPION THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND MEMBERS, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR ANY ORGANIZATION THE LEGISLATURE HAD A COMMITMENT FOR IN THE UPCOMING BIENNIUM FISCAL YEAR 18 AND 19 IF THEY HAD A COMMITMENT FROM THE LEGISLATURE THEY WERE GOING TO RECEIVE A DIRECT APPROPRIATION WE THE LEGISLATURE ARE FULFILLING THAT COMMITMENT. IN THE FOLLOWING FISCAL YEAR 2021 WE ARE MOVING THE FUNDS TO A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM AND THE REASON WHY THE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO DO THAT TO REASONS NUMBER-ONE WE FELT IT WAS BETTER PUBLIC POLICY TO HAVE A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM SO ALL THESE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE TO COMPETE 1/2 TO PROVE THEY’RE GETTING RESULTS THEY HAVE TO COME BACK WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND WHAT THEY SAY THEY ARE DOING. THE SECOND REASON IS THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE RECEIVING A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM THE LEGISLATURE FROM THE TAXPAYERS AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY’RE DOING. MY COMMITMENT SENATOR CHAMPION AND MEMBERS IS NEXT SESSION WE WILL COME BACK AND WE WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CRITERIA AROUND THESE COMPETITIVE GRANTS AND WE WILL MAKE SURE ALL ORGANIZATIONS ARE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WE DON’T WANT TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE GRANT WRITERS TO HAVE A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OVER THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DON’T HAVE GRANT WRITERS. ENTER CHAMPION I WILL ASK FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND YOUR ASSISTANCE ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE SENATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMITTEE SO WE CAN DO THAT WE CAN PUT SOME GOALS AND DIFFERENT CRITERIA AROUND THESE COMPETITIVE GRANTS TO MAKE SURE OUR INTENTIONS HERE IN THE LEGISLATURE ARE BEING MET ANOTHER THING WE ARE GOING TO DO IS ALLOW THESE ORGANIZATIONS TO COME BACK TO THE LEGISLATURE AND COME BACK IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE AND IF THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING IF THEY’RE GETTING RESULTS IF THEY ARE BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT WE ARE PROVIDING THEM, THEN WE AS A LEGISLATURE CAN CONSIDER REDIRECTING THEM SOME MONEY THROUGH DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS BUT WE AS THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD HOLD THESE ORGANIZATIONS ACCOUNTABLE THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE VERY GOOD ORGANIZATIONS BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE DOING WHAT THEY’RE SAY THEY’RE DOING AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE GETTING THE RESULTS THAT THE LEGISLATURE INTENDED THEM TO GET. >>SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT THANK YOU SENATOR MILLER FOR THE RESPONSE I TOO AGREE WITH YOU IT’S IMPORTANT TO CREATE AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE ALL FOLKS ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE WE KNOW HISTORY IS SHOWN WE COULD HAVE ALL LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HERE OUR WONDERFUL STATE OF MINNESOTA BUT CERTAIN COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO BE LEFT BEHIND SO THAT WOULD SAY WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE WE GET DIFFERENT OUTCOMES. THAT’S WHY I ALSO BELIEVE AS WE DO THAT WE HAVE TO REMAIN FOCUSED ON THE FACT IT’S AN IMPORTANT AS THIS PRINCIPLE FOR US TO PREPARE THE FUTURE WERE FORCED TO REMAIN GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE WE KNOW WE’RE HAVING A GREAT TSUNAMI PEOPLE ARE RETIRING WE KNOW THERE’S GOING TO BE A FUTURE LEADERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE GOING TO FILL THOSE JOBS BUT THEY HAVE TO BE PREPARED IN ORDER TO DO SO LAST. BUT NOT LEAST ON THIS POINT CONSISTENCY IS IMPORTANT AS WE LOOK FOR THOSE FOLKS WERE RECEIVING THE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS TO DEMONSTRATES THEY’RE DOING EVERYTHING THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO WANT TO MAKE SURE WE REMAIN CONSISTENT ACROSS THE BOARD PEOPLE WHO FOR MULTIPLE YEARS ARE APPLYING COMPETITIVELY AND GET THE DOLLARS THAT MOVING WE WANNA MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE SAME COMMITMENT AROUND THAT WILL SENATOR MILLER SAID IT TO ANOTHER QUESTION? >>SENATOR MILLER WILL YIELD. >>THANK YOU SENATOR MILLER I ALSO WANT TO ASK ABOUT VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAMS AS YOU KNOW THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM IS A FEDERAL STATE PARTNERSHIP THAT PROVIDES SHORT- TERM FRONT END AND ONE IT SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES. WE KNOW THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION DOES COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE SKILL TRAINING AND JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES I ALSO KNOW IN THE BILL THERE IS THE EXTENDED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES ONGOING SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ONCE THEY ARE READY OR ARE ALREADY WORKING. ABSENT THE FRONT AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM PURSES WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SECURE EMPLOYMENT NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE AND EXTENDED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM. IF THERE’S NO JOB AND THEN THERE’S NO NEED FOR THE ONGOING SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYMENT THE EXTENDED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM CAN YOU TELL ME HOW YOU REACH THE CONCLUSION IN THE BILL ONLY TO PROVIDE NO NEW FUNDING FOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM AND OF THE GOVERNOR ASKED FOR THAT AN INCREASE WE KNOW THIS COMMUNITY THE DISABILITIES COMMUNITY IS IN NEED OF THOSE SERVICES AND ALSO IN NEED OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. >>SENATOR MILLER. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT SENATOR CHAMPION AND MEMBERS THIS BILL PUTS A STRONG EMPHASIS ON PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WE INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE EXTENDED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, WE INCREASED FUNDING FOR CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING WE MAINTAIN THE FUNDING FOR MINNESOTA DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIES ALL THREE OF THOSE PROGRAMS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. SENATOR CHAMPION AS FAR AS THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION I’M COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH YOU THE GOVERNOR DID HAVE AN INCREASE IN HIS BUDGET AND TO OUR COMMITTEES DEFENSE TO MY DEFENSE AND I THINK WE DIDN’T QUITE UNDERSTAND ALL THAT WAS IN TAILED THERE WAS SOME FEDERAL MANDATES THAT ARE GETTING PASSED DOWN TO THE STATE LEVEL AND THERE ARE SOME OTHER CRITERIA THAT WE DIDN’T FULLY UNDERSTAND WHEN WE HEARD THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PROPOSAL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AS A COMMITTEE THROUGH THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PROCESS TO TRY TO FIND SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SO WE CAN MEET THE FEDERAL STANDARDS AGAIN FOR UNFUNDED MANDATE THAT WAS PASSED TO US FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. >>SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT THANK YOU SENATOR MILLER I WANT TO ENCOURAGE SENATOR MILLER TO CONTINUE TO LOOK TO BACKFILL THOSE DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS SO THEY CAN BE ONGOING AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR COMPETITIVE GRANTS WE BELIEVE THERE ARE GREAT COMMUNITIES WHO REALLY NEED TO HAVE THOSE RESOURCES IN ORDER FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES TO MOVE ALONG AND BECOME ALL THE WOULD LIKE TO BE AS WELL THANK YOU. >>SENATOR HAWJ. >>MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS THANK YOU. I’M HERE ADDRESSING ADDRESSED IN A SUIT AND TIE BECAUSE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SENATE FORMALITY HERE I LIVE IN A RACIALLY CONCENTRATED POVERTY AREA. IF I DESCRIBED TO EVERYONE WHERE EXACTLY LIVE IF YOU MIGHT BE HORRIFIED EVEN NOW IS JUST A BLOCK FROM IT BEAUTIFUL PHALEN LAKE BUT I DON’T WANT TO VOTE TO MUCH INTO THAT THE REASON I STAND UP TO SPEAK HIS EQUITY MATTERS SO MUCH TO ME. AND TO THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT I’M GLAD EVEN TO HEAR A LITTLE BIT INSINUATION A REMARK FROM SENATOR MILLER THAT HE WOULD ENCOURAGE EVALUATION IN THE FUTURE NEXT SESSION AND ON GOING ON THIS PROCESS TO MAKE SURE COMPETITIVE GRANTS ARE LOOKED AT AND GIVEN AN ADVANTAGE FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT BECAUSE I KNOW IF WE GO DOWN THAT ROUTE COMPETITIVE GRANTS I CAN TESTIFY TO THAT IT WILL BE TROUBLING FOR A NUMBER OF SMALLER THINGS F. SMITH MINORITY GROUPS THAT WILL BE APPLYING FOR THE DOLLARS. I FEEL MUCH MORE ACCLIMATED WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF SENATOR CHAMPION AND SENATOR HAYDEN THAT THEY PUT THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS AND TO THIS TO RESOLVE AND HELP OUT WITH PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. WE SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THERE’S SOMETHING GOOD BAKERY HERE FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA IT’S NOT JUST FOR THEIR BEHALF IT’S NOT TO MAKE FOR THEM TO PUT A PORTFOLIO AND A RECORD BUT THEY WANT TO SOLVE THE GREATER GOOD OF MINNESOTA TO UPLIFT ALL PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA AND THEIR EQUITY BILL IS VERY INCLUSIVE AND NOT JUST WORKING TO RESOLVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY BUT SOUTHEAST ASIA AND NATIVE AMERICAN AND SO FORTH ON AND ON. I WANT TO COMMUNICATE TO THE MEMBERS LET’S SOLVE POVERTY TOGETHER I WANT TO ENCOURAGE SENATOR MILLER I WILL HOLD YOU TO YOUR WORDS THAT YOU PROMISE WE WILL TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY THAT EVERYONE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO APPLYING FOR THE DOLLARS THAT WILL HELP BOOST THOSE WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND THANK YOU. >>SENATOR BENSON. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I HAVE THE A 16 AMENDMENT. >>THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR BENSON MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 1937 S FOLLOWS PAGE 29 SECTION 9 THIS IS THE A 16 AMENDMENT. >>TO THE AMENDMENT SENATOR BENSON. >>MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS WHEN I ARRIVED AS A FRESHMAN I JOINED THE ENERGY COMMITTEE ONE OF THE SENATOR ROSEN PRODUCT THOSE FIRST TWO YEARS WAS TO STOP THE EARMARKING OF R.D. F. FUNDS SHE DID A GOOD JOB WITH THAT REFORM NOW SEEMS WE HAVE SOME EARMARKING COMING BACK I THINK EPRDF SHOULD MAKE SOME CLEAR DECISIONS BASED ON CRITERIA AND MEMBERS I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT ON THE A 16 AMENDMENT I’M HAPPY TO STAND FOR QUESTIONS. >>DISCUSSION TO THE 816 AMENDMENT SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I APPRECIATE THE SENATOR BENSON COMMENTS I WOULD RESIST THE DELETION OF THIS IF EVERYONE REMEMBERS WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY HERE WHEN WE HAD A $50 MILLION APPROPRIATION FOR THE IRRRB FOR SILICON ENERGY THROUGH MADE IN MINNESOTA OF AND IT DIDN’T WORK OUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS $10 MILLION IS ALSO TO GO TO THE IRRRB TO RETOOL RECAST AND TRY TO GET SOME ECONOMIC ACTIVITY OUT OF THAT FACILITY I UNDERSTAND A HEARTBURN INDIVIDUALS MIGHT HAVE OF BUT THAT $10 MILLION FROM R.D. F. IT’S NOT A GENERAL APPROPRIATION FUND EXPENDITURE IT COMES FROM THE RENEWAL DEVELOPMENT FUND IS TO HELP HAVE A CANADIAN FIRM COME IN AND BRING JOBS TO THE IRON RANGE SO MEMBERS I WOULD REQUEST A NO VOTE. >>SENATOR BENSON. >>MR. PRESIDENT WITH REGARD TO THE RPF I THINK THE FUNDS WOULD BE BETTER RELEASED BACK TO THE RPF IS STARTING LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ERA OF JOB GROWTH AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. >>SENATOR MARTY. >>MR. CHAIR I CAN’T SPEAK MUCH TO THIS WE HAVE NO BILL ON THIS I HAD NOT SEEN THE BILL WE DID NOT DISCUSS THIS I SHARE THE SENATOR BENSON CONCERNS IT MAY BE A VERY GOOD IDEA WE HAVE NOT DISCUSSED THIS. >>SENATOR TOMASSONI. >>>>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I WOULD OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT ALSO MEMBERS THIS MONEY ACTUALLY WOULD END UP SAVING MONEY INTO THE R D F AND BECAUSE THERE’S $50 MILLION A YEAR GOING INTO THAT MINNESOTA MADE PROJECT THE MINNESOTA MADE LEGISLATION WAS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PLANT ON THE IRON RANGE AND THE MONEY I THINK THAT’S PART AROUND THE STATE IN A MANNER THAT WASN’T INITIALLY INTENDED AND DIDN’T GO TO THE PLANT IT SHOULD HAVE AN ULTIMATE THE PLAN DIDN’T WORK OUT AS WELL AS IT DID WITH THE NEW PANELS THAT WILL BE COMING IN FROM A CANADIAN COMPANY THAT’S BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL MAKING THESE PLANS THE MONEY WILL GO TO OUR RETOOLING THE PLANT GETTING A PLANT BACK AND RUNNING AND WILL BE VERY WELL SPENT AND I THINK NOT ONLY WILL SAVE MONEY FOR THE RPF IT WILL SAVE MONEY IN A WAY FOR I WOULD SAY I WILL SAY THIS WILL SAVE MONEY FOR OUR D F IT ALONG WANT AND WILL HELP THAT PLANT ACTUALLY GET BACK TO WHERE IT WAS REALLY INTENDED TO BE AND CREATE JOBS ON THE IRON RANGE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLAR ECONOMY I WOULD APPRECIATE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR JUST SO REACT TO SENATOR MARTY COMMENTS HE WAS CORRECT THIS DID NOT COME TO MY COMMITTEE AS A BILL HOWEVER IT WAS INCLUDED AND DISCUSSED AT COMMITTEE DURING THE MARKUP OF MY OMNIBUS ENERGY AND UTILITIES BILL IT WAS ALSO IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND DISCUSSED DURING THE FINANCE REVIEW OF THE ARTICLE SO IT DID HAVE DISCUSSION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS SO IT IS A NECESSARILY COMPLETELY WIDE OPEN OUT OF THE BLUE IT WAS SOMETHING WE DID HAVE DISCUSSION ON. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION TODAY A 16 AMENDMENT? SEEING NO DISCUSSION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. DIVISION HAS BEEN CALLED ALL THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE STAND. >>PLEASE BE SEATED ALL THOSE OPPOSED PLEASE STAND. >>THANK YOU YOU MAY BE SEATED THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FURTHER DISCUSSION 2 SENATE FILE 1937 SENATOR TOMASSONI. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT LET ME THINK I HAVE THE A 15 AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR TOMASSONI MOVES THE A 15 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR TOMASSONI MOVE TO AMEND SENATE ON 1937 THIS IS THE A 15 AMENDMENT. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATOR MILLER I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE M D I A PREPARATION IN THE BILL I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO WORK FOR THE COMPANY FOR THE COMPANY ITSELF TO KEEP GOING TOWARD KEEPING THE PEOPLE EMPLOYED. THE A 15 AMENDMENT REFERS TO LEGISLATION PASSED IN 2015 IT’S A CORRECTION AND CLARIFICATION TO SOME LANGUAGE FOR THE SISTER OF TECHNOLOGY AND ALSO REFERS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THE DEPARTMENT WAS HAVING TROUBLE INTERPRETING THE LANGUAGE HOW TO DISTRIBUTE THE MONEY SENATOR MILLER WAS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE ME A HEARING IN HIS COMMITTEE AND THE BILL PASSED AND SENT TO THE FLOOR THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO PUT INTO THE BILL I’M NOT SURE WHERE IT IS IN THE HOUSE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THE DEPARTMENT IS NEUTRAL ON THE SITE WHICH THEY FEEL THEY CAN WORK WITH THIS LANGUAGE AND WILL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THE ASSIST OF TECHNOLOGY IN MINNESOTA I’VE HAD A DISCUSSION WITH SENATOR MILLER I BELIEVE HE’S OK WITH THIS AMENDMENT I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. >>SENATOR MILLER. >>MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS I THINK THIS IS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION TO BE A 15 AMENDMENT? SEEING NO DISCUSSION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. DISCUSSION? SENATOR MARTY. >>MR. PRESIDENT I HAVE THE 820 AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. >>THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR MARTY MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 1937 PAGE 34 DELETE SECTIONS 8 THROUGH 10 THIS IS THE 820 AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR MARTY AND. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I DON’T NEED TO SPEAK LONG ON THIS THIS IS THE SAME THING AND TRY TO DO LAST NIGHT WITH THE OTHER BILL THAT IS TO REMOVE THE POLICY FROM THE BUDGET BILL WE HAVE BIG ENOUGH BUDGETS TO DEAL WITH WE DON’T HAVE A LOT TENSION BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND GOVERNOR AND EVERYONE I THINK IF WE WANT TO HAVE OUR WORK DONE IN A TIMELY BASIS THIS YEAR WE OUGHT TO DO WITH THE GOVERNOR RECOMMENDED PUT POLICY BILLS IN POLICY BILLS AND DEAL WITH THEM SEPARATELY THIS IS NOT AN ARGUMENT THAT ALL POLICY PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE BAD, I SUPPORT A NUMBER OF THEM AND IT OUGHT TO BE TRAVELING ON THEIR OWN FOR THEIR OWN DEBATE AND BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PUBLIC I URGE YOUR SUPPORT AND ASK FOR ROLL CALL. >>ROLL CALL HAS BEEN REQUESTED AND GRANTED DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I WOULD REQUEST A LOT RED VOTE ON THIS THE POLICY PROVISIONS BETTER IN THIS BILL REALLY ARE IN MANY WAYS WELL SUPPORTED AND WERE SUPPORTED WITH IN COMMITTEE THERE ARE SOME THAT WERE NOT SENATOR WEBER MUNICIPAL CO-OP PROVISION WAS CONTROVERSIAL I WILL ADMIT THAT AGAIN THAT’S BEING WORKED ON WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SO WE CAN PERHAPS HAVE PEACE IN THE VALLEY. MEMBERS I WOULD RESIST AN HALF AN NOVO. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION TO A 20 AMENDMENT? SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL. >>ALL SENATORS HAVING VOTED THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL THEIR BEING 29 YEAS AND 38 NAYS THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FURTHER DISCUSSION 2 SENATE FILE 1937 SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT MR. PRESIDENT WILL SENATOR WEBER YIELD? >>SENATOR WEBER WILL YIELD SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT SENATOR WEBER I NOTICED IN THE BUILD THE ENERGY SECTION THAT NET METERING SECTION WHERE THERE’S A BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE ON MARCH 16TH AND VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR ON MARCH 20TH CAN YOU TELL ME WHY THIS PROVISION IS STILL IN THE BILL AND WHETHER YOU BELIEVE WHETHER ANY OF THE LANGUAGE THAT’S IN THE CURRENT THIS BILL IS DIFFERENT FROM A LANGUAGE THAT WAS VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR? >>SENATOR WEBER. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC NET METERING AMENDMENTS IN HERE THERE IS THE CO-OP A BILL THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME EXISTS TODAY AS IT DID THEN. THERE WAS A BEATING AS RECENTLY AS THIS MORNING MR. PRESIDENT THAT WHEREBY MEMBERS FROM THE MINNESOTA RURAL ELECTRIC CO-OP ASSOCIATION AND THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE MET AND THEY TALKED ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT THE DIFFERENCES ARE AND THEY’RE ACTUALLY WORKING ON WORDING THE RURAL ELECTRIC CO-OP ASSOCIATION GAVE A COMMITMENT TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE THAT BY THE TIME THIS WOULD WORK ITS WAY THROUGH THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PROCESS MR. PRESIDENT THE GOVERNOR WOULD SEE DIFFERENT LANGUAGE THAN WHAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE BILL THAT HE VETOED AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIS OFFICE TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE AN AGREEABLE SOLUTION. >>SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT THANK YOU SENATOR WEBER FOR THE EXPLANATION I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE WAS ANY PLANS ON THAT LANGUAGE BEEN CHANGED AND WHETHER THERE WAS ANY WILLINGNESS ON YOUR PART TO WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND CHANGE THAT LANGUAGE THANK YOU. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION SENATOR RUUD. >>MR. PRESIDENT I HAVE THE 821 AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR RUUD MOVES THE 821 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT >>SENATOR RUUD MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 1937 PAGE TO LINE 11 THIS IS THE 821 AMENDMENT. >>MEMBERS THIS IS THE VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL BILL AND I DO WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR HEARING THIS BILL AS ITS WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS. TODAY IN FINANCE COMMITTEE WE ADDED UNEXPECTED FISCAL NOTES VERY SURPRISING IN NATURE, SO THE BILL WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE OMNIBUS BILL. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS YESTERDAY WHO HELPED ME MOVE THAT BILL WILL FROM THE COMMITTEE BACK INTO FINANCE SO THE COMMITTEE COULD WORK ON THIS AND WE COULD GET IT FIXED SO WE COULD PUT IT BACK INTO THIS BILL. IF YOU RECALL IF HE DID NOT SIT ON THOSE COMMITTEES THIS BILL ALLOWS MINNESOTA TO A JOINT 33 OTHER STATES IN MODERNIZING OUR TELECOM LINES MOVING TOWARDS THE NATIONAL UNIFORM POLICY EXISTING MINNESOTA LAW DISCRIMINATES AMONG THE OF VOICE PROVIDERS REGULATE SOME MORE HEAVILY SOLELY BASED ON THE TECHNOLOGY THEY USE A VS LANDLINES OR INTERNET. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE ALL VOIP VOICE OVER INTERNET PROVIDERS COMPLY WITH STATE LAWS AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YES THEY PAY INTO THE IT TAP TAM AND 911 FUNDS THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF THIS LEGISLATION MEMBERS SECURING THOSE FUNDS FOR THE FUTURE. NOW AS MORE AND MORE PHONE LINES USE THE INTERNET THEY’RE NOT PAYING INTO THOSE FUNDS AND THOSE ARE VITAL IN THE STATE THAT WE PAY IN TO HELP SECURE THOSE FUNDS TO MAKE THEM HEALTHY. WE HAVE TAKEN WITH NO FISCAL NOTE LEFT THIS AMENDMENT DEALS WITH THAT AND IF WE BASICALLY CREATE NEW INCENTIVES FOR COMPANIES TO COMPETE THE WIDE VARIETY OF SERVICES OFFERED THE ONE THING I DO WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF IN SUBDIVISION FIVE THE BILL MAKES IT PERFECTLY CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT EXISTING CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS REQUIRING PHONE COMPANIES TO PROVIDE LAND LINES TO CONSUMERS WILL NOT CHANGE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE IN FORCE BEFORE CONSUMER PROTECTION STILL STANDS THERE WILL BE THE LAND LINES ARE JUST FINE WHAT THIS BILL REALLY DOES IS IN SHORT THE 911 FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. >>DISCUSSION TO THE 821 AMENDMENT. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT, FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR ROLL CALL ON THIS. THIS IS A TROUBLING AMENDMENT. LEGAL AID A R P AND OTHERS STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS SENATOR RUUD YOUR LANGUAGE ON PAGE 3 RESET EXISTING LAND LINE TELEPHONE SERVICE THAT DOESN’T ACCOMPLISH WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S SUPPOSED TO ACCOMPLISH. THE ISSUE IS WE HAVE MONOPOLY TELEPHONE SERVICE AND MONOPOLY CABLE SERVICE WHERE AN EXCHANGE FOR RIGHTS TO PUT WIRES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND IN YOUR HOUSE WOULD GIVE PEOPLE A MONOPOLY WE DID ONE-HALF 50 WIRES RUNNING IN FROM DIFFERENT COMPANIES YOU GAVE THEM A RATE REGULATED MONOPOLY THEY WERE PAID FOR AS CONSUMERS WE PAID FOR THOSE LINES WE GUARANTEED NOT TO THE REIMBURSEMENT ALLIANCE BUT GUARANTEED RATE OF RETURN ON THEM. THE TELEPHONE INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED AND WE BE REGULATED THEY’RE ALLOWED TO CHARGE WHAT THEY WANT AND SO ON BUT THEY’RE STILL A NUMBER OF VERY IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS SUCH AS THE REQUIREMENT FOR UNIVERSAL SERVICE. THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT I KNOW IN MY COMMUNITY CENTURY LINK IS REQUIRED TO DO NOT THEY HAVE THE FRANCHISE THEY HAVE THIS INFRASTRUCTURE BECAUSE OF THAT. WHAT THIS BILL SAYS IF THEY CHANGE THEIR TECHNOLOGY AND A LOT OF THIS MAY ACTUALLY BE SERVED BY VOIP I DON’T THINK YOU WOULD KNOW FROM YOUR PHONE TO PICK UP THE PHONE IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME THING, IF THEY ARE USING VOIP ACCORDING TO THIS THE REGULATION PROHIBITING ON PAGE 2 THE STATE CANNOT MY RULE ORDER OTHER MEANS TO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY HAVE ENTRY RATE TERMS ALL GIVE SERVICE AVAILABILITY OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF VOICED VOIP SERVICE OR IP ENABLED SERVICE IF CENTURY LINK CONVERTS’ AND USE SOME PART OF THE SYSTEM AS VOIP ALL THE SUDDEN THEY DON’T NEED TO PROVIDE UNIVERSAL SERVICE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT REGULATED AND MORE THAN HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE SERVICE QUALITY WORKS THAT ARE NOT TO MAKE SURE IT GETS REPAIRED IN A CERTAIN TIME. THIS LANGUAGE ON 3 MINUTE AND SUBDIVISION FIVE SAYS NOTHING IN THIS SECTION WHICH CRITICS BANDS OR OTHERWISE MODIFY ITS OBLIGATIONS THE PHONE COMPANY TO OFFER LANDLINE PHONE SERVICE THAT’S NOT A VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL SERVICE THOSE LAST FEW WORDS ARE WHAT MAKES IT MEANING LESS. BECAUSE NO ONE IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE NON VOIP LANDLINE SERVICE THEY’RE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE LAND LINE SERVICE SO BY CONVERTING IT TO VOIP LAND LINE SERVICE THESE FOLKS WHO HAVE WIRES IN THE BACK OF YOUR HOUSE COMCAST AND CENTURY LINK AND OTHERS WHO HAVE THIS THEY WOULD LOSE SOME OTHER OBLIGATIONS YOU LOSE YOUR CONSUMER PROTECTION THE QUALITY OF SERVICE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. LAST YEAR’S SENATOR SPARKS CARRIED A BILL BUT I THINK WAS A REASONABLE BILL THAT SOME PEOPLE CALLED VOIP DE REGULATION THAT PASSED AND SOME OF THE ADVOCATES I THINK THE CENTRAL LINK AND OTHERS SAID THEY WERE FINE WITH THAT THEY DIDN’T NEED THIS BUT NOW THEY WANT THIS AND WHY SHOULD IT MATTER WHY SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMPETE EQUAL FOOTING WITH EVERY OTHER BUSINESS? THEY’RE THE ONES WHO POMO LINES IN OUR HOUSE BUT UNLIKE THE CENTURY LINK AND THEN HAVE TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO ALL MY NEIGHBORS ANYMORE IF THEY SWITCH TO VOIP IF I DON’T WANT THEM RUNNING THEIR CABLES FOR MY BACKYARD TO MY NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE CAN I CUT DOWN THE POLLS? I DON’T THINK SO THEY WERE GIVEN THIS MONOPOLY RIGHT ACCESS TO EVERYONE’S PROPERTY AND THEY’RE SAYING WE OWN THAT NOW WERE GOING TO TAKE IT WE’RE GOING TO KEEP ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS WE WANT THE RIGHT TO COMPETE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE. THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMPETE AND OTHERS WANT TO USE THEIR LINES THAT HAVE TO PAY THEM FOR IT. THIS IS NOT THE WAY ITS PRETENDED TO BE THOSE PHONE LINES THOSE TELEPHONE POLES IN YOUR BACKYARD OR WHEREVER THEY ARE THEY GOT BACK BY THEIR MONOPOLY RIGHTS WE DON’T REGULATE THEIR RATES IN MORE WE REQUIRE THEM TO SERVE EVERY HOUSEHOLD WE REQUIRE THEM HAVE HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE BY TAKING THIS AWAY I THINK IF YOU READ LETTERS I WOULD ABOUT SEVEN TODAY FROM A RP ANOTHER AS THEY WOULD STRONGLY OBJECT TO THIS LEGAL SERVICE ADVOCACY STRONGLY OBJECTS TO THIS BECAUSE LOW- INCOME SENIORS AND OTHERS ARE GOING TO BE HURT BY THIS. TO SUGGEST THAT LANGUAGE THAT SAYS NOTHING MODIFY IS THEIR OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE NON VOIP LANDLINE SERVICE THEY NEVER WERE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE NON OF VOIP LAND LINE SERVICE ALL THEY’RE DOING IS CHANGING THE TECHNOLOGY AND SAY BECAUSE WE CHANGE THE TECHNOLOGY FORGET THE FACT WE GOT ALL THIS INFRASTRUCTURE AT YOUR EXPENSE WILL HAVE TO MEET ANY CONSUMER PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS ANYMORE I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS URGE YOU TO VOTE NO AND ASK FOR ROLL CALL. >>ROLL CALL WAS BEEN REQUESTED AND ROLL-CALL GRANTED. FURTHER DISCUSSION SENATOR RUUD. >>MR. PRESIDENT I GUESS I WOULD STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THAT INTERPRETATION I THINK THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL IS VERY STRAIGHT UP FORWARD WHEN WE HEARD TESTIMONY IN COMMITTEE THE TESTIMONY WAS ALL GIVEN BEFORE WE PUT SUBDIVISION FIVE INTO THE BILL. ONCE WE PUT THAT INTO THE BILL WE DID NOT HAVE ANY TESTIFIERS THAT THAT WASN’T EXACTLY WHAT IT SAID IT WOULD BE THIS IS NOT TAKE LANDLINES A WAY I REALLY OBJECT TO THE FACT WE’RE SCARING SENIORS AND WE WOULD DO THAT THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WE’RE TICKING WE’RE LANDLINES WERE SCARING SENIORS CITIZENS I’M TIRED OF SCARING SENIOR CITIZENS WE ARE NOT HARMING SENIORS I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN. I KNOW WHAT MY LANDLINE TO GO AWAY IN A LAND LINE ISN’T GOING AWAY AND NEITHER IS MY MOTHER’S OR NEITHER IS MY COUSINS OR ANY OF THE OTHER SENIOR CITIZENS IN MY FAMILY. I OBJECT TO THE FACT WERE TRYING TO SCARE SENIORS HERE SUBDIVISION FIVE SAYS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS WE’RE NOT TAKING AWAY LAND LINES I URGE YOUR SUPPORT THANK YOU. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION SENATOR CHAMPION. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT WILL SENATOR ROSEN YIELD? >>SENATOR ROSEN WILL YIELD. >>SENATOR ROSEN I UNDERSTAND YOUR BILL TO FINANCE CHAIR AND DID THIS PROVISION CAME IN AS PART OF THE ENERGY BILL THERE WAS A CONCERN AROUND THE FISCAL IMPACT AND IT WAS REMOVED FROM THE BILL BECAUSE THERE WAS A FISCAL NOTE AND THERE WAS A CONCERN ABOUT COST. IS THAT CONSISTENT WITH YOUR UNDERSTANDING CAN YOU ELABORATE IF THAT’S CONSISTENT WITH YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND WHAT’S DIFFERENT NOW ABOUT THIS BILL AND WHAT WOULD BE THE FISCAL IMPACT ON THIS BILL? >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATOR CHAMPION FOR THAT QUESTION. YES THIS BILL I DO SIT ON ENERGY I’VE SEEN THIS BILL AND IT DID COME IN FRONT OF OUR FINANCE COMMITTEE AND A VERY SHORT WAY UP VERY SHORTLY WITH MINUTES BEFORE THE BILL CAME TO FINANCE COMMITTEE WE RECEIVED A FISCAL NOTE WHICH WE WERE UNAWARE OF FOR THE F P EASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO ASSESS WE CHOSE TO AMEND THAT OUT WE HAD A THOROUGH DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW TO FUND THIS COST AND OF COURSE THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT WE DIDN’T HAVE THE MONEY WE HAVE TO HAVE BUDGET RULES AND WE HAD TO MEET OUR BUDGET TARGETS AND WE BUDGET RULES THEREFORE WE CHOSE TO DELETE THIS FROM THE BILL AND SINCE THAT TIME THE PROVIDERS HAVE STEPPED UP TO THE PLIGHT TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING NOW AS A ZERO FISCAL NOTE AND I FEEL IT HAS MET THE TEST. >>SENATOR CHAMPION. >>WILL SENATOR ROSEN CONTINUE TO YIELD? >>SENATOR ROSEN WILL YIELD. >>SENATOR ROSEN AT YOU HAD IT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE FISCAL NOTE THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER AS A RESULT OF THE CHANGES TO THE BILL? >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATOR CHAMPION YES I HAVE IT HERE IN MY HANDS. >>SENATOR CHAMPION. >>WILL SENATOR ROSEN YIELD FOR ONE MORE QUESTION? >>ENTER ROSEN WILL YIELD. >>SENATOR ROSEN DID YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OR DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE PRUDENT FOR THIS BILL THIS AMENDMENT TO ACTUALLY GO BACK TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND GO BEFORE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO SEE IF CHANGES ARE MADE AND THERE’S NO CHALLENGES AROUND THE FISCAL IMPACT BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND FROM WHAT YOU’VE SO ELOQUENTLY ARTICULATED THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE A BILL THAT COMES OUT OF THAT COMMITTEE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE AND FOR US TO BE CERTAIN IT DOESN’T HAVE ANY FISCAL IMPACT WOULD THAT BEING SAID YOU THINK THIS SHOULD POTENTIAL GO BACK TO YOUR COMMITTEE I KNOW WERE MEETING TOMORROW MORNING? >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT THANK YOU SENATOR CHAMPION THANK YOU FOR SERVING ON FINANCE WE HAD A VERY LENGTHY DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS BILL ALL DAY LONG AND IT RECEIVED A VERY GOOD THOROUGH ADVICE FROM A NON-PARTISAN FISCAL STAFF ABOUT HOW THIS CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ADJUSTMENT WITH THE PROVIDERS STEPPING UP TO ABSORBER COST OF THE FISCAL NOTE I FELT IT WAS OK TO SEND IT ON THROUGH A THANK-YOU SENATOR CHAMPION. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION? AFTER MARTY. >>MR. PRESIDENT I’M NOT ARGUING IT SHOULD HAVE A FISCAL NOTE NOW I’VE LOOKED AT WHAT IS CHANGED IN THE LAST DAY I WANT TO AGAIN STRESS THE IDEA UP THIS IS POLICY LANGUAGE THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN A BUDGET BILL ITS HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL AND SENATOR RUUD KNOW YOU DON’T PICK IT SHOULD SCARE SENIORS I HAVEN’T SENT OUT ANY E-MAIL’S TO SENIORS TELLING THEM ABOUT THIS I DO KNOW A RP WILL DO SOME I KNOW THEY FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS AND AGAIN I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT SOME LANGUAGE RIGHTS BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE THAT THE BILL WAS PUT TOGETHER AND THIS WAS IN THE BILL. IT WAS PUT IN THE BILL WOULD GUT THE BILL AND THE NIGHT BEFORE AND WHEN IT SHOWED UP IN THE BILL THIS AMENDMENT CAME TO US RIGHT BEFORE THE COMMITTEE THE ONE THAT HAD THE NEW SUBDIVISION FIVE AND I THINK THE ATTORNEYS WERE LOOKING AT IT SAID THE SAME THING THEY DON’T FEEL THIS COVERS IT BUT WE DON’T HAVE POLICY TESTIMONY IN FINANCE WE SHOULD BECAUSE WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH POLICY IN FINANCE COMMITTEE. THIS LANGUAGE IS I WANT TO STRESS RURAL COMMUNITIES IS WHERE THE PHONE COMPANIES NEVER DID WANT TO SERVE THEIR BARRIER MOOC HOUSES THERE’S A LOT OF WIRES THAT HAVE TOO LATE TO GET TO ONE HOUSE. IF THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT QUALITY OF SERVICE OR ANYTHING ELSE THEY MUCH PREFER THAT. WE GAVE THEM A MONOPOLY WE BUILT THE SYSTEM FOR THEM WITH RATEPAYER MONEY AND NOW WE’RE SAYING WITH THIS YOUR COMFORT LANGUAGE AT THE BOTTOM THIS SAYS NOTHING CHANGES THE REQUIREMENT THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO OFFER LAND LINE SERVICE THAT’S NOT VOIP AND THERE’S NO WHERE IN ALL THAT EVER REQUIRED ANYONE TO PROVIDE LAND LINE SERVICES NOT VOIP THEY WERE READ QUIRED TO PROVIDE LAND LINE SERVICE AND WITH THIS LANGUAGE THEY CONVERTED TO LAND LINE SERVICE THAT IS VOIP AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE REGULATIONS ANYMORE. YOU MAY FEEL COMFORTED BY THIS I DON’T THINK SENIORS WILL BE A DUMPING ANY ATTORNEYS TO WORK WITH AS WELL THE ATTORNEY WHOEVER HAD THIS LANGUAGE TO US WAS VERY CREATIVE IT DOESN’T DO WHAT IT SAYS WHAT IT PRETENDS TO DO IT TOTALLY DEREGULATES AS IT SAYS ON PAGE TO REGULATION IS PROHIBITED IF ITS VOIP SERVICE SO ADDING THAT SO-CALLED COMFORT LANGUAGE IS IT GOING TO BE ANY COMFORT TO PEOPLE WHO LOSE THEIR GUARANTEED SERVICE OR QUALITY OF SERVICE WITH NO ABILITY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT SEEMS TO BE WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO CUT DOWN THE WIRES TO THE BACK OF OUR HOUSE IF WE DON’T WANT IT IF THAT HURTS OUR NEIGHBORS WELL TAKEN ON THEIR OWN WIRES. IT’S A BIZARRE SYSTEM TO SAY WERE BORN TO TAKE WHAT WAS A MONOPOLY THAT WE GAVE TO PEOPLE AND TAKE AWAY ALL REGULATION OF BACK AND PRETEND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S FAIR BECAUSE IT’S NOT FAIR I’M SORRY I’VE NOT CONTACTED ANY SENIORS ABOUT THIS I GUARANTEE A RP AND EVERY OTHER SENIOR WILL BECAUSE THEY WILL SAY THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. >>ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION TO BE A 21 AMENDMENT CENTER RUUD. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I REMIND YOU THERE’S PROBABLY NOT A WHOLE LOT MORE RURAL MEMBERS THAN ME I IT WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD URGE MY ROLE FOLKS AND WE HAVE GREAT TELECOMS AND WE HAVE GREAT SERVICE AND GREATER MINNESOTA SO I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE TODAY. >>ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NO DISCUSSION THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL ON THE AMENDMENT. >>THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL THEIR BEING 40 YEAS AND 27 NAYS THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FURTHER DISCUSSION TO SENATE FILE 1937 SENATOR LATZ. >>MR. PRESIDENT I HAVE THE A 51 AMENDMENT. >>THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. >>ENTER LATZ MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 1937 AS FOLLOWS PAGE 38 AFTER LINE 20 INSERT THIS IS THE A 51 AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR LATZ. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS DUE TO SOME RECENT ACTIVITY IN WASHINGTON D.C. MINNESOTANS WILL SOON BE VULNERABLE TO HAVE THEIR BROWSING HISTORY HEALTH DATA AT USAGE JILL LOCATION DATA FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND OTHER PERSONAL DETAILS SUCH AS ONLINE PURCHASES TAKEN AND SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER BY PROVIDERS. VIRTUALLY ALL MINNESOTANS WHO NOW USE THE INTERNET FOR COMMERCE CONNECTING WITH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND ENTERTAINMENTS AND THIS IS NOT JUST UTILIZING CERTAIN BROWSERS OR WEB SITES BUT IT’S USING THE INTERNET ITSELF. IT IS IN MINNESOTA HAVE SENSITIVE PRIVATE INFORMATION THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO SHARE WITH COMPETITORS MAY BE VULNERABLE TO BE INTERCEPTED THROUGH I ESPY’S INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS AND SOLD TO A COMPANY’S COMPETITORS. WE DON’T EVEN KNOW EXACTLY WHAT DATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER WILL BE ABLE TO COLLECT BUT WE DO KNOW THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SELL THEM TO MARKETERS FINANCIAL FIRMS AND OTHER COMPANIES THAT MINE PERSONAL DATA. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBIT THE ABILITY OF INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS OR OTHER TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS FROM COLLECTING THE PERSONAL DATA OR THE DATE OF USERS WITHOUT EXPRESS WRITTEN APPROVAL FROM THE CUSTOMER. IN OTHER WORDS IT PROTECTS THE PRIVACY OF THE PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE WHO USES THE INTERNET. IT IS NOT ABSOLUTE PROHIBIT THE PRACTICE OF COLLECTING THAT INFORMATION BUT DOES REQUIRE THAT THERE BE EXPRESS WRITTEN APPROVAL BY THE PERSON ACCESSING THE INTERNET BEFORE THE COMPANY CAN COLLECT THEIR PERSONAL DATA AND SEND IT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. MEMBERS WE ARE REACTING OUT TO SOME VERY RECENT CHANGES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL EVEN AS RECENT AS YESTERDAY SO WE ARE TRYING TO RESPOND PROMPTLY TO THIS AND I WOULD ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT. >>DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT WILL SENATOR LATZ YIELD? >>SENATOR LATZ WILL YIELD. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT SENATOR LATZ LOOKING THROUGH THIS I DON’T SEE IT MAYBE YOU CAN ENLIGHTEN ME AS TO THE FINE AND PENALTY IF THERE IS A VIOLATION OF THIS CAN YOU DIRECT ME TO WEAR THAT IS IN YOUR LEGISLATION? >>SENATOR LATZ. >>MR. PRESIDENT SENATOR OSMEK THERE IS NO SPECIFIC PROVISIONS IN THE AMENDMENT THAT ADDRESSES THAT. THE DEFAULT RULE IN MINNESOTA IF THERE’S CONDUCT THAT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED I BELIEVE IT WILL BE A MISDEMEANOR TO COMMIT THE OFFENSE BUT I HAVE NOT SPECIFICALLY RESEARCH THE PENALTY IN CONNECTION. WITH CONNECTION >>SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT SENATOR LATZ I DO HAVE CONCERNS WHILE I THINK I MAY AGREE WITH YOU I DO HAVE CONCERNS THIS IS COMING UP AT SUCH A LATE HOUR I THINK I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THIS WITH IN COMMITTEE AS WELL AS HEAR WHAT THE PENALTIES WOULD BE I’M VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT HOW WE’RE GOING TO ENFORCE THIS BECAUSE ANY TIME YOU’RE BROWSING ON THE INTERNET’S THERE KIRKES BETTER PUT INTO YOUR MACHINE DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU CLICK ON AND WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO SELECT AND THOSE COOKIES CAN BE PUT IN FROM ANYONE FROM HERE TO TIMBUKTU AND I KNOW HOW YOU’RE GOING TO ENFORCE THAT BECAUSE RIGHT THERE THEY’RE COLLECTING DATA ON YOU WHEN I GO TO GOOGLE CAN I LOOK FOR A NEW PAIR OF SHOES AMAZON OR GOOGLE IS TRACKING THAT INFORMATION BY WHAT YOUR SAYING HERE YOU ARE SAYING ALL THAT WOULD THEN BECOME ILLEGAL IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU’RE GOING TO ENFORCE THAT PERHAPS SENATOR LATZ YOU COULD ENLIGHTEN ME ON THAT? >>MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATOR OSMEK THANK YOU FOR THOSE QUESTIONS. FIRST TO CLARIFY THE ANSWER TO YOUR PREVIOUS QUESTION COUNCIL HAS INFORMED ME ALL VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 237 OUR GROSS MISDEMEANORS BY OPERATION OF THE STATUTORY SECTION PENALTY SECTION FOR THAT CHAPTER 23 7.47 AND SECONDLY WHEN GOOGLE OR FACE BOOK ARE COLLECTING INFORMATION THAT’S BECAUSE THE PERSON WHO ACCESSES GOOGLE OR FACE BOOK HAS AGREED TO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN THEY’VE HAD A USER AGREEMENTS WHICH DATA ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED TO INDICATE WHEN THE USING TO ARE USING FACE BOOK THAT THERE INTERMISSION CAN BE COLLECTED IT AUTHORIZED DID HOWEVER PEOPLE ACCESSING THE INTERNET NOT JUST FOR GOOGLE OR FOR FACE BOOK BUT FOR ALL SORTS OF PURPOSES AND WHAT THIS WILL PROHIBIT IS THE ADDED DEBT SERVICE PROVIDERS THEMSELVES FOR EXAMPLE, CAST OR WHOEVER THE LOCAL INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER IS THEY CAN COLLECT ALL THE INFORMATION IN WITHOUT THIS RESTRICTION THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO COLLECT ALL THE INFORMATION WITHOUT GETTING APPROVAL OF ANY OF US OR ANY CONSTITUENTS AND COULD BE ALL THE INFORMATION THEY COULD ACCESS TO COLLECTED PERMISSION WHAT YOU PURCHASED AND AMAZON. I PERSONALLY DON’T THINK WANT EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT ALL THE PERMISSION ABOUT ALL MY BROWSING HISTORY ALL THE WEBSITES I ACCESS ALL THE PURCHASES I MAKE ON-LINE WITHOUT AT LEAST MY PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THAT INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED. SENATOR OSMEK R. RESPECT AS YOU KNOW THE DESIRE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS HERE TO HAVE BILLS PROPERLY INTRODUCED IN VETTED BY COMMITTEES UNFORTUNATE LAY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THIS CONCERN JUST IN THE LAST WEEK IN CONGRESS THERE’S BEEN ACTION TAKEN WHICH IS ON WINDING THE PROTECTIONS THAT CURRENT EXIST ON THE FEDERAL LAW. WITHIN A DARE TO ITS EXPECTED THE PROTECTIONS ARE GOING TO BE REVISITED ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND THEIR BIG NO PROTECTIONS IN PLACE UNLESS WE TAKE ACTION NOW I UNDERSTAND THIS IS VERY LATE IN COMING BUT IT’S A REACTION TO AN IMMEDIATE ACTION IN WASHINGTON IF WE DELAY ALREADY PASSED DEADLINE WERE TALKING ABOUT COMING BACK NEXT YEAR PERHAPS IN THE MEANTIME WE HAVE ALL THE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS CAN COLLECT YOUR DATE AND SELL TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER SO WE WOULD TAKE ACTION FOR ABOUT A YEAR I DON’T THINK THAT’S APPROPRIATE. >>SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I WOULD ASK ONE ADDITIONAL QUESTION FOR SENATOR LATZ IF HE WOULD YIELD. >>SENATOR LATZ WILL YIELD. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT IT SEEMS TO ME THERE’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOME LEVEL OF ENFORCEMENT MY NEXT QUESTION WILL PROBABLY BE TO SENATOR LIMMER REGARDING JUDICIARY IMPLICATIONS OF THIS IF THIS IS SOMETHING JUDICIARY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE WANTED TO SEE SENATOR LATZ MORE SPECIFICALLY TO THE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS WOULD THERE NOT BE A FISCAL NOTE ON THIS WOULD NOT SOME 80 HAVE TO HIRE SOMEONE TO STAND THIS? I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING IF THIS IS GOING TO BE A NET COST WOULD NOT HAVE AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM WE DISCUSSED WHICH A THINK IS DEFINITELY PART OF THIS EQUATION HERE COULD YOU AND LET ME IF THERE IS ANY HAVE YOU RUN THIS STORY FISCAL NOTE IS GOING TO BE A COST TO THE TAXPAYER? >>SENATOR LATZ. >>MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATOR OSMEK IT WAS JUST YESTERDAY THAT THE SECOND BODY IN CONGRESS PASSED ITS ACTION ON THE RESOLUTION SO I KNOW THERE HAS BEEN TIME TO RUN A FISCAL NOTE OR GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE PROCESS THAT ALL SOMETIMES THESE THINGS ARE FORCED ON COMPLAINED BASICALLY IF YOU HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY THAT FINES UP TO DATE HAS BEEN COLLECTED THEY BE IN A POSITION TO COMPLAIN TO THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT AND AN INVESTIGATION COULD BE DONE AND SOME OF COULD BE BROUGHT IN AND GO TO THE COUNTY ATTORNEY THEORETICALLY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND THE STATE AUTHORITY ON MANY CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS ON OF THIS WOULD FALL NECESSARILY WITHIN THEIR ORBIT OR NOT WE’RE REACTING QUICKLY TO THE RECENT BATTLES I UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEING RAISED I KNOW THAT WE HAVE TIME TO GO THROUGH THE ADDITIONAL PROCESS SENATOR OSMEK IS SUGGESTING. >>SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I PRITCHETT THE COMMENTS SENATOR LATZ I THINK WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN HEARING THIS WHAT YOU JUST SAID WAS THAT THE PROBABLE COST TO THE ATTORNEY- GENERAL SOPHIST AT LEAST IN SOME WAY SHAPE OR FASHION THEY WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF AND FOR SOME MECHANISM MR. CHAIR I WOULD OBJECT TO THIS AMENDMENT BASED ON RULE 7.4 THAT THIS CHANGES THE OMNIBUS BILL AND THIS CHANGES IN SUBDIVISION 3 IT WOULD CAUSE A REVENUE CHANGE AT AN AGENCY AND THEREFORE I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT IS OUT OF ORDER AT THIS TIME. >>SENATOR OSMEK QUESTIONS THE POINT OF ORDER ON ROSE 7.4 ADVICE?. SENATOR? >>MR. PRESIDENT IT’S I THINK FIRST AND THE SCOPE OF WHAT FOR EXAMPLE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE OR MAYBE THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT’S IF THERE WERE TO BE INVOLVED IN SOME KIND OF INVESTIGATION BASED ON A COMPLAINT WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE POTENTIAL RESOURCES MIGHT BE A SENSE OF ONE PERSON AND AN ORDINARY COURSE OF WORK THEY DO IF THEY GET COMPLAINTS THE COMPLAINTS AND THE VOLUME OF COMPLAINTS AND KIND OF COMPLIANCE IS PART OF THEIR STANDARD OPERATING PRACTICE THEIR RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS SO I DON’T KNOW WE COULD PUT TOGETHER A FISCAL NOTE TO EVALUATE THAT. THE OBJECTION THAT’S BEING OFFERED NOW ON RULE 7.4 IS ENTIRELY SPECULATIVE IT’S SO SPECULATIVE AND SOLVEIG I DON’T THINK THERE’S GROUNDS FOR THE PRESIDENT TO RULE THIS IS OUT OF ORDER BECAUSE THERE’S NO INTERMISSION ON WHICH THE PRESIDENT COULD DECIDE THAT IT WAS IN FACT GOING TO BE A FISCAL IMPACT. >>FURTHER ADVICE. SENATOR ADVICE >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT SENATOR LATZ YOUR AMENDMENT AND COMMENTARY HAS BEEN SPECULATED WAS GOING TO ENFORCE THIS HOW THEY’RE GOING TO ENFORCE THIS UNTIL I ASKED A QUESTION HE DIDN’T HAVE THE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM ITSELF UP AS ACTUALLY FINDS ITS PROFOUND GUILTY OF STATE STATUTE THEIR FINES AND FEES INVOLVED WHICH IN ITALY WOULD GO BACK TO SECTION 3 AGAIN SAYING THE REVENUES TO AGENCY BETTER NOT IN THE BILL AS IT WAS REPORTED TO THE FLOOR CLEARLY IF SOMEONE IS IN VIOLATION OF STATE STATUTE AND THERE’S A FINANCIAL PENALTY THIS CLEARLY WOULD MEET THE DEFINITION OF NO. 3 AT REVENUE THAN WOULD BE GOING INTO THE AGENCY WHETHER IT’S A POSITIVE REVENUE OR NOT. THE ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT COST I THINK ARE CERTAINLY PROBLEMATIC ALSO BUT I APPRECIATE THE AMENDMENT SENATOR LATZ BUT MY VAGUENESS IS BECAUSE OF A COMPLETE VAGUENESS YOU PROVIDED IN THIS AMENDMENT. MR. PRESIDENT I WAS CERTAINLY REQUEST YOU RULE IT OUT OF ORDER. >>FURTHER A DEVICE SENATOR LATZ. >>MR. PRESIDENT OUR AGENCIES EXIST TO TAKE IN COMPLIANCE WE MAY NOT EVEN KNOW WHERE THEIR CAR GOING TO COME FROM TOMORROW THERE MAY BE AN AD WHICH VIOLATES CHAPTER 325 F CONSUMER PROTECTION STATUTES AND THERE WILL BE ACTION SOMEONE WILL COME ABOUT THAT THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OFFICE WILL FIND OUT ABOUT IT AND INVESTIGATE THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE REGULAR APPROPRIATION EXIST TO ENABLE THEM TO DO IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THERE’S GOING TO BE AN AD THAT’S POSSIBLY FALSE THAT WE OUGHT TO GO THROUGH THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS AND DOES TAKE HOW MANY PEOPLE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE BACKED SIMILARLY WE GIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AGENCIES OF EXIST TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS OR ISSUES THAT ARISE OVER THE COURSE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA OF. THIS WOULD BE ONE MORE OF THOSE KIND OF SITUATIONS AGAIN BECAUSE WE OF NO IDEA OF WHETHER OR NOT ANY OF THE I S P WOULD VIOLATE THIS WHETHER NOT THERE WOULD BE ANY FIND LET’S SAY ONE ISP VIOLATES THIS AND IT BECOMES A GROSS MISDEMEANOR FIND ITS $3,000 IT’S A LITTLE SPECULATIVE THAT IT TO SAY THAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE DON’T KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO VIOLATE THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THERE’S NO REAL HISTORY THAT WE COULD USE TO DETERMINE NOT. WHAT I REALLY SAYING YES THIS IS THE STUFF THAT’S IN THE ORDINARY COURSE THE GOVERNMENT DOING WHAT IT DOES AND IT SHOULD BE ABSORBED IN THE ORDINARY COST OF YIP CORP. TO GIVE TO AGENCIES TO DO THEIR WORK I DON’T THINK THERE WOULD BE ANY NEED FOR ANY FOLLOW-UP IN TERMS OF FISCAL IMPACT ON THIS I WOULD SUGGEST IN ANY CASE THERE IS ENOUGH HERE TO SUSTAIN THE OBJECTION AT THIS TIME I’D BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH SENATOR OSMEK IF IN THE FUTURE THERE SOME DETERMINATION WE CAN CIRCLE BACK ON THIS QUESTION I HAVE TO WORK OF THAT FOR NOW I THINK WITH A STARK QUESTION IN FRONT OF US IF WE LEAVE THE FIELD THERE FOR PERSONAL DATA IT TO BE STOLEN OR TAKEN AND SOLD OR ARE WE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT THAT’S THE QUESTION BEFORE THE BODY AT THIS TIME I DON’T THINK ON THIS PARTICULAR RULE IS BEING PILOTED IN SUCH A WAY TO CAUSE AN INTERRUPTION IN THE PROCESS. >>MADAM PRESIDENT ADVICE? >>SENATOR BENSON. >>MADAM PRESIDENT TODAY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE WE HAD DELETE THREE LINES OF THE BILL BECAUSE IT THROUGH OUR BUDGET RULES OUT OF BALANCE BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT WAS REQUESTED TO ASSIST WITH A WORKING GROUP OF MAYANS FIGHTERS AND STAKEHOLDERS AND IF THREE LINES REQUESTING ONE OF OUR DEPARTMENTS TO ASSIST WITH A SHORT-TERM WORKING GROUP OF LEGISLATORS WAS ENOUGH TO THROW BUDGET RULES ON A BALANCE I CAN SPEAK WITH A GOOD DEAL OF CERTAINTY THAT A PERMIT IS NOT JUST GOING TO ABSORB WHATEVER PRIVACY TRACKING COSTS ARE INVOLVED WITH THIS BILL THE LEAST WE SHOULD GET A FISCAL NOTE BEFORE IT GOES ON. >>FURTHER ADVICE SENATOR PAPPAS. >>MADAM PRESIDENT, I THINK YOU NEED TO RULE THAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE AT THIS RULING BECAUSE THE DATA PRIVACY. WE DEAL WITH DATA PRIVACY ISSUES ALL THE TIME SENATOR LIMMER KNOWS THAT WE NEVER GET FISCAL NOTES ON THEM SO AS SENATOR LATZ SAID AS PART OF A NORMAL JOB OF A LOT OF AGENCIES TO DEAL WITH DATA PRIVACY ISSUES SO IT’S NOT FEASIBLE OR REALISTIC THIS WOULD EVEN CREATE A FISCAL NOTE. >>FURTHER ADVICE? SENATOR BENSON SENATOR LIMMER AND SENATOR ABELER DO HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD SPECIFIC WAY? >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT MADAM PRESIDENT MEMBERS I BELIEVE SENATOR LATZ IS CORRECT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE PASS BILLS ON THE FLOOR THAT DEAL WITH THE ONGOING WAY WE ENFORCE LAW. WE MAY HAVE A DEBATE WHETHER WE IMPOSE A MISDEMEANOR OR GROSS MISDEMEANOR SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT BUT NEVERTHELESS THERE IS A COST AND WE DON’T EVERY TIME WE MAKE A CHANGE ON THE FLOOR AMENDMENT WE DON’T GO RUNNING OFF TO TRY TO DETERMINE THE COST TO THE STATE AND IF THAT’S THE CASE MAYBE WE SHOULD ADD THE COST OF A $3,000 GROSS MISDEMEANOR FINE THAT GOES INTO THE REVENUE AS WELL. IF FOR ONE HAVE THIS DISCUSSION I REALLY BELIEVE SENATOR LATZ IS CORRECT IN THIS PARTICULAR PROPOSAL AND HIS DEFENSE OF THE CALL OF ORDER I HONESTLY BELIEVE IF THAT’S THE CASE WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE WATER RUN OUT OF THIS ROOM EVERY TIME WE HAVE OF AN AMENDMENT THAT’S CHANGING OR TWEAKING SOMETHING AS DON’T THINK WE REALLY WANT TO DO THAT WE HARDLY HAVE ENOUGH TIME AND ENERGY TO DO WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW AND I THINK IT WOULD NOT BE THE BEST INTEREST OF THE SENATE’S IF WE STARTED TO DO THAT TODAY. >>SENATOR ABELER. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT ADVICE I CONCUR WITH SENATOR LIMMER AND I AM REALLY CONCERNED WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO THIS OVER SOME TECHNICALITY. I’M APPALLED AT WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN WASHINGTON WHETHER ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN AND IT’S OUR DUTY PEOPLE THINK WE’RE HERE TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE SORT OF INSTANCES HERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY THIS IS GOING TO GO TO CONFERENCE IT CAN BE FLESHED OUT AND WE HAVE FUNDED DISASTER BILLS BETTER VERY EXPENSIVE AND WHAT THEY MIGHT IMPOSE IN TERMS OF COST ON THE STATE AND FEES BUT IF SOME OF THE FISCAL NOTE BECAUSE IT KNOW IT’S A DISASTER SCORING HAPPEN AND MAYBE EVERYONE WILL FOLLOW BUT ALSO DOES NOTHING TO ENFORCE ON THAT ANKLE SENATOR OSMEK I’M GOING TO SUGGEST WITHDRAW YOUR OBJECTIONS AND LET THE SENATE SAID THIS FORWARD IN A CONFERENCE OF LET THE STATE OF MINNESOTA KNOW WE’RE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY AND WERE ON GUARD WATCHING THEM IN A BIPARTISAN WAY SO MADAM PRESIDENT I IS TO DEFINE A POINT OF ORDER NOT WELL TAKEN. >>SENATOR KENT. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT, ADVICE I WANTED TO RESPOND TO THE SENATOR BENSON, ABOUT THE INCLUSION OF A TASK FORCE TYPE ENGAGEMENT WITHIN AGENCIES WE ALL WELL KNOW THERE IS USUALLY TRIGGERING SOME SORT OF FISCAL RESPONSE FROM THE AGENCY’S THIS IS YOUR MUCH OF THE ROUTINE COURSE OF BUSINESS I THINK A COMMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MERITS WE RULE WITH SENATOR LATZ THANK YOU. >>I’M GOING TO RULE THE SENATOR OSMEK POINT IS WELL TAKEN UNDER 7.4. IT’S OUT OF ORDER. >>MADAM PRESIDENT OF LIKE THE CHAIRMAN’S THE RULING OF THE CHAIR. >>THE PRESIDENT’S RULING HAS BEEN CHALLENGED. ROLL CALL HAS BEEN REQUESTED AND ROLL-CALL GRANTED THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE DECISION OF THE PRESIDENT BE THE JUDGMENT OF THE SENATE TO? A GREEN WILL SUSTAIN THE RULING OUR RED WILL NOT SUSTAIN THE RULING THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL. >>MADAM PRESIDENT. >>FOR WHAT PURPOSE? DO PURPOSE >>IT APPEARS THERE MEMBERS ARE STAFF CONVERSING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN THE MIDDLE ROLL- CALL VOTE I THINK THAT’S A VIOLATION OF SENATE RULES. >>THANK YOU SENATOR LATZ TAKE THAT AS A REMINDER. >>ALTHOUGH SENATORS HAVING VOTED TO DESIRE TO VOTE THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL. THERE BEING 33 YEAS AND 34 NAYS THE RULING OF THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT BEEN SUSTAINED THE AMENDMENT IS IN ORDER WE WILL CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR SCHOEN. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT AND SENATOR LATZ THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND I WANT YOU THINK ABOUT SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY PROTECTED IF YOU’RE PATIENT OF MEDICAL INSTITUTION AND YOU LOG ONTO ALLINA .COM TO SEE MY CHART THEY’RE NOT COIN TO SELL YOUR INFORMATION BECAUSE IT’S PRIVATE MEDICAL DATA BUT NOW WITH THE CHANGES THAT COULD POTENTIALLY COME FROM THE FEDERAL LEVEL ALL THAT INFORMATION THAT CAN BE INTERCEPTED BY YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS WITH ITS COMCAST OR OTHERWISE THAT’S THE DATA THAT’S OUT THERE AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT FOR YOU GOVERNMENT TALKS ARE GOING TO BE WATCHDOGS AND WE WANT TO BE PROTECTING OUR DATA IF THIS DATA IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE FOR PURCHASE, THAT MEANS LAW ENFORCEMENT OR ANYONE ELSE CAN GET THIS WITHOUT A WARRANT TO. THINK ABOUT THAT MADAM PRESIDENT? THIS IS HAVE A WARRANT TO OUR PRIVACY WE HAVE HAD MORE DISCUSSIONS IN THIS LEGISLATURE THAT OF GONE ON AND ON ABOUT LICENSE PLATE READERS ABOUT BODY CAMERAS ON POLICE OFFICERS AND NOW WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM THAT THINK IT’S OK THAT EVERY BIT OF OUR DATA CAN BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. LET’S HOPE THAT SOME POINT WE HAVE SOME SEMBLANCE OF PRIVACY LEFT IN OUR LIVES. SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR NELSON. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT WHILE IT’S UNCOMFORTABLE TO TAKE A PIECE OF AMENDMENT LIKE THIS SOMEWHAT ON THE FLIGHT AND IT HASN’T GONE THROUGH THE NORMAL COURSE OF FULL COMMITTEE PROCESS THAT WE DO IN THE MINNESOTA SENATE I HAVE TO SAY MINNESOTA HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN AS THE STATE WITH STRONG IN DATA PRIVACY LAWS THAT SPARED AND PARCEL TO OUR DNA AND I WILL BE SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE I BELIEVE EVEN THOUGH THE ACTION IS QUICK RESPONSE NEEDS TO BE SWIFT ITS WORRIES SOME THAT ARE DATA WOULD BE COLLECTED AND SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER WE WILL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS AS THINGS TRAVEL THROUGH CONFERENCE COMMITTEES AND SUCH BUT TONIGHT WITH THE INFORMATION THAT I HAVE IN FRONT OF ME TONIGHT I AM CONCERNED I’M CONCERNED OUR STRONG DATA PRIVACY LAWS WILL BE IN JEOPARDY AND I WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. >>SENATOR OSMEK. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT AND SENATOR NELSON WHILE I APPRECIATE THOSE COMMENTS THERE ARE SEVERE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN COME FROM THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT. IN SPEAKING WITH SOME TELECOM INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER THEY EXPLAIN THE BUILDING TO THEIR MEMBERS TO THEIR ENROLLEES CAN NOW BE IMPACTED BECAUSE EVERY TIME YOU MAKE A CELL PHONE CALL YOU INTERACT AND SEND INFORMATION BACK AND FORTH WITH YOUR CELLPHONE PROVIDERS THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS AND I APPRECIATE THE DATA PRIVACY ASPECT OF THIS BUT THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS ABOUT BRINGING THIS UP AT 9:00 AT NIGHT WITH NO COMMITTEE DISCUSSION NO BILL PRESENTED NO HEARING FROM THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY ARE IMPACTED BY THIS THIS WHILE I CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS I VOTED MANY TIMES ON THE FLOOR FOR THIS. WE DON’T KNOW IN THE HALF-HOUR DISCUSSION WE’VE HAD ALL OF THE CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN TAKE PLACE OUT OF THIS I THINK THIS AMENDMENT IS CERTAINLY INTERESTING AND HAS IT’S HARD TO THE RIGHT PLACE BUT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES COULD BE INCREDIBLY DISASTROUS FOR THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA VOTE NO PLEASE. >>SENATOR NELSON DIRECTLY TO THIS? I’M BEGINNING TO GET A LIST SENATOR NELSON. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT I WOULD LIKE MY MEMBERS I UNDERSTAND DIRECTLY TO THE SENATOR OSMEK COMMENTS IT’S TRUE THERE COULD BE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES HERE THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LIMITED WITH WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO MOVE THIS THROUGH THE NORMAL DELIBERATIVE PROCESS BUT SENATOR OSMEK I TRUST YOU I TRUST THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES WHO WILL BE DELVING INTO THIS TO LET US KNOW ABOUT WHAT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THERE MAYBE WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY THAN TO VOTE WITH MORE INFORMATION ON THE FINAL PASSAGE THIS IS NOT FINAL PASSAGE THIS IS JUST GETTING SOMETHING INTO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WHERE WE CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT IT AND I FULLY TRUST THE CONFEREES WILL BE DOUBLING INTO THIS TO DETERMINE IF THERE ARE ANY UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES AND WHAT THEY MIGHT BE BUT WHAT WE KNOW TONIGHT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE BUT NOW LET’S AT LEAST GET THIS INTO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SO WE CAN START TO DETERMINE WHAT EFFECTS WHAT NEGATIVE EFFECTS THERE MAY BE BUT IN THE MEANTIME WE NEED TO TAKE THIS STAND ON DATA PRIVACY.>>SENATOR CLAUSEN. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT. WHILE LISTENING TO THIS DISCUSSION BRINGS ME BACK SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN WE HAD THIS DEBATE ABOUT GETTING OUR NAMES OFF OF TELEMARKETING LISTS SO WE WOULDN’T BE BOTHERED WITH TELEPHONE CALLS. YET WE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT JUST RULED FOR GOING TO GO BACK TO THAT PEOPLE CAN COLLECT DATA BACON SALAD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AND ONCE AGAIN OUR PRIVACY IS BEING DISRUPTED. I WALKED IN THE DOOR LAST NIGHT THIS IS ONE OF FIRST THINK MY WIFE WANTED TO SHARE WITH THE DID YOU HEAR WHAT THEY DID TODAY IN WASHINGTON? AGAIN I WOULD SUPPORT THE SENATOR LATZ COMMENTS LET’S NOT FORGET WHERE WE WERE 15 YEARS AGO WHEN WE’RE HAVING A DEBATE ABOUT THE BEGINNINGS OF TELEMARKETING LISTS THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT.>>SENATOR KENT. >>PINKY MADAM PRESIDENT I ALSO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT I APPRECIATE SENATOR LATZ IS TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO STAND UP FOR AS SENATOR NELSON HAS POINTED OUT MINNESOTANS AND OUR COMPRESSIVE TRADITION OF PROTECTING MINNESOTANS PRIVATE INFORMATION AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT SHOW UP ON YOUR INTERNET BROWSER WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT MINNESOTANS MIGHT BE RESEARCHING WHAT SOMEONE IN A HOUSEHOLD MIGHT BE RESEARCHING AND THE FACT SOME OF THAT INFORMATION IS UP FOR SALE I THINK IT’S APPALLING WHAT’S JUST HAPPENED AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT WE HERE IN MINNESOTA IT INITIALLY AND IN QUICK COURSE MAKE A STAND AND SAY WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO PROTECT MINNESOTANS FROM OUR ENCROACHMENT ON PRIVATE INFORMATION PLEASE SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.? >>SENATOR LIMMER. >>FAQ MADAM PRESIDENT. SENATOR LATZ HAVE SERVED ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR A LONG TIME AND I WAS NOT AWARE OF HIS AMENDMENTS BUT AT THE VERY SAME TIME WHEN LOTS OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT DIFFERENT ISSUES AND OFTEN WE DISAGREE BUT THERE’S ONE THING WE DO AGREE ON AND THAT’S PROTECTING DATA PRIVACY RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS. THE ABUNDANCE BETTER OUT THERE IS WARNING US ABOUT THE DANGER OF BREACHES IN DATA PRIVACY HAVE BEEN CALLING US FOR 20 OR 30 OR 40 YEARS SAYING THERE MAY COME A DAY WHEN GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATIONS WORK TOGETHER IN ORDER TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT US AND APPARENTLY THAT DAY IS ABOUT TO FALL IRS QUICKLY. WE’VE BEEN WARNING ABOUT IT FOR MANY YEARS WE’VE BEEN WARNED ABOUT IT FOR MANY YEARS. IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT EVENTS THAT SENATOR LATZ BROUGHT ALL I’VE BEEN TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THAT AS WELL WE SHOULD BE ALARMED AS A MATTER OF FACT MAY BE ALARMED IS TO TAME A WORD WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED AT THE INVASION THAT’S BEING ALLOWED ON MOST IN DEMAND MEANS OF COMMUNICATION NOT ONLY AS WE STAND WEBSITES BUT ALSO WHAT OUR COMMUNICATION HONOR E-MAIL’S TO FRIENDS RELATIVES AND MAYBE OTHER PEOPLE THAT MAYBE OUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW WE WERE COMMUNICATING WITH THEM OR MAYBE THEY’D BE SURPRISED WHAT WEBSITES ONE WOULD BE WATCHING ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE E-MAIL. APPARENTLY MUCH OF THAT WILL BE REVEALED IN THE NEAR FUTURE UNFORTUNATELY TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AND I THINK THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT IS SO URGENTLY NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED I AGREE WITH SENATOR LATZ ON THE TIMING OF ITS THIS WASHINGTON EVENT OCCURRED I BELIEVE YESTERDAY AND IT WAS RATHER SURPRISED EVEN WASHINGTON OBSERVERS. I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHY OR WHAT FOR I KNOW HOW IT RELATES TO TOMORROW’S DISCUSSION ABOUT REAL ID BUT NEVERTHELESS OUR PEOPLE ARE BEING EXPOSED IN MANY WAYS AND I THINK IS URGENT ENOUGH OF A CRISIS THAT WE SHOULD ADDRESS THIS IMMEDIATELY AND THIS MAY NOT BE THE MOST PERFECT FORM IT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION SENATOR LATZ I’M GOING TO SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT I HOPE MEMBERS WOULD TO IN THE SPIRIT OF A BIPARTISAN UNITY TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AND NOT TO FALL VICTIM TO THE PARTISAN DEBATE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WE’RE TALKING YOUR CHILDREN HERE TALKING OF INTIMATE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE AND YOUR LOVED ONES THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE CAN QUICKLY PAUSE AND TRY TO DETERMINE IF THERE SOMETHING ELSE WE CAN DO AND I HOPE MOST YOU KNOW I’VE BEEN HERE AWHILE AND THIS IS DAN AN ISSUE THAT’S BEEN ON MY LIST OF THINGS TO WARN THE PUBLIC AND BY THE LEGISLATURE FOR MANY MANY YEARS AND THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO STEP BACK THIS IS THE TIME TO STEP FORWARD. >>SENATOR LATZ. >>MADAM PRESIDENT I LIKE TO REQUEST ROLL CALL. >>ROLL CALL HAS BEEN REQUESTED AND GRANTED. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE EIGHTH 51 THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL. >>ALL SENATORS HAVING VOTED TO DESIRE TO VOTE THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL THEY’RE BEING 66 YEAS AND ONE NAY THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON SENATE FILE 1937? THE SECRETAIRE WILL GIVE SENATE ON 1937 ITS THIRD READING. >>SENATE FILE 1937 A BILL FOR ENACT RELATING TO STATE GOVERNMENT. >>FINAL DISCUSSION. THIRD READING FINAL DISCUSSION SENATOR MILLER. >>MADAM PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS THANK YOU FOR THE DISCUSSION MY COMMENTS ARE GOING TO BE FOCUSED TO THE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH ARTICLE. MEMBERS THIS ARTICLE IS JUST THAT IT’S AN ARTICLE THAT FOCUSES ON JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR HARD-WORKING MINNESOTANS THREW OUT THE STATE’S. THIS PROVIDES A GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE IN GREATER MINNESOTA TO THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN. MEMBERS AND I’D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMITTEE I’D LIKE TO THANK SENATOR PAUL ANDERSON OUR VICE CHAIR SENATOR CHAMPION OF THE RANKING MEMBER, AND ALL OF OUR MEMBERS WITH A COMMITTEE WHERE WE WORKED TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WE PUT TOGETHER A GRID STRONG BILL THAT’S GOOD FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE STAFF PARTISAN AND NONPARTISAN WE COULD NOT HAVE OPERATED IN OUR COMMITTEE AND FRANKLY THIS CHAMBER THIS INSTITUTION CANNOT OPERATE WITHOUT ARE WONDERFUL STAFF THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM. IN CLOSING MEMBERS THIS IS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO HELP BUSINESSES GROW AND COMMUNITIES PROSPER AND I ENCOURAGE A GREEN VOTE. >>FINAL DISCUSSION? SEEING NO DISCUSSION THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL ON SENATE FILE 1937. >>ALL SENATORS HAVING VOTED TO DESIRE TO VOTE THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL THEIR BEING 50 YEAS AND THE NINE AND NAYS THE BILL IS PASSED AND ITS TITLE AGREED TO. MOVING TO THE NEXT SPECIAL ORDER, IS SENATE FILE 605 #137 ON GENERAL ORDERS SENATOR KIFFMEYER. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT SENATE FILE 605 IS THE STATE GOVERNMENT POLICY FINANCE OMNIBUS BILL. BEFORE I START PRESENTING THE BILL WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK-YOU TO THE STAFF OF MY COMMITTEE IN PARTICULAR MISS STANGL WOULD COUNSEL MISS JAMES MR. LUNDEEN MY COMMITTEE STAFF AND OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND I APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK-YOU TO THOSE STAFF. THE SENATORS HERE TODAY WITH SENATE FILE 605. >>SENATOR KIFFMEYER WE’RE HAVING TROUBLE HEARING. I AM SEEING A LOT OF THE SIGNS IF YOU COULD KEEP THE NOISE DOWN. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT HAS REMOVED FROM ONE BILL TO THE OTHER THERE’S ALWAYS A LITTLE EXTRA NOISE THANK YOU. HAVING PAY THE STAFF I WANT TO MENTION IN THIS BILL IN PARTICULAR IN FINANCE THE STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE BILL OMNIBUS BILL WAS THE VETERANS BILL CHAIRED BY SENATOR BRUCE ANDERSON WAS ADDED IN TO AMENDED INTO THIS BILL. YOU WILL NOTE PROBABLY ALONG THE WAY HE MAY HAVE SEEN THAT THERE JOINED TOGETHER. THE STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCE BILL, THIS BILL HAD A TARGET OF -$30 MILLION AND WE MET OUR TARGET. I WILL YIELD TO SENATOR ANDERSON TO GO OVER THE VETERANS AND MILITARY AFFAIRS PORTION OF THE BILL WHEN THE TIME COMES. THE MAJOR THEME OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AS WE LOOKED AT THIS PARTICULAR OMNIBUS BILL WAS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY. OUR GOAL WAS TO BEND THE COST CURVE DOWN WE HAVE SEEN STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONTINUING TO ESCALATE AND EXPENSES AND COSTS AND BUDGET INCREASES AND WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT IN THIS BILL. WE WORKED HARD TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT WHERE WE MADE THOSE CHANGES WE ALSO DID INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE PRIORITY AREAS LIKE CYBER SECURITY AND ADDITIONAL $4.6 MILLION FOR THAT PARTICULAR AREA ELECTION EQUIPMENT GRANT ACCOUNT, THAT WOULD BENEFIT ALL MINNESOTA AND THE AMBER ALERT EQUIPMENT UP CRATES THIS AS A BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR TO ALL OF MINNESOTA RURAL MINNESOTA AS WELL. IT’S A BOARD TO RECOGNIZE THE ESSENTIAL OF OUR EVER EQUIPMENT AND WHAT IT DOES FOR ALL OF US. SINCE 2011 THERE OF NOT BEEN ANY BUDGET REDUCTIONS SO DESPITE ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY THAT GIVES GREAT PROMISES IN INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY INSTEAD WE’VE ACTUALLY SEEN THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND THESE BUDGETS HAVE BEEN ON THE INCREASE STEADILY INCREASING IN ADDING HUNDREDS EVEN THOUSANDS MORE STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO THE STATE PAYROLL. MINNESOTANS HAVE NOT GROWN THEIR PAYCHECKS MINNESOTANS HAVE NOT THEY’VE HAD TO READ PRIORITIZE MINNESOTANS HAVE HAD TO IN MANY CASES REDUCE THEIR BUDGETS TO ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE SPENDING THEY’VE HAD TO MAKE CUTS IN OTHER AREAS IN THEIR FAMILY BUDGETS I THINK GOVERNMENT

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