MN Action Alert Updates - March 6 2017

From Watch Your Reps Minnesota:

Updates:

SF514, an elections omnibus bill that includes the creation of a provisional ballot system, has been added to hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

HF1928, a bill that repeals the Livable Communities Act, has been added to a hearing on Wednesday.

SF150, an anti-mass transportation bill, was added to hearing on Wednesday

SF769, a bill that guts regulatory agencies ability to do their jobs, was added to a hearing on Thursday

SF1087, a bill that eliminates the Environmental Quality Board and allows industries to write their own environmental impact assessment, has been added to a hearing on Friday

SF166 – Real ID with the poison pill “lawful status” provision was heard in the full Senate and did not pass. It must go back to committee. Good job everyone!
 

This post contains a “Top Hits” list. These are the bills that have hearings scheduled or are going to the house or senate floor for a vote.

Once you are done with the “Top Hits” you may want to peruse the full list of bills to support and oppose.

You can find the full text of bills by going to https://www.leg.state.mn.us/, selecting Bills, then searching the House and Senate bills by the listed bill number. You can find your representative and senator at the Minnesota Legislature District Finder.

So, without further ado, this is what you should be talking to your legislators about this week.

What to do:
For each alert check the member list. If your representative is on the list, please reach out to them. If not, reach out to the chair. If your rep is one of the authors, reach out to them and let them know how you feel about their bill (good or bad). If the status of a bill says it’s going to the house/senate for a vote call your representative/senator. You don’t need to go into detail, you can simply state that you oppose / support the bill.

Votes in the House

Oppose

 
The following bills have cleared committee and, while they have not been schedule for a full vote yet, they could be voted on at any time. Please call your district representative.
 
HF390 – Another anti-protestor bill. This one would increase penalties for obstructing traffic/transit to a misdemeanor with up to 3 years in prison.

HF1066 – Anti-protestor bill. Increase penalties for obstructing a road. These bills are specifically targeted against protests that use civil disobedience techniques
 

Votes in the Senate

Oppose


The following bills have cleared committee and, while they have not been schedule for a full vote yet, they could be voted on at any time. In the Senate, a bill can be put on a “special order” list and voted on with almost no notice so please do not wait for a scheduled vote. Call your district senator.
 

SF580 – Anti-worker law that would prevent cities and localities from setting their own min wage, family leave policies, etc. This will undo the recent min wage increase approved in Minneapolis.
 
SF676 - Anti-protestor bill. This one would increase penalties for obstructing traffic/transit to a misdemeanor with up to 3 years in prison.
 
SF702 – Anti-abortion bill. This one would stop state-sponsored health programs from covering an abortion even if it is medically necessary (there’s no exceptions for health of the mother, health of the fetus, rape, or incest).
 
SF166 – Real ID. We need Minnesota licenses to be compliant with the federal Real ID requirements but Republicans added a provision that would prevent undocumented immigrants from getting a license. This provision is not required. Removing it does not give undocumented immigrants a license, it maintains the current status quo (no license in MN) while allowing this issue to be addressed separately in its own bill. It a complex topic that should be debated on its own merits. Update: this failed in the Senate and will go back to committee. Good job!
 

Hearings on Monday, March 6

Oppose


Senate Bill SF1310 – Removes the authority from the Pollution Control Agency to regulate particulate matter from silica sand projects
Hearing Time: 1 pm
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance
Chair: Carrie Rudd
Members:
Bill Weber, Chris Eaton, Jim Carlson, Justin Eichorn, Andrew Mathews, Steve Cwodzinski, Mark Koran, David Senjem, Scott Dibble, Andrew Lang, Patricia Torres Ray
 
Senate Bill SF695 – Hamstrings the Pollution Control Agency
Hearing Time: 5:30pm
Committee: State Government Finance Policy and Elections
Chair: Mary Kiffmeyer
Members: Mark Koran, Jim Carlson, John Jasinski, Carla Nelson, Torrey Westrom, Susan Kent, Scott Newman, Carolyn Laine, Ann Rest

Hearings on Tuesday, March 7

Oppose


Senate Bill SF514 – This election omnibus bill contains a clause that would create a provisional ballot system in MN. We are exempt from having a provisional ballot system because we have same day registration. This is a big change to how we conduct elections and it should be in its own bill where it can be properly vetted and debated.
Hearing Time: 8:30 am
Committee: Local Government
Chair: Dan Hall
Members:
Bruce Anderson, Patricia Torres Ray, John Jasinski, David Osmek, Melissa Wiklund, Carolyn Laine, Jerry Relph, Andrew Mathews, Charles Wiger
 
Senate Bill SF150 – Anti-mass transportation. Prevents the Metropolitan Council from undertaking any transit projects
Hearing Time: 10:15 am
Committee: Local Government
Chair: Dan Hall
Members:
Bruce Anderson, Patricia Torres Ray, John Jasinski, David Osmek, Melissa Wiklund, Carolyn Laine, Jerry Relph, Andrew Mathews, Charles Wiger
 
Senate Bill SF1195 - A bill of preemption. This one prevents cities / localities from banning or taxing plastic and paper bags
Hearing Time: 10:30 am
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources Finance
Chair: Bill Ingebrigtsen
Members:
Carrie Ruud, David Tomassoni, Thomas Bakk, Foung Hawj, Andrew Mathews, Kari Dziedzic, Mark Johnson, Erik Simonson, Justin Eichorn, Andrew Lang, Bill Weber
 
Senate Bill SF254 – Anti-mass transportation. Prevents even so much as studying a rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities.
Hearing Time: 10:30 am
Committee: Transportation Finance and Policy
Chair: Scott Newman
Members:
John Jasinski, Scott Dibble, Bruce Anderson, Nick Frentz, Susan Kent, David Osmek, Jim Carlson, Dan Hall, Mary Kiffmeyer, David Senjem, Melisa Franzen, Scott Jensen, Matt Little, Torrey Westrom
 
House Bill HF1119 – Increases penalties for all crimes that do not otherwise specify a penalty from a misdemeanor (max 90 days in jail and $1000 fine) to a gross misdemeanor (max 1 year in jail and $3000 fine). We are not experiencing any kind of crime wave, we do not need to put people in prison for longer time periods and saddle them with fines they cannot pay.
Hearing Time: 3:00 pm
Committee: Commerce and Regulator Reform
Chair: Joe Hoppe
Members:
Kelly Fenton, Linda Slocum, Susan Allen, Sarah Andreson, Jon Applebaum, Regina Barr, Greg Davids, Mary Franson, Laurie Halverson, Debra Hilstrom, Sheldon Johnson, Ron Kresha, Jenifer Loon, Bob Loonan, Jim Nash, Tim O’Driscoll, Dave Pinto, Paul Rosenthal, Dennis Smith, Chris Swedzinski

Hearings on Wednesday, March 8

Oppose


House Bill HF10 – Transfers MNSure to the federal marketplace. There’s a good chance the federal marketplace will be shut down with the GOP in charge there so this would be a way to end MNSure without having to vote on record as ending MNSure.  
Hearing Time: 9:00 am
Committee: Government Operations and Elections Policy
Chair: Tim O’Driscoll
Members:
Cindy Pugh, Michael Nelson, Matt Bliss, Kelly Fenton, Mike Freiberg, Laurie Halverson, Randy Jessup, Fue Lee, Sandra Masin, Jim Nash, Roz Peterson, Duane Quam, Julie Sandstede, Chris Swedzinski, Tama Theis, Nolan West, Cheryl Youakim
 
House Bill HF1291 – Eliminates the Environment Quality Board and allows companies to write their own environmental impact statements
Hearing Time: 10:15 am
Committee: Government Operations and Elections Policy
Chair: Tim O’Driscoll
Members:
Cindy Pugh, Michael Nelson, Matt Bliss, Kelly Fenton, Mike Freiberg, Laurie Halverson, Randy Jessup, Fue Lee, Sandra Masin, Jim Nash, Roz Peterson, Duane Quam, Julie Sandstede, Chris Swedzinski, Tama Theis, Nolan West, Cheryl Youakim
 
House Bill HF188 – Allows for the right to carry a gun without a permit
AND
House Bill HF238 – “Stand your ground” gun law
Hearing Time: 10:15 pm
Committee: Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance
Chair: Tony Cornish
Members:
Brian Johnson, Debra Hilstrom, Jamie Becker-Finn, John Considine, Raymond Dehn, Keith Franke, Matt Grossell, Jeff Howe, Kathy Lohmer, Eric Lucero, Jim Newberger, Marion O’Neill, Dave Pinto, JoAnn Ward, Nick Zerwas
 
Senate Bill SF514 – This election omnibus bill contains a clause that would create a provisional ballot system in MN. We are exempt from having a provisional ballot system because we have same day registration. This is a big change to how we conduct elections and it should be in its own bill where it can be properly vetted and debated.
AND
Senate Bill SF150 – Anti-mass transportation. Prevents the Metropolitan Council from undertaking any transit projects. Pending referral from its Tuesday hearing.
Hearing Time: 10:30 am
Committee: Transportation Finance and Policy
Chair: Scott Newman
Members:
John Jasinski, Scott Dibble, Bruce Anderson, Nick Frentz, Susan Kent, David Osmek, Jim Carlson, Dan Hall, Mary Kiffmeyer, David Senjem, Melisa Franzen, Scott Jensen, Matt Little, Torrey Westrom
 
House Bill HF1133 – This one is a mixed bag. It allows electric vehicles to be used in carpool lanes but also increases the registration tax by $85 for electric vehicles only
AND
House Bill HF1922 – Increases the registration tax on electric vehicles only by $125
AND
House Bill HF1928 – Repeals the Livable Communities Act and reallocates the funds. The 1995 Livable Communities Act (LCA) funds community investment that revitalizes economies, creates affordable housing, and links different land uses and transportation. Reallocation of funds excludes light rail and commuter rail.
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Transportation and Regional Governance Policy
Chair: Linda Runbeck
Members:
Jon Koznick, Connie Bernardy, Cal Bahr, Regina Barr, Andrew Carlson, Jerry Hertaus, Frank Hornstein, Erin Koegel, Sandra Masin, Joe McDonald, Anne Neu, John Petersburg, Nolan West, Abigail Whelan, Cheryl Youakim

Support


Senate Bill SF445 – Requires conflict management and cultural diversity training for police officers
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
Chair: Warren Limmer
Members:
Dan Hall, Ron Latz, Bruce Anderson, Sandra Pappas, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Jerry Relph, Mark Johnson, Dan Schoen

Hearings on Thursday, March 9


Senate Bill SF769 – All rules created by regulatory agencies must be approved by the legislature before they can be enacted. This will hamstring the ability for regulatory agencies to do their jobs.
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: State Government Finance and Elections
Chair: Mary Kiffmeyer
Members:
Mark Koran, Jim Carlson, John Jasinski, Carla Nelson, Torrey Westrom, Susan Kent, Scott Newman, Carolyn Laine, Ann Rest

Hearings on Friday, March 10


Senate Bill SF 1087 - Eliminates the Environment Quality Board and allows companies to write their own environmental impact statements
Hearing Time: 10:00 am
Committee: Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
Chair: Warren Limmer
Members: Dan Hall, Ron Latz, Bruce Anderson, Sandra Pappas, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Jerry Relph, Mark Johnson, Dan Schoen