Overview of the Department of Veteran Affairs (MDVA) Programs and Services and Veteran Homes.
• Commissioner and Former Adjutant General Larry Shellito: Introduction
• Deputy Commissioner Gil Acevedo: Veterans Homes
• Deputy Commissioner Reggie Worlds: MDVA Programs and Services.
• Sherry Kromschroeder the department Finance Director will also be available for budget/finance questions.
Overview of Minnesota County Veterans Services Officers program
• Milton Schoen: Hennepin County Veteran Services Officer and Program Legislative Liaison
Office of the Legislative Auditor report on Governance of Transit in the Twin Cities Region.
Responses to the OLA report by Metropolitan Council, Counties Transit Improvement Board and the Suburban Transit Association.
(Holberg) - Fiscal year 2011 appropriations reduced, policies changed, and appropriation reductions made for fiscal years 2012 and 2013; tax aid, credits and payment reductions provided, and changes conformed in the Internal Revenue Code.
(Kriesel) - Synthetic cannabinoid sale or possession crime established; synthetic cannabinoids, 2C-E, and 2C-I added to the list of Schedule I controlled substances; definition of "analog" added; analog of a Schedule I or II controlled substance provided to be considered a Schedule I controlled substance; weight of fluid used in a water pipe established when determining weight or amount of controlled substance; and Board of Pharmacy authorized to reschedule certain drugs only pursuant to law.
Increasing Educational Acheivement, Emphasizing and Supporting Teacher Effectiveness
Peter Hutchinson, Bush Foundation, President
Susan Heegaard, Bush Foundation, Vice President, Educational Achievement
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
(Fabian) - Environmental permitting efficiency provided, and environmental review requirements modified.
(Hackbarth) - State lands; stream easement acquisition provisions modified; state park, state forest, and land exchange provisions modified; state parks and state forests added to and deleted from; and public and private sales, conveyances, and exchanges of state land authorized.
Presentation of state labor negotiating process and contracts
Barb Holmes, assistant commissioner and state labor negotiator for Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)
Greg Hubinger, director of Legislative Coordinating Commission