STATE OF MINNESOTA SEVENTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
Representative Bernie Lieder, Chair of the House Transportation Finance & Policy Committee called the meeting to order at 4:35 P.M. on Thursday, March 19, 2009 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Champion, Vice Chair
A quorum was present.
HF 809 (Hornstein) Charitable organizations provided a metropolitan transit pass discount. Rep. Hornstein moved the A09-0203
amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Hornstein moved that HF 809, as amended, be recommended to pass and rereferred to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Rep. Reinert moved adoption of the minutes of March 17, 2009. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF 1467 (Nelson) Rail safe technology federal grant application directed. Philip Qualy, United Transportation Union (UTU) assisted in presenting the bill to the committee. Bill Gardner, MnDOT Freight, Railroad and Waterways Office spoke to the bill. HF 1467 was temporarily laid over allowing time for preparation of an author’s amendment.
HF 775 (Beard) Vehicle service fees credited to the vehicle services operating account. Pat McCormack, Department of Public Safety, spoke to the bill. Rep. Beard moved that HF 775 be recommended to pass and returned to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF 672 (Dettmer) Freeway shoulders use authorized by transit and metro mobility buses. Rep. Lieder moved that HF 672 be recommended to pass and returned to the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF 1467 (Nelson) was again before the committee. Rep. Nelson moved adoption of the handwritten M1 amendment (attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Nelson moved that HF 1467, as amended, be returned to the Finance Committee.
HF 1051 (Olin) Railroad crossing device installation funds allocated. Bill Gardner, MnDOT Freight, Railroad and Waterways Office spoke in opposition to the bill. No committee action was taken on the bill.
HF 1535 (Hausman) Metropolitan transit functions transferred, Minnesota Transit Authority established, sales tax increased and proceeds allocated to the authority, certain local sales tax authority abolished. John DeWitt spoke to the legislation. No committee action was taken on the bill.
HF994 (Lieder) State hazardous materials registration and permit requirements abolished. John Kerr, Homeland Security, Department of Public Safety, spoke to the bill. The bill was laid over.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 P.M.
Representative Lieder, Chair
Committee Legislative Assistant
Attached to March 19, 2009 Transportation Finance and Policy Division Minutes
Handwritten M1 amendment
Rep. Nelson moved to amend H.F. No. 1467, as follows:
Page 1, line 15, before "October" insert "the later of" and before the period insert:
"or 90 days after the publication of federal rulemaking and a solicitation for proposals for federal aid"
Page 1, line 16, before "prioritize" insert "(1)"
Page 1, line 18, after "and" insert "(2)"
Page 1, after line 19, insert:
" Prior to applying for funds under paragraph (b), the commissioner shall solicit grant requests from all eligible railroads. (d) Participating railroads shall provide the 20 percent non-federal match. Railroads shall provide all technical documentation as requested by the commissioner and required by the Federal Railroad Administration for the applications under paragraph (b). Railroads are responsible for developing, acquiring, and installing all rail safety technology obtained under the section in accordance with requirements established by the Federal Railroad Administration."