STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION
VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Representative Anderson B, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:31pm. On February 14, 2011, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Anderson, Bruce, Chair
Kriesel, John, VC
Representative Lohmer was excused.
A quorum was NOT present at the beginning of the meeting.
HF 226 Fillmore County specified as one location for a new veterans cemetery.
A quorum was present.
Rep. Davids moves HF 226 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Capitol Investments Committee.
Rep. Davids introduced the H0226DE4
Reggie Worlds, MN Department of Veterans Affairs
David Patrick Swantek, MN Department of Veterans Affairs
Chair Anderson, B. temporarily laid over HF 226 and the H0226DE4 amendment.
HF 384 Campus veterans representative program sunset repealed.
Rep. Dettmer moved HF 384 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the State Government Finance Committee.
Geoff Dittberner, Vice President of MSCSA
Bill Johnson, a student at Hennepin Technical College.
Donald Pfeffer, Director, Higher Education Veterans Programs for the MN Dept of Veterans Affairs.
Lauri Brooke - Becker County Veterans Service Officer
Joseph Butler - President, Minnesota State University Moorhead Veterans Club
Jason Johnson, Army Veteran
Jessica Jackson, Army Veteran
Nicole Meulemans, Director of Student Life at Dakota County Technical College.
William Johnson - non-traditional student - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, MN
Kim Wooster, University of Minnesota SVA
Todd Kubinski, MACVSO
Nathan D. Piloe, MACVSO, Fillmore CVSO
Andrew Spacth, MN State University Student Association
Chair Anderson, B. moved HF 384 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the State Government Finance Committee.
THE MOTION PREVAILED
Overview of Defending the Blue Line Organization
Dan Larson, Advisory Board, Defending the Blue Line
Shane Hudella, Master Sergeant, Founder and president of Defending the Blue Line
TSgt’s John and Heather Villegas, Parents, Defending the Blue Line
Continued testimony on HF 226 Fillmore County specified as one location for a new veterans cemetery.
Rep. Davids presented the H0226A2
amendment to amendment H0226DE4.
Chair Anderson, B moved the H0226A2 amendment to the H0226DE4 amendment.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENTMENT WAS ADOBTED.
Chair Anderson, B. moved the H0226DE4 amendment, as amended, to HF 226.
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Chair Anderson moved HF 226, as amended, be recommend to pass and be re- referred to the State Government Finance Committee.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Overview of Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Kathy Vitalis, Executive Director, MACV
Jill Laurence, Board Member, MACV
Elmer Duncan, Veteran
Robert Thomes, Veteran
Representative O’Driscoll moved approval of the minutes of January 31, 2010. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00pm.
Representative Bruce Anderson, Chair
Brian Theis, Committee Legislative Assistant