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Energy Finance and Policy Division

Thirtieth Meeting

2009-2010 Regular Session - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

State of Minnesota Thirtieth Meeting
House of Representatives Eighty-Sixth Session

Energy Finance and Policy Division & The Civil Justice Committee

Representative Mullery, Chair, called the thirtieth meeting to order at 10:13 a.m. on November 4, 2009 in Room 5 of the State office Building.


Chair Hilty assumed the gavel.

The clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

Hilty, Bill
Atkins, Joe
Beard, Michael
Bly, David
Gunther, Bob
Hackbarth, Tom
Hoppe, Joe
Obermueller, Mike
Welti, Andy
Mullery, Joe
Drazkowski, Steve
Holberg, Mary Liz
Kelly, Tim
Mahoney, Tim

Members excused:

Brynaert, Kathy
Sailer, Brita
Champion, Bobby Joe
Hilstrom, Debra
Hortman, Melissa
Olin, Dave
Paymar, Michael
Scott, Peggy

Members absent:

Falk, Andrew
Westrom, Torrey
Anderson, Bruce
Johnson, Sheldon
Kalin, Jeremy
Knuth, Kate
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Magnus, Doug
Nornes, Bud
Persell, John

A quorum was not present.

Informational hearing on HF1182 (Bly) Public service corporation exemptions repealed.

Handout: Provisions of Chapter 117 that energy-related entities are currently exempt from but would be subject to under Rep. Bly’s bill

(Changes from last session.)

Handout: Proposed Bill Language

10:14 a.m.

Rep. Bly made opening remarks.

Members asked questions.

10:24 a.m.

Speaking in favor of HF1182.
Mr. Thom Petersen, Government Relations Director
Minnesota Farmer's Union
651-288-4067 (w) | 651-639-0421 (fax) |
600 County Rd D W, Suite 14, St. Paul, MN 55112-3521 | 651-639-1223

Members asked questions.

10:30 a.m.
Mr. Russell Martin, Elko MN
952-461-3352 (w) |

10:36 a.m.
Ms. Bev Topp, Eureka Township
952-469-4859 (w) |

Handout: Michelle Leonard (December 20, 2007) "Residents Suggest Caution When Eyeing
Power Line Plans." Farmington Independent, pp. 1A, 2A.

Members asked questions.

10:45 a.m.
Mr. Steve Coman
RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, Inc.
952-873-2859 (fax) |
21595 286th Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011 | 952-873-3113

Handout: Maps of Coman residence.

Handout: Coman, Steve. Letter to committee members. November 4, 2009.

Members asked questions.

Utilities testifying against the bill:

10:54 a.m.
Mr. Michael Ahern
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
612-340-2881 (w) | 612-723-6478 (c) |
50 S 6th St, Ste 1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:59 a.m.

Members asked questions.

11:03 a.m.
Mr. Lee Sundberg, Director of Government Affairs
Minnesota Rural Electric Association
763-424-7238 (w) | 763-439-2511 (c) | 763-424-5820 (fax) |
11640 73rd Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-424-1020

11:10 a.m.

Members asked questions.

11:20 a.m.
Mr. Rick Evans, Director, Regional Government Affairs
Xcel Energy
612-337-2256 (w) | 952-920-5167 (h) | 612-770-1966 (c) |
414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1993

11:25 a.m.

Members asked questions.

Bob Eleff, House Research, explained lines 1.10-1.13.

11:34 a.m.
Mr. Craig Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations Representative
League of Minnesota Cities
651-281-1259 (w) | 651-470-1825 (c) | 651-215-4116 (fax) |
145 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103-2044

Testifying in favor of the bill.

11:41 a.m.
John Schmick, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
Shenehon Company, Business and Real Estate Valuations
612-333-6533 (w) | 612-344-1635 (fax) |
88 South 10th Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | 612-333-6533

Members asked question.

11:54 a.m.
Mr. Gregory Soule, Attorney at Law
Best & Flanagan LLP
612-349-5653 (w) | 612-339-5897 (fax) |
225 S 6th St, Suite 4000, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4690 | 612-339-7121

Handout: Soule, Gregory. Testimony.

12:03 p.m.
Ms. Carol Overland, Attorney at Law
Overland Law Office
P.O. Box 176, Red Wing, MN 55066 | (612) 227-8638

Handout: Overland, Carol. Specific things that would help landowners.

Members asked questions.
Mr. Robert Johnson
AEI Fund Management, Inc
651-227-7333 (w) | 651-227-7705 (fax) |
1300 Minnesota World Trade Center, 30 Seventh St E, St. Paul, MN 55101-4901 | 651-227-7333

Handout: Johnson, Robert. Letter to Rep. Hilty. November 2, 2009

12:18 p.m.
Joyce Osborn, Landowner, Scott County/Burnsville

12:22 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned.

Representative Bill Hilty, Chair

Committee Legislative Assistant
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Informational hearing on HF1182 (Bly) Public service corporation exemptions repealed.