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Higher Education Finance and Policy


2021-2022 Regular Session - Wednesday, February 2, 2022



Representative Connie Bernardy, Chair of the Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy, called the virtual meeting to order at 3:00 PM on February 2, 2022 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was conducted over Zoom and broadcast via House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Bernardy, Connie, Chair
Christensen, Shelly, Vice Chair
Albright, Tony
Daniels, Brian
Erickson, Sondra
Hanson, Jessica
Heintzeman, Josh
Howard, Michael
Keeler, Heather
Klevorn, Ginny
Koznick, Jon
Kresha, Ron
Mekeland, Shane
Noor, Mohamud
Sandell, Steve
Sandstede, Julie
Thompson, John

Members excused:
O’Neill, Marion, Republican Lead
Masin, Sandra

A quorum was present.

Representative Noor moved that the minutes of April 7, 2021, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Presentation from students from Red Lake Tribal College.

? Mitch Johnson, Red Lake Nation College, Student Advisory Council Representative

Presentation from the Minnesota Association of Private Colleges.

? Jonathan Krull, Minnesota Association of Private Colleges Chair and Student Advisory Council Representative
? Melody Her, student at St. Catherine University

Presentation from Students United.

? Emma Zellmer, Chair of Students United and Student Advisory Council Representative

Presentation from LeadMN.

? Axel Kylander, LeadMN President and Student Advisory Council Representative
? Ali Tomashek, student at North Hennepin Community College
? David Mesta, LeadMN Vice President
? Marcelus Ifonlaja, student at Minneapolis College
? Henri Mingo, student at Minneapolis College

Presentation from the Minnesota Student Association.

? Grace Johnson, Minnesota Student Association Government and Legislative Affairs Director
? Carter Yost, student at the University of Minnesota

The meeting was adjourned at 4:24 PM.

Representative Connie Bernardy, Chair

Sam Parmekar, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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3:55 - Student Voices in Higher Education: Student organizations will share their experiences and legislative goals with the committee.
Runs 1 hour, 24 minutes.

I. Student Voices in Higher Education: Student organizations will share their experiences and legislative goals with the Higher Education Committee.

Meeting documents will be posted on the Higher Education Finance & Policy Committee website at

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page:

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