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MN HOUSE VOTES 2019

1.    Special Session H.F. 5- Omnibus Tax Bill

The Special Session Omnibus Tax Bill included many of the House priorities, including working families tax credits and expansion of previously available federal itemized deductions now at the state level such as nonreimbursed employee expenses. The biggest item for the tax bill, however, was the repeal of the health care provider tax sunset and rate reduction, which ensured health care assistance funding for 1.2 million low income Minnesotans. The provider tax provision was originally in the House version of the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill but was moved to the special session omnibus Tax Bill during leadership negotiations.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 74 - 54

Final Resolution: Signed into law

2.    S.F. 2415 Omnibus Higher Education Finance Bill

House amended their bill version, H.F. 2544, on to the Senate File. Bill provides full funding to both the Office of Higher Education and to the Minnesota State system, freezes college tuition without forcing the educational institutions to absorb the costs as cuts, and includes language to protect student loan borrowers.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 72 - 57

Final Resolution: Sent to conference committee, where the agreement included funding for all the agencies and enabling MnState Colleges and Universities to raise tuition 3 percent each year of the biennium to cover the gap between the projected costs and the appropriation. Conference committee report passed off the House floor during regular session 84 – 49.

3.   H.F. 1555 – Omnibus Transportation Policy and Finance Bill  

The House version of the Omnibus Transportation Policy and Finance bill included an operating adjustment for the MN Department of Transportation and Governor Walz’s gas tax increase to help close the $10 billion deficit in transportation construction and maintenance funding needs. 

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 74 - 58

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

4.   S.F. 2314 – Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Bill

House omnibus bill included full operating adjustments to Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Board of Soil and Water Resources, and other boards without raiding the Clean Water Fund. It also included significant investment to the DNR to combat chronic wasting disease and licensing fee increases to support ongoing agency programming and staffing.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 73 - 60

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

5.   H.F. 2125 – Omnibus Tax Bill

House Tax bill expanded the Working Families Tax credit to more low income Minnesotans, raised the student loan interest deduction for individuals, raised the state standard deduction to align with the federal levels, and codified the many of the itemized deductions such as the nonreimbursed employee expenses lost under the 2017 federal law.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 74 - 55

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session; see Special Session H.F. 5 above.

6.   H.F.  2208 – Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development Policy and Finance Bill

Omnibus bill included operating adjustments for Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Bureau of Mediation Services (including full funding for the Public Employment Relations Board), new Wage Theft penalties and staffing for Department of Labor and Industry investigators, and the establishment of a statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Also in the House version was an increase in penalties for OSHA violations, which are needed to be in compliance with the federal requirements.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 74 - 59

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction, with exception to Department of Labor and Industry as they did not request an operating adjustment. Included in the final bill was also the Wage Theft provisions and staffing.

7.    H.F 2400 – Omnibus Education Finance Bill

Bill included full operating adjustments for the Department of Education and the Perpich School for the Arts, as well as increases to the funding formula to support public schools.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 75 - 54

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

8.   S.F. 802 – Omnibus Public Safety and Judiciary Policy and Finance Bill

House amended their bill version, H.F. 2792, on to the Senate File. The House provides operating adjustments in all areas. The House also includes a provision banning all private prisons in Minnesota, adds funding for the Department of Corrections integrated case management system, adds additional funding for intensive and regular probation agents, provides some funding for additional mental health staffing and includes additional staff to complement the Department’s staffing study. The House provides funding for 110 security staff as well.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 98 - 36

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

9.   H.F. 2414 – Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance Bill

Bill included agency and health board operating adjustments, the repeal of the health care provider tax sunset and current levels, and funding for the Paid Family and Medical Leave proposal impacting agencies under the HHS committee jurisdiction, and the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin program, which would provide life saving emergency insulin medication to those in immediate need. The bill also included drug price transparency requirements and some funding for the Department of Health IT system upgrades.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 75 - 54

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction except MnSure, which was negatively impacted under the reinsurance premium subsidy appropriations.

10.  S.F. 2226 – Omnibus Agriculture Finance Bill

House bill included operating adjustments for all agencies and boards.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 99 - 28

Final Resolution: Passed in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

11.   S.F. 2227 – Omnibus State Government Finance and Policy Bill

The House Omnibus State Government Finance bill included operating adjustments for the state agencies and boards, and an expansion of voting rights access including automatic voter registration for qualified driver’s license recipients and post-incarceration felon voting rights restoration. The version also included ratification of a collective bargaining agreement and language that would ensure state employees received their wages after a shutdown.  

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 73 - 58

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction. Nearly all of the policy language was stripped out.

12.  H.F. 13 – Equal Rights Amendment

Would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Minnesota and put a question on the 2020 ballot to amend the state’s constitution: “[s]hall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that equality under the law must not be abridged or denied on account of gender?”

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 72 - 55

Final Resolution: Did not receive a hearing in the Senate.

Voting Guide

Symbol

Abstained/ Did not vote

O

Supported MAPE’s position

Y

Opposed MAPE’s position

N

 

SENATE VOTES 2019 

1.    Special Session H.F. 5- Omnibus Tax Bill

The Special Session Omnibus Tax Bill included many of the House priorities, including working families tax credits and expansion of previously available federal itemized deductions now at the state level such as nonreimbursed employee expenses. The biggest item for the tax bill, however, was the repeal of the health care provider tax sunset and rate reduction, which ensured health care assistance funding for 1.2 million low income Minnesotans. The provider tax provision was originally in the House version of the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill but was moved to the special session omnibus Tax Bill during leadership negotiations.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Passed 52 - 15

Final Resolution: Signed into law

2.    S.F. 2415 Omnibus Higher Education Finance Bill

The Senate allows for a two percent tuition increase each year of the biennium but blocks any additional fee increases to cover cost shortfalls. In addition, the Senate’s bill requires MNState to cut 10 percent of its budget without prescribing the type of cuts. The bill also provides no operating adjustment for the Office of Higher Education. The Senate’s funding leaves MNState $242 million short of its original budget request and $142 million short of an implementation of a tuition freeze.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: 38 - 29

Final Resolution: Sent to conference committee, where the agreement included funding for all the agencies and enabling MnState Colleges and Universities to raise tuition 3 percent each year of the biennium to cover the gap between the projected costs and the appropriation. Conference committee report passed Senate floor during regular session 62-3.

3.   H.F. 1555 – Omnibus Transportation Policy and Finance Bill  

Senate amended their bill version, S.F. 1093, on to the House File. The transportation omnibus bill in the Senate did not include the 20 cent per gallon gas tax found in the House bill, did not provide additional funding for the Department of Public Safety or Driver and Vehicle Services, and significantly cut MN Department of Transportation’s general fund funding by over 25 percent.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 40 - 27

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

4.   S.F. 2314 – Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Bill

The Senate Omnibus Environmental and Natural Resources Finance and Policy bill provides cuts to all agencies, including PCA and DNR, of up to 15 percent in the jurisdiction of its committee. DNR’s cut General Fund budget cut is over $30 million.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 35- 32

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction 

5.   H.F. 2125 – Omnibus Tax Bill

Senate amended their bill version, S.F. 5, on to the House File. Bill provides substantial tax cuts to corporations that put Minnesota on a path to budget deficits during a slowing economy. The Tax Bill also does not include any new funding streams to support their cuts to the general fund or the Health Care Access Fund to support the 1.2 million Minnesotans who rely on the programs.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 39 - 28

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session; see Special Session H.F. 5 above.

6.   H.F.  2208 – Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development Policy and Finance Bill

Senate amended their bill version, S.F. 2611, on to the House File. The Senate provided no funding or enabling language for Public Employment Relations Board, excluded Paid Family and Medical Leave provisions that were in the House version, and included a watered-down Wage Theft provision.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 74 - 54

Final Resolution: Signed into law.

7.    H.F 2400 – Omnibus Education Finance Bill

Senate amended their bill version, S.F. 7, on to the House File. The Senate Education Finance bill provided no operating adjustments to the Perpich School for the Arts and levied steep cuts on the Department of Education.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 37 - 30

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

8.   S.F. 802 – Omnibus Public Safety and Judiciary Policy and Finance Bill

The Senate bill proposal either shorts agencies their full request or doesn’t provide any funding. The Senate provides some funding for 110 security staff, but cuts nearly 200 additional FTEs each of the next two years jeopardizing security and necessary programming to deliver services expected by Minnesotans. Furthermore, the Senate’s budget largely ignores the ongoing needs of provided community services, the needs of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Bureau or Criminal Apprehension.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 40 - 26

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction, with exception to Department of Labor and Industry as they did not request an operating adjustment. Included in the final bill was also the Wage Theft provisions and staffing.

9.   H.F. 2414 – Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance Bill

The Senate amended their bill version, S.F. 2452, on to the House File. The Department Human Services and Department of Health operating budgets are cut by 10 percent in the Senate omnibus finance bill, while MnSure is cut by 25 percent. The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is eliminated and the Health Care Provider Tax, the main funding source for the Health Care Access Fund that serves 1.2 million low income Minnesotans, is also allowed to sunset. The Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act and other prescription drug pricing transparency provisions were excluded from the bill.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 75 - 54

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction except MnSure, which was negatively impacted under the reinsurance premium subsidy appropriations.

10.  S.F. 2226 Omnibus Agriculture Finance Bill

The Senate Agriculture Finance bill provided no operating adjustments to agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and the Board of Animal Health.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 48 - 17

Final Resolution: Passed in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction.

11.   S.F. 2227 – Omnibus State Government Finance and Policy Bill

The Senate Omnibus State Government Finance bill provided no operating adjustment to the agencies and boards within its jurisdiction (including Administration, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Minnesota Management and Budget and Revenue) and included seven to ten percent cuts that would result in hundreds of positions being eliminated. They capped the number of state employees in all agencies at the June 30, 2019 number. The Senate also outsources a significant amount of IT work and changes the Subcommittee on Employee Relations requirement needing a vote of both legislative bodies to put a bargaining agreement into effect between legislative sessions.

MAPE Position: “No” vote

Result: Passed 37 - 28

Final Resolution: Negotiated by leadership in Special Session to include operating adjustments for agencies under the bill’s jurisdiction. Nearly all of the policy language was stripped out.

12.  H.F. 2227 – Omnibus State Government Finance and Policy Bill (Bakk amendment)

Bakk amendment would remove the Senate language changing the SER process to require an affirmative vote in the subcommittee for the contract to go into interim effect. Changing the current process enables legislators to politicize state employee contracts by refusing to meet or vote on the contracts, or using them as bargaining chips against other pieces of legislation.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Failed 33 - 33

Final Resolution: While the amendment failed, the provision was removed in negotiations for the special session omnibus bill. 

13.  H.F. 2227 – Omnibus State Government Finance and Policy Bill (Kent amendment)

Kent amendment would remove the Senate provision capping the number of FTEs in each state agency as of June 30, 2019. The provision would force attrition on agencies in hard-to-hire positions like Direct Care and Treatment and IT positions, as well as prevent the Department of Corrections from hiring the staff that the Senate approved hiring the previous legislative day.

MAPE Position: “Yes” vote

Result: Failed 32 - 34

Final Resolution: While the amendment failed, the provision was removed in negotiations for the special session omnibus bill. 

Voting Guide

Symbol

Abstained/ Did not vote

O

Supported MAPE’s position

Y

Opposed MAPE’s position

N