Legislative Update Please note: The evening portion of the Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division meeting has been canceled.

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CANCELED: The evening portion of the Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division meeting has been canceled. Due to a lack of available Fiscal Notes, the following bills have been removed from the agenda and have been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019, time and location TBD:

  • HF 5 (Halverson) - Paid Family Medical Leave Act
  • HF 6 (Mahoney) - Wage Theft prohibition
  • HF 11 (Lesch) - Earned Sick and Safe Time

Wednesday, March 13: H.F.1863, a bill providing continuation of paid salaries for employees laid off during a state government shutdown will receive its second hearing in the House State Government Finance at 8:00 a.m. in the Basement of the State Office Building on March 21.

H.F.1948 has now become the bill that will have all the House Public Safety omnibus bill provisions in it. One bill included is H.F.1237, requiring all inmates to be housed in a publicly owned prison.

The Paid Family Leave bill (H.F.5) is set to be heard in the House Jobs committee on an evening to be determined. We will post it here as soon as we get more details.

The Senate is now moving bills quickly to set up their omnibus bills. Unfortunately, their bills will likely include things like an IT outsourcing provision, a statewide freeze on increasing the number of FTE’s and restrictions on collective bargained contract costs. As these omnibus bills are introduced, we will pass along the specific information.

The emergency insulin assistance account bill (H.F.485) passed Health and Human Services policy committee in the House. It will now be heading to the Ways and Means committee.

A preemption bill (S.F.2321) was heard Tuesday preventing local governments from implementing their own wage and benefit ordinances. The bill passed the Senate Committee on Local Government. It’s next stop will be in the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy.

Upcoming this week: PFML next stop is Judiciary and Civil Law committee on Tuesday, March 12th at 9:45 a.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building. A bill to cap the number of FTEs in state government, S.F. 2073 (Koran), will be in the Senate State Government Finance committee. Pre-emption bill, aka the Uniform Labor Standards Act, has resurfaced and will be heard in Senate Local Government committee.

Committees will begin taking testimony and reviewing the Governor’s budget bills beginning with the Tax Bill on Tuesday, March 12. Also on deck Tuesday are the SEIU Healthcare contract and the insulin price control bill proposals.

Wednesday, March 13, will roll out the Corrections Omnibus Bill, the student loan ombudsperson bill, a bill proposing a 40-hour work week, the Public Employment Relations Board funding, and an ineffective, pro-Chamber of Commerce version of the wage theft bill.

Friday, March 15, is the first deadline for all policy bills to have received their first hearing, As a result, Thursday and Friday’s schedule will largely depend on what the legislature can get through Wednesday.     

Tuesday, March 19, is the final day you can register for 2019 MAPE Day on the Hill! Sign up here or contact Devin Bruce at dbruce@mape.org before the deadline.

Monday, March 11: A host of Corrections bills, including a ban on private prisons (H.F. 1237, Winkler), funding for additional correctional officers (H.F. 1315, Considine) and support/clinical staff (H.F. 1615, Wolgamott) received their first hearings last week, with MAPE testifying in support of the measures to address the ongoing safe staffing crisis in our state facilities.

Paid Family and Medical Leave (H.F. 5, Halverson) was heard in Government Operations committee to review the bill’s rulemaking authority. The next stop is Judiciary and Civil Law committee on Tuesday, March 12th at 9:45 a.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

H.F. 13 (Kunesh-Podein), the Equal Rights Amendment, passed off the House floor and will await the Senate to take up the bill. A bill that would ensure state employees receive their paychecks in the event they are furloughed due to a shutdown, H.F. 1863 (Lillie) passed out of the House Government Operations committee and was sent to Ways and Means committee.

Thursday, March 7: H.F. 1863 (Rep. Leon Lillie) will get its first hearing in Government Operations at 9:45 a.m. in the basement of the State Office Building. This bill would ensure state employees are paid for time while on furlough during a state government shutdown.

Tuesday, March 5: H.F. 769 (Rep. Lynn Carlson) funding the Public Employee Relations Board will be heard in Government Operations at 9:45 a.m. in the basement hearing room of the State Office Building. The Board will be able to rule expeditiously on unfair labor practices.

H.F. 6 (Rep. Tim Mahoney) increasing civil and criminal penalties for wage theft will be heard at 9:45 a.m. in Judiciary Finance and Civil Law in room 10 of the State Office Building.

H.F. 485 (Rep. Mike Howard) providing for an insulin assistance program will be heard in the Commerce committee in room 120 of the Capitol at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, March 4: The Minnesota ERA bill H.F. 13 (Rep. Kunesh-Podein) was heard in Rules and passed out of committee. The next stop will be a full vote of the House of Representatives.

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019: H.F. 1863 (Rep. Leon Lillie) was introduced. This bill would ensure state employees are paid for time while on furlough during a state government shutdown.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019:

On Feb. 26th, the MN House Corrections Division heard H.F. 1237 banning the operation of a private prison in Minnesota. MAPE staff provided testimony on the impact of recidivism and staff safety by having privately operated prisons in Minnesota. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a corrections omnibus bill later in the session. Following the hearing, the bills chief author, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, held a press conference urging bipartisan support in both legislative bodies.

H.F. 1615 was also heard and laid over for possible inclusion in the corrections omnibus bill. This bill includes an estimated 60 additional MAPE staff including case managers, therapists and agents to carry out the mission of the Department of Corrections. MAPE staff also testified on behalf of this legislation.

H.F. 5 also received another hearing. The bill passed out of the House Government Operations committee. This is the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill requiring all employers to provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. This bill will next be heard in the House Judiciary and Civil Law on March 12 at 9:45 am.

The Governor’s bonding bill was also released today. He proposes investing $1.27 billion in community infrastructure projects across the state. After eight years of sound fiscal management by the Dayton Administration, the State of Minnesota has a triple-A bond rating and over $3 billion in available bonding capacity for 2020-2021. Governor Walz’s $1.27 billion proposal is well within these limitations.

Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan understand the importance of maintaining the assets we currently have. Half of their 2019 capital budget ($631 million) will support asset preservation projects at state agencies, such as roof replacements and exterior repairs, renovation and repurposing of existing facilities to better meet program needs, and renewing buildings to keep occupants safe and healthy.

Half ($631 million) of the Governor’s bonding proposal goes towards maintaining the existing assets of State agencies requests including roof replacements, building repair, renovations, and building renewal to keep workers safe and healthy.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019:

On Feb. 25th, the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment bill, H.F. 13 (Rep. Kunesh-Podein) passed out of the House Ways and Means committee on Monday, February 25th putting it on its way to the Rules Committee then the House floor for a full vote of the MN House. This bill would provide gender equality under our state’s constitution.

Feb. 18-22, 2019

  • The Walz Administration released its budget priorities this week. MAPE will provide updates as the agencies present their budget requests and the governor’s budget bills get scheduled for hearings.
  • The Paid Family and Medical Leave bill, H.F. 5 (Halverson), passed out of House Commerce committee Tuesday along party line vote and will head to Government Operations committee to focus on rulemaking provisions in the bill. H.F. 4 (Lesch).
  • A bill proposal to control the price of prescription drug prices also passed through Commerce committee Wednesday.
  • A bill reestablishing an ombudsperson for the Department of Corrections was heard Wednesday in the Subcommittee on Corrections and laid over for future work.
  • The ERA bill proposing a constitutional amendment on gender equality, H.F. 13 (Kunesh-Podein), passed out of the House Judiciary and Civil Law committee.
  • MAPE testified against S.F. 910 (Kiffmeyer), which outsources services performed by Mn.IT employees.
  • An appropriation bill containing operational funding for the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), H.F. 769 (Carlson), passed the Labor committee along party lines Wednesday and will be heard in the Government Operations committee next.