Intergovernmental Relations Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting

December 19, 2006

9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall
NOTE:
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Committee Members Present: Council Members Hodges, Hofstede, Remington,
Glidden, Colvin Roy, Ostrow (quorum 4)

Council Committee Coordinator: Irene Kasper (612) 673-2219

Discussion Items

1. 2007 State Legislative Agenda:

(Action Taken 11/28/2006: Affordable Housing section approved, as amended, with Directions to staff; Local Government Finance section approved, as amended; Capital Bonding section approved; Public Safety section postponed, as amended, with Directions to staff; Transportation section approved, with Direction to staff. Remaining sections continued).

a) Review & mark-up remainder of draft agenda sections, as follows:
Municipal Governance
City Livability

Environment
Jobs & Economic Development

Staff Report: Draft 2007 Legv Agenda

Action Taken: Municipal Governance Section approved, as amended:
Under Priority Issues, deleted bullet point that reads "Subpoena powers for the Civilian Review Authority" and inserted in lieu thereof, "Supports a state law allowing the Civilian Review Authority (CRA) to be granted limited subpoena power to compel the production of documents, records and other physical evidence to improve the quality of CRA staff investigations by obtaining information relevant to the allegations from entities outside the City organization."

City Livability Section approved, as amended:
Under Supported Issues, bullet points amended to read as follows:
"Expanding health care access and protect funding for health and human services safety net programs including child and adolescent mental health services and oppose efforts to further restrict access to health care programs for undocumented persons."

"Lead prevention policies that include continued effort to promote universal health screening for children, financial incentives to remove or mitigate lead hazards from residences, including window replacement, and legislation that would allow local units of government to obtain Medical Assistance reimbursement for lead risk."

Added bullet point to read, "Continued and expanded funding to support urban family planning programs."

Under Priority Issues, bullet point added to read, "Legislation authorizing development of a state-wide aviation strategy to diversify air traffic throughout the state."

Environment Section amended to read as follows (entirety): :
"Promoting Sensible Energy Efficiency:
Encourage greater investments in energy efficiency with innovative rate reform.
Adopt efficiency standards for new natural gas finances and boilers.
Expanding Renewable Electricity Development:
Acquire 25% new renewable energy resources by 2020.
Plan for and invest in transmission and community-based energy projects to support this eel of renewable energy generation.
Only small hydro plants (less than 60 megawatts) should be defined as renewable hydro power.
Advance Global Warming Solutions:
Set ambitious long-term goals to reduce state-wide global warming emissions.
Cap carbon dioxide emissions from the state's utility sector and participate in a multi-state trading system to maximize compliance flexibility.
Develop New Biofuels:
Support policies, funding and research for the next generation of clean fuels using Minnesota-grown perennial crops.

Minneapolis supports legislation to help the state, counties and cities deal with electronic waste (e-waste). Legislation must include some shared responsibility amongst retailers, manufacturers and consumers for the costs associated with proper recycling and disposal of hazardous e-waste.

Minneapolis supports increased state funding of stormwater management costs to local governments. This includes funds to help cities promote best management practices for stormwater in new developments: costs associated with stormwater projects brought by impairments to water bodies through Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL studies: and the costs associated with storm water permits or surcharges for excess inflow and infiltration."

Removed bullet point language that reads, "Maximizing energy efficiency and conservation initiatives, requirements and opportunities for all utilities and customers," with staff direction to provide further language.

Jobs & Economic Development Section approved, with last sentence of draft language amended as follows: "The City of Minneapolis also supports state funding for employment initiatives, including but not limited to, summer youth job training, 'Step Up' and 'Close the Gap' employment initiatives."

b) Review directives to staff for the following sections:
Affordable Housing
Transportation
Local Government Finance
Capital Bonding

Action Taken: Affordable Housing Section title amended to read, "Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention" with Priority Issue language amended to read as follows: "Appropriations for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) at a level significant enough to have state-wide impact on shelters as well as permanent, supportive, assisted and transitional housing that serve affordable housing needs throughout the state. The Legislature should also continue the homeless prevention programs, including the state pilot outreach project, initiate a state-supported land trust project and provide additional resources for housing preservation."

Under Supported Issues, bullet points added to read:
"The initiatives proposed by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless to prevent homelessness by improving transitions from corrections, including ensuring permanent state funding for additional prison discharge planners and the creation and funding for a jail re-entry pilot project in up to five Minnesota counties."

"Repeal of the $50 offset for households living in public or rent subsidized housing and receiving financial assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)."

Transportation Section unchanged, as approved 11/28/2006

Local Government Finance Section approved, as amended to add language to "Minneapolis opposes" section as follows: "Unfunded mandated services or procedures imposed by the Legislature on local governments."

Capital Bonding Section unchanged, as approved 11/28/2006.

c) Review directives to staff & mark-up the following section:
Public Safety

Action Taken: Public Safety Section approved, as amended:
Under Priority Issues, add the following language as the first bullet point: "Prioritize new criminal justice funding to address rising violent crime."

Under Supported Issues, add bullet point to read, "Initiatives to address livability crimes, including continued and increased state funding for restorative justice programs."


Bullet point that reads, "Amending the burglary statutes to make it a crime for a person to enter a building without consent and masturbate therein or fondle or touch the unattended underwear of another" to be revised by staff.


Deleted bullet point that reads, "Increasing the penalty for possession or sale of a small amount of marijuana from a petty misdemeanor to a misdemeanor."

Deleted bullet point that reads, "Establishing a Minneapolis-based extended day treatment program for adjudicated at-risk youth (modeled after a program currently operating in Minnetonka as a collaboration between Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Independent School District 287 and community agencies/service providers) that provides opportunities for education, vocational training, support, structure and supervision necessary to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency."

The 2007 State Legislative Agenda approved, as amended 11/28/2006 and as noted above.

2. Federal/State/Local Update.

No updates provided.

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.

Next Regular IGR Meeting: 1/9/2007

Next City Council Meeting: 12/22/2006

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