The following information was sent via e-mail on February 7, 2012, from Elaine Keefe, MLA/MEMO Lobbyist. Additional linked information included.
Tomorrow (February 8, 2012) the Legislature returns from a 4 day break for precinct caucuses, which were held this evening. The next break in the legislative schedule will be for Passover and Easter in early April.
Our bill, HF 1851, will be heard on Wednesday at 12:30pm in the House Education Finance Committee. It is one of six bills on the agenda, so we will have a limited amount of time to make our case. I plan to testify along with Nate Mathews, City Administrator for the City of Staples, which received a grant in 2008. Our author, Rep. Carol McFarlane (R - White Bear Lake), liked the idea of having a testifier who would represent a success story.
Over the last several years Rep. Denise Dittrich (DFL - Champlin) has repeatedly introduced legislation to dedicate the proceeds of the permanent school fund for school technology and library media resources. Last week Rep. Dittrich introduced the same bill again. It is HF 2075. Interestingly, on the same day Rep. Pat Garofalo (R - Farmington), chair of the House Education Finance Committee, introduced a similar bill, HF 2036. It dedicates any new revenue in excess of $28 per pupil to school technology and library media resources. It's great to see the committee chair introducing a bill like this.