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Senate Journal: Tuesday, January 9, 2001



  Senate Chamber
  Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, January 9, 2001

  The Senate met in regular session at 9:06 a.m., President Kramer

  Prayer was offered by the Reverend Paul Thompson, pastor of
  First Lutheran Church, Dows, Iowa, guest of Senator Iverson.


  Leave of absence was granted as follows:

  Senator Fink, until he returns, on request of Senator Gronstal.


  A committee from the House appeared and announced that the
  House was ready to receive the Senate in joint convention.


  The following messages were received from the Chief Clerk of the

  MADAM PRESIDENT:  I am directed to inform your honorable body that the
  House has on January 8, 2001, adopted the following resolutions in which the
  concurrence of the Senate is asked:

  House Concurrent Resolution 1, a concurrent resolution
  designating a joint convention on Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at
  10:00 a.m., for Governor Vilsack to deliver condition of the state and
  budget message.

  Read first time and placed on calendar.
  House Concurrent Resolution 2, a concurrent resolution
  designating a joint convention on Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at
  10:00 a.m. for Chief Justice Lavorato to deliver his condition of the
  judicial branch message.

  Read first time and placed on calendar.


  Senate File 8, by Iverson, Lamberti, Kramer, McKean, Behn,
  Jensen, Zieman, Tinsman, Maddox, Miller, Rittmer, Sexton,
  McLaren, Redfern, McKibben, Schuerer, Bartz, Gaskill, Drake,
  Johnson, McKinley, Angelo, Veenstra, Redwine, Rehberg, Boettger,
  Freeman, King, Greiner, and Lundby, a bill for an act relating to
  state general fund expenditure limitation requirements for
  transmission of the state budget by the governor and passage of the
  state budget by the general assembly.

  Read first time and referred to committee on Appropriations.

  Senate File 9, by Sexton, a bill for an act relating to a
  requirement that the state department of transportation purchase
  soydiesel fuel for use in its vehicles.

  Read first time and referred to committee on Transportation.

  Senate File 10, by Angelo, a bill for an act relating to confinement
  feeding operations, by providing for generally accepted agricultural
  management practices, and making penalties applicable.

  Read first time and referred to committee on Agriculture.


  Senator Iverson asked and received unanimous consent to take
  up for immediate consideration House Concurrent Resolution 1 and
  House Concurrent Resolution 2.

  House Concurrent Resolution 1

  On motion of Senator Iverson, House Concurrent Resolution 1,
  a concurrent resolution designating a joint convention on Tuesday,
  January 9, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. for Governor Vilsack to deliver
  condition of the state and budget message, was taken up for

  Senator Iverson moved the adoption of House Concurrent
  Resolution 1, which motion prevailed by a voice vote.

  House Concurrent Resolution 2

  On motion of Senator Iverson, House Concurrent Resolution 2,
  a concurrent resolution designating a joint convention on Wednesday,
  January 10, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. for Chief Justice Lavorato to deliver
  his condition of the judicial branch message, was taken up for

  Senator Iverson moved the adoption of House Concurrent
  Resolution 2, which motion prevailed by a voice vote.


  Senator Iverson asked and received unanimous consent that
  House Concurrent Resolutions 1 and 2 be immediately
  messaged to the House.


  On motion of Senator Iverson, the Senate recessed at 9:15 a.m.
  until 9:45 a.m.


  The Senate reconvened at 9:47 a.m., President Kramer presiding.

  The Journal of Monday, January 8, 2001, was approved.

  In accordance with House Concurrent Resolution 1, duly adopted,
  the Senate proceeded to the House Chamber under the direction of
  the Secretary of the Senate and the Sergeant-at-Arms.

  The joint convention convened at 9:50 a.m., President Kramer

  Senator Iverson moved that the roll call be dispensed with and
  that the President of the joint convention be authorized to declare a
  quorum present, which motion prevailed by a voice vote.

  President Kramer declared a quorum present and the joint
  convention duly organized.

  Senator Iverson moved that a committee of six, three members
  from the Senate and three members from the House, be appointed to
  notify Governor Vilsack that the joint convention was ready to receive

  The motion prevailed by a voice vote and the Chair announced the
  appointment of Senators Angelo, Shearer, and Tinsman on the part of
  the Senate, and Representatives Falck, Hoversten, and Tymeson on
  the part of the House.

  The following guests were escorted into the House Chamber:

  Secretary of State Chester J. Culver, Treasurer of State Michael
  Fitzgerald, Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Patty
  Judge, and Attorney General Tom Miller.

  Chief Justice Lavorato and Justices of the Supreme Court and
  Chief Judge Sackett and the Judges of the Court of Appeals.

  Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson.

  Mrs. Christie Vilsack, wife of the Governor.

  The committee waited upon Governor Vilsack and escorted him to
  the Speaker's station.

  President Kramer presented Governor Vilsack, who delivered the
  following Condition of the State and Budget Address:
  Iowa always has been a land of great opportunity.  The earliest Iowans, the
  Sac and
  Fox tribes among them, lived well and prosperously from our soil's great
  Pioneering Americans were drawn to our great rolling prairies, as they moved
  westward in the 19th century and settled here to make new lives for
  Later, newcomers came from Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, and
  Czechoslovakia to this land of promise.  They made Iowa their home, as did
  children and their children's children.

  Opportunity has always been here for the taking, here for anyone with a
  sense of
  adventure and a spirit of exploration.

  Today, more than at any time in the past, Iowa is a place of great
  potential.  But in
  order to seize the limitless opportunities that lie ahead, we, too, must be
  willing to dare
  and to challenge the status quo.

  For our future of promise does not depend on a continuation of the old ways
  and of
  the old economy built on low commodity prices and low-tech jobs.  This path
  has led to
  below-average family incomes and stagnant population growth.  Rather, our
  future of
  promise must be based on a new economy.  A new economy that uses genetic
  computer chips, and other science and technology marvels to create new

  A new economy that relies on well-educated and productive workers, is
  energized by
  dynamic, global markets, rewards innovation and creativity, and is driven by
  growing, technologically connected small businesses.  Such a new economy
  will lead to
  higher incomes for working Iowans and their families and a better quality of
  life for all

  Iowans can, and Iowans should, lead this new economy.

  But leadership will require courage-the courage to change.  Working
  we've achieved much in the past.  We've reduced class sizes in the early
  improving opportunities for basic skills learning.  We've begun to make our
  communities safer by reducing the supply of dangerous drugs like meth.
  enhanced our natural resources through aggressive private land conservation,
  to clean up our rivers and streams.  We've expanded health care to thousands
  children through an expansion and better outreach of the Hawk-I health
  plan.  Despite all that and more, there is still much work ahead of us.

  As I reflect on our mission to lead the new economy, I am drawn to lessons
  in our history.  Nearly 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson understood that
  promise was contained in a new, expanding economy.  He was drawn to the
  possibilities and promise of the West.  And in 1803, he won approval from
  Congress for
  his visionary project-what was to become one of America's greatest adventure
  He commissioned two men eager for knowledge, Meriwether Lewis and William
  to explore new territory and to chart a course to new opportunity.  Lewis
  and Clark
  planned and prepared.  They put together a team of talented, innovative
  people.  They
  relied on the expertise of their team members-a native American woman,
  who welcomed these strangers to a new land and helped them communicate by
  translating the Native American languages and an African-American slave
  York who helped to make critical decisions about routes to take which
  guaranteed their
  safe return.  They took risks, and they used the latest technologies.  And
  they were
  absolutely determined to, committed to, succeeding.
  This brave group of adventurers had to rely on each other in order to
  succeed. For
  four years, Lewis and Clark and their team experienced the absolute wonder
  discovery.  Their explorations included Iowa:  During their epic journey,
  Lewis and
  Clark traveled along Iowa's western border-and even buried one of their own
  in our

  Because they found a way to work together toward a common goal, they were
  to open new territories to a young nation.  They opened paths to previously
  territories.  Succeeding generations seized these new opportunities and
  built a nation,
  a strong great nation-an American nation-nothing less than the strongest and
  bountiful nation in history.

  Today, let us commit ourselves to the challenges of transforming to a new
  and leading it with the spirit of teamwork and dedication to a common goal
  that drove
  Lewis and Clark.  Let us, through our work together here and now, help
  Iowans seize
  the limitless opportunities of the new economy.

  Let us build an Iowa that, with each succeeding generation, will become only
  and stronger.

  There are over 500,000 children going to schools across the state in
  through twelfth grade.  Each child has their own dream, their own developing
  potential, and their own educational need.  A quality education provided by
  teachers makes a dream come true, the potential realized and the need met.
  If we are
  to transition to a new economy and lead it, we must start by transforming
  our schools
  and continue the commitment to excellence and high student achievement.

  Two Iowans who already have committed to Iowa's leadership in the new
  are Marvin Pomerantz and John Forsyth.  Each of these men understands the
  role that a high-quality education plays in the new economy.  Last year,
  Marvin and
  John worked separately and jointly with educators, administrators, parents,
  board members, and business leaders to develop a framework that will
  improve student achievement by enabling Iowa schools to recruit and to
  retain quality

  Their plan is driven by a simple principle:  For our children to achieve
  their very
  best, they must be taught by the very best.

  The single most important factor in a quality education-beyond involved
  is a quality teacher.  For years, Iowans have been blessed with many quality
  However, we can no longer take quality teachers for granted.  In a world of
  opportunity, quality comes at a price.

  Today, fewer young people are going into teaching.  Beginning teaching
  salaries are
  thousands of dollars less than the starting salaries of most jobs available
  to high-
  achieving college graduates.

  Many young people who make the choice to teach soon leave the profession.
  Iowa, 28% of our teachers leave the classroom after the first three years
  for better
  opportunities.  We lose 17% of our teachers in the first year alone, and
  that's about
  twice the national average.  School officials are faced with the fact that
  up to 40% of
  Iowa's classroom teachers will be retiring within the next ten years.
  As Iowa tries to recruit and retain talented teachers, so does the rest of
  the nation.
  The nation will need 2.2 million teachers over the next ten years but is
  equipped to
  educate and prepare only 1.4 million.  That means there will be a shortage
  of 800,000
  teachers.  And as Iowa seeks to compete for that shrinking supply, our
  teacher salaries
  rank 35th in the nation.

  If Iowa is to lead the new economy, our children must be high achievers,
  taught by
  the best teachers.  Thanks to the work of Marvin Pomerantz and John Forsyth
  their teams, work supported by legislative leaders from both chambers and
  from both
  sides of the aisle, we have a plan to do just that.

  Recognizing that quality is about more than dollars and cents, this plan
  how we can better develop and support quality teachers.  The plan challenges
  involved with student learning to aim high and to constantly improve.

  The plan to improve student achievement has four basic elements.

  First, it requires a rigorous course of study to become a teacher and
  participation in
  a multiyear induction or mentoring program in the first two years of
  teaching, which
  will guarantee teachers who are better-prepared for the classroom and
  supported once they've begun teaching.

  Second, it establishes a research-based program of continuing education
  designed to
  improve student learning.

  Third, it proposes to strategically increase teacher pay by fixing base pay
  at levels
  linked to the national labor market for teachers that will allow Iowa to
  competitive for talent.

  Finally, it creates a variable pay program that rewards teachers,
  and certified staff for annual improvements in student achievement.

  All of these simply reflect one of Iowa's oldest and most deeply held
  excellence in education.

  Joining John Forsyth are the Iowans who worked in the development of this
  framework, as well as a number of Iowa's board-certified teachers and Milken
  Foundation grantees.  These are teachers who have reached the pinnacle of
  careers through hard work and continuing education.  These are the teachers
  who have
  helped our students to excel.  They model the career development, the
  commitment to
  quality, and the love of the calling reflected in the plan presented for
  consideration.  Please join me in thanking each of them for their
  contribution to our
  children, our future, and the future of Iowa.

  The success of this plan depends in part on adequate funding.  The framework
  take several years to fully implement.  During that time, some of the
  resources should
  and must come from dollars already allocated to our K-12 programs.  But new
  also will be required.

  Discussion of new funding often is a discussion of choices.  But ensuring
  student achievement is no longer a choice.  It is a requirement if we wish
  to transition
  to a new economy and lead it.
  To reflect the priority that I believe we should place on this effort, I
  propose in the
  budget presented to you an initial first-year investment of $40 million in
  new state
  dollars.  I propose that we make this significant investment now, in the
  form of a
  supplemental appropriation, before any other budget decisions are made.

  We must all work together, in a bipartisan way, to transform our system.
  But this
  level of first-year funding will show real commitment.  Appropriating
  first-year funding
  now shows the depth of that commitment-a commitment to change and to
  in the new economy.

  Last year, a team of talented Iowans showed their own commitment to change
  to leadership with a blueprint for Iowa's future in the next ten years.  Led
  by David
  Oman, a Republican, and Betsy Brandsgard, a Democrat, these bold thinkers
  many recommendations for action.  One of the principal recommendations
  around their conclusion that by the year 2010, Iowans should be
  connected to each other and to the world.  They predicted that our access to
  technologies would move Iowa to the forefront in education, e-commerce,
  medicine, and
  e-government.  They predicted a revitalized new economy for Iowa, built on

  Creating a new economy and leading it will require affordable access to the
  and other advanced telecommunications services-for all Iowans.

  During my walk across Iowa, I visited many great small communities like
  Iowa, population 75.  Sixty years ago, the leaders of that community made
  the decision
  not to invest in the new technology of that era-sanitary sewers.  That
  decision has
  impact yet today, for the community cannot attract a convenience store that
  make access to basic groceries more convenient.  We have a chance to bring
  the world
  to the people of Turin, and hundreds of similar-sized communities, and help
  make Iowa
  a leader in the new economy.  But we must move now to bring emerging
  everywhere in Iowa at a price we can afford.  In order for all Iowans to
  have that
  affordable access, there must be a strong, collaborative partnership between
  the public
  and private sectors.

  Today, I ask for your support for the development of an Advanced
  Telecommunications Alliance.  This alliance would bring public and private
  leaders in telecommunications together in a formal structure to design an
  telecommunications service plan for Iowa.  At this inception, we should
  challenge this
  new alliance to electronically link all Iowans with each other and with the
  world by
  2005-a full five years before the prediction of the Strategic Planning

  I am confident that those telecommunications leaders will get the job done,
  Iowans understand the enormous opportunities that such connections allow.
  that understanding will be easier if technical planning and assistance,
  identifying the
  benefits of being connected, is available.

  To help communities access that planning and technical assistance, we should
  create a fund-a Digital Communities Account.  Making resources available to
  communities through the account will accelerate the understanding of the
  and the potential of being connected.  Such an understanding will create the
  for services to which the private sector will respond.  When that occurs,
  every Iowan,
  from grandparents wishing to e-mail their grandchildren to large business
  owners or
  small business owners needing access to global markets, will have access to
  telecommunication services-a prerequisite to leadership in the new economy.

  Today, Iowans lead busy, and at times, complicated lives.  We balance family
  friends, work, community and church responsibilities.  We need a government
  helps us deal with these responsibilities and reflects our values.

  When we need information or services from state government, we have a right
  expect accuracy, efficiency and quality.  E-government, information, and
  available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, will help meet our expectations and
  things a little easier and a lot more convenient.

  Working together, we can create E-government so that every Iowan who seeks
  information, applies for a license or permit, or files a tax return or other
  document, will
  be able to do so whenever and however is most convenient for them.

  Let us accept the challenge of 100% E by 2003.  Iowans need it.  Leadership
  of a
  new economy requires it.

  In the same vein, we need a more accountable government.  Accountability is
  a core
  Iowa value.  We can and we should reflect that value in our statutory law
  defining how
  we govern and decide.  That is why we ask for your support of the
  Government Act.  Under the Act, the executive branch would strategically
  develop performance measurements to gauge progress, and budget according to
  desired results.  We would be required to annually report to citizens and
  regular performance reviews.  We would be equipped to make decisions on data
  limited resources require choices.

  Working together, let us adopt the Accountable Government Act.  When coupled
  with the mandate for fiscal responsibility and saving contained in our
  Constitution and
  prior budget reform acts, the Accountable Government Act will complete the
  effort to
  have a government with the values of the people it serves.  A government
  well suited to
  help us lead the new economy.

  Recently, I had the privilege of welcoming to the Governor's office two of
  Iowa's top,
  young scholars-Colin Holtze and Dana Hansen.  These two young people are in
  first year of college-Colin at Duke and Dana at Iowa State.  What must we do
  today to
  maximize our chances of having these two bright, young people, and thousands
  them, shape Iowa's future?

  I believe the answer lies in transforming our economy and leading the new
  economy-particularly in areas where Iowa has a competitive advantage.
  Iowans may know that Iowa boasts some of the richest, most productive soil
  in the
  world-land that has fed a nation and has helped to feed a world.  But do
  they also
  understand the power of the research and development taking place on our
  campuses or at businesses located across the state?  Work that will expand
  the uses of
  our crops from food and fiber to cures for cystic fibrosis and other
  illness, to renewable,
  cleaner burning fuels, and to biodegradable materials suitable for
  manufacturing a
  wide variety of products.

  Imagine a world where rosemary is used for more than adding flavor to food.
  Imagine a day when it will produce an antioxidant that wards off illness or
  Imagine a world where pharmaceutical drugs are no longer needed to treat
  illness and
  disease because gene therapy has prevented the illness or disease in the
  first place.
  Imagine a world where the effects of weather on crops can be managed by
  applying a
  substance to plants already planted, that will enable the plants to adjust
  to unexpected
  weather patterns.  Iowans do not have to imagine such a world.  We live in
  here in Iowa-just ask the folks at Kemin Industries in Des Moines, the Plant
  Center at Iowa State University or the Biomedical Centers at the University
  of Iowa.

  Iowa's formulae for keeping and attracting the talent of tomorrow requires a
  in economic development philosophy to promote industry clusters of the life
  advanced manufacturing, information solutions, continued investment in
  research and
  development, and additional support for entrepreneurs.

  Let us invite young people to Iowa's exciting future through the use of
  economic development tools in new ways to develop the industry clusters of
  sciences for companies like Kemin and Trans Ova, for advanced manufacturers
  Rockwell Collins and Maytag, and information solutions for companies like
  Virtual Communications and Diversified Software Industries.  Let us invite
  people to Iowa's exciting future through increased investment in the
  research and development taking place at our regents universities.  Let us
  invite young
  people to Iowa's future through increased investment in entrepreneurship
  with a tax
  credit for investors, providing the venture capital for new start-ups.

  Let us begin today to extend the invitation to higher incomes, better
  quality of life,
  and leadership in the new economy.

  The new economy will not help everyone.  The over 100,000 workers in Iowa
  earning the minimum wage likely will not be helped.  A majority of them are
  and many are raising families.  The purchasing power of the minimum wage
  today is
  much less than it was in 1982.  If we are to restore the purchasing power of
  minimum wage and provide a better chance for women and their children in
  we should raise the minimum wage by $1.00 over the next two years.
  Currently, a
  person making minimum wage, working 40 hours a week, makes a little over
  $10,500 a
  year.  With two wage earners at that level, a family of four would still
  qualify for some
  levels of assistance.  Let us restore some measure of dignity for a hard
  day's work.  Let
  us raise the minimum wage so that many Iowans working full time don't need
  assistance, but can have the satisfaction of doing it all on their own.

  My time with you today is limited and does not allow a full discussion of
  all the
  proposals designed to help Iowa move forward.  Rest assured that a continued
  expanded effort at protecting and enhancing our natural resources and
  cultural and recreational opportunities remain a priority.  More resources
  for Vision
  Iowa, Enrich Iowa, REAP, Destination Parks, the Clean Water Initiative, and
  land conservation are proposed.  We will persist in our efforts for more
  local control
  over the location of large livestock facilities, and we will support an
  expansion of Iowa's
  successful Bottle Bill called for by an ever-growing grassroots
  environmental effort.

  Jarren Ozburn, Trevor Boldra, and Joel Vasquez.  Who are these Iowans?  They
  were Iowans with compelling, untold, and tragic stories.  They were Iowans
  who never
  experienced the joy of learning something new.  They will not experience the
  joy of
  falling in love, of welcoming new life into the world.  They were children
  in Iowa who,
  along with Shelby Duis and seven more children, died recently as a result of
  abuse.  These 11 children join seven adults who died from domestic abuse
  last year.
  They join the 65 children and adults who have died from abuse in the last
  five years-a
  number that would grow if we had accurate figures of elder abuse.  A number
  would grow by tens of thousands if we added those physically and
  psychologically hurt
  by abuse.

  Shelby Duis' bruised and battered body put a name, a face, and a story to
  abuse in
  Iowa.  Tragically, before her death and after her death, there were many

  How many have to be injured or die before we get serious about abuse?  How
  have to be injured or die before we increase the protection services and
  training?  How many have to be injured or die before we recognize the link
  substance abuse, mental illness, and violence, and support strategies that
  work to
  break the cycle-like insurance parity and treatment?

  Leadership in a new economy will mean little if our hearts are hardened to
  the cries
  of the most vulnerable.  We will honor and bring meaning to all those who
  have lost
  their lives to senseless violence by fully and comprehensively dealing with
  abuse in this
  state.  Today, let us pledge not with our words, but our actions to do what
  is required to
  protect the most vulnerable among us.  Let us not be satisfied with half
  measures.  Let
  us commit the full measure of devotion to the task of stopping abuse-of
  abuse in Iowa, now.

  I began this morning by talking about our state's history.  It was built by
  hard work
  and with a strong sense of community.  And it was built by people who came
  here from
  all over the world.  From the beginning, immigrants have come to our state
  and helped
  it to prosper.  As they became new Iowans, and added to our economic wealth,
  diversity also brought strength and cultural richness to our state.

  Historian Stephen Ambrose has said that the story of Lewis and Clark is
  story.  It is the story of a diverse group of people, working for a common
  goal, who came
  together.  They could not have succeeded in or survived their journey of
  had they not done so.  They proved that there is nothing that men and women
  do if they act as a team dedicated to a common purpose.

  The challenges that lie ahead of us are large and many.  The opportunities
  that lie
  ahead are greater and more numerous.  And if we can come together, work
  toward a common purpose, we will create an Iowa high tech enough to lead a
  economy and high touch enough to protect its most vulnerable.

  The Iowa of today, like the America of 200 years ago, is a land of unlimited
  potential.  Two centuries ago, our nation turned to two men to chart the
  course to new
  opportunities.  Iowa today will turn to literally thousands of
  well-educated, productive
  citizens to chart new territory.  With our collective work here, now we will
  decide if
  children's dreams will come true in Iowa, if a small-business owner in the
  smallest of
  our communities can have access to the world here in Iowa, if the
  bio-revolution will
  find a home in Iowa, or if our compassion is strong enough to break a cycle
  of violence
  and abuse or stop prejudice.

  In 1805, a couple of years into their journey, Meriwether Lewis wrote in his
  "The party are in excellent health and spirits, zealously attached to the
  enterprise, and
  anxious to proceed, not a whisper of murmur or discontent to be heard among
  but all act in unison, and with the most perfect harmony."
  As we embark on our journey, let it be said of us as well.

  Thank you, and God bless you and our great state.

  Governor Vilsack was escorted from the House Chamber by the
  committee previously appointed.

  Representative Jacobs moved that the joint convention be
  dissolved, which motion prevailed by a voice vote.

  The Senate returned to the Senate Chamber.


  On motion of Senator Iverson, the Senate adjourned at 10:43 a.m.
  until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2001.


  The following communications were received in the office of the
  Secretary of the Senate and placed on file in the Legislative Service

  January 9, 2001


  Iowa Agrichemical Remediation Act-Report to the General Assembly, January
  2001, pursuant to 2000 Acts, Chapter 161.11.


  Intermediate Criminal Sanctions Program Report for the First Judicial
  December 20, 2000.


  FY 2000 Contract Compliance Annual Report, pursuant to Iowa Code 19B.7.



  Convened:  January 8, 2001, 10:56 a.m.

  Members Present:  Iverson, Chair; Kramer, Vice Chair; Gronstal, Ranking
  Harper, Johnson, McKean, and Rittmer.

  Members Absent:  Boettger, Dvorsky, Fink, and Gaskill (all excused).

  Committee Business:  Accepted the appointments for the permanent officers
  employees of the Senate.

  Adjourned:  10:57 a.m.


  Convened:  January 9, 2001, 2:05 p.m.

  Members Present:  Johnson, Chair; Schuerer, Vice Chair; Deluhery, Ranking
  Member; Bolkcom, Flynn, Freeman, Gronstal, Hansen, Jensen, King, McCoy, and

  Members Absent:  Lundby, Maddox, and Redfern.
  Committee Business:  Organizational meeting and approval of standing

  Adjourned:  2:25 p.m.


  Convened:  January 9, 2001, 2:18 p.m.

  Members Present:  Drake, Chair; McKean, Vice Chair; Kibbie, Ranking Member;
  Connolly, Dearden, and Rittmer.

  Members Absent:  None.

  Committee Business:  Organizational meeting.

  Adjourned:  2:35 p.m.


  Convened:  January 9, 2001, 1:40 p.m.

  Members Present:  Redwine, Chair; Tinsman, Vice Chair; Bartz, Behn,
  Dvorsky, Harper, Holveck, Miller, Schuerer, Shearer, and Veenstra.

  Members Absent:  Hammond, Ranking Member (excused).

  Committee Business:  Organizational meeting.

  Adjourned:  1:55 p.m.


  Convened:  January 9, 2001, 1:06 p.m.

  Members Present:  Sexton, Chair; Bartz, Vice Chair; Black, Bolkcom, Dearden,
  Deluhery, Drake, Freeman, Johnson, Kibbie, Lundby, McLaren, Miller, and

  Members Absent:  Fink, Ranking Member (excused).

  Committee Business:  Adopted Senate Rules 39 and 40 and discussed priorities
  the session.

  Adjourned:  1:31 p.m.


  Convened:  January 9, 2001, 1:05 p.m.

  Members Present:  Rehberg, Chair; Zieman, Vice Chair; Shearer, Ranking
  Behn, Dvorsky, Fiegen, Flynn, Gaskill, Greiner, Holveck, McKinley, and
  Members Absent:  Lamberti (excused).

  Committee Business:  Organizational meeting.

  Adjourned:  1:20 p.m.


  Convened:  January 9, 2001, 1:35 p.m.

  Members Present:  Rittmer, Chair; McCoy, Ranking Member; Dearden, Freeman,
  Jensen, Kibbie, McKinley, Sexton, and Zieman.

  Members Absent:  Drake, Vice Chair; Fink, Fraise, and McLaren (all excused).

  Committee Business:  Introduction of committee members and staff and
  adoption of
  committee rules.

  Adjourned:  2:00 p.m.


  Senate File 11, by Lamberti, a bill for an act authorizing
  disclosure of certain information to the legal guardian of an
  individual receiving assistance or services from the department of
  human services.

  Read first time under Rule 28 and referred to committee on
  Human Resources.

  Senate File 12, by Rehberg, a bill for an act allowing persons
  holding interests in family farm limited liability companies, family
  farm limited partnerships, and family farm trusts holding
  agricultural land to file for the homestead tax credit and the family
  farm tax credit.

  Read first time under Rule 28 and referred to committee on Ways
  and Means.

  Senate File 13, by Rehberg, a bill for an act concerning
  unemployment compensation by relieving unemployment
  compensation charges for employees who become unemployed due to
  a presidentially declared disaster.
  Read first time under Rule 28 and referred to committee on
  Business and Labor Relations.

  Senate File 14, by Rehberg, Behn, Zieman, Veenstra, Jensen,
  Angelo, Sexton, Redwine, Schuerer, and King, a bill for an act
  relating to the elimination of the state inheritance tax and state
  qualified use inheritance tax.

  Read first time under Rule 28 and referred to committee on Ways
  and Means.

  Senate File 15, by Kibbie, a bill for an act providing for the
  marketing of livestock by prohibiting price discrimination and
  providing penalties.

  Read first time under Rule 28 and referred to committee on


  Senate File 1

  WAYS AND MEANS:  McKinley, Chair; Bolkcom and Miller

  Senate File 2

  WAYS AND MEANS:  Maddox, Chair; Deluhery and Drake

  Senate File 3

  WAYS AND MEANS:  Greiner, Chair; Flynn and Redwine

  Senate File 4

  WAYS AND MEANS:  Lamberti, Chair; Harper and Rehberg

  Senate File 8

  APPROPRIATIONS:  Lamberti, Chair; Flynn and Kramer
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