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MARSS Working Group - 1/25/18

Full audio of the meeting


Members Present

Bert Black, Patricia Winget, Beth Scheffer, Mary H. Lynn, Jodi Pope, Kerstin Forsythe Hahn, Rebecca Gaspard, Wendy Legge, and Denise Collins.

Members Excused


The following materials were handed out:

The meeting of the MARSS Working Group held in the Conference Room of the Board of Cosmetology was called to order by Kerstin Forsythe Hahn at 2:02 p.m. The working group has agreed that they are following the requirements of the open meeting law.

Motion to approve the Minutes of the meeting held January 16, 2018, by Kerstin Forsythe Hahn.

Wendy’s first motion was to delete Bert’s language from the previous meeting and replace with new language. Wendy withdrew the motion. She then moved to add the language after Bert’s language. This language was then moved to table. Under the revisit decision to include a counterbalancing statement, change the language to “is the position still to include a counterbalancing statement?” Insert “proposed” before MARSS in Wendy’s counterbalancing statement. Amend the statement under the proposed language: “Patricia moved to table motion. Motion passed.” Suzanne Todnem’s name was misspelled under the members present section.

Carries as amended.

Discussion of Final Draft Report:

  1. Any remaining edits?
    One major change was regarding two paragraphs which were formerly located above the conclusion on page 19. Several members believed these paragraphs should be located in the Executive Summary located on page 5. Others believed that it should be located under Summary of Working Group Funding Mechanism Options Findings. The paragraphs were amended and a third paragraph was added. The language read as follows:

    The majority of the working group did not take a position on whether or not the proposed MARSS system should be funded. The Legislature did not request or authorize the working group to provide any such recommendation. It is up to the Legislature to determine if and when the system should be funded after considering the advantages of the system, the cost, and the funding options.

    The Office of Administrative Hearings did not support moving forward with the proposed MARSS system at this time based on the perceived lack of demand or need for the system as well as concerns over funding and cost issues in this time of budget shortfall.

    The MARSS working group has worked to provide the Minnesota Legislature with the most current information on the requirements of the proposed MARSS system and on options to fund the proposed MARSS system.

    Wendy made a motion to move the language as amended to be located immediately following any dissenting language. Jodi seconded. The group voted and the motion passed. Bert made a motion to move the paragraphs formerly found on page 19 to the Executive Summary. Denise seconded. The group voted and the motion passed. The working group went through the report and agreed upon several minor changes.
  2. Final decision
    Patricia moved to report draft as amended. The group voted and the motion passed.

Re-open Decision About Submitting Report to Governor’s Office as a Courtesy Prior to Submitting to Legislature:

Beth reported that executive agencies typically submit reports to the Governor’s Office 48 hours before submitting to the legislature. Beth moved to submit report to Governor’s Office 48 hours before submitting to legislature. Patricia seconded. The group voted and the motion passed. Bert stated he was present.

Cost of Report Estimate:

Kerstin asked that everyone send in the amount of hours worked on this project.

Adjourn: 2:53 p.m.