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Capital Investment Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives

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The Capital Investment Committee is a standing committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Per Rule 6.01 of the House Rules, standing committees of the Minnesota House of Representatives are appointed by the Speaker of the House.[1] Committees are appointed at the beginning of each biennial session. Up to 30 days prior to the session, the Speaker-designate is to submit a list of proposed standing committees and divisions to all minority caucuses. Up to 15 days before the session's start, the Minority Leader may submit proposed minority assignments to the Speaker-designate, who must comply in keeping with attaining proportionate representation. With the exception of the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration, one may not serve as chair of a committee or another with a similar jurisdiction for longer than three consecutive two-year sessions.[2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Permanent Rules of the House 2013 - 2014


The committee holds public hearings on bills to put each bill into its best form. During the bill's hearing, the committee can take testimony from the bill's sponsors, the general public and experts in the areas the bill affects.

The committee has several courses of action it can take:

  • amend the bill;
  • combine two or more bills under one file number;
  • recommend a bill to pass as introduced;
  • recommend it be passed as amended;
  • send it to another committee for consideration;
  • vote not to approve the bill; or
  • table it, which in essence delays action.[3][4]
The Committee on Capital Investment has jurisdiction over legislation affecting debt obligations issued by the state and capital projects of the state, including the planning, acquiring and bettering of public lands and buildings and other state projects of a capital nature. Except as provided in Rule 1.15, a House or Senate bill that directly and specifically affects debt obligations or capital projects of the state must be referred to the Committee on Capital Investment before the bill receives its second reading.[5][4]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Capital Investment Members, 2013
Democratic members (12)Republican members (9)
Alice Hausman, ChairMatt Dean
John Ward, Vice-chairTony Albright
Joe AtkinsGregory Davids
Lyndon CarlsonBob Dettmer
Karen ClarkDavid Fitzsimmons
Raymond DehnSteve Green
Ron ErhardtBob Gunther
Leon LillieChris Swedzinski
Tim MahoneyDean Urdahl
Jay McNamar
Carly Melin
Kim Norton


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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