Taxes Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives

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The Taxes 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]
A bill with a substantial impact on the tax revenues or tax policies of the State must be referred to the Committee on Taxes. A bill reported by the Committee on Taxes containing a substantial fiscal impact must be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. For purposes of this paragraph, "tax" excludes any fee, charge, exaction, or assessment, a primary purpose of which is to recover direct or indirect costs incurred by the state or other governmental entity or as a payment for benefits received.[5][4]



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

Taxes Members, 2013
Democratic members (17)Republican members (11)
Ann Lenczewski, ChairGregory Davids
Diane Loeffler, Vice-chairSarah Anderson
Tom AnzelcBob Barrett
John BensonSteve Drazkowski
Lyndon CarlsonPat Garofalo
Jim DavnieJenifer Loon
Ron ErhardtTara Mack
Rick HansenPam Myhra
John LeschJoyce Peppin
Tina LieblingLinda Runbeck
Leon LillieKurt Zellers
Paul Marquart
Carly Melin
Michael Paymar
Dan Schoen
Erik Simonson
Linda Slocum


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


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


  • Property and Local Sales Tax Division

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