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A quiet day

Posted at 6:42 PM on January 9, 2007 by Bob Collins

It was, as the title suggests, a quiet day at the Legislature. It's always disconcerting -- especially for folks like me -- to get to work, tune in Channel 17, and see a hearing from yesterday, followed by "and this concludes today's programming from the Legislature," all before the coffee has had a chance to cool and congeal.

But the legislators spent much of the day at the University of Minnesota, getting the lowdown on what's to come. A couple of legislators made news today, criticizing the buyouts of the two coaches at the U. If you're scouring the free-agent wire, managers, Joyce Peppin (free agent in the Gold League) and Marty Seifert are behind some legislation being filed Thursday. You'd have to be a bit desperate, though, to hang a hat on the points that legislation could accumulate since it may not even get a hearing from Tom Rukavina's committee. I suspect something like this is more likely to come up as an amendment somewhere down the road and amendments are worthless in Fantasy Legislature.

A glance at the committee schedule for the next week shows little in the way of bill hearings. These early sessions are mostly background affairs and briefings by various state officials.

There are a few exceptions, such as the seat belt bill and the bill adjusting Minnesota laws to comply with changes in federal tax structure.

Waiver note: Just a reminder to managers (folks who aren't managing teams, you know you can jump in here anytime, too, right?): Deadline for submitting waiver (free agent) claims is Friday at 5 p.m. I beg you, please use this form. And please be sure to indicate the full legislator's name (including Rep. or Sen.) and their party affiliation.

It's not that I don't know who you mean when you just say, for example, "Juhnke," it's just that it's easier on me to have the whole thing spelled out. I can check to be sure you're not falling below the two-legislator minimum on party affiliation. And thanks!