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Going deep

Posted at 2:14 PM on January 5, 2007 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)

There were changes all over the leader board today as another 19 bills were filed in the Senate today. The power rankings have shifted slightly but, as they say, it's still early. Doug Ault once led the major leagues in homers. And then April ended. Same thing here.

Most of the bills filed today are likely to be big point-getters because many are of the technical variety and a few have a split of Republican and DFL co-sponsors, an early indication that there is bipartisan support for the bill. Of course, in many cases, conflicts arise not in DFL-GOP splits, but in rural vs. metro splits and some of the bills here are concentrated on regional interest.

Among the bills filed today: SF 22 is a resolution calling on Congress not to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. (from Stumpf, Bonoff, Rummel and Wiger). SF 23 changes the way vacancies in the U.S. Senate are filled. SF 25 requires the state to adjust for inflation in forecasting state expenditures.

Among the "bipartisan" bills is SF 26, which extends the expiration dates for the Board of Medical Practices' advisory councils. I have to believe that one will roll up some points. SF 22, allows a classified government service preference for the parent of a disabled veterans (Kubly, Vickerman, Frederickson, Dille, and Erickson Ropes).

A Republican bill emerges. SF 33 allows a subtraction for certain military pension income (Wergin, Koch, and Ingebritsen).

And I've lost track of all of the sales tax increase bills already; even the ones for natural resources and cultural programs. But there's another one. Sens. Cohen, Anderson, Frederickson, Pogemiller, and Saxhaug introduced SF 37 today that proposes a one-quarter of one-percent increase in the sales tax (by Constitutional amendment) with the money going for natural and cultural resources, including public broadcasting, parks and trails and clean water. That one is off to the Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources. Frederickson is on that committee.

BTW, I haven't been able to get a look at these bills because my link for the PDF isn't working. But if you have and you'd like to offer some analysis, use the comments below.

Also, you don't have to be a manager to comment on bills, activities and rankings, so we hope to hear from you.

Power rankings, standings etc., are or will be updated shortly.


Comments (1)


IRV gets some state rules....

Senators Marty, Scheid and Larson introduced--
S.F. No. 39: A bill for an act relating to elections; providing for instant runoff voting in federal, state, and local elections.

Referred to the Committee on State and Local Government Operations and Oversight.

Posted by Brian Hanf | January 8, 2007 12:17 PM