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Wednesday scoring

Posted at 12:08 PM on January 31, 2007 by Bob Collins (5 Comments)

HF 194 passed a House biosciences committee yesterday. It appropriates money for biotechnology and medical genomics research in Minnesota. CP (Committee passage) points to Rep.s Norton, Demmer, Welti, Liebling, Ruth, Berns.

Incidentally, a little insight into scoring here from the commish. I check out Senate Briefly and Session Daily each day for a list of bills that have passed committees. I also watch the legislative TV coverage. When I see a bill pass, I give them the proper points. But not all bills passed by committees get mentioned, and I can't follow all the TV coverage. But eventually, the passage is mentioned in the House Journal or Senate Journal and I double-check at that time with the play-by-play page to make sure that the proper points are awarded at some point.

I also add points for bills that are heard in committee based on the daily schedules for the House and Senate. I also doublecheck with the House and Senate journals and the play by play page to make sure no BS BH (bills heard by committee) points slip through the cracks.

Comments (5)

I move we give three cheers for Our Commissioner and double his salary immediately! And of course this has nothing at all to do with how fast I'd like him to tally my team's points. ;) Go Carriers!

Posted by Doug Gray | January 31, 2007 12:59 PM

Seriously, the House and Senate need to build this stuff into an RSS feed so we can track all these bills more easily. Who's up for a sit-in at the Capitol to "encourage" them to help us out?

Posted by MN Campaign Report | January 31, 2007 2:35 PM

Well, let me say first that I LOVE what Minnesota does with its Senate and House Web site (I admit, however, I like the House site better than the Senate site.) And I don't think the "problem" is with the folks who run the Web site or the information office.

But if you've followed the Legislature for any length of time -- even online -- you can see that some committees are very good at providing updated minutes, and some are bad -- really bad. Like never-file-any-minutes-online bad.

Subsequently, if you go back and track a bill via entering the number in the search box, you can see how far behind the "tracking" is when it comes to the bill status in the House and Senate. Quite possibly, it all goes through the Senate or House journal, I don't know.

But, at least where RSS feeds are concerned, it's a case of "garbage in - garbage out." In many ways, the play-by-play page may be THE most accurate, one-stop spot that exists.

I don't envy the folks who pull it all together up there. It's amazing, when you think of it, though, how terrific their site is and how open the government is here.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 31, 2007 2:50 PM

Oh, one complaint.

I just watched SF 15 pass Sen. Marty's committee on a voice vote with SIGNIFICANT opposition. I HATE voice votes. Dear legislators: Put your opposition and your support on the record where everyone can see it.

Other than that, love you lots.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 31, 2007 2:55 PM

All in favor of echoing Bob's comments... say "aye"... those oppose say "No".... the ayes have it.

Posted by gml4 | January 31, 2007 11:08 PM