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Senate, House bills filed

Posted at 12:04 PM on January 16, 2007 by Bob Collins (11 Comments)

Sixty-one new House bills were filed today (Senate bills filed today were credited last Friday). Fourteen Senate bills are posted that will be filed tomorrow .

Among those filed today:

HF 113-- From Rep. Cy Thao increases the speed limit on 35E through St. Paul, which some newspaper wags in the past have dubbed "the practice freeway." That actually could get a bit of emotional debate.

HF 121 -- Is a Republican bill -- Emmer, Brod, Erickson, Peppin, McNamara, Paulsen. S. Anderson, Wardlow and Erhardt -- that required proof of citizenship when filing to run for certain offices and -- and here's where the bill dies -- requiring voters to provide picture ID. The DFL isn't likely to let this one get very far. But it'll get a lot of publicity, I'll bet.

HF 131 -- Restricts the use of Social Security numbers.

HF 132 - Creates the MN. Biomedical Sciences Research FAcility. If memory serves, this is one of the priorities of the U of M braintrust this session. It's being carried by Mahoney, Carlson, Tingelstad, Kahn, Hausman, Huntley and Kelliher.

HF 134 increases the tax rate of food and beverages in Duluth.


HF 162 -- Creates the Minnesota GI bill

I notice a lot of names on bills today from legislators who have 0 points so far. It'll be interesting to see how many of these are left by the end of the day.

Bonus -- Congratulations to Rep. Brad Finstad and his wife on the birth of their son, Jake, over the weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't write into the rules, points for childbirth. Maybe next year.

SF 108 -- Designates Walter Mondale Drive in Duluth. You know, this one is not a "biggie" as far as "news" goes... but this is the tyupe of bill that'll be very rewarding to team managers of the Duluth area reps and senators.

SF 112 -- Bans body piercing for anyone under 18 (Olseen, Sheran, Marty, M. Olson, and Linda Scheid)


Comments (11)


Senator Ann Rest gives a shout out to the MFL in her Capitol Update (issue #3). Includes a link, but it does not work.

Posted by Brian Hanf | January 16, 2007 12:58 PM


Heh... The Minnetonka Redress appreciates Sen. Rest's acknowledgement of the MFL.

Now get back to work lady!

Posted by gml4 | January 16, 2007 1:30 PM


On a quick glance...

The power ranking leaders in the House,

Mullery, didn't have his name on any bills today.
Junke only had one.

The Redress did well, though Mahoney only produced one bill, GOP Severson came through with a whopping 6!

Jim Abeler... 4 (snicker snicker)

Posted by gml4 | January 16, 2007 1:37 PM


Rep. MOEmentum hit the floor with 30 bills today! The Beavers are doing some serious tail slapping.

Posted by mike simpkins | January 16, 2007 2:56 PM


I've got Moe down for 11 bills today.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 16, 2007 3:07 PM


I took his numbers off the State House website. It shows Moe with 31 bills co-authored. I believe he only had one filed as of last Friday.

Posted by mike simpkins | January 16, 2007 3:24 PM


My mistake!!! Moe was added as a co-author to a number of bills today that had previously been submitted. Still a great day for the Bemidji dog-musher with 11 new bills submitted and being added as co-author to roughly another 20.

Posted by mike simpkins | January 16, 2007 3:30 PM


On the official MFL toteboard, he had 2 as of Saturday morning. This afternoon his total was 14 BF points.

A quick review shows his name wasn't on any of the bills (67 of them) that were filed a week ago.

He only had HF 85 in the bills filed last Thursday.


And today he he had HF 110, 136, 139, 140, 145, 146, 147, 154, 155, 157, 161, and 162 .

Looks like he actually loses a point for a total of 13.

13.... 31....

Kinda looks like someone got the numbers reversed somewhere.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 16, 2007 3:37 PM


Ahh, yes, that would 'splain it. There's about 5 pages of additional authors today... 3 of which were duplicates.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 16, 2007 3:39 PM


To clarify, Moe's a co-author on 31 total bills. Although his name was added on a number of them after they had been filed, thus no BF points, he still is in a great position for picking up a bunch of points if they are heard in committee and possibly passing.

On the other hand there are quite a few bills co-authored by some Republican Reps that have very little chance of getting heard, much less passed in the committee process.

Posted by mike simpkins | January 16, 2007 5:01 PM


True, but keep in mind his wasn't the only name added to a bunch of bills today. Thissen and Mullery, both Dems, have authored and gotten points for....around 20, 21 bills. So I'd also look to see what their total is for any bills that they've had their names added to after filing (I don't know offhand what those would be).

In terms of strategy, I personally don't think Moe's competition is with Republicans. Given that there are only a maximum of 4 spots DFLers can hold on a team, he's really in competition with all the other reps that could hold that spot on a team.

Similarly, Republicans are really in competition with other Republicans.

I can't prove this but I tend to believe that it was more important in drafting to get the biggest point-getting Republican than it was to get the biggest pint-getting Democrat, largely because there were going to many more of the latter than the former.

Whether that strategy pays off, I don't know.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 16, 2007 5:07 PM