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It's about the children.... and the points

Posted at 1:08 PM on January 8, 2007 by Bob Collins (6 Comments)

Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House bounced into the legislative season with 67 new bill filings today. You can see the bills here. And if you'd like to listen to the DFL news conference, you can do that too. (RealAudio required).

Update 6:32 p.m.: It's wayyy too early to get down about your team, or, for that matter, "up" about your team. Case in point. Lots of teams "rebounded" today with the mass filings in the House. But around 5:30, the committee agenda for tomorrow arrived. Now, I'm issuing points for a bill heard (BH) based on its appearance on a committee agenda and two are up for Senate hearings tomorrow. SF 17 ( Deductions and changes for tuition etc) and SF 16 ( Seat belt violations as primary offense) will be heard in separate committees tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday.. Sen. Dave Senjem is a co-sponsor of both. That's 10 points for two hearings which is a lot easier than filing 10 bills. So Senjem -- a Republican -- rocketed to the top of the power rankings today, and rewarded his managers accordingly.

A couple of quick thoughts:

  • Those of you who cut Margaret Kelliher? You missed some easy points. She's on a bunch of bills filed today that are going places.

  • Kathy Tingelstad was a great pick for those of you who were filling out your Republican spots. She's the only Republican n HF1, the health care for children initiative. It's about the children, sure, but it's also about the points.

  • The first seven bills out have a gazillion co-sponsors. One of these may set a record (OK, well, everything is a record) for most points accumulated by a single bill.

  • Not particularly scoreboard related, but I would have expected more than a single author on HF 27, which dedicates some sales-tax money for angler and hunter access. This bill, its Senate colleague, will be at the heart of the same debate we had last session -- whether it should be hunting/fishing only, or whether the cultural folks get a piece of the action. There's also the question of whether this should be a sales tax increase, or the recipients get a piece of the present pie.

  • They laughed -- or at least smirked -- when the Moderates Mayhem (Maroon League) made Rep. Tom Tilberry the #1 overall pick. OK, maybe they thought there was a salary cap involved in the league, or maybe -- just maybe -- they had a little inside information. Tilberry's name was on the first 8 bills filed today. They're not laughing now.

  • The Laborites (Maroon League) cut Rep. Frank Hornstein on Saturday. Today he rolled up 10 points. Sometimes you can overthink this game.

    More as it happens.

    Comments (6)

    Hmmm... for the Redress, by my count...

    Clark -3
    Mahoney 5
    Severson - 3

    Abeler only had 5... I'm sure the Sadist expected more from their 1st round pick.
    Urdahl came through with 5 for Confidential... nice. That will probably keep him in 1st place.

    Posted by gml4 | January 8, 2007 2:10 PM

    Just a heads up, I got a call from the AP today asking questions about MFL. Kinda cool!

    Posted by gml4 | January 8, 2007 2:41 PM

    The Beavers got smoked today! I was obviously expecting more than 1 point from my first round pick, but it's a long legislative season. Hopefully my Senators will pick up some slack later in the week.

    Posted by mike simpkins | January 8, 2007 3:29 PM

    You beat me to the punch, GML. I scrolled through really quickly with a CTRL+F, 'Urdahl' to check up on him. I got the same call too - will call back in about an hour.

    Posted by MN Campaign Report | January 8, 2007 3:57 PM

    My House-only team (House Call) didn't score a point last week (no House bill intro.s) but 21 points today has rebounded me into a tie for 5th (thanks to Rep. Paul Thissen!).

    I'm not sure to be so lucky in the days to come. Anyone looking to trade away a Senator?

    Posted by Matt Flory | January 8, 2007 6:28 PM

    "Sometimes you can overthink this game."

    Sometimes!? Wouldn't this be the first time? We should congratulate the Laborites for being the first to over think in the MFL! There should be an award (or penalty? say minus 10 points) for this achievement.

    Posted by gml4 | January 9, 2007 1:10 AM