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Looking for an override possibility? I've got a bill for you!

Posted at 11:50 AM on January 18, 2007 by Bob Collins (8 Comments)

Both the House and Senate met today, although very briefly in both cases. According to the Journal of the House for today, HF 110 (which was introduced Tuesday), was heard and passed by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and has accumulated BH (bills heard) points and CP (committee passage) points and isn't done yet. It's now going to the Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology, and Elections to get more points there. With all the new committees at the Capitol, there's lots of ways for a bill to get lots of points.

HF 110, by the way, enacts the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. And there's lots of names on the bill.

House bills 191 to 227 were filed today

I'm not a fisherman (anymore) but those of you who are can assess the importance and prospects of HF 191, which allows the use of two lines and two hooks for angling.

Other highlights:

HF 196 requires mental health assessments for certan inmates and establishes children's mental health grants nd training and reqeuires students of higher education to carry health insurance.

HF 199 proposes a constitutional amendment that would stagger the terms of office for senators. This comes from Brod, Kohls, Zellers and Westrom.

Brod, Kohls and Zellers introduced HF 200, which limits the number of personal vouches allowed for any individual at polling places. And Brod pushes HF 201, changing the state primary elections from September to August.

Here's one that I suspect is aimed at the controversy over the election of Minneapolis School Board member Chris Stewart (background here). Joe Mullery's HF 204 would make the Minneapolis school board subject to the school board removal law in Minnesota. I admit I had no idea there was such a thing.

My bill of the day? HF 216 , filed by many Republican legislators -- brings the issue of a constitutional amendment to provide for initiative and referendum. Presumably, this is fallout from the same-sex marriage debate.

Oh, and if you're looking for a shot-in the dark , Reps. Kahn, Urdahl, Hilty, Jaros, and Hausman are your best bets today. They've filed HF 224 which appoints a poet laureate in Minnesota. Gov. Pawlenty vetoed this bill before. Dems are in charge. If you're looking for the big 100 point bonus for a veto override, this is your baby right here!

That tip is free.

Comments (8)

"A poet laureate is part state bird, part vice president." -- William Waltz

Go Carriers!

Posted by Doug Gray | January 18, 2007 12:42 PM

Boom! Goes the Dynamite! (in regards to Redress moving up in standings)

Posted by gml4 | January 18, 2007 7:33 PM

For those of you wondering who the Poet Laureate will be, they are not named in the bill.

But it's worth reading!

I recommend bonus points for the author for creativity.


p.s. I rewrote one of the lines: guess which!!

Section 1. [138.99] POET LAUREATE.

Subdivision 1. Appointment.

The Gov' shall appoint a state poet laureate,

Who shall serve for a four-year term.

Because this appointment will always be great,

There's no need for the Senate to confirm.

In appointing a poet for the public good,

And to ensure there's no unjust omission,

The governor shall consider, if She would

Thoughts of the Humanities Commission.

Subd. 2. Removal.

The poet will be free to write rhyming lines,

With removal only for cause,

But we trust that the bard will promptly resign,

If the verse reads as badly as laws.

Subd. 3. Compensation.

'Twould be fair to provide some just recompense

As reward for the poet's tribulations,

But because at this time we haven't the cents

We're afraid there is no compensation.

But we ask as the poet travels the state,

And the people their ears they lend,

That our learned Commission take the position

To provide the poor poet a stipend.

Subd. 4. Gifts and grants.

To provide the support that needs to come

To support our new laureate,

Gifts and grants received of a generous sum,

We hereby appropriate.

Posted by Nancy Gertner | January 19, 2007 9:16 AM

Should the laureate scribble lines with as little attention

To scansion and meter and other properly poetic techniques the present writer finds to numerous to mention

As the author of the bill cited above, as the evidence of same does tell,

I move all points for said bill be declared null, void and nonoperational by the Hon. Commissioner of the MFL.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2007 12:18 PM

Sorry, forgot to add my name and "Go Carriers!" to the above.

Posted by Doug Gray | January 19, 2007 12:45 PM

I just have to jump in here and point out my first MFL poem done the night before the first session.

It's not very good, but I think it was first.


Posted by gml4 | January 19, 2007 2:26 PM

Go Sine Die Sadists

Posted by MFL fan | January 19, 2007 2:54 PM

I have been waiting for my early drafting of (Wrath of) Kahn to pay off, and it looks like it just might... She has long had a reputation for introducing a ton of bills, and the odds are that some of them might pay off.

Go Phyllis!

Posted by Bill | January 19, 2007 4:40 PM