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Senate bills filed

Posted at 1:25 PM on January 10, 2007 by Bob Collins

Senate bills 40-80 were filed today and have been scored.

In terms of points, outstate legislators made some big gains with Sen. Yvette Prettner Solon leading the way.

There has been an interesting mix of bipartisan bills filed that could, if you believe that's indicative of broad support, be big point getters. In particular, Sen. Paul Koering, R-Bemidji, and Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick (and others), have teamed up on a few health care bills.

For example, SF 79 (Lynch, Prettner Solon, Lourey, Koering and Rosen) increases the eligibility for single adults and households without kids in MinnesotaCare, the state's subsidized health care program.

Likewise, SF 78 (Koering, Lynch, Prettner Solon, M. Olson) expands the definition of dependent coverage to any unmarried child under 25.

One of our managers has commented that she thinks veterans will have a lot of issues in this session, and so far she's right. SF 77 eliminates MinnesotaCare premiums for members of the military and their families for one year. I believe a House companion bill was filed on Monday.

For pure entertainment value (if you're a hearings junkie like I am) follow SF 50 (Marty, Carlson, Doll, and Sieben) which prohibits former legislators, constitutional officers, and agency heads from lobbying for legislative or administrative action for two years after leaving office. Marty had a couple of "clean elections" bills in the hopper today, all of which are going to the Committee on State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee, still my favorite bet for the committee where a lot of points will be accumulated this year.

My "bill of the day?" SF 62 (Tomassoni, Koering, Metzen, Murphy) which would prohibit the sale of an American flag or novelty items bearing the American flag in Minnesota unless they're made in the USA. It makes me wish I had set up a category for "bills filled with irony."