The first points awarded
Posted at 12:04 PM on January 4, 2007 by Bob Collins (10 Comments)
Twenty bills were filed in the Senate this morning. While some of these could end up being omnibus bills, for now they're generating points. Trusty veterans provided most of the points this morning. Sens. Dick Cohen, Mee Moua, and LeRoy Stumpf had names on three of the bills. Rookies Sandy Rummel, Kathy Saltzman also posted single points.
The bills included SF1, increasing state aid to education and providing property tax relief, SF2 from Linda Berglin on health care (also stating every Minnesotans has a right to health care) , early childhood programs funding (SF3), a wheelage tax from Sen. Murphy (SF5), a sale tax increase for natural and cultural resources (you may recall this died last year) in the form of SF6.
Also: SF10 reduces the size of the Senate and House, SF 11 requires the state to factor inflation into budget reports and projects, SF14 would bring universal health care to Minnesota, SF16 makes failure to use seat belts a primary offense.
On the bipartisan scoreboard, Sens. Bakk and Senjem filed a bill that gives tax breaks to teachers.
Standings have been updated to reflect this morning's action.
You'll be able to follow these bills (or many of them) on MPR's Votetracker.
Update 1 p.m. Ready! Set! Waiver! The waiver form has been posted. You can find it on the MFL page under "resources."
Remember! You ALWAYS have to have at least two legislators of both parties on your team. You always have to have 6 total players (legislators).
The tipsheet: I'll occasionally pass on tidbits of activities various legislators are up to. Earlier this week, MPR's Bob Kelleher reported on an upsurge in theft of copper wiring. So what? You say? Read deeper and find out about the efforts of Rep. Paul Gardner. Gardner is in the free agent list of one of the leagues, btw.
Ach! Only one point! My whole team is on the trading block... anyone have a rookie they want to trade Linda Scheid for?
Lots of talent in the waiver pool. The form for filing a claim is in there and the waiver pool (so you can see who has points) has been updated.
Keep in mind, you don't get the points accumulated by a legislator now in the pool. You only get the points he/she accumulates AFTER joining your team.
Posted by Bob Collins | January 4, 2007 1:33 PM
I'll trade Mark Olson for anyone in either body, of either party.
Posted by bsimon | January 4, 2007 3:08 PM
I missed SF10 in the Daily Orders - Although I got points for it from Dick Cohen, I'm prepared to admit that this bill is going to go a whole lot of NOWHERE.
I'll trade you Sen. Kubly for Sen. Rest or Rep. Clark.
I would also trade Kubly for Reps. Moe or Aaron Peterson, or Sens. Higgins or Pappas.
Posted by nate | January 4, 2007 7:29 PM
RE: SF10. As I recall, it went a lot of nowhere last year either. This may, in fact, be the last time SF10 gets any daylight, if last year is any indication.
But maybe Ann Rest will give it a hearing.
Posted by Bob Collins | January 4, 2007 7:36 PM
A note for future ventures along these lines:
It adds immense complication to the roster management system, but I think in the long-term future a "bench" concept would be helpful. If we could keep one or two "players" on our bench, it would enable us to make two (or more) for one trades, as opposed to only one-for-one.
But perhaps that's a project for the second half of the biennium.
Ben Tesch and I were kicking this idea around a few weeks ago. It probably wouldn't be hard to factor in. Your bench person doesn't get any points unless he/she is in the lineup.
I'm trying to figure out what the infrastructure would look like if the scoring and reports were automated. Not to mention, how much I.T. time would be reqjuired to build it.
We didn't go for it this year, obviously because (1) I didn't start on it until too late and (2) we didn't know how this idea would go over.
So far, so good, though.
Posted by Bob Collins | January 4, 2007 9:49 PM
I had a great time at the Capitol on Wednesday with my daughters. I have a blog entry on my home blog which you may find interesting. Please check it out if you're interested
However, here's the bit I left out, that readers here may find funny.
At one point, my daughters (who are two and 10 months, and sitting in a stroller) and I were sitting next to two capitol staffers, watching the Senate's opening day procedures. I watched with interest for a while, then quietly began a discussion with the staffers, one of which I learned was an aide for Sen. Frederickson.
Recognizing the name, I asked her if he was aware of the Fantasy Legislature League starting up at MPR. She said she didn't think the Senator supported it. I paused to reconsider how I was phrasing my question, and tried to briefly explain the concept to her, to eliminate the confusion. The other staffer (who was technical support I guess) quickly caught on and said, "Oh... it's like Fantasy Football" which I nodded, glad I cleared it up.
She said "Oh, I don't think the Senator supports funding for MPR."
I start to panic.... "No, no.... it's just a game..." but she had clearly given up trying to understand what I was trying to explain.
I then started to worry that I had undermined state funding for MPR. Maybe Senator Frederickson, on the advice of his aide would lead a bill to cut funding to MPR.
Oh what have I done?!
Oooooh, see now I'm having all kinds of ideas - Build a roster of one comittee chair, one vice chair, one rookie/freshman, and three flex players - those three can be anyone. Two bench spots as well. THIS way, a player's relative value in trading situations really comes into play - "I'll trade you the chair of the Finance Committee for a rookie and a member at large on two medium-capacity committees".
I wonder how much work would be involved in the validation of a particular roster setup....