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Abeler first to 100

Posted at 1:05 PM on February 15, 2007 by Bob Collins (4 Comments)

Pete Rose was the first $100,000 "singles hitter," Catfish Hunter was the first $1 million a year player, O.J. Simpson (I think) was the first football player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, and now
Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, is the first legislator to accumulate 100 bills filed points (BF) in an MFL season.

Abeler filed 9 bills today, to increase his leagues-leading total for the session as the House passed the 1,000 bills filed mark today.

Among the bills moving the Commish-O-Meter today:

HF973 -- Authorizes employment support for persons with mental illness. Yesterday I wrote about the suicide prevention programs (and there was a gripping Senate session today), and this bill, along with many others, reminds me that the issue of mental illness has emerged as one of the pressing issues in this session. We knew that transportation, health care, taxes etc., were all going to be big issues. But this one has dominated many hearings and is behind many, many bills... even though, so far, it's gotten almost no attention in the media.

HF984 - Reimburses students for the cost of taking the ACT and SAT tests.

HF991 -- Changes the licensing procedures for interior designers. I had no clue interior designers had to be licensed. I wonder what the test is. Get all the picture frames straight?

HF992 - Limits the use of funds for state-sponsored health programs for funding abortions. A similar measure was filed in the Senate. Eight DFLers -- Otremba, Koenen, Hosch, Pelowski, Olin, Fritz, Haws, and Ward -- joined 27 Republicans in this bill. I have a bet with folks on whether this ever gets a hearing.

HF994 -- This bill would prohibit actions against certain persons for weigh gain as a rsult of consuming certain foods. This is known as the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act. Basically, it means if you get fat, you can't hold grocers, or restaurants or folks like that liable. This has nothing to do with the bill, but it's amazing what the mind can recall. For some reason when reading this bill today, I was reminded of an old Alan Sherman routine, the final words of which were, "Hail to Thee, fat person, you help keep up out of war," in which he blames his own obesity on the Marshall Plan. But then again, I've had dreams about the Periodic Table of the Elements, so I have no idea what it all means.

HF1013 -- Similar to a Senate bill I talked about weeks ago. Prohibits body piercing services for anyone under 18. High entertainment value for the possible public testimony, if it ever gets a hearing. Again, reminds me of talking to a kid years ago who had a bunch things stuck in his tongue. "Why do you do that?" I asked. "Ith's how I exthplessmythelf," he said.

HF1025 - Lifts a prohibition against the PUC from issuing a certificate of need for new nuke plants. Rep. Peppin is the sole author.

HF1050 -- Raises the tax on alcohol, with money going to chemical treatment and such. Check out the size of the increase in the bill

HF1053 -- Makes it a felony to get identity information off a computer..

Comments (4)

Only five players in NFL history have ever rushed for 2,000 yards in a season. The first one to do with was Buffalo's O.J. Simpson in 1973, when he rushed for 2,003 yards

Posted by MR | February 15, 2007 2:00 PM

I just want to take a moment and apologize for all the teasing and snickering I did earlier this season about Abler's lack of production. I was wrong. Congrats Sine Die Sadists!

Posted by gml4 | February 16, 2007 12:26 AM

and now you get to apologize for spelling his name wrong. ;) Go Carriers!

Posted by Doug Gray | February 16, 2007 11:53 AM

Well... I won't go that far!

Posted by gml4 | February 16, 2007 12:05 PM