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Picking up the pace

Posted at 1:14 PM on February 27, 2007 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)

I'm not sure exactly what it is but you can really feel the pace picking up at the Capitol. More bills are moving to the chamber floors and some good bills are getting hearings. As I type this I'm watching the Senate Judiciary Committee debating SF235, that provides for the collection and recycling of computer monitors. (I'd give you a link but the Senate site simply won't load for me today). Update> Bill just passed committee and is on to State/Local Govt. Committee.

Earlier today, a House committee passed the stem cell research bill from Rep. Phyllis Kahn, but not before specifically banning human cloning. Driving in today, I heard a really interesting show on the topic on MPR's Midmorning, featuring Meri Firpo: Assistant professor in medicine/endocrinology, embryonic stem cell researcher at the University of Minnesota and Nigel Cameron: President of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future at the Chicago-Kent School of Law. You can -- and should -- listen to it here

Last night, of course, the Senate bill calling for a statewide smoking ban was sent to the Senate floor. Sen. Kathy Sheran joined Gary Eichten on Midday today to talk about the bill. You can find that here. You can track the bill here.

SF653 passed the Senate Higher Education Budget Division today. That's the "Dream Act," that allows students who are here illegally to get in-state tuition if they attended high school here for three years. Gov. Pawlenty has vowed to veto the bill and where there's a veto, there's big MFL votes (if it can be overriden). Sens. Pappas, Robling, Neuville, Pogemiller and Cohen are the authors.

Elizabeth Stawicki's story on that bill that would bar the selling of American flags -- yeah, I gave her the idea based on my MFL research -- runs tomorrow morning on Morning Edition and will probably be posted here overnight. Haven't seen a hearing for that bill yet. Not sure it'll ever get one.

And I see a bunch of new Senate bills have just arrived. Guess I'll go read those now.

I usually update the points pages by 6:30 and I don't expect that to change tonight. And tomorrow looks even busier.

Comments (1)

After HF34 was passed in the 12-7 vote, the Stem Cell Research Bill, Rep. Kahn, the bill sponsor, mentioned that one of the committee members, had, in communication with a citizen, equated Stem Cell Research with 'medical' research done in Fascist Germany in the mid 20th Century, and used the name of Hitler. She cautioned the room of attentive Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division committee members on their use of language that is offensive to members of the Jewish and disabled communities that lost family members living in Fascist Germany due to what is historically known as the Halocaust. I've been advised by members of the committee that they will address the comments and not take them lightly. Rep. Kahn did not identify the committee member by name.

Posted by Mike | February 27, 2007 3:59 PM