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Who's more valuable: a state rep or a state senator?

Posted at 3:33 PM on February 22, 2007 by Bob Collins (5 Comments)

I guess the big story of the day is Gov. Pawlenty has signed SF4, netting another 50 points for Sen. Ellen Anderson as well as Sens. Kubly, Prettner solon, Rosen, and Doll, and frustrating teams who had put a bid in on Anderson -- she's a free agent in one league since she was cut last week -- in hopes the governor wouldn't sign the bill until after we do the free agent draft on Saturday. But it was not to be.

As I was entering the 100+ bills in the spreadsheet filed in the House today -- an incredibly boring process, by the way -- I got to wondering whether senators make better team members than House members. I know what you're thinking: the House has wayyyyy more bills. True, but here's the thing: there must be, on average 15-20 legislators on each House bill...sometimes as high, I think, as 40. So the chances are good that any points your rep gets, another team is going to get the same points. Pretty hard to put any white space between you and your competition.

On Senate bills, it's rare to see more than a half-dozen senators signed onto a bill and quite often there's just one. So if your senator gets 50 points, chances are good that you and only you are getting the points. See what I mean? It would take a lot of BF, BH, and CP points by reps to equal a "solo shot" by a senator.

Granted, I don't know if this is true, but that's my theory for today.

Comments (5)

My original theory for drafting so many Senators was that I thought, since there were fewer of them, but since every bill has to pass the Senate as well as the House, that more points would be accumulated by Senators.

Of course, since my team is hovering near the bottom of the Maroon League, my theory is obviously not panning out as I had hoped.

Posted by Pat Smith | February 22, 2007 6:48 PM

Senate rules allow only 5 authors on a bill. The house can have twenty-something.

Posted by linda higgins | February 22, 2007 10:05 PM

I figured it had to be something like that. I'm going to guess the house limit is 35 because I see a lot of bills in the House with 35 authors.

You know what I'd love to know? How does the process of getting co-authors work? A bill will be filed and then a week later the lead author will file a motion to add so-and-so as an author (always approved).

How does that work. Does someone come up and say, "hey I saw that bill you had on banning skunk fur, can I get in on that?" With a limit of five, is there competition to be one of the other four? Do you get to pick, then, which ones you want? Does that ruffle feathers?

When a senator wants to be added, what's the motivation? Is there something they bring to arm-twisting phase?

Posted by Bob Collins | February 22, 2007 10:11 PM

I think the Commish is right on the number of House co-sponsors going over 30.

Some co-authors are recruited by non-legislators. That could be a paid lobbyist, or an activist citizen volunteer lobbyist that puts their own quarters in the parking meter, movitated by their passion and commitment to enact legislation for their cause.

Other legislators may sign on because their constituents have asked them to support banning skunk fur. Or maybe they're committed to the cause by their own convictions.

Posted by Nancy G | February 23, 2007 1:41 AM

Continuing their steady ascent, Team MILVETS has climbed into seventh place today in the Gold League with Senator Julie Rosen scoring 50 points on the bill signed by the gov.

The leading scorer on Team MILVETS with 493 points, Senator Rosen is the only remaining MILVETS member from the Stocking Draft.

In second place is Representative Al Doty with 401 points. Picked up on 1/27/2007, Rep. Doty scored 50 points with one bill signed, and has scored 300 points from hearings on the 51 bills he's sponsored.

Nipping at Doty's heels is Rep. Patti Fritz, with 390 points and many bills.

I'd say a little diversity is good for the MFL portfolio.

Posted by Nancy G | February 23, 2007 2:08 AM