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Social issues are "in" again

Posted at 3:07 PM on March 1, 2007 by Bob Collins (2 Comments)

The list of the 100+ bills being filed in the House carry a reminder that social issues really haven't been much of an issue at the Capitol so far in this session.

HF1618 -- from Reps. Kahn, Thao, Simon, Erhardt, Rukavina, Hortman, Hilty, E. Murphy, Clark, Mahoney, Slawik and Huntley -- requires that health insurance bills be made available to domestic partners of state employees if they're made available to spouses.

HF1615 -- from many House Republicans (and a few DFLers) is an anti-abortion bill. It would prevent any physician from performing an abortion if he/she doesn't have hospital priviliges at a facility with 20 miles. The authors anticipate a court challenge and provides a clause that if one part of the law is struck down, the rest of it remains in force. It has little chance of passage in this session. I'm wondering if it'll even get a hearing.

Other bills:

HF1599 provides unemployment benefits for striking mechanics at Northwest Airlines.

HF1547 raises the amount the state will dispense to candidates in elections to a total of $2 million, from 1.25 million


Comments (2)


What ever happened to concentrating on the big isues - taxes, education, health care, transportation. The Democrats pissed and moaned during the campaign that social issues were dominating the discussion and that we should concentrate on the major issues. That didn't last very long when they can now concentrate on their social issues.

Haven't seen the media complain though.

Posted by eric | March 5, 2007 7:27 AM


Eric:
Not sure what you're getting at here. The majority of bills -- both GOP and DFL -- have been about the subjects you describe. The "social issues' bills have been mostly dead on arrival.

Posted by Bob Collins | March 5, 2007 7:50 AM