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They're baaaaaack

Posted at 5:54 PM on March 26, 2007 by Bob Collins

Now that the omnibus bills are assembled -- mostly -- we can turn our attention to the non-financial bills that are sure to come along.

Ah, seems like old times. Tomorrow, Sens. Neuville, Ingebrigtsen, Koch and Gerlach will file SF 2158 , which will call for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

I'm not sure if this is a reaction to Saturday's vote on domestic partner benefits, but given that it has no chance -- no chance -- of going anywhere this year, I suspect this constitutes the political version of a sharp stick in the eye.

Oh, but the Republicans didn't stop there.

They also filed SF2159 from Sens. Hann, Jungbauer, and Vandeveer, and SF2160, from Sens. Limmer, Gimse, Wergin, and Pariseau, that say essentially the same thing.

But I've always found all of these non-financial bills interesting. So the late-afternoon notice kept me entertained with two other bills that would be good for debate.

SF2168 from Sens. Saltzman, Higgins and Sheeran would prohibit mandatory polygraphs for criminal sexual conduct victims. Wait a minute! Somewhere in Minnesota, the victim of, say, rape is required to take a polygraph test?

It could be an interesting April in Sen. Moua's Judiciary Committee.

The other bill is from Sen. Betsy Wergin, and calls for a capital gains tax exclusion.