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Senate floor session open thread

Posted at 10:57 AM on April 17, 2007 by Bob Collins (4 Comments)

It's another day of general orders in the Senate, only this time some actually interesting bills are coming to the Senate floor, several of which I've highlighted before.

This morning, the rare site of dueling Republicans, in fact, caught my eye when Sen. Betsy Wergin rose against SF1605 from Sen. Tom Neuville. This is the bill that would make it illegal for drivers on a provisional license (kids, basically) to drive with more than one person in the car under 20.

Sen. Wergin said that means that if your kid got a license, he couldn't take other siblings (or at least more than one) to basketball practice etc. And if you've ever run the "Mom and Dad shuttle" (these are my words), well, what's the point of having your kid grow up?

Sen. Neuville pointed out, however, that there is a provision for immediate family and you could, actually, take your brothers and sisters to practice. But Sen. Ron Latz -- a DFLer -- said a student in high school who stayed after school for practice (it always comes down to athletics with these folks for some reason.), couldn't give rides home to other kids.

The bill passed on a voice vote.

Comments (4)

Don't we have an after hours bus, i know i did back in 1989-1991, for sports (clubs, detention) anymore?

Posted by Brian Hanf | April 17, 2007 2:17 PM

My kids aren't in school anymore but the last time I checked -- which was when my youngest played high school baseball, there was no bus. I think it got cut out of the budget. I had to schlepp him back and forth to practices and stuff.

They had a bus when they actually went on the road to play a game, tho.

And this was before he smashed up my car with a carload of kids in it.

Posted by Bob Collins | April 17, 2007 2:33 PM

I think it might be district by district.

Posted by Brian Hanf | April 17, 2007 4:00 PM

What else can we do to legislate good parenting??

Can we legislate car pooling to conserve energy??

Or only for the mature that can be multi packed in vehicles??

Posted by Nancy G | April 17, 2007 9:22 PM