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Pawlenty's big day

Posted at 7:21 AM on May 4, 2007 by Bob Collins (3 Comments)

First, to the toteboard.

Gov. Pawlenty has signed SF1949, which gives 50 bigs ones to Sens. Rest; Betzold; Olson, G.; Pariseau. The bill sets up a Sesquicentennial commission. He has signed HF293 (Environment and natural resources funding provided, Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources meeting requirements modified, and money appropriated.), which is good news to team owners of Reps. Tingelstad; Wagenius; Carlson; Ozment; Abeler; Lillie; Kalin; Ruud; McFarlane; Erhardt. Also signed was HF881 (Metropolitan Land Planning Act and Related Statutes Modified, and Erroneous and Obsolete References Corrected.), carried by Rep. Deb Hilstrom. SF1483 (Minnesota Council on Disability Sunset Elimination.) was signed. That's 50 for Sen. Linda Higgins and Sen. Tony Lourey.

The governor also signed SF1807 (Hennepin County Health Care System Personnel Conflicts of Interest Regulation.), with points for Sens. Larson, Rest, and Gimse. SF1236 (State Government Employment Technical Modifications; Voluntary Unpaid Leave of Absence Authority.) brought rain for Sen. Geoff Michel. SF420 (Firewood Pest Control Regulation) brought 50 for Saxhaug; Dibble; Sieben; Olson, G.; Rummel, the first GOV points for each, except for G. Olson (2). And SF1105 (Health Risk Limits for Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate.)brought points to Sens. Sieben; Marty; Saltzman; Berglin; Wiger,
and none for a bunch of East Metro representatives, who could've used them.

What else is in the news today?

Oh yes, Gov. Pawlenty is wiping the floor with the DFL legislators. Yesterday he did everything but steal Larry Pogemiller's lunch money. First, he got the DFLers to back off the domestic partners benefits, then he went 2 for 2 by getting the DFL to cave on the "good faith" provision in the state government spending bill, pretty much without firing a shot -- he sent a letter.

There'll be no Veto Overrride points in the MFL this year. And, contrary to what you've heard, the DFL isn't in control at the Capitol. The guy in the corner office is. What's surprising is that he's making it look so easy.


Comments (3)


HF881 (Hilstrom, DFL) was vetoed by Governor Pawlenty, not signed into law as you indicated.

Posted by Ann H. Rest | May 5, 2007 7:32 AM


Why is the Commish so confident in predicting, two weeks before end of session, that there will be no veto override points this year?

Posted by Nancy G | May 7, 2007 8:18 AM


(1) Things aren't passing with a veto-proof majority

... and ...

(2) The DFL has "blinked" enough times to convince me. (Probably because of #1)

Of course, that doesn't mean I'm right. But if I had an MFL team, that's how I'd play it.

Posted by Bob Collins | May 7, 2007 8:43 AM