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My new favorite bill

Posted at 11:19 AM on May 18, 2007 by Bob Collins (10 Comments)

HF1314, which got a procedural hearing (no CP points) has somehow escaped my notice so far this year. The Truth in Music Advertising bill. This is one of those I-have-to-know-the-story-behind-the-story bills of which I'm so fond.

It shall be unlawful for any person to advertise or conduct a live musical performance or production in this state through the use of a false, deceptive, or misleading affiliation, connection, or association between a performing group and a recording group. This section does not apply if any of the following apply:

(1) the performing group is the authorized registrant and owner of a federal service mark for that group registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office;

(2) at least one member of the performing group was a member of the recording
group and has a legal right by virtue of use or operation under the group name without having abandoned the name or affiliation with the group;

(3) the live musical performance or production is identified in all advertising and promotion as a salute or tribute;

(4) the advertising does not relate to a live musical performance or production taking place in this state; or

(5) the performance or production is expressly authorized by the recording group.

Let me guess: This has something to with a Taste of (Transfat) Minnesota production? The Trogs? Gerry and Pacemakers. What over-the-hill group visited this dastardly mess upon this fine state?


Comments (10)


It's part of a national effort by Bowzer of Sha Na Na. His real name is John Bouman (sp?).

There must be a lot of imitation Sha Na Na's out there or something.

Posted by John | May 18, 2007 11:40 AM


I actually got a chance to hang out with Bowzer at the Kelley Inn the night he was in town to testify. He is traveling around the country on his own dime getting this bill passed all over the place. He said that while there have been Shanana knock off bands, he is also doing it for his other friends in the over the hill musician game who are watching people make money off of their names and reputations.

Funnier yet is the eclectic list of politicians who were also at the table who, like me, got personalized autographed pictures from Bowzer.

Posted by Nate Dybvig | May 18, 2007 12:53 PM


God I loved Sha na na...

Posted by gml4 | May 18, 2007 12:57 PM


Darn . . . I went to the Kelley Inn for lunch instead of supper . . .

Posted by Nancy G | May 18, 2007 9:09 PM


The house and senate passed a bill (2096) that was signed by the governor last week.

A new bill was just introduced this week and seeks to repeal several important provisions of that bill, specifically:

50.16 _Subd. 3._ *_Mapped trails._* _Except as provided in sections 84.926 and 84.928, after _
50.17_completion of off-highway vehicle maps for the area, a person must not operate an _
50.18_off-highway vehicle on state land that is not mapped for the type of off-highway vehicle._


This new bill (1131) that has emerged from conference committee and repeals the above and substitutes the language below. This is unacceptable and constitutes advertising of unprotected forest lands. The maps will have the bigger trails that have NO environmental review. The little trails that are where the new trails are made will be permitted and there will not even be maps defining which are legal and which are not. This is worse than the existing situation.

3.22 Subd. 3. *Mapped trails.* _(a) _Except as provided in sections 84.926 and 84.928,
3.23after completion of_ official department_ off-highway vehicle maps for the area, a person
3.24must not operate an off-highway vehicle on state land that is not mapped for the type of
3.25off-highway vehicle._ This paragraph does not apply to state forest land north of U.S. _
3.26_Highway 2 until after __June 30, 2009__._
3.27 _(b) This subdivision does not apply to a forest access route in a managed forest north _
3.28_of __U.S. Highway__ 2 that the commissioner has not designated as a road or trail. __Forest__ _
3.29_access routes will not be signed or maintained and will not be included on published user _
3.30_maps of the forest. Off-highway vehicle operation on forest access routes is subject to _
3.31_the prohibitions on causing erosion, rutting, damage to trees or crops, and construction of _
3.32_unauthorized trails contained in __Minnesota__ Rules. Damaged routes are subject to closure _
3.33_to off-highway vehicle use_

To access the full text of these bills, use these links:

http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=ccrsf2096B.html&session=ls85


http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=ues1131.1.html&session=ls85

Posted by Kristin Larsen | May 18, 2007 10:33 PM


MFL: What it show us about our legislators

Our commissioner is the first to say in the MFL FAQ

...points tabulated are not an indication of the actual value of a legislator, they're only indicative of performance in the areas the game measures

But looking over the Power Rankings, one has to believe that they must be indicative of something!

What is making me think about this today is an email update I received today from Rep. Peppin (R-32A). I briefly lived in that district with my parents in Rogers a couple years ago, and have never unsubscribed from her updates. Normally I just delete them, but today I decided to give it a quick read. You can find the whole letter here

In her letter, she talks about her top two priorities. A local transportation issue (a new on/off ramp in Rogers from I94) and funding for the tornado damage from last fall. You may recall our commissioner bringing this issue up a little bit ago at here We wondered at the time about whether this was really disaster relief, and whether it should've been tied to the Brown's Valley emergency funding. In the end, it was not included, and Rep. Peppin is still trying to get funding for this sound barrier.

This got me thinking...

Posted by gml4 | May 19, 2007 11:38 PM


Great post George! MFL rankings ARE indicative of legislative effectiveness. I think this is especially true of legislators in the minority. Abeler, Senjem, Tinglestad, Dille, Rosen and Koering operate in the same arena as Emmer, Hoppe, Kohls, Buesgens and Vandeveer yet their respective rankings in the MFL are striking. How can Rep. Hoppe spend the last five months in St. Paul and find only 14 bills worth signing on to? Emmer, Kohls and Buesgens probably lead the entire legislature in time spent speaking on the House Floor yet between them they didn't have a single piece of legislation make it to the House Floor. How is that helping the State move forward?

By skill, luck or insight, Bob Collins came up with a legislative tracking system for the MFL that is more than just fun and games. It is a legitimate tool that provides insight into the legislative process.

Posted by mike simpkins | May 20, 2007 12:07 PM


Doing some analysis for the 3 teams shooting for 1st place in Gold League (while my daughters are napping)

By my count (trying to be as unbiased as possible!) I believe the Minnetonka Redress have the opportunities to gain the most points in these last two days. I went through the legislation website to see what bills have been seeing action lately, including bills currently at the Governor's desk, or having passed a committee in the last day or two. My numbers might be skewed somewhat as I didn't always include bills filed yesterday.

So here's the tally showing bills still in motion...

Minnetonka Redress 20
Bemidji Beavers 13
Sine Die Sadist 10

I could be missing some, but I feel confident that this is accurate. One advantage I have is the Senate files are making much more progress than the House files... easily 2 or 3 SF to 1 HF.

Posted by gml4 | May 20, 2007 2:49 PM


Fake groups are traveling the country, impersonating old-time rock 'n' rollers like the Platters, Coasters and Drifters. They rip off unknowing fans as well as the real groups. During Bowzer's testimony about these fake groups to the Commerce Committee, he sang that they need to "yip, yip, yip, yip, boom, boom, boom, boom, get a job!" It was one of the highlights of the legislature this year.

Posted by The Patriot | May 20, 2007 5:27 PM


The Original Platters may not travel much, but they have been found singing on a stage at Branson, MO, where the gift shop sells CDs by the Original Platters.

Yip, yip, boom, boom, Get a Horse!

The Original Platters can be the highlight of your trip to Branson. Look for their 10AM show, and start the day off right.

Posted by Nancy G | May 21, 2007 8:27 AM