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When is a bill not a bill?

Posted at 1:24 PM on May 10, 2007 by Bob Collins (2 Comments)

For years, I've tried to figure out the purpose of a "delete all" amendment. Today's passage in the Senate of HF2294 is a case in point. Read the bill. You'd swear it was a bill about the tax levy of the Cook Orr hospital, right? Wrong. It's actually a bill that, to quote Senate Briefly, "imposes a nine percent tax on taxable income over $400,000 for married couples filing jointly, over $340,720 for head-of-household filers, and over $226,230 for single filers. Bakk said the new tier includes fewer than 21,000 returns. The new rate raises about $452 million in FY 08-09, he (Sen. Tom Bakk) said, which the bill redirects to property tax relief in two forms. The first form of relief is a supercharged refund for homeowners who pay more than two percent of their income in property taxes, he said."

"What the heck," I asked Capitol reporter Tom Scheck.

"They deleted that text in tax committee yesterday and attached the House income tax language to it. They're sending it to the House which will concur and send to the governor," he said.

Seems like an odd way to do business.

Anyway, let's take a look at this issue in Votetracker. Back when this effort.

Back when this bill was silly old SF1024, the Senate approved it on a 37-to-28 vote. That bill went to the House where it was substituted by HF2362. That bill was passed by the House and sent back to the Senate where it was substituted with SF1024. Basically, the Senate and House appeared to be playing tennis with the bill and a conference committee doesn't appear to have done anything with it.

Then along came HF2294. I'm sure this all makes sense to the lawmakers. But it doesn't have a prayer of making sense to us average folks.

Since its earlier vote, a bunch of DFLers jumped overboard. Already five DFLers -- Sens. Terri Bonoff, Ann Rest, Kathy Saltzman, Linda Scheid, and Kathy Sheran were against it.

Switching from "yes" to "no" this time were Sens. Jim Carlson, John Doll, Ann Lynch and Dan Skogen. Switching from "no" to "yes" were Scheid and Sheran.

All Republicans voted against it.

Oh, the MFL points on this bill go to Rep. Dill.

Comments (2)

Thanks for updating the scoring so Team MILVETS climbs to sixth place. Credit Senator Sharon Ropes Erickson with a point surge, and kudos also to Reps. Doty and Wardlow for scoring GOV points this week. Go Team!

Posted by Nancy G | May 10, 2007 11:17 PM

I have to share these thoughts now... as hopefully in the morning it will get buried under a morning post, and no one will see it...

Someone shoot me for dropping Sen. Scheid in January.

And I'm very sorry for all the teasing I did about a certain team picking up and playing Rep. Abeler. It was wrong and hurtful, and I regret my comments very much. (really... it hurts alot!)

Any chance of a MFL post-season social?

Posted by gml4 | May 11, 2007 2:04 AM