Posted at 10:50 AM on February 21, 2008 by Michael Marchio (3 Comments)
The House is in session as we speak, and is set to take up the transportation bill. Here's the link to stream the video on your computers if you're interested in taking a look. Scroll down to "House Webcast." Over the last couple of days, rumors have been flying about how Republicans are being threated with punishment, including committees refusing to hear their bills if they vote with the DFLers on the transportation bill, as was discussed on Almanac last night. Today's session will probably be a good indicator of how ugly things have become behind closed doors.
The real fistfights are a lot more likely to break out during the override vote, which Speaker Kelliher has promised will happen "fairly quickly" and the Senate will likely do the same. My guess is sometime before next Thursday, Feb. 28, when the state's revenue forecast is due. Everyone seems to think that the news won't be good, so if a bill like this is going to be done, it'll have to be soon.
Later today I'll be doing a recap of team standings right now, and some individual lawmakers who have been dominating our power rankings, so check back for that.
Votetracker has the votes on the Transport Bill:
By my count, 6 Republicans voted FOR the transportation bill, and 2 Democrats voted Against.
So it seems like it would be easier to get the DFLers to vote on the veto override than the members of the gov’s party.
Most of the Committee chairs are DFL, so how could Republicans that voted for the Transport Bill be 'punished' by not having their bills heard?
Today would have been a good day to have Lollapalooza. The Transport Bill generated some lively discussion. I think the Speaker should get a raise! Hard to sleep on the job there . . .
Posted by Nancy | February 21, 2008 8:12 PM
Mary Lahammer at TPT lists the 'notable' legislators in the vote here:
Posted by Nancy | February 21, 2008 8:16 PM
One of the accusations I heard flung around was that DFL Chairs wouldn't hear bills by Republicans who didn't vote for the tranportation bill, not the ones who did. But there really wasn't much mentioned about dirty tactics during the House session, so maybe they really were only rumors.
And you're right Nancy, these are the kinds of bills that are great for floor-a-paloozas but I think we're going to do one next week for the override, which should be really crazy.
Posted by Michael Marchio | February 22, 2008 2:19 PM