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Conference Committee for bridge victims

Posted at 10:35 AM on March 26, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)

Well, ladies and gents, we've got ourselves a conference committee. The first one all year, too. Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) and Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), who are heading the efforts for the I-35W victim relief legislation, met this morning at 8:30 to hold the first hearing on which of the two proposals will get the nod. The main sticking point in resolving which version turns into law, is, you guessed it, money. The House version would provide $40 million to victims, with no cap on how much any individual can receive, while the Senate version would provide $25 million and have a $400,000 individual cap. The governor has said that he supports the Senate version with a $400,000 cap, but would like to see extra money made available for "these small number of truly extraordinary cases that wouldn't fit under the cap."

When this bill hit the Senate floor for approval on March 13, Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) proposed an amendment doing away with the individual cap and raising the figure available to $38.5 million, but it was voted down by an big margin 9-53.

This was only the first hearing, and no action was taken on it yet, but another one will be scheduled soon, and Rep. Winkler and Sen. Latz's teams will be getting some points.

UPDATE: Here's the story.

Comments (1)

Hello my friends :)

Posted by Boypeassody | May 13, 2008 2:15 PM