Environment on the hot seat
Posted at 12:57 PM on April 23, 2008 by Michael Marchio (3 Comments)
I always get a kick out of it when the two chambers talk about the same thing at the same time, even when they're discussing different bills. That's whats happening right now in the Senate and the House. The Senate is taking up SF2818, Ellen Anderson's version of the cap-and-trade bill, the same one that the House, if they take it up, will be having a floor-a-palooza on today. The House is on SF3337, the omnibus energy bill, that contains a provision about a climate change study. SF2818 has been a great point boon for Sen. Anderson, earning her 106 points, so far, and it hasn't even passed yet. The House has spent pretty much all morning on that omnibus energy bill, I hope for the sake of our point totals they move on soon, so we can get to their cap-and-trade bill and we can dish out some points.
UPDATE: The Senate just passed SF2818, and the House passed the omnibus energy bill and is taking up its companion, HF3195 right now. Way to get things moving, lawmakers.
When it comes to points - does a legislator get points when it simply passes one committee, or does she get points for each committee it passes? I'm thinking of Anderson's SF2818, which went through at least 3, if not lots more. She's not on my roster, unfortunately.
I mention this as a question of stragegy for maximizing points from a particular legislator - the selection of committees is sometimes driven by a separate political agenda. SF2818 makes no provisions for agricultural operations; I think it might even explicitly exclude them. Why? Because the Ag committee is pretty powerful, and would shoot the bill down - why invite disaster?
Perhaps I should aim for a senator/rep who's got bills that I know are going to need to go through lots of committees??
Posted by GopherMPH | April 23, 2008 4:35 PM
It's not a bad strategy, but you need to be careful and pick folks who are advancing legislation that WILL get through a lot of committees, ie my hoss Winkler and his 35w bridge compensation bill.
Now if they could just finish the conference committee work and send it to Pawlenty
Posted by Aaron | April 23, 2008 9:56 PM
Thats a good point Aaron. Trying to pick up lawmakers to get their conference committee points is tricky, because it usually takes multiple hearings before they actually approve anything. Guessing which meeting during which week they'll do that in is tough. Who would have thought that the 35W bridge relief would still be waiting for a final form this late in the session. But there's no way they adjourn without passing that one though, so you'll get the points eventually.
Posted by Michael Marchio | April 24, 2008 1:37 PM