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Points in Senate

Posted at 3:30 PM on April 14, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)

The Senate put a bunch of bills through on final passage this afternoon. The Good Faith insurance bill, SF2822 and HF3115, carried by Sen. Tarryl Clark (DFL-St. Cloud) and Rep. Joe Atkins(DFL-Inver Grove Heights), passed conference committee and was approved in its final form by the Senate, and after its approved by the House will be sent to the governor. He said he wanted to see a bill with caps on attorney's fees come out of committee, and this one has them, so it sounds like he'll be signing it, right?

Here are the rest of the bills they passed.

SF2402/HF2811, carried by Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) was given final passage. As per usual for Sen. Rest, its a wonky one, that modifies the Board of Accountancy.

SF3099/HF3391, Sen. Linda Berglin's behemoth of a health care reform bill, was given final passage 40-22.

HF3477/SF2917, from Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) and Rep. Paul Gardner (DFL-Shoreview) modifies home lending practices and default regulations.

SF3069/HF3558, from Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina) and Rep. Shelley Madore (DFL-Apple Valley) will allow car dealerships to authorize special permits for car dealerships during the U.S. Women's Open this June being held at Interlachen Country Club.

SF2988/HF3575, from Sen. Rick Olseen (DFL-Harris) and Rep. Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) passed a bill establishing school bus driver qualifications and licensing.

SF3331/HF3723 , from Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) and Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) passed a bill that allows the city and park board to condemn land needed for the expanded I-35W bridge being constructed.

SF2967/HF3323, from Sen. Linda Higgins (DFL-Minneapolis) and Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) adopting standards for dedicating land to the public.

SF2204/HF2408, from Sen. Linda Scheid (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal), allows for a person to have multiple sets of handicapped license plates.

HF3357/SF3208, from Sen. Rick Olseen and Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Glyndon) changes a municipal boundary. Not the biggest law we'll see, but hey, points are points, and they get some from it.

SF3441/HF3850, from Sen. Mee Moua and Rep. Michael Paymar, both DFL from St. Paul, passed a bill that limits the testimony of a domestic abuse advocate in a trial without the consent of victims.

And SF3780/HF3924, from Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) and Rep. Cy Thao (DFL-St. Paul) would allow optometrists to prescribe drugs.

It was a good day for Sen. Rick Olseen, getting two through, and Sens. Higgins, Scheid and Rest added to their already impressive totals.

The House is still meeting, and I'll update you on who the big winners were tomorrow.

Comments (1)

Seven things you always wanted to know about Rep. Jim Abeler, but were too afraid to ask

seven. Like a latter-day Samson, Rep. Abeler’s legislation comes from his hair.

six. The words “Amend this” are tattooed on his upper left buttock.

five. In the late 1960s, Rep. Abeler toured with the band Jethro Tull. Seen here playing guitar – kickin’ it in black with the white hat.

four. Rep. Abeler’s entrance into the Minnesota House chambers, seen here

three. Last week, when Rep. Abeler was asked to yield for a question by Rep. Sertich, Abeler broke into a rendition of “Johnny B. Good” before the Majority Leader could get a word in. Seen here (turn the volume up).

two. Rep. Abeler considers his ten years at the legislature “a part time thing” until he starts touring again. Representing Anoka gives him a little extra spending money so he can “concentrate on his music.”

one. Rep. Abeler’s House microphone is plugged into a Peter Frampton ‘Talk Box.’

Posted by tom | April 15, 2008 9:50 AM