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Rep. Frank Moe to retire

Posted at 2:18 PM on April 21, 2008 by Michael Marchio

The MFL is losing one of its lawmakers. Rep. Frank Moe (DFL-Bemidji) will not be running for re-election, he announced Saturday at his district's nominating convention. He said the reason for not running was that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

At #44 out of 201 in our MFL power rankings, Rep. Moe has been in the top quarter of lawmakers this year, and I think I can speak for the entire MFL, that we thank Rep. Moe for his service to the state and wish him luck on his post-legislative career. He will be missed, especially by his MFL teams.

Bob Collins, over at NewsCut, wrote earlier today about how hard it must be on outstate lawmakers and their families.

The House voted on the Hannah Montana bill, HF2911 , sponsored by Rep. Joe Atkins in the House.

"This would be my re-election bill if I was running for 5th grade president," he said.

The bill would make selling, using or distributing the software that interferes with internet sales a gross misdemeanor. The House adopted the Senate's language, so next stop is the governor's desk, and points for Rep. Atkins and Sen. Ron Latz, the Senate sponsor's teams.

The House also just finished debating an amendment by Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) on a bill that would create a nonprofit riverfront revitalization corporation in Minneapolis. His amendment would require a disclosure of economic interests by the board members.

At first, Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Minneapolis), the sponsor of the bill (HF3692) tried to argue that disclosure was too onerous, because half the members of the commission are public officials who already filled out the disclosures, and the other half were community activists, then after Rep. Buesgens spoke again in favor of the bill, Rep. Loeffler tried to make a point of order that the amendment wasn't germane.

After a few more lawmakers offered advice, Rep. Loeffler withdrew her germaneness request, and Buesgens amendment failed on a vote of 59-72, but it does raise an interesting point, one that Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville) asked lawmakers.

"Without a statement of economic interest, we don't know if these people have a conflict of interest," she said.

Its pretty hard to disagree with that, but it also probably isn't fair to ask for these disclosures on this particular proposal when the legislature doesn't require the same disclosure as a matter of routine on other similar commissions or nonprofit corporations.

Right now, Minority Leader Seifert is trying to find a home for his proposal to ban LGA from "sanctuary cities" and I'll let you know if that makes it through.