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Still no love for Seifert's sanctuary city amendment

Posted at 11:56 AM on April 22, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)

As I mentioned yesterday, Minority Leader Marty Seifert again proposed what is quickly becoming the most popular amendment of the year, to strip Local Government Aid from "Sanctuary Cities." Give the guy credit for persistence - its been proposed probably a dozen times by now, including twice under different drafting yesterday, and every time but the first, by my count, there's been no vote taken because of germaneness rulings. The first time, it failed by only a hair, a 66-67 vote, so I can see why he might try to shake a few more votes loose.

Still no word on where the RNC bar time bill has gone in the House, but the Senate will be discussing that, and the PedalPub that I wrote about here, in their version of the SF3672, omnibus liquor bill. You can watch it here.

When checking its status, I found an interesting trend emerging from other bills Rep. Kahn has proposed.

HF3682 Off-sale intoxicating liquor sales authorized on Sunday.
HF3495 Alcohol consumption allowed for persons aged 18 to 20 in bars and restaurants.
HF2300 Allowing alcohol sales at University of Minnesota football stadium
HF2168 Hemp industry development and regulation provided, possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided, and definition of marijuana modified.

Maybe we should start calling her Party Time Phyllis. I kid, Rep. Kahn. You could actually make a pretty strong case for every one of those bills. Minnesota is one of only 15 states that doesn't allow alcohol sales on Sunday, and its pretty clear this is a relic from the days when the separation of church and state didn't prevent the establishment of a lot of "Blue laws" or laws "designed to enforce moral standards, particularly the observance of Sunday as a day of worship or rest."

HF3495, allowing alcohol sales to people over 18 in bars, has no shot at becoming law, but the principle behind it is that it might actually reduce binge drinking. Rep. Kahn told the Star Tribune that "I think one of the problems is keeping drinking such a forbidden thing for such a long period of time. It gets to be such a big deal that you're 21 and can drink." She's got a good point there.

HF2300 would allow alcohol sales in the new football stadium. Trying to separate alcohol and football seems like an impossible task, but at the same time, no alcohol is sold in Williams Arena or Mariucci Arena, the University's basketball and hockey facilities, so who knows whether this one is going anywhere.

And hemp, though it usually evokes snickers as people think of hippies listening to Phish, and substituting patchouli oil for, well, bathing, industrial hemp apparently has its merits too.

UPDATE: Sen. Linda Scheid's Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection is hearing the bill right now, and language for the RNC bar closing has been included in the unofficial House version.

Comments (1)

Hemp has its uses too???
1.Why is it discussed in the same article as the dangerous deadly drug commonly referred to as alcohol?

It is physically impossible to get high off of industrial hemp unless you smoke a whole acre of it... The same acre that could produce the amount of paper that is currently attained from 4.3 acres from trees... Hemp takes 100 days to grow, trees take years...

2. One of 50,000(25,000 recorded uses before banning, twice that to account for new industrial methods that have been invented since then) of Hemp's industrial uses includes this:

"It has been estimated that use of 6% of the present croplands in the U.S. would provide all the energy requirements for the entire country, including cars, heating of homes, electricity and industry. At the present time farmers have 6% (about 90 million acres) of the tillable land lying fallow in the CRP program while another 500 million acres lies fallow in marginal lands that could grow hemp."

3. Not to mention that the bi-product of this energy production would be FOOD, which is apparently the most healthy and nutritious on the planet...isn't there a food and fuel shortage?

Posted by shady8x | April 23, 2008 3:50 PM