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Veto smackdown and a floor-a-palooza liveblog today
Posted at 11:06 AM on April 28, 2008 by Michael Marchio (2 Comments)
Gov. Pawlenty vetoed three bills over the weekend. HF3220/SF2929, the bill that would allow political subdivisions to make nonprofit grants. The governor includes a veto letter sent to leadership in the chambers that explains why he vetoed the bill. In this one, he said that "Instead of granting local elected officials the power to make charitable contributions and grants to nonprofits using taxpayer money, political subdivisions should be focusing on ways to lower property taxes."
He also vetoed, no surprise here, HF1351, the transportation policy bill. This one was vetoed, as he had warned, because it included provisions explicitly banning REAL ID compliance unless the Feds hand over the money to pay for the "security improvements to IDs. T-Paw wrote that if our licenses are not in compliance with REAL ID requirements after Dec. 31, 2009, Minnesotans won't be able to use their license as ID for domestic flights. Seventeen other states have voted to explicitly ban the changes for REAL ID. Here's how a report from KARE put it.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has been quoted recently as saying lack of a REAL ID state driver's license won't keep anyone from flying. It will, however, add extra hassle to getting through airport security.
Travelers without REAL ID driver's licenses should expect to provide other forms of ID such as passports, or go through a second, more rigorous layer of scrutiny by TSA officers. That could include the pat-down and more baggage checks.
HF828/SF599 the Cuba trade resolution, was the last bill he vetoed. In it, he states that "The Cuban government is totalitarian. Most of Cuba's economy is state-owned, private property rights are essentially disregarded, and Cuba's human rights record is poor[...]Providing more economic opportunity for Cuba through trade will enable and empower the current regime."
It is interesting that the opposite argument is usually made about how free markets will affect China. The letter also goes into some wonky stuff about the Organization of American States you can check out here if you wish. Is the governor dropping knowledge to burnish his VP credentials? Number 45, anyone? Check out Bob Collins over at NewsCut on the possibility of Pawlenty as the veep.
The House should be taking up the omnibus education policy bill this afternoon, and we're going to have a floor-a-palooza I will be liveblogging. If you're wondering why the House is subject to more floor-a-paloozas than the Senate, it's because Senators are cleaning up in the point totals, with only two Reps in our top ten. Also, the House Republican caucus is more feisty than the Senate one, and the Commish likes to see lawmakers with 'tude.
Watch the session here.
I think the proferred reason for the veto of the Cuba resolution is silly. It is a resolution that _asks the US congress_ to take action on Cuban trade. So why is it interfering the process of foreign policy, reserved to the federal government?
Posted by Aaron | April 28, 2008 12:43 PM
re: airplane travel
December 2005 - I had plane tickets to LA from Detroit. I got there and was confronted by the fact that Northwest website has(had?) two different places to register your name. My e-tickets had been issued under one name, but my (newly married) ID has my new name, as did the other part of the website. I hadn't checked the name - why would I when the website had the right name.
Back at the airport, I was totally freaking out with an 18 month old baby and no "valid" id. TSA eventually let me on the plane. On the way back from LA, no one even looked. There's always a way to jimmy the system - you just gotta look creatively.
-- I just finished posting something to Bob Collins' blog (as Elizabeth T.) about ID & voting & how simple it would be to double dip doing it. I actually don't have any serious objection to the Voter ID inherently. Like any other nationwide "brilliant" idea the gov't has, it would depend on the actual details they come up with.
Posted by GopherMPH | April 28, 2008 3:52 PM