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Action this morning

Posted at 11:50 AM on May 15, 2008 by Michael Marchio

Budget talks continue to plod along, but that isn't stopping the House and Senate from getting some work done.

Over in the Senate, or the "Powdered Wig" chamber as Rep. Mark Buesgens likes to say, SF2605/HF2662, a bill that would stagger the terms of Metropolitan Council Commissioners was approved. Sponsored by Sen. Kathy Saltzman (DFL-Woodbury) and Rep. Sandra Peterson (DFL-New Hope), it removed a controversial provision - one that almost certainly would have made it a veto target - that would have only allowed commissioners to be removed for cause, instead of serving at the pleasure of the governor. T-Paw has been on quite a tear with that veto stamp lately, so it still might get inked up, but removing that helps the bill's chances.

The House just received the message and gave it their stamp of approval too. Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City) made the point that he hopes that the support for staggered terms is as strong next time members have a chance to vote for it relating to state senators.

The Senate also gave approval to Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Bill Hilty's resolution on Peak Oil, so that should be headed the governor's way. He's vetoed every other resolution so far, we'll see if this one makes it through.

The California car emissions are being debated right now in the Senate Business, Industry and Jobs Committee, and I'll update you on whether that finally gets a vote this afternoon.

I've got to be honest with you, the former governor and the subject of a now-defaced portrait is a lot more entertaining than approving conference committee reports. Listen here and check out Tim Nelson (he's filling in for Bob Collins) liveblogging the discussion over at NewsCut. He's already called Al Franken a carpetbagger, Norm Coleman a chicken hawk, and himself a genius for building light rail with the direction gas prices are heading. One thing about our former governor, he's never boring.