Bonding through the Senate
Posted at 7:20 PM on May 18, 2008 by Michael Marchio
The Senate just passed two of the big three bills, with the bonding and budget bills sailing through easily. Every DFLer voted for the bonding bill, even Range lawmakers skeptical of the Vermilion project, along with Sens. Steve Dill, Dennis Frederickson, Michelle Fischbach, Joe Gimse, Geoff Michel, and Julie Rosen for a total of 50-17.
The budget bill had more mixed dissent, with protest votes coming from Sen. John Marty and Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes on the DFL side, probably because of cuts to human services in the bill. That one passed easily too, though, 56-11.
They've recessed to go participate in an event for the state's birthday party, taking place on the Capitol mall, but when they get back, they'll have to take up the last big one, the tax bill.
The House has just come back from recess and they're working on that right now. For once, House lawmakers are keeping their comments short, sweet and on point, and the Senate's the one with all the soliloquies. We still have nearly 5 hours left before mandatory ajournment, so don't worry, I'm sure we'll get some from the House too.