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Keith Langseth's Bonding Bombshell

Posted at 9:40 PM on May 13, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)

Sen. Keith Langseth just tossed $70 million in bonding for the Central Corridor into the ring, and the Senate is debating it right now. It's the same thing as the governor vetoed earlier this year. Sen. David Hann is offering an amendment that would bring $10 million for a new veteran's home in Minneapolis. He's asked for a roll call vote. The Republicans may get some grist for campaign literature of their own.

It sounds like there's another amendment on the way for Lake Vermilion too, according to Sen. Senjem. Will the long-proposed three-item bonding bill with those three projects come together on the Senate floor, of all places? Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina) just asked why don't they do that. Sen. Pogemiller said he thinks that's a great idea. He asked Sen. Langseth to lay the bill on the table, and they can go back to work on it over the next day or two. It doesn't look like the motion to put it on the table went through.

By the way, the House the Real ID prohibition passed 103-30. No love for one of the guv's favorite provisions.

UPDATE: Both chambers are ajourning until Thursday. Tomorrow, negotiations will resume, and Sen. Pogemiller said he hopes the session can come to a close on Thursday.


Comments (1)


Well, this relates to the % bills passed by the legislature: apparently anything is better than N.Y. While Elle Isn't quite National Public Radio, it seemed a better reference than some unknown blog.

A 2004 report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law criticized New York’s legislature as being the “most dysfunctional in the nation” on nearly every measure, including legislation enactment rates. Of 9,311 Assembly bills floated in 2007, 976 passed—an anemic 10 percent (the national average is 28 percent). http://www.elle.com/featurefullstory/13910/divorce-wars-page2.html

My team's doing much better than that!

Posted by GopherMPH | May 15, 2008 12:48 AM