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Sen. Murphy sends Carol Molnau a farewell amendment

Posted at 3:03 PM on May 17, 2008 by Michael Marchio

HF3090, the Department of Transportation provision bill, was just amended by Sen. Steve Murphy with a final farewell to former MnDOT head Lt. Governor Carol Molnau. It would require the commissioner or deputy commissioner of MnDOT to be a licensed engineer. That would have disqualified her, but not new head Tom Sorel.

He had another provision about speed limits that was adopted too. Under current law, if you're speeding more than five miles per hour above the speed limit in a 55 or 60 zone, the police officer must mark it in a special spot on your ticket. Murphy's amendment would raise that to 10 miles per hour over the limit to be require a marking.

Over in the House, they're having a fight over whether it's germane to repeal the smoking ban on a bill, SF2809, that would increase the penalty for smoking in nonsmoking hotel rooms. Rep. Buesgens offered the amendment, but it was snuffed out. Rep. Heidgerken is now offering one on the smoking shacks provision that was approved by the House in the wee morning hours debating HF1812, but removed by the conference committee. I'll update you when that one gets a ruling, but if you're looking for a smoking shack to make it through this session, I wouldn't hold your breath.

UPDATE: They appealed Speaker Juhnke's ruling that it was not germane, but didn't overrule him.