Winkler and Latz get their signatures
Posted at 3:47 PM on May 8, 2008 by Michael Marchio
It took a while, but Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) and Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) finally got a signature on their bridge victim compensation bill. The governor signed an additional 12 bills, including Rep. Karla Bigham and Sen. Ann Rest's criminal history background check, and SF3490/HF3189, carried by Rep. Bigham and Sen. Ron Latz (again) that would require anyone who has had their license revoked for drug offenses to take a driver's exam.
Two other significant ones, SF2881/HF3236 from Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Linda Scheid (DFL-Brooklyn Park), a mortgage lending bill, and SF3401/HF2706, Rep. Bill Hilty (DFL-Finlayson) and Sen. Yvonne Prettner-Solon's (DFL-Duluth) green building codes were signed into law. Most of the rest were technical modifications, but signatures are signatures, and earn points all the same.
He also gave out some vetoes. One was for SF3132/HF3610, carried by Sen. Scheid and Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Minneapolis) that would prohibit health care providers from disclosing or obtaining medical or financial debt information.
Gov. Pawlenty wrote in his veto letter that medical debt is defined, but financial debt is not, and that the bill included the term "medically necessary" without defining what that is. He wrote "Without further definition, the language suggest that all non-cosmetic medical services are subject to this bill. This would include all routine and specialized medical care and elective procedures, provided that the procedure treats an existing medical condition."
Stem Cells, the minimum wage increase, and the education policy bill with the sex ed provisions were all threatened with the business-end of the governors well-worn stamp.
He also vetoed is SF543, carried by Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) and Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park). It was a resolution to Congress supporting the Employee Free Choice Act. Supporters argue it would make it easier for people to form and join unions, and opponents argue it would create unfair pressure on employees to do so.
You can check out his reasons why here.
Or you can just watch this ad that's been airing on TV against the bill.
This is the second resolution he's vetoed, after the Cuba one. I don't know how I feel about vetoing symbolic resolutions. They don't actually do anything, and since the Legislature too the time to pass them, it seems a bit spiteful. It might be more adult to just let them pass without signing them. Maybe he's worried about having something like used against him if it passed under his watch if he runs for, I don't know, higher office?
The House is recessing for dinner right now, and Rep. Sertich told DFLers to hurry back, and Republicans to take their time. The House may be taking up the Transportation policy bill, the one that almost got Sen. Steve Murphy into a rumble with the governor's staff. Check back, we may have posts later on through the night. You can watch here or just turn to TPT if you're in the Twin Cities, my guess is this will preempt other programming.