Democrats in the Minnesota House have submitted their requests for each committee.
Many of the leads chaired the committees before the DFL lost the majority in November.
The makeup of the committee structure is considered by incoming GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers but I'm told Zellers won't make many, if any, changes to the requests by the DFL.
Here's the list that was released by DFL Minority Leader Paul Thissen's office:
Environment & Energy: Rep. Wagenius (Environment) & Rep. Hilty (Energy)
Education Reform: Rep. Mariani
State Government: Rep. Kahn
Judiciary: Rep. Johnson
Property Taxes: Rep. Marquardt
Ways & Means: Rep. Carlson
Taxes: Rep. Lenczewski
Government Operations: Rep. Nelson
Public Safety: Rep. Mullery
Agriculture: Rep. Eken
Civil Law: Rep. Lesch
Transportation: Rep. Hornstein
Veterans: Rep. Koenen
Jobs & Economic Development: Rep. Clark (Housing) & Rep. Mahoney (Jobs)
HHS Finance: Rep. Huntley
K-12 Finance: Rep. Greiling
Higher Education: Rep. Rukavina
Commerce: Rep. Atkins
Capital Investment: Rep. Hausman
HHS Reform: Rep. Liebling
Legacy: Rep. Dill
Rules: Rep. Pelowski
Redistricting: Rep. Mary Murphy
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton is calling on Republican legislative leadership to indicate now whether they support a new Vikings stadium.
Dayton, who met earlier today with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, says he thinks a Vikings stadium bill will have to pass this session or risk losing the Vikings to another city.
Dayton says he urged Vikings management to put forward some sort of stadium plan so the Legislature has something to base their work on. He also called on GOP Speaker designate Kurt Zellers and incoming GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch to signal whether they will get behind a stadium plan.
"If there's not a willingness in their caucus to really consider this and go to work on it in a collaborative and constructive way,fitting their leadership position, then let's find out now and spare us all. But I'm hopeful that that's not their ultimate position."
Dayton says he's not going to put forward his own stadium plan. Republican legislative leaders haven't yet signaled whether they intend to push a stadium financing package this session. They say their top priority is to balance the state's budget and focus on improving the state's economy.
Meanwhile, Dayton also criticized Governor Pawlenty and Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman for not disclosing how long it will take for the state to enroll in early Medicaid. Dayton met privately with Ludeman earlier today to discuss why it will take until October to implement the transition. Dayton says it could cost the state and hospitals $300 million.
"We're inheriting this mess with no forewarning and with misinformation and failure to disclose information on both the financial side and the operational side. It's extremely irresponsible and I hold Governor Pawlenty and Commissioner Ludeman responsible for every dollar of federal money that we don't receive for this early opt-in from January third until the program commences."
The so-called MA expansion has been a major disagreement between Republicans and Democrats. Pawlenty opted not to enroll in the program but Dayton will enroll in the program when he takes office on January third. Ludeman told MPR News that it takes many months to adjust the system that pays out the medical claims. Dayton says the time frame is unacceptable.
Posted at 10:35 PM on December 20, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
GOP Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers announced to the caucus today that he's picked GOP Rep. Morrie Lanning to chair the State Government Finance Committee in the Minnesota House.
"The Exec Board has met and, with their recommendation along with the recommendations of other members of the caucus, I am pleased to appoint Rep. Morrie Lanning to chair the State Government Finance Committee," Zellers wrote in an e-mail to caucus members.
Zellers picked Lanning for the post after Mark Buesgens abruptly resigned the post late last week. One factor in that decision was that a few members were unhappy that Buesgens was selected for the post.
Lanning, of Moorhead, was first elected in 2002. He was the GOP lead on the House Property and Sales Tax Division in 2009 and 2010.
Republicans take control of both the House and the Senate in January.
Update: Here's the release from the House GOP:
Speaker-Designate Kurt Zellers announces that State Representative Morrie Lanning (9A - Moorhead) has been named Chair of the State Government Finance Committee in the Minnesota House of Representative.
Mr. Lanning was first elected to the House in 2002. Most recently, he served as the lead Republican on the Property and Local Sales Tax Division.
Prior to winning a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Mr. Lanning served on the Moorhead City Council from 1974-1979. He was Moorhead's mayor from 1980-2001.
Representative Lanning graduated from Moorhead High School; he went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, where he earned a BA degree in Psychology, History, and Political Science. He later attended North Dakota State University, where he earned an MA degree in Guidance and Counseling.