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Daily Brief: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Today’s Likely Floor Agenda:

Special Orders:
H.F. 767 (Eken) Continuing care provisions modifications; advisory task forces, nursing facilities, resident relocation, medical assistance (MA), long term care consultation services, assessments, maltreatment reporting modifications
H.F. 681 (Latz) Limitation period for civil actions involving sexual abuse changed.
H.F. 92 (Eaton) Minimum wage increase and large employer staggered increase

Today,  Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Minnesota Legislature Schedule
The Senate will be in Session today at 11 a.m.
At 10:00 a.m. the Conference Committee on the Omnibus environment, natural resources and agriculture policy and finance bill will meet.
Also at 10:00 a.m. the Committee on Taxes will meet to discuss the Omnibus transportation bill.
At 2:30 p.m. the Conference Committee on the Omnibus transportation bill will meet.
At 5:00 p.m. or the call of the chair, the Conference Committee on the Omnibus state government, veterans and military affairs appropriations bill will meet.
At 6:00 p.m. the Conference Committee on the Omnibus health and human services finance bill will meet.

State Government:

VIDEO: Clausen Believes $15.7 Billion Education Bill Will Reduce Achievement …, Patch.com
Gas tax hike proposal resurfaces in Minnesota Legislature, Star Tribune
Photos: Marriage bill passes Senate Finance on way to floor vote, Star Tribune
Minn. Senate to vote on minimum wage, AP (MPR)
Dayton, DFL leaders still looking for budget deal, MPR
Finance committee gets school bullying bill, Pioneer Press
Minnesota measure requires 4 percent solar power by 2025, AP (Fargo Forum)
Dayton signs new mine inspector law, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota gay marriage vote imminent, Worthington Daily Globe
Gay marriage to get a vote on the House floor Thursday, Politics in Minnesota
House passes anti-bullying bill; legislators recall personal experiences, Coon Rapids Herald
Minnesota bonding bill stalls with session end near, Grand Forks Herald
Minnesota House energy bill includes solar sales, Fargo Forum
Area frac protesters went to the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for trout stream …, Winona Daily News
Frac-sand mining opponents target Winona senator, Post Bulletin
Steele County lawmakers, business leaders mixed on proposed higher minimum …, Owatonna’s People Press
Bill on unionizing in – home care workers to be in committee Wednesday, Star Tribune
Rural Minnesotans optimistic but worried about economy, Blandin study finds, Minnpost
Retailers blast sports memorabilia tax proposal at CapitolStar Tribune
Central Minnesota lawmakers receive fine, St. Cloud Times


The Merits of Senate’s Sales Tax Reform, MN2020
Minnesota taxes: Attraction or repulsion, Pioneer Press
Knutson, Gulley, Seide: Marriage: Extend the freedom to same-sex couples, Pioneer Press
David Hann: Hardworking taxpayers can’t afford what’s happening in St. Paul, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota should delay ban on prone restraints, Star Tribune
John C. Kruesel and Kevin A. Lund: Still too many unanswered questions about DMC, Post Bulletin
Jeremy Miller: Seeking solutions for silica sand mining, Winona Daily News

In the Know

Minnesota DFL

May 8, 2013

Events today

·         8:30 a.m. – Senate votes again on bill allowing child care workers to unionize.
·         6:30 p.m. – Twin Cities Public Television and The Theater of Public Policy are hosting an event to celebrate our constitution at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall.

·         State Auditor Rebecca Otto release the 2011 Minnesota County Finances Report.

2013 election

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges asks Minneapolis Somalis for support, votesTC Daily Planet

Lilligren wants DFL to rescind opponent’s endorsementMPR


2014 election

Honour reveals more campaign hires, Star Tribune

Scott Honour, GOP candidate for governor, names campaign teamMinnPost

Who is Jeff Johnson? MN Progressive Project

Scott Honour announces deep campaign bench, PIM

GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour announces campaign team, Pioneer Press

Alliance for a Better Minnesota will release a video highlighting Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s support for Newt Gingrich. Johnson supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign. The video is called, “Jeff Johnson: Just another Gingrich politician” WATCH: http://bit.ly/ZGN53K Morning Take

2016 election

GOP investigation into Libya assault stokes political controversy with 2016 implications, Star Tribune


Bonding bill stands still, Capitol Chatter


Congressional delegation


Michele Bachmann is in talks to settle Iowa lawsuit, Star Tribune

More legal trouble for Michele Bachmann?, MN Progressive Project

Scheduler has been with Bachmann since ‘day one’Roll Call

Michele Bachmann may face lawsuit over ‘religious freedom in the military’ campaign, US News

Chuck Norris joins Michele Bachmann in call for 9/11 Prayer Day to crank up ‘spiritual warfare’Huffington Post

Michele Bachmann ethics investigation: What’s the worst that could happen? Policymic

Mikey Weinstein threatens to sue Michele Bachmann for ‘lies’ in military religion fundraising emailHuffington Post

According to a well-placed Republican source Rep. Michele Bachmann has found a framework to settle the lawsuit against her campaign by Iowa homeschool advocate Barb Heki. Bachmann was in Des Moines Monday where she personally helped negotiate the confidential six-figure settlement. The suit which is at the center of a Congressional ethics investigation and an Iowa Senate investigation, involves the theft of a list of homeschool advocates by the Bachmann campaign during her 2012 Presidential run. Morning Take


Salon: ‘We need More Keith Ellisons in Congress’, Patch


Ag energy coalition thanks Sens. Franken and 8 Co-sponsors for introducing Farm Bill Energy Title Reauthorization Bill, Fort Mills Times

Franken visits Minnesota civic leaders to push immigration reforms, Star Tribune


Minnesota congressman’s bill hurts workers, Star Tribune


New report showing increased sexual assault in military highlights need for action, says Klobuchar, ECM


Jobs Coalition files finance complaint over Dayton use of state planeMinnPost


Mike Vekich may want to put “appointed” on his business card. The turn-around expert and management advisor was appointed to seven different positions by former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, briefly led Republican Tom Emmer’s gubernatorial transition team in 2010, and headed the Minnesota Republican Party’s “efforts to deal with its finances” in 2011 and 2012. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton continued the trend. On Tuesday, he announced he had re-appointed Vekich to the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. Vekich’s term will last through January 2017. Star Tribune



Rural Minnesotans less optimistic about economy, MPR



Meet Minnesota’s new zebra mussel inspectors: dogsMPR


Education (early)

Chuck Slocum: Early learning: Business quietly backs market-based reforms, Pioneer Press


Education (Higher)

Passing the DREAMMinnesota Daily


Education (K-12)

After heated debate, House passes bill to prevent school bullyingSession Daily

Graph of the Day: Minnesota’s graduation gaps, Minnesota 2020

Our view: Make bullying bill a priority in St. Paul, Duluth News Tribune

Finance committee gets school bullying bill, Pioneer Press

Joe Soucheray: Do kids really need to be monitored like hothouse orchids to prevent bullying? Pioneer Press

Finance committee gets school bullying bill, Pioneer Press

House passes anti-bullying bill; legislators recall personal experiences, ECM

Minnesota’s disabled students and restraints, Star Tribune



Minnesota House passes bill that would require 4% solar power, Star Tribune

Time to strengthen next Generation Energy Act, Minnesota 2020



Key differences remain in omnibus environment, ag bill, Session Daily


Fishing opener

“My lake’s frozen,” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk joked with reporters Tuesday, when asked whether he plans to call the Senate in to work this weekend – during the fishing opener. All joking aside, Bakk, of northern Cook, Minn., said the timing of a Senate vote on gay marriage will depend on when the House votes on the issue. If the House votes on Thursday, as expected, the earliest the Senate could vote would be Saturday. “I don’t have a problem with taking it on Saturday, if we have it,” Bakk said. “But that will be a caucus decision.” – Star Tribune



Thompson: Catching up during a quickly moving session, Patch

Political redemption: Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford wins his old congressional seat, Star Tribune

Case closed against Minnesota Republican Party, Star Tribune

St. Paul pastor at center of U.S. labor secretary confirmation battle, Star Tribune

Christie had secret weight-loss surgery, says it was for family, health, not presidential run, Star Tribune

Democrats Hit the Wall Again in South Carolina Special Election, Smart Politics

Mark Sanford wins South Carolina special election, The Washington Post

Update from State Rep. Mary Franson, May 3, 2013, Osakis Review

Central Minnesota lawmakers receive fineSt. Cloud Times


The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, an independent spending group run by Republican operatives, wants watchdogs to take a closer look at Gov. Mark Dayton’s use of the state plane. As the Star Tribune reported, Dayton used the state plane for some campaign stops and paid the state back for that use. But the coalition notes that the flights were in October, yet he didn’t report the debt in his year-end report and didn’t pay the state until January 3. The coalition is asking the Minnesota campaign finance agency to investigate whether Dayton failed to report debt he should have reported.  Last week, the group asked the state’s legislative auditor to investigate whether Dayton violated state policy by using the state plane for campaign purposes. Star Tribune


Rally by gun-control advocates didn’t change Thissen’s mindMinnPost

NRA celebrates gains on guns, but faces long-term challenges, Pioneer Press

Senators discuss changing background checks bill, KSTP



Norquist, Klobuchar find common ground on immigration reform, MinnPost

Our View: Foreign-born doctors fill crucial need in U.S., Rochester Post Bulletin

Immigration rules keep Minneapolis family apart, Star Tribune

Immigration battle: Marco Rubio vs. Jim DeMintPolitico



House GOP set to push through bill that would let workers trade overtime pay for more time off, Star Tribune

H.R. 1406: A Republican bill to upend overtime pay for workers, Committee on Education & Workforce Democrats

Minnesota Orchestra: A $5 million, five-year plan, Star Tribune

Working moms? Let’s drop that expression, Star Tribune


DFL legislators, Dayton continue budget talks, Star Tribune

Dayton, DFL leaders still looking for budget dealMPR

Burnsville representative wants 25 percent fewer colleagues, Patch



Minnesota local governments spent $1.1 million to lobby in WashingtonMinnPost


Marriage equality

Mindful of his own story, Detroit Lakes area widower speaks out for the freedom to marry, Bluestream Prairie

Gay-marriage bill has votes to pass Minnesota House, sponsor Clark saysMinnPost

Same-sex marriage bill clears Minn. House committeeMPR

Minnesota House to vote on same-sex marriage Thursday, Star Tribune

Same-sex marriage bill heads to House floor, supporters confidentMPR

The deep roots of the marriage debateMPR

As same-sex marriage nears vote in Legislature, Minnesotans weigh inMPR

Chris Kluwe says equal rights are more important than footballMPR

MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Minn. Freedom to Marry Act gets full House vote Thursday, Fox 9

Minnesota GOP lawmaker who was on fence a no on gay marriage, WDAY

Minnesota appears poised to legalize gay marriage, US News

Knutson, Gulley, Seide: Marriage: Extend the freedom to same-sex couples, Pioneer Press

Melissa Coleman: Redefining marriage is extreme; Minnesota Legislature should seek to solve specific problems first, Pioneer Press

Reality Check: Economic impact of gay marriageWCCO

Minnesota appears poised to legalize gay marriageWCCO

Another formerly undecided lawmaker backs gay marriageWCCO

Committees clear way for House vote on same-sex marriage bill, KARE

Rep: Same-sex marriage: part politics, part personal, Marshall Independent

In an email call to action yesterday from Minnesotans for Marriage, HEADLINE: “THE TIME IS NOW! LAST STAND FOR MARRIAGE!..A VOTE ON THE BILL TO LEGALIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS ON THURSDAY, MAY 9th! ..PLEASE COME TO THE STATE CAPITOL AT 9:00 A.M. FOR PRAYERFUL PROTEST”  MORE: It is important enough to take time off from work or school to participate.  We need everyone to be at the Capitol in St. Paul dressed in blue and green Minnesota for Marriage colors.  We will provide signs while supply lasts. Morning Take

Minimum wage

Minnesota Senate to vote on minimum wage raise, Star Tribune

Minn. Senate to vote on minimum wage, MPR



Senate income tax increase doesn’t hit the middle-classTC Daily Planet

21 Senate Republicans vote for new taxesMinnPost

Gas tax hike proposal resurfaces in Minnesota Legislature, Star Tribune

Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in HouseMPR

Reader’s view: Democrats are out of control on taxes, spending, Duluth News Tribune

States need sales tax fairness, Star Tribune

Minnesota taxes: Attraction or repulsion: Pioneer Press editorial, Pioneer Press

What is the impact of the Senate’s income tax vote? Fox 9


Viking stadium

Vikes stadium unveiling: Expect ‘modernistic’ design with ‘outdoor feel’, MinnPost

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