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ST. PAUL – By a 68-64 margin, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved a controversial Omnibus State Government Finance bill that extends health benefits to the partners of gay state employees. State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) voted against the bill.
“This was a horrible bill on so many levels,” Gunther said. “It was so bad that House Republicans quit trying to amend and improve it because we didn’t know where to start.”
Gunther noted that the bill contained three separate provisions dealing with domestic partner benefits that are funded in part with money that does not exist. He also noted that it gives a double-digit spending increase to the Secretary of State’s Office, and an eight percent increase to the State Auditor.
Gunther added that the bill also contains several new election provisions that open the door to increased voter fraud, such as allowing anyone to register to vote in Minnesota from any location in the world with internet access; creating looser identification standards for Election Day registration; and removing all restrictions to vote by absentee ballot.
“Governor Pawlenty already promised a veto on this bill before it even reached the House floor,” Gunther said. “It seemed almost silly to even debate it. So now we’ll wait for him to keep his promise and then we can start all over again.”
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