This week in the Government Operations and Elections Committee the Vikings stadium bill was defeated by a 9-6 vote from moving on to the next committee, one step closer to a floor vote. In 2006 when we passed the Twins stadium bill, the DFL and GOP traditionally put up half of the votes each. Republicans and Democrats put up half of their ‘yes’ votes in all but one committee, and the bill made it to the House floor. Once on the floor, the bill was approved after the GOP majority put up 38 ‘yes’ votes, and Democrats offered 33.
It is my hope that something can be resolved over the next few days. Passing a stadium bill is important and will help to create jobs in Minnesota as well as keeping a major sports franchise in Minnesota.
The Child’s Equal and Shared Parenting Act was passed off of the House floor on Wednesday with bi-partisan support. This bill would increase the minimum amount of custody for parents who have established parentage of a child from 25% custody to a minimum of 45.1% for each parent.
Another floor item that we discussed for a lengthy amount of time this week was a bill pertaining to immigration. This bill would prevent government agencies from restricting or prohibiting employees from sharing information with federal agencies. It is more important now than ever that our folks working to help keep our nation secure, and have the ability to communicate valuable information.
As other bills are making their way to the House floor for a vote, we continue to have long sessions, and hope to wrap up the session very soon.
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