Minnesota Government Update - Week in Review - March 25, 2011

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Special Election

Senate District 66 will hold a primary election next week to replace six-term Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL), who was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission earlier this month. The favorite in the race is current 66A DFL Rep. John Lesch. Rep. Lesch is a prosecutor and is currently serving his fifth term. The general election will be April 12. If Rep. Lesch should win the race, there will have to be another special election to fill his seat.

Tensions High

As committees struggle to craft budget bills, tensions are increasing, and the rhetoric on all sides is getting more heated. When you add in the number of people interested in the issues being debated with the short window of time available for Committees to hear testimony, you have a recipe for conflict. For example, one omnibus bill sparked intense emotion this week as a testifier from greater Minnesota had to be removed from the committee by the Sergeant at Arms for his failure to abide by the Chair’s three-minute allowance time for testimony.

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