Editor's Note: Capitol Review is a weekly look at what your state legislators are doing at the Minnesota Capitol—how they're voting, the bills they're writing and the issues they're getting behind.
Sen. Kevin Dahle (D-District 20) of Northfield
Short Description: Resolution requesting Congress to propose a constitutional amendment and, if Congress does not propose an amendment, applying to Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose an amendment clarifying the rights protected under the Constitution are the rights of natural persons and not the rights of artificial entities and that spending money to influence elections is not speech under the First Amendment.
Dahle serves as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee and also serves on the Commerce, Finance—E-12 Division, and State and Local Government committees.
Follow him on Twitter at @KevinDahle.
Tweet of the week: The Governor's budget is a good starting point for discussion. Prioritizing education and a fair tax system is the right way forward.#mnleg
Rep. David Bly (D-District 20B) of Northfield
AuthorShort Description HF0165 1 01/24/2013 Slocum Students in approved recovery programs additional funding sources created. HF0136 1 01/22/2013 Hansen Campaign finance and public disclosure law public official definition expanded to include judges and county commissioners. HF0127 2 01/22/2013 Halverson School district current year aid payment shift percentage restored to 90. HF0126 2 01/22/2013 Faust Property tax refund modified, threshold percentage decreased for the homestead credit refund for homeowners, and percentage of rent constituting property taxes increased. HF0125 1 01/17/2013 Radinovich Minnesota investment fund money appropriated. HF0124 1 01/17/2013 Mahoney Minnesota Trade Office modified, and money appropriated. HF0095 3 01/24/2013 Lillie Labor agreements and compensation plans between the state of Minnesota and employee associations ratified. HF0083 4 01/24/2013 Freiberg Military service member notice of rights required, lender required to provide a single point of contact, mortgage lender prohibited from beginning or continuing a foreclosure proceeding while considering a request by a borrower for a mortgage modification, and mortgage lender required to participate in and pay for mediation if the borrower requests mediation. HF0076 2 01/17/2013 Laine Minnesota Health Plan; all necessary health care guaranteed to be available and affordable for every Minnesotan; Minnesota Health Plan, Minnesota Health Board, Minnesota Health Fund, Office of Health Quality and Planning, patient advocacy ombudsman, and inspector general for the Minnesota Health Plan established; and money appropriated. HF0066 6 01/24/2013 Hansen Drainage system provisions modified.
Bly is Vice Chair of the Housing Finance and Policy Committee and also serves on the Education Policy; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance; and Judiciary Finance and Policy committees.
Follow him on Twitter @dbly.
Tweet of the week: Jan 25 is the statistically coldest day of the year here in Minnesota. We natives have rarely been disappointed... http://fb.me/28rWBTEtN
Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-District 58B) of Farmington (represents Dakota County)Bill
AuthorShort Description HF0164 1 01/24/2013 Norton Radiation therapy facility construction provisions modified. HF0136 1 01/22/2013 Hansen Campaign finance and public disclosure law public official definition expanded to include judges and county commissioners. HF0059 3 01/22/2013 Dettmer Military retirement pay income tax subtraction provided. HF0014 2 01/14/2013 Kieffer Minnesota Constitution; amendment method changed, and constitutional amendment proposed. HF0013 3 01/17/2013 Norton Minnesota Constitution; amendment method changed, and constitutional amendment proposed.
Garofalo serves on the Energy Policy, Property and Local Tax Division, and Taxes committees.
Follow him on Twitter at @PatGarofalo.
Tweet of the week: Certain media are trying 2 "round down" Dayton sales tax increase. Its 1.6 billion per year. Certain reporter "its about a billion a year"
Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58) of Lakeville (represents Dakota County)
Thompson is Assistant Minority Leader and serves on the Education, State and Local Government, Taxes, and Taxes-Tax Reform Division committees.
Follow him on Twitter at @ThompsonSenate
Tweet of the week: Interesting to see pro-tax organizations have a change of heart now that Governor wants to tax them. #TaxSomebodyElsePlease