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.
Rep. David Bly (D-District 20B) remains busy only weeks into the 2013 session.
Bly has authored or co-authored 33 bills, ranging from education changes to the Minnesota family investment program to early voting.
Here's a look at what he's been involved woth so far.
Rep. David Bly (D-District 20B) of NorthfieldBill
AuthorShort Description HF0477 1 02/11/2013 Davnie HF0463 1 02/11/2013 Kahn Pregnancy leave required, and employment accommodations required for pregnant women. HF0436 1 02/11/2013 Wagenius Wastewater projects priority required. HF0433 1 02/07/2013 Allen Minnesota family investment program transitional standard cash portion increased. HF0427 1 02/07/2013 Laine Patient charge for copying records decreased. HF0412 1 02/07/2013 Falk Lobbying procedures at the Public Utilities Commission expense reporting requirements amended. HF0364 1 02/06/2013 Bly Extended time and area learning center programs funding increased. HF0361 2 02/06/2013 Slocum Education provided in care and treatment settings, and money appropriated. HF0355 2 02/06/2013 Bly Mental health curriculum required for students in grades 6 through 12. HF0338 2 02/06/2013 Bly Appraisal fee award in utility takings made the same as other takings, and "buy the farm" provisions modified. HF0334 2 02/06/2013 Bernardy Early voting provided for, and money appropriated. HF0332 2 02/06/2013 Bly Dan Patch commuter rail line planning and development restrictions removed. HF0320 3 02/07/2013 McNamar School energy conservation revolving loan program established, school districts permitted to repay energy conservation loans from levies made without voter approval, bonds issued, and money appropriated. HF0296 2 02/06/2013 Liebling Drug formulary exception provided, case management services extended for young adults with severe emotional distrurbance, and money appropriated for various mental health services and training. HF0281 3 02/06/2013 Slocum Charitable organization salary public disclosures regulated. HF0258 2 02/06/2013 Murphy, M. Northern Lights Express passenger rail line funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. HF0230 1 01/31/2013 Kahn Industrial hemp industry development and regulation, and possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided for; rulemaking authorized; and marijuana definition modified. HF0227 3 02/06/2013 Liebling Smoking prohibited in residences that provide foster care for children. HF0214 3 02/06/2013 Murphy, E. MinnesotaCare established as the state's basic health program. HF0165 2 01/28/2013 Slocum Students in approved recovery programs additional funding sources created. HF0151 3 02/04/2013 Hansen Pesticide gross sales fee increased, proceeds dedicated to updating pesticide applicator education and certification, and money appropriated. HF0145 4 02/06/2013 Newton Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans funding provided for continued outreach to homeless veterans and those in danger of homelessness in Minnesota, and money appropriated. HF0143 4 01/31/2013 Persell Minnesotan American Indian veteran plaque authorized for placement in the court of honor on the Capitol grounds. HF0136 4 02/06/2013 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 3 01/30/2013 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 8 02/06/2013 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. SF0058 2 02/07/2013 Lillie Labor agreements and compensation plans between the state of Minnesota and employee associations ratified.
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: Blog - State of the State: Building a Better Minnesota http://fb.me/2nr82pjRr
Sen. Kevin Dahle (D-District 20) of NorthfieldBill
AuthorShort Description SF0368 2 02/11/2013 Dahle Drivers instruction permit requirements modifications; novice driver education improvement task force establishment and appropriation SF0294 2 02/06/2013 Dahle Mortgage foreclosure consultant services modification SF0260 2 02/04/2013 Dahle Teacher licensure renewal mental illness in children and adolescents recognition requirements modification SF0220 2 02/04/2013 Dahle Beer tastings authorization SF0219 2 02/04/2013 Dahle Beer educator license establishment SF0183 2 01/31/2013 Dahle Eminent domain buy the farm provisions modification; utility appraisal fee awards and contiguous land power of condemnation modifications SF0174 2 01/31/2013 Dahle Dan Patch commuter rail line restrictions repeal
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: Attended a roundtable discussion on student assessments and testing with come of my House colleagues today. Good progress toward reform!
Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-District 58B) of Farmington (represents Dakota County)Bill
AuthorShort Description HF0448 1 02/11/2013 Bernardy HF0333 2 02/06/2013 Davnie Property tax refund program income definition modified. HF0284 3 02/07/2013 Loon Cigarette definition modified, study proposed, report required, and money appropriated. HF0255 3 02/06/2013 Atkins Commissioner of commerce directed to assess federal progress in developing a permanent repository for high-level radioactive waste, reports required, and actions to be taken specified by commissioner of commerce and Public Utilities Commission. HF0187 2 01/31/2013 Hortman Residential high school for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics established. HF0164 3 02/04/2013 Norton Radiation therapy facility construction provisions modified. HF0136 4 02/06/2013 Hansen Campaign finance and public disclosure law public official definition expanded to include judges and county commissioners. HF0059 4 02/06/2013 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: Liberal logic - Govt spending cuts that reduce medical research = BAD. Democrat medical device tax that reduces medical research = GOOD
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: See this video for my comments regarding the Health Exchange Bill in Tax Committee http://on.fb.me/YHGEhd