Say what you want about the Minnesota Legislature, but it’s a fine example of the difference between state lawmakers and those who work in Washington.
The U.S. House of Representatives “debated” the recently-reached budget deal, but there was no give-and-take because there were virtually no congresspeople there to hear it, as this screenshot from C-SPAN shows just as the vote started this afternoon,
In Minnesota, meanwhile, it was a full boat at the Senate when it voted in favor of lifting restrictions on siting coal-burning power plants today (roll call here).
There’s little indication having to be present and listen to people with whom the senators may disagree has any impact on one’s positions, but at least they had the opportunity to hear all of the debate.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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