Tuesday, May 08, 2007
When Michael posted the news that the Minnesota House had voted unanimously to investigate union organizing suppression in the Minnesota Attorney General's office, I commented that it had been sent to Rep. Tony Sertich's Rules committee at Sertich's request, and that this was the black hole of the Legislature. Michael said the language of the motion was specific in requiring the committee to report back in seven days.
Gary called me last night after speaking with Rep. Steve Gottwalt, indicating that the maker of the original motion, Rep. Tom Emmer of Delano, had repeatedly asked for Rules to produce their report. Not only is there no report, it was reported on the Final Word on Saturday that Tom Emmer was not even allowed to speak to the Rules Committee about the investigation.
Drew Emmer reports this AM:
Last night another motion was made on the floor of the MN House. Once again the entire body voted unanimously 129-0 in favor of hearings and an investigation of AG Lori Swanson. Once again Sertich succeeded in having the motion referred to his Rules Committee.He also provides a link to the video of the debate (and urges you to start watching at 4:27:32, and to look hard around 4:33.)
What do we need to do to get the Majority Leader to respect the will of the members of the House or Representatives?