The DFL Majority leadership dealt a blow to advocates of an anti-bullying law today when they issued a carefully crafted statement saying legislation beyond the scope of providing disaster relief to flood victims in Minnesota would be unlikely.
The statement from Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher said Monday’s session would be brief and orderly. And no other issue other than the disaster relief would be consider unless it had “very broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and House”.
The anti-bullying bill does not have the support of Republican Representative and Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
Senator Steve Murphy (DFL) is critical of the Federal government for not providing assistance to small Minnesota communities hit by Fall flooding. He agrees with Senator Dave Senjem (R) that giving loans to people is like “throwing gas on a fire” since their businesses were wiped out and they are already mired in debt. Murphy points out that places such as southern Florida and New Orleans get Federal assistance when disasters strike, but that isn’t the case in small Minnesota towns. Murphy says that’s not a recent development with the Federal government, but it has always been that way.
Representative Alice Hausman (DFL) raises the question of why the state of Minnesota will accept federal dollars for flooding, but not to pay for health care. She reads letters to the editor that raise that point.