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GUNS: via AP, VERBATIM: “Up on Thursday are bills that require all gun sales go through licensed dealers, strengthen restrictions on access to guns by mental illness sufferers, expands liability for people who aid restricted individuals in obtaining guns they're not allowed to own, and allows some retired peace officers to carry guns without a permit…Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Ron Latz says the Senate won't consider a controversial assault weapons ban that was introduced in the House. That measure generated intense opposition at recent House hearings on gun bills. Latz says that issue is best handled at the federal level.”
CAMERAS: via Megan Boldt of the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “A proposal to allow cameras at intersections to catch and ticket red-light runners hit a wall at its first stop in the Minnesota House…An anticipated vote on the "photo cop" bill in the House Transportation Policy Committee was put off at the last minute Wednesday, Feb. 20, after two hours of testimony made it clear it was headed for defeat…Using cameras to issue traffic citations is illegal in Minnesota. Minneapolis tried it in 2005, but the cameras were turned off eight months later after a judge struck down the ordinance. The state Supreme Court upheld the decision in 2007, saying it was impossible to prove who was driving from the license plate alone.”
BACKGROUND: On Tuesday after an email was sent to legislators, a group of online activists began to research and connect dots related to the “Traffic Safety Coalition”. They linked the group back to Redflex, a company that installs the red-light camera systems. Via Twitter, GOPers Shiela Khine and John Gilmore teamed with government transparency activist Rich Neumeister to share information that Redflex as a company was in trouble and that they were the players behind the coalition giving legislators pause.
WOLVES: via news release, VERBATIM: “Today, legislation will be introduced into the Minnesota State Senate to reinstate a five-year moratorium on recreational wolf hunting and trapping. Chief author, Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL - Brooklyn Center), will introduce SF#666, co-authored by Minority Leader Sen. David Hann (R - Eden Prairie), Sen. David Senjem (R- Rochester), Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL - Minnetonka), and Sen. Sandra Pappas (DFL - St. Paul). The bill calls for a five-year wait before another wolf hunting season can be proposed, and only for population management purposes after other options are explored.”
MARRIAGE: via AP, READ: “Of the 47 Republican legislators nationwide who voted yes starting in 2009, only 21 are in office today. In New York, only one of four Republican senators who supported gay marriage is still in the Legislature. One lost a primary, one retired and one lost the general election after narrowly winning a bitter primary. A New Hampshire Republican representative lost a primary after her 2009 vote for gay marriage, and in Maryland the former Senate Republican leader relinquished his leadership post when he started working with Democrats on a gay marriage bill that passed last year.” READ: http://politi.co/WYCwev
DC: via Kevin Diaz of the Star Tribune, VERBATIM: “All seven Democrats in the 10-member Minnesota congressional delegation have quietly signed a letter to President Obama urging him to consider former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar as his next Transportation Secretary…The letter, dated Feb. 8, is part of a behind-the-scenes effort to promote the Minnesota Democrat, who earned the moniker “Mr. Transportation” during his 18 terms in Congress, the last four of them as chairman of the House Transportation Committee….Washington parlor chatter does not favor Oberstar, despite his legendary prowess at directing dollars for bike trails, rails, and other transportation projects in Minnesota. Some note that he would add nothing to the race or gender diversity of the Obama cabinet. He also had a well-publicized spat with the administration over transportation spending during his final years in Congress.”
TODAY: Governor Mark Dayton will convene a regular meeting of his cabinet commissioners. Governor Dayton is scheduled to meet with staff throughout the day.
TODAY: At 10:30 AM, Steve Hunter, Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, State Senator Charles Wiger, Steve Larson, The Arc of Minnesota, Rob Gardner, Teacher, Edina, Cliff Martin, Student, Northfield School of Arts and Technology will present data showing the extent of sequestration cuts to education in Minnesota.
TODAY: At 10 AM, The Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole will be presented with the results of the 2012 resident survey that gave residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in the city, as well as service delivery and their satisfaction with local government.
TONIGHT: womenwinning welcomes Sandra Fluke as the headliner at their annual Wine, Chocolate & Choice event at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown.
BIRTHDAYS: author Julie Kramer, attorney Paul Hannah, ad man Patrick Foy, designer Ginger Lemke
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