Laine Backs Request for Less War Spending
Nearly 40 DFLers want federal government money used at home rather than for fighting overseas.
Rep. Carolyn Laine (DFL-50A), who has been hobbled by a liver injury, co-authored her first piece of legislation in a couple weeks: a resolution asking the federal government to reorder its priorities away from "war and the interests of the few, to meeting the essential needs of us all."
Laine joined 35 other authors—all DFLers. Companion legislation in the state Senate has two authors, also DFLers. Both bodies referred the resolutions to committees dealing with veterans' affairs.
"Military spending priorities at the national level negatively impact budgets and quality of life at all levels of government and society," say the resolutions, introduced after a weekend when the United States and a coalition of Western governments began military action in Libya.
Bills from Fridley's Legislators
Here are the bills that Fridley's senators and representatives authored or co-authored since last week's Capitol Review.
Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50)
Co-author of S.F. 1031, concerning appropriations for state-government operations, and S.F. 1054, which would have the state deal directly with medical providers on its health programs, rather than paying health plans to do so.
Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51)
Introduced S.F. 992 (as chief author), requiring school buses to have mechanical crossing arms. Also co-authored S.F. 1022, establishing a system for annual performance reviews of school principals. Both bills have bipartisan support.
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