Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Other bills she's watching: teacher seniority rules, joint physical custody, racino.
State Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) said Wednesday she plans to vote against the current Minnesota Vikings stadium bill. "I plan to vote "no" on the Vikings bill, in it's current form, moving through committees," Wolf said by email. "I support Senator Chamberlin's Vikings bill (SF2127)" (link added). She highlighted several other bills as well: Other bills of importance to me/my constituents are HF1870 (ending seniority based lay-offs) and HF377 (presumption of joint physical custody). I would also like to see the Racino bill come to the floor, not attached to the Vikings stadium bill. (links added) As of Wednesday, racino gambling is attached to the Vikings stadium bill—a surprise development during the bill's daylong hearing before the Senate …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The amendment will be put to Minnesota's voters on the November ballot.
The Minnesota Senate voted 35-29 today in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would—if passed by Minnesota voters in November—make photo IDs a requirement on Election Day. Fridley's two state senators voted on opposite sides of the issue, as they had in previous votes. Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) voted for the bill to put the photo ID amendment on the November ballot, while Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) voted against the bill. The Senate took up the bill right on the heels of the House's final approval, which came shortly after midnight Tuesday. The issue has divided the Legislature on party lines, with Republican supporters saying it would add integrity to Minnesota's election system, while Democratic opponents say the measure is …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The two senators representing Fridley split in a near party-line vote.
Update (10 a.m. Saturday): The Minnesota Senate voted 36-30 Friday night in favor of putting a photo ID constitutional amendment on the ballot in November. Fridley's two state senators voted on opposite sides. Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) voted for the bill to put the photo ID amendment on the November ballot, along with all but one other Republican. Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) voted against the bill, along with all other DFLers and Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona). (There are 67 seats in the state Senate. Sen. Gary Kubly (DFL-Granite Falls) died March 2; his seat will be filled in a special election April 10.) Goodwin also spoke against the measure several times during the Senate debate. Original post (2 p.m. Friday): Watch live video here via The …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Pam Wolf represents Fridley and is on the Local Government and Elections Committee.
Updated (3 p.m. Wednesday): The state Senate committee holding the first legislative hearing this year into a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill recessed just before 3 p.m. Wednesday without taking a vote on the proposed bill as scheduled. "More work to do," said committee chair Sen. Ray Vandeveer (R-Stillwater). Update (2:45 p.m. Wednesday): One of Wolf's questions was about relying on revenues from electronic pulltab gaming to cover the state's financial obligation: "If not enough people gamble, what is the backup plan?" The answer, from stadium bill author Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont), is an automatic, "blink-on" user fee, such as a scratch-off game or sports-memorabilia tax. The committee hearing is now in overtime—past the scheduled 2:45 p.m…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Senators representing Fridley are on opposite sides of the issue.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Fridley's state senators butted heads Monday on a bill to change the way school districts decide which teachers go during layoffs. Under the bill, teachers' overall experience and their effectiveness would matter more than their length of service in a particular district in determining who stays on. Wolf's Bill Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) is the author of the bill, which passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 36-26. The first YouTube video starts with her remarks: Currently, if there's a layoff, teachers are laid off in the order in which they were hired. Hence the term "LIFO" [Last In First Out]. Those who were last in are the first to be laid off. And this is regardless of the amount of experience that a teacher has or the effectiveness that …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
She represents part of Fridley and has a new leadership role.
One of the state senators representing Fridley has a new role. As of Friday, Pam Wolf (R-51) is one of four GOP senators named assistant majority whips. The Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus elected Sen. Ted Lillie (R-Lake Elmo) as its new majority caucus whip, according to a release from his office. After being elected majority whip, Lillie chose Wolf and three other members of the state Senate Republican Caucus to serve as assistant majority whips. The others are Lillie named Sens. John Carlson (R-Bemidji), Al DeKruif (R-Madison Lake) and Carla Nelson (R-Rochester). The whip’s job is to communicate information to members of the party caucus before votes and during debates on the Senate floor. “Our caucus bench is deep—the four members …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Pam Wolf, who represents part of Fridley, is on the committee.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sen. Pam Wolf (DFL-51), who represents a central and eastern portion of Fridley, is on the Minnesota Senate Local Government and Elections committee that holds a hearing today into the proposed Constitutional amendment to requre voters to show photo ID. Another Fridley connection to the proceedings: Former state Sen. Don Betzold, who Wolf defeated in the 2010 general election, gave testimony to the committee late Wednesday afternoon.
Monday, December 19, 2011
The first-term Republican, who represents part of Fridley, won't try to replace Amy Koch.
In the turmoil at the top of the Republican Party of Minnesota, one thing is for sure: Sen. Pam Wolf won't be the state's second female Senate majority leader. Wolf (R-50), who represents central and eastern Fridley, said in an interview over the weekend that she's not a candidate to replace Sen. Amy Koch, who resigned from the leadership post last week. "I'm not going to throw my hat in that ring," Wolf said. "We have 36 people in the [GOP caucus]. We do not have 36 people who want that role." Wold said she expected to start hearing who from the caucus is interested in taking Koch's place on Monday. The caucus must choose a new leader by Dec. 29. Wolf had no comment on Koch's departure. "There are not enough details out there yet that I …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Allina employees, dignitaries will give away 175 bicycles.
Unity Hospital in Fridley is hosting a Free Bikes 4 Kidz bicycle giveaway event Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Unity employees collected 200 bikes for low-income children, part of about 4,000 collected at 20 Allina hospitals and clinics, according to a statement from Allina. Partner organizations in the community helped Allina identify the children who will receive the bikes on Saturday. Unity Hospital President Lori Wightman will lead dozens of volunteers in giving away the bicycles. Also set to be on hand for the start of the event at 11 a.m. are state Sen. Pam Wolf, who represents parts of central and northeast Fridley, as well as five members of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners: Rhonda Sivarajah (chair), Robyn West (vice…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Fridley's two state senators are on joint committee hearing testimony Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Update (4:30 p.m.): State Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) asked testifiers at the meeting whether employees of a proposed state-owned casino would be state employees (they wouldn't) and whether the White Earth Band had taken their new-casino plan to Arden Hills officials yet (they hadn't). Update (2 p.m.): State Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) quizzed Minnesota Vikings Chief Financial Officer Steve Poppen about what she said "looks like an expensive stadium. (See a video clip and transcript of the exchange here.) "Have you put together any other models for the stadium?" she asked. Poppen said the proposed stadium design dates from 2008 and is based on Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. He called it "a very modest stadium." Original post: Fridley's two…