Thursday, February 28, 2013
District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) has backed a proposal that would define groups that distribute model legislation to lawmakers as lobbyists.
When it comes to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) says he just wants a little transparency. Carlson is one of several co-authors listed on a bill authored by District 61 Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL) that would define ALEC—and other organizations that propose "model legislation" for legislators as lobbyists. Such a move would require those groups to adhere to stricter financial reporting requirements under Minnesota campaign finance laws. ALEC, a nonprofit, conservative think tank, works to advance the principles of free-market enterprise and limited government, according to the group's website. Many of the group's members are state legislators, who pay a membership fee to belong to the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The two legislators will update constituents about the 2013 legislative session on Feb. 23 at Wescott Library.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) and District 51A Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL) will host a Town Hall at the Wescott Library in Eagan. Sen. Carlson and Rep. Masin will provide an update on the 2013 session and then constituents will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
In Dakota County alone, nine drivers prosecuted for careless driving have killed a total of 14 people in recent years, according to the county attorney.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Careless or reckless drivers whose actions cause a deadly accident or severe injuries could face steeper penalties under a new bill proposed by District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL), who represents Eagan. The bill, SF 206, was authored by Carlson and introduced to the Senate on Jan. 31. Senators Jim Metzen (DFL), Katie Sieben (DFL) and Greg Clausen (DFL) are listed as co-authors on the legislation. Current Minnesota laws prevent prosecutors from charging careless drivers with anything more significant than a misdemeanor—even if that driver's behavior caused a death or severe injuries. In Minnesota, the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor crime …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The three local legislators will be joined by House Chief Fiscal Analyst Bill Marx, who will give a short presentation on the state budget.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us House District 51A Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL), House District 56B Rep. Will Morgan (DFL) and Senate District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) will hold a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Burnsville City Hall. House Chief Fiscal Analyst Bill Marx will also be on hand to give a short presentation on the state budget before the legislators open up the meeting for questions and discussion. Minnesota is facing a $1.1 billion budget deficit and still owes its K-12 schools another $1.1 billion. “It’s clear that our state is facing some challenges,” Masin said in a press release. “We have to decide what we value as Minnesotans, and how …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
S.F. No. 26 would require additional reporting of lobbyist "scholarships" to legislators, and discourage the dissemination of model legislation.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Just a week into the legislative session, some legislators are giving ALEC and other lobbying groups a run for their money. Senate District 51 Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL) is listed as a co-author of S.F. No. 26, which requires reporting of "scholarships" from lobbyists (money given to legislators to attend lobbyist events). The bill also seeks to cut down on "model legislation." During the last session many legislators were suspected of using paint-by-numbers bills written by lobbyists from national concerns, which had been distributed to lawmakers all over the country, resulting in eerily similar bills from Florida to Washington state. Read the…