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House Passes Voter Photo ID Constitutional Amendment

While many DFLers spoke out against the measure, the bill moves on to the Senate.

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill early Wednesday morning to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot next November requiring voters to show photo ID when they vote.

The vote, like most others Tuesday on proposed changes to the bill, was along party lines, 72-62.

Richfield Rep. Paul Thissen along with Reps. Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley) and Steve Simon (D-St. Louis Park) held a Tuesday morning criticizing Republican priorites and the amendment itself. For months Thissen has slammed Republicans for putting amendments ahead of bigger priorities such as jobs bills.

The Minnesota Senate Rules Committee takes up the bill Wednesday. If approved by the Legislature, voters will decide by referendum at next fall's general election whether to change the state Constitution. A r is already set to appear on the ballot.

. Click play on the video above to see the House debate and voting proceedings.

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Brad Dimond March 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
We know we have spending and revenue issues. Do we have voter fraud issues? It seems that the Legislature is pushing the "sound bite" button and needs to reprioritize their efforts from gay marriage and photo ID initiatives to figuring out how to make (not keep) the state solvent.
Kevin O'Donovan March 22, 2012 at 09:16 AM
Public confidence surrounding the integrity of Minnesota election results will be increased with improved Voter I.D. standards. If you want to get the state to become solvent, get Progressives out of government. Go to a defined contribution for government employees, and end defined benefit retirement plans, perhaps a 401K type plan with a vesting period. Enact a school voucher program for all K through 12 students, that would be given to the guardians and assigned to the school of their choice, including religious schools. Allow equal amounts for each student throughout the state. Privatize most public schools, and lease or sell the facilities. Mandate life imprisonment with no parole for Capital Murder, rape, and sexual offenses against minors. Audit MNSCU and reduce tuition for in state residents. Lessen the amount of research funded on the backs of students. Reduce tuition for all students at MNSCU who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better, and continue with that GPA while enrolled in MNSCU. End the contribution to the Arts in our Constitution, and redirect it to reduce tuition at MNSCU, not to erect buildings or finance programs of dubious value. Move to County Government systems and eliminate many municipal governments. End borrowing as a means to balance the state budget. All state projects should be pay as you go, to eliminate interest costs, and to better hold each legislative session accountable for its own decisions. End TIF programs. De-fund Sanctuary Cities.
Mike McLean March 22, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Kevin - Great ideas, all of them!!!!!
David Haines March 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Some good ideas in there but you're going to have pretty full prisons, Kevin, so would you be in favor of letting out non-violent drug offenders? Perhaps those who were convicted for possessing nothing more than a plant with perceived "intent" to distribute?
Kevin O'Donovan March 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM
David, Good point. I think that drug users should be given community service time in lieu of incarceration. Keep them busy, particularly on the weekends and holidays. Frequent unscheduled drug testing which offenders should pay for and a release from the program after an agreed upon time of clean drug test results, is a possible measure to use. They should not be stigmatized with a felony record. It creates despair. We should attempt to redeem them,not destroy them. In-Patient treatment centers should only be used as a last resort. A desire to change must come from within first.

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