State of Minnesota Archives: on Government Reform
Make even-years "The Unsession", to eliminate laws & rules
Back in 1998, when I first ran for Governor, a campaign that most people have forgotten and I would like to, there was a TV commercial for the soft-drink 7-Up. Contrasting itself to Coke & Pepsi, it proudly called itself the "un-cola."
In my campaign,
I proposed making an even-year legislative session "The Unsession." Except for responding to a fiscal or other emergency and passing a bonding bill, the session would be devoted to eliminating unnecessary or redundant laws, rules, and regulations;
reducing the verbiage in those that remain; shortening the timelines for developing and implementing them; and undoing anything else, which makes government nearly impossible to understand, operate, or support.
I suggest making next year's legislative
session the first "Unsession." After this session is concluded, I will ask my agency heads and legislative staff to begin making lists, and working with any legislators, other public officials, and citizens, who wish to spearhead these reforms.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Minnesota Legislature
Feb 6, 2013
Require photo ID to vote
Jim Abeler voted Yea in a Conference Report Vote on HF 2738.
Legislative title:Requires Photo Identification to Vote
Legislative summary: Vote to adopt a conference report that submits a constitutional amendment to the
voters that requires voters to present photo identification prior to voting.Highlights:
Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses)
Apr 3, 2012
- Requires voters voting in person to present valid government-issued photo identification in order to receive a ballot.
- Requires the state to issue photo
ID at no charge to eligible voters who do not have valid government-issued photo ID
Requires that a voter not capable of producing government-issued photo identification must be able to cast a provisional ballot
- Requires the amendment be submitted to the voters for approval at the 2012 general election.
Frivolous lawsuits raise consumer prices
[On eliminating frivolous lawsuits] Coleman said he supported what he called a common sense approach. Coleman made the point that unnecessary lawsuits are a major expense for business.
“The cost of litigation I think doubles the price of a football helmets, it adds about $500 to the price of a car and about $3,000 for a pacemaker, ” said Coleman.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Senatorial debates
Oct 21, 2002
No PAC money, no soft money
I agree that the exposing of soft money contributions has gravely threatened the quality of our political environment. For my part I have promised not to take any Political Action Committee (PAC) funds, nor will I accept any soft money from the
Democratic National Committee. I support most of the provisions of the McCain-Feingold legislation and I support campaign contribution limits and complete disclosure of all amounts and sources of every campaign contribution.
I would also propose forming a bi-partisan commission that includes broad-based citizen organizations and whose sole mandate would be to design a campaign financing system that best preserves and enhances democracy and advances interests of all
American citizens. I believe that Congress should accept the report of this public Commission and vote on the resulting legislation without changes or amendments. This will be the only way we will get comprehensive campaign finance reform.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire
Jul 2, 2000
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