The Democratic View from Pierre - by the Minority Whip

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Rep. Susan Wismer (D-Britton)
 
Percolating...that's the term I would use to describe this second week of the legislature. Very slowly, some would say. Several of my committee meetings were canceled this week for lack of proposed bills. But things ARE happening. Legislators and lobbyists and department heads are getting to know each other, bills are being "pitched," or discussed, between the legislators of the two political parties, the legislative and executive branch, and legislators and lobbyists. And the Legislative Research Council is madly trying to mold all these ideas into bills as quickly as possible. Hot topics floating around are "fixes" to Initiated Measure 22 (Yes, it does need fixing), juvenile justice reform, waterfowl hunting licenses, small school fixes to last year's funding formula.
 
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