Letter: Legislative cooperation is sadly missingLast week, the Minnesota House of Representatives pushed through the Voter ID bill to be put on the ballot as a constitution amendment.
By: Jacob Holck, Candidate for District 22B Representative, Worthington, Worthington Daily Globe
Last week, the Minnesota House of Representatives pushed through the Voter ID bill to be put on the ballot as a constitution amendment.
It should be of no surprise that the vote on the bill was party-line — 72 Republican ayes and 62 DFL bays. As a person who studies the State Legislature very closely and hopes to one day to have the honor of serving there, I am frankly discouraged to see the lack of bipartisanship in these bills.
I watched all of the debate on the floor of the House last Monday night and I was angry to see that whenever the DFLers spoke out against the bill or added amendments to it, they were shot down one by one. The lack of cooperation in the Legislature is maddening, and it turns people off from the political process.
Legislators are shooting themselves in the foot by not listening to one another, and they are hurting the people of Minnesota by arguing and bickering about small petty items. We need to let our legislators know that we don’t appreciate or approve of the way they are handling these situations. They need to take heed to this, because if they don’t they might find themselves out of a job.