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The 2011 legislative session was supposed to be strictly about the budget.  Republicans did nearly anything but work on the budget.  As the last day of the session ground to a halt and GOP legislators sat idly by, I reflected upon what they tried to pass this session instead of the budget.

Obviously, the marriage discrimination constitutional amendment comes to mind.  So does the Voter ID constitutional amendment as well as the new stadium for billionaire MN Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.

But that barely scratches the surface and much of it was totally insane:

-- cross-posted from MN Progressive Project, home of the Michele Bachmann Bizarro World --

  1. Repeal the smoking ban
  2. Eliminate background checks for gun purchases
  3. Designate English as the official language
  4. Bike tax
  5. remove the ban on increasing carbon dioxide emissions by utilities
  6. Ban state funding of abortions
  7. Eliminate 8 state agencies including Depts of Employment & Econ Dev, Health, Human Rights, Labor & Industry, Revenue, MNDOT, Vet Affairs and the Office of Mgmt & Budget
  8. Further weaken a woman's right to choose with yet another abortion bill
  9. Repeal the Next Generation Energy Act which was signed by Pawlenty
  10. Prevent welfare recipients from having more than $20 cash in their pockets
  11. Prohibit anyone from suing a company if you get fat from their food
  12. Drug testing for welfare recipients
  13. Racist immigration laws
  14. End pay equity for women
  15. A second bill to end pay equity for women
  16. Bail-outs for schools in Republican areas as well as small budget increases yet they dramatically slash budgets for the large cities
  17. Yet another abortion bill, require parental consent for teens to get healthcare
  18. Logging in our state parks
  19. Ban federal funding of family planning
  20. Eliminate Meals on Wheels
  21. Ban human cloning and end life-saving and job creating research in MN
  22. An amendment to Health & Human Services bill to exempt MN from health care reform
  23. Prevent animal welfare activists from filming animal cruelty at factory farms
  24. Ban state payments to nonprofits
  25. Amendment to the HHS bill to use baby monitors instead of nurses
  26. Another abortion bill, this one a gag rule which prevents any organization that receive state funds to council about abortion services
  27. Shoot first, show Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card later bill
  28. MN should print its own money
  29. Make it easier to violate licensing laws

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