LEA highlights legislative activity; announces honorees.
St. Paul, MN, August 6, 2022 — Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota (LEA) is releasing its evaluation of the Minnesota legislature’s 2022 session. The 2022 LEA report rates the votes of all 201 legislators on selected bills. The report summarizes these bills and analyzes them in more depth and detail than seen in the popular press. LEA calls out the abuse of legislative process in 2022 resulting in an overwhelmed legislature that is increasingly unaccountable. “in a non-budget year, the legislature continued to accept multi-subject omnibus bills to change policy, making an overwhelmed legislature that is increasingly unaccountable “ says LEA president Don Lee. “Legislators and citizens have both failed to retrieve self-government from the authoritarians, bureaucrats, and special interests who are all too willing to take citizens’ money and run their lives.”
Five legislators with the highest LEA scores are honored in the 2022 LEA report.
Sixteen House bills and eighteen Senate bills were selected by LEA for scoring. The report is dominated by the same unconstitutional omnibus bills that dominated the sessions. Omnibus bills on Agriculture, Environment, Health and Human Services, and Government Finance are included. Bills addressing Competency Restoration, COVID Relief Payments, SW Light Rail, Off-Road Vehicle rules, and Opioid Settlement funds are also covered.
2022 Honorees: Representatives Cal Bahr, Steve Drazkowski, Eric Lucero, Erik Mortensen, and Jeremy Munson. (No Senate honorees.)
Honorable Mention: Representatives Jeff Backer, Steve Green, Jerry Hertaus, Jon Koznick, Joe McDonald, Shane Mekeland, and Tim Miller