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Leidiger “authors” ALEC right-to-work constitutional amendment

If we know one thing about Rep. Ernie Leidiger, it’s that he’s always looking for his own special ways to squeeze more efficiency out of state government.  We’ve talked in the past about his support of misguided policies like the 15/15 proposal.  Well, he’s found a way to bring that ethos to his own job as a state legislator.  Last week, Leidiger (and several other legislators) were listed as authors on H.F. 3009, a new version of a constitutional amendment to institute the so-called “right to work” regulations in Minnesota workplaces.

Leidiger and his co-horts have lived up to their own proposals by outsourcing the work of actually, you know, writing legislation — instead doing a copy-and-paste job from model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  This isn’t exactly a novel approach from the Republican caucus, though.  Some analyses show over 60 bills share the same “copy-and-paste” method.

Let’s look at one section from the two bills and see just how much this holds true:

H.F. 3009 text:

1.6 An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
1.7 amendment is adopted, a section shall be added to article I, to read:
1.8 Sec. 18. (a) No person shall be required as a condition of obtaining or continuing
1.9 employment to: (1) resign or refrain from membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or
1.10 voluntary financial support of a labor organization; (2) become or remain a member of a
1.11 labor organization; (3) pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or
1.12 amount, or provide anything else of value, to a labor organization; or (4) pay to any charity
1.13 or other third party an amount equivalent to, or a portion of, dues, fees, assessments,
1.14 or other charges required of members of a labor organization.

ALEC Bill:

Section 4. {Freedom of choice guaranteed, discrimination prohibited.} No
person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:
(A) to resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or
voluntary financial support of a labor organization;
(B) to become or remain a member of a labor organization;
(C) to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor
(D) to pay to any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount
equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges regularly
required of members of a labor organization;

This wording is almost exact.  You can review the other sections of the bill and find the rest of the amendment is built similarly.

Which leads me to my next thought — instead of electing individual Republican legislators, we can subcontract with ALEC to have one person that can write all the bills and press the voting button for everyone in the caucus.  The salary and per diem savings will be significant, don’t you think?


Chaska News and Notes: March 15, 2012

Some news and notes from around Chaska and Carver County:

  • A prehearing conference in the Rep. Ernie Leidiger speeding ticket case will take place on April 4.
  • Sen. Julianne Ortman voted in favor of the right-to-work constitutional amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.  The amendment now moves to the Senate Rules Committee, and if it passes, it could move to the floor for final approval.
  • Chanhassen resident Cindy Pugh has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for State House in District 33B (northeastern Chanhassen plus the Lake Minnetonka region).  Pugh will be challenging incumbent GOP State Rep. Steve Smith, who is running for his 12th term.  Pugh is a well-known Republican activist and the co-founder of the SW Metro Tea Party group.
  • The McDonald’s proposal will come before the Chaska City Council on Monday, March 19.
  • Tickets for the First Annual Chaska BBQ Bash are now available.  The event is being put together by the Pride of Chaska group and benefits Chaska High School Activities and Athletics.  The event is on Friday, April 20 at Hazeltine National Golf Club and features a live auction emceed by WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellero.

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