Legislative secrecy attributes to D- grade for Minnesota in integrity study
ST. PAUL--On a grueling final day of the legislative session last May, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt breezed through the final language of a major budget bill, passing motions at the pace of an auctioneer as his colleagues cried in vain for a copy of the legislation.
"Mr. Speaker, it's 93 pages long and nobody in this body has gotten a copy of it," said Democratic Rep. Melissa Hortman. "We have no idea what's in this bill."
Seated under a gold-leafed statue depicting "Lady Minnesota" alongside pioneers and American Indian leaders, the Republican speaker ignored their pleas and called for a vote, which prevailed with overwhelming approval. The thump of his mallet carried across the chamber to signal a done deal.