|GOP Sens. Ingebrigtsen and Miller both oppose the amendment|
Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R - Alexandria) voted with 5 DFL Senators to reject the amendment. Another Republican, Sen. Michael Jungbauer (R - East Bethel) previously stated he wouldn't vote for it, but ultimately joined the other 6 Republicans in approving the amendment and sending it the Rules Committee.
During the hearing, Jungbauer expressed his desire to see it referred back to the Jobs Committee, and said he didn't understand why it had skipped the Jobs Committee. He must have a very short memory. On Thursday he voted on the Senate floor to allow the amendment to skip the Jobs Committee. Jungbauer then voted to skip the Jobs Committee again today. Jungbauer may be feeling some pressure to support "right to work" from the right wing of his party, considering he faces a looming endorsement battle with Sen. Michelle Benson (R - Ham Lake) who is a co-author of another "right to work" bill.
Sen. Dave Thompson (R - Lakeville) has successfully engineered the friendliest and shortest path for this amendment to reach a vote of the full Senate. The real question is whether the Rules Committee will schedule SF 1705 for a vote, since the 7-4 GOP majority appears to be likely to approve it. According to Senate rules, proposed constitutional amendments must be approved by the Rules Committee before heading to the Senate floor.
|Labor packed the hallways around the hearing|
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