Here are some charts summarizing bill activity at the capital this past legislative session.
My one takeaway: If you wanted to get something done in the MN House, having Jim Newberger take the lead would be a very poor choice. There was an 80% chance that the bill would go nowhere, and only a 2.8% chance of a bill authored by him becoming law. And that’s with his party in charge of the MN House and Senate.
What bill did he manage to pass? A gift to Xcel Energy that says anyone can build a natural gas power plant:
provided that the plant is located on property in Sherburne County, Minnesota, already owned by the public utility, and will be constructed after January 1, 2018.
Keep that in mind if you ever hear Jim Newberger saying anything about wanting a free market.