Lawsuit Reform Vetoed, Child Care Assistance Funds, Tort Reform

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Dear Friends,
Updates on legislation.

Lawsuit Reform Vetoed-
Governor Dayton has vetoed four bills that attempted to correct flaws in our tort system. These bills passed the Minnesota Legislature with bipartisan support. The Governor’s veto is a setback for jobs and consumers.

By vetoing this legislation Governor Dayton is ignoring the priority of 45 regional Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations focused on job creation and their more than 60,000 members who run the small and large businesses that make Minnesota’s economy work.

Consumers will have Governor Dayton to thank when they continue to pay the higher costs businesses build into their products to guard against the very lawsuit abuses these bills would have ended. His veto means prospective new businesses will continue to see Minnesota as a state hostile to job creation.

Governor Dayton owes an explanation to the Minnesota businesses that asked for this needed reform.

Click on the link below for a news conference that details what the bills would have done.
http://www.senate.mn/media/index.php?ls

Child Care Assistance Funds-
On Wednesday, the House passed legislation that would prohibit union dues from being deducted from child care assistance payment funds. The bill is in response to Governor Dayton’s recent executive order calling for a vote on unionizing private child care providers.

The bill ensures that child care assistance dollars are applied to the care of children instead of being diverted to unions. This bill has received strong support from child care providers, and no one testified against the bill in the House HHS Reform Committee.

Governor Dayton’s unionization vote was blocked on December 5, 2011, when a temporary restraining order was issued. The summary judgment hearing is now scheduled to occur on Wednesday, February 22 at the Ramsey County Courthouse.

Education Reform-
On Thursday the Education Reform Committee, on which I serve, passed a measure to do away with seniority as the only component in determining if a teacher is retained or laid off when layoffs are warranted.

The proposed statue would make teacher effectiveness the most important factor in determining which teachers would be retained. If passed by the House and Senate and signed by Governor, this would be a large step forward in improving the quality of education in our public schools.

As always, I welcome your calls at 651-296-0518 or your emails @ rep.roger.crawford@house.mn.

Roger

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