Lawmakers

(Willmar MN-) Local lawmakers are amazed at the speed many important bills are flying through the legislature this session. On Friday The Minnesota Senate will vote on putting abortion rights into Minnesota law. Republican Senator Andrew Lang says the DFL is moving in lock-step with party leadership, which Lang says might not work out so well for newly-elected DFL Senators in districts previously held by by Republicans...

...Lang and Republican Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City say if the abortion bill passes, Minnesota will be the least restrictive state in the country when it comes to abortion. Urdahl says not only will abortion be legal up to the moment of birth, but babies that survive an abortion attempt can be allowed to die. He says in The House, he saw DFLers who wanted to vote for amendments against late term abortions but did not dare buck the party leadership...

...Urdahl says Minnesota has had some restrictions on the books for years or even decades, but they will be removed...

...Senator Lang says he believes the freshmen DFL Senators are being taken advantage of by party leadership, and voters will remember. He also says some freshment DFL Senators who had pledged to removed the state income tax on Social Security benefits have reneged on their promises.