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The bills cover a more diverse range of subjects than the first introduced, which focused on fiscal and regulatory issues, along with alternative licensure and nuclear energy.

Voter ID, emissions ban repeal bills introduced

A series of new bills rolled out at the Capitol on Thursday include the contentious voter ID issue, a push to limit the state’s spending in a given biennium to the amount of revenue projected in the last economic forecast prior to a budgeting session, and the creation of “Choose Life” license plates.

A push to remove the ban on increasing carbon dioxide emissions was also introduced Thursday, the same week a measure to repeal the state’s ban on new nuclear power plants cleared its first hurdle in the House environment committee.

The full list of new bills — which is available here — covers a more diverse range of subjects than the first, which focused on fiscal and regulatory issues, along with alternative licensure for teachers and nuclear energy.

Some of the new bills from the GOP majority are likely to draw the ire of their DFL counterparts across the aisle. Voter ID, for example, has long been a target of Republicans at the Legislature. DFLers have already this session aimed frequent criticism of the GOP’s willingness to consider legislation that doesn’t directly relate to the state’s projected $6.2 billion deficit.

Here’s a list of the more notable introductions:

H. F. 67: Would limit general fund expenditures in the next biennium to forecasted revenues. Author: Rep. Keith Downey.

H. F. 72: Would remove the ban on increased carbon dioxide emissions by utilities. Author: Rep. Mike Beard. DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina and environment committee chairman Denny McNamara are co-authors.

H. F. 89: Would require voters to present a photo ID to be allowed to vote. It would also provide for free voter identification cards to be issued if need be. Author: Rep. Mike Benson.

H. F. 91: Would authorize the state to produce and issue “Choose Life” license plates. Author: Rep. Larry Howes.

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