The Minnesota Senate canceled all hearings on January 30 due to the polar vortex.
But House Corrections Committee Chair Jack Considine plowed ahead with an informational hearing at Stillwater Prison over the objections of Republican lead Rep. Marion O’Neill (R-Maple Lake). Considine ignored O’Neill’s concerns for witnesses’ safety, taunting her in an email shared on Twitter. “Sorry I did not immediately cave in to your demands that a twenty-minute ride in a heated bus in daylight with a professional driver was a threat to your safety,” Considine wrote. But the chair backed down when Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell weighed in, prompting a sharp rebuke by O’Neill on Twitter: “The DFL Chair of the Corrections Committee ignored and disregarded my concerns, laughed at me, but apparently listens to the male DOC Commissioner. Nice. #misogyny #mnleg #greatStart #bipartisan?”