A month into session, the new House majority is still finding its sea legs.
At a January 31 hearing, Public Safety Committee Chair Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) fumbled the introduction of H.F. 327, having earlier forgotten to make copies of the amendments to that same bill. Luckily, he was bailed out by freshman legislator Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview).
“Mr. Chair, I thought that was the other House file,” Rep. Moller said. “I thought this one was going to be recommended to lay over.”
“You are absolutely correct,” Rep. Mariani said. “My C.A. (committee administrator) and I are not having the best day today. But we’re going to get in synch before too long.”
But Mariani still wasn’t in synch, messing up the motion on the next bill (H.F. 418) which had to be corrected on February 5. But Moller upstaged Mariani again.
“I’m glad I passed that test,” Rep. Moller said. “I also passed the bringing a treat test. I brought the cookies that are going around for members and staff.”