Who voted for and against broadband funding in MN?

Here’s a run down on how broadband funding is doing in Minnesota Legislature. I’ve already mentioned that the House is at $70 million (biennium) and the Senate at $30 million (biennium). But here’s who voted how. To be fair, these are big bills with lots of moving pieces and one piece is broadband.

The House Daily Session Weekly Wrap up reports on the HF 2208, which includes broadband funding set at $70 million the the biennium. …

After a late night Tuesday and a long day of arguing on Wednesday, the House finally passed its omnibus jobs and economic development, energy and climate, and telecommunications policy and finance bill.

As amended, HF2208, sponsored by Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul), received a favorable 74-59 vote. It now heads to the Senate, where it is sponsored by Sen. Eric Pratt (R-Prior Lake).

Here’s how that vote went:

Those who voted in the affirmative were:

Acomb Bahner Becker-Finn Bernardy Bierman
Brand Cantrell Carlson, A. Carlson, L. Christensen
Claflin Considine Davnie Dehn Ecklund
Edelson Elkins Fischer Freiberg Gomez
Halverson Hansen Hassan Hausman Her
Hornstein Hortman Howard Huot Klevorn
Koegel Kotyza-Witthuhn Kunesh-Podein Lee Lesch
Liebling Lien Lillie Lippert Loeffler
Long Mahoney Mann Mariani Marquart
Masin Moller Moran Morrison Murphy
Nelson, M. Noor Olson Pelowski Persell
Pinto Poppe Pryor Richardson Sandell
Sandstede Sauke Schultz Stephenson Sundin
Tabke Vang Wagenius Wazlawik Winkler
Wolgamott Xiong, J. Xiong, T. Youakim

Those who voted in the negative were:

Albright Anderson Backer Bahr Baker
Bennett Boe Daniels Daudt Davids
Demuth Dettmer Drazkowski Erickson Fabian
Franson Garofalo Green Grossell Gruenhagen
Gunther Haley Hamilton Heinrich Heintzeman
Hertaus Johnson Jurgens Kiel Koznick
Kresha Layman Lislegard Lucero Lueck
McDonald Mekeland Miller Munson Nash
Nelson, N. Neu Nornes O’Driscoll O’Neill
Petersburg Poston Quam Robbins Runbeck
Schomacker Scott Swedzinski Theis Torkelson
Urdahl Vogel West Zerwas

The Senate Media reports on SF2226 Omnibus Ag Bill, which includes $30 million for broadband…

The omnibus agriculture bill, SF 2226, sponsored by Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, promotes modernization of farm technologies, funds soybean research and marketing, expands rural broadband, encourages modular housing construction and funds mental health services for Minnesota farmers and their families.

The Journal of the Senate reports on the vote…

S.F. No. 2226 was read the third time, as amended, and placed on its final passage.​ The question was taken on the passage of the bill, as amended.​ The roll was called, and there were yeas 43 and nays 24, as follows:​

Those who voted in the affirmative were:​

Abeler​ Anderson, B.​ Anderson, P.​ Bakk​ Benson​ Chamberlain​ Dahms​ Draheim​ Dziedzic​ Eichorn​ Eken​ Frentz​ Gazelka​ Goggin​ Hall​ Hoffman​ Housley​ Howe​ Ingebrigtsen​ Jasinski​ Jensen​ Johnson​ Kiffmeyer​ Koran​ Lang​ Limmer​ Mathews​ Miller​ Nelson​ Newman​ Osmek​ Pratt​ Rarick​ Relph​ Rosen​ Ruud​ Senjem​ Simonson​ Sparks​ Tomassoni​ Utke​ Weber​ Westrom​

Those who voted in the negative were:​

Bigham​ Carlson​ Champion​ Clausen​ Cohen​ Cwodzinski​ Dibble​ Eaton​ Franzen​ Hawj​ Hayden​ Isaacson​ Kent​ Klein​ Laine​ Latz​ Little​ Marty​ Newton​ Pappas​ Rest​ Torres Ray​ Wiger​ Wiklund​

Next step? The bills will be reconciled with funding proposals in conference committee.

This entry was posted in MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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