Two bills, HF1239 and HF231, both aimed at easing the ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota are scheduled to be heard in the House Commerce Committee. The hearing is Scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 2:30pm. It will be held in Room 10 at Minnesota State Office Building.
Commerce hearings are open to the public. This is your chance to let your voice be heard. Legislators want hear from people on the issue. It is important to make sure supporters come and speak on the issue.
Judging from the 8 amendments filed with House Commerce Committee, members could end up adding everything from Sunday car sales to cannabis to Rep Jen Loon’s repeal bills. While those topics might very well deserve discussion at the legislature, as amendments they would add unnecessary controversy to repeal bills. Not only could any of these red herring amendments distract from the topic at hand, but would also play into a “poison pill” or “wrecking amendment” scenario.
In legislative debate, a wrecking amendment (also called a poison pill amendment or killer amendment) is an amendment made by a legislator who disagrees with the principles of a bill and who seeks to make it useless (by moving amendments to either make the bill malformed and nonsensical, or to severely change its intent) rather than directly opposing the bill by simply voting against it.
If you haven’t looked up your rep and made a polite phone call to support repealing the ban you should do so by following this link.
If you are unable to attend the hearings broadcast and live streaming details may be found at this link.