AUDIO: Rep. Bliss discusses contentious moments of special session

House 5A Representative Matt Bliss (R-Pennington) says some movement on budget bills have happened after a few days of filibusters from House Republicans, but much work remains to be done.

During the debate on the Energy and Commerce budget items, the bill was passed despite House Republican objections over the exclusion of reinsurance.

Bliss says Minnesota led the nation on the issue of reinsurance for health care policies on the private marketplace, which he says were skyrocketing before the reinsurance waiver.

Sparks flew on the House Floor over an apparent point of order during the debate of the Energy and Commerce budget last night.

Bliss says another ruling around clean cars was approved. The measure is set to have a moratorium in 2024, and Bliss says it will likely become a campaign issue in 2022.

Listen to the full interview with Rep. Bliss:


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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