There was plenty of unfinished business when the final gavel came down on the 2004 legislative session.
Count among the disappointed parties the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and proponents of legislation involving the North Star Corridor, a gay marriage ban and a bonding bill.
Last week there was behind-the-scenes wrangling among legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty about whether there should be a special session and if so, what should be on the agenda.
Our recommendation for this Legislature: Don't bother.
The lawmakers had months to reach agreement on important issues and they either dug their heels in stubbornly or dithered their time away. Let's let the next batch of lawmakers try their hand at the legislative process. Maybe they'll be a little more skilled at the arts of compromise and building consensus.
The last spectacle we want to witness during Minnesota's pleasant summer months is that of lawmakers haranguing each other about topics that the majority of Minnesotans would consider to be irrelevant.
We can't help but wonder if the same sort political stalemates and logjams would have been a part of the process if the Legislature hadn't discarded the idea of becoming unicameral or one-house body a few years back. Under that system the lawmakers would have been forced to vote up or down on one version of a bonding bill rather than refer competing House and Senate versions to a conference committee and hope it hammers out an agreement.
These lawmakers had their shot to pass meaningful legislation. There's no evidence they'd do better in a special session than they did during four or five months of the regular session.
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