Senator-Elect Al Novstrup continues to show little ambition and less leadership. Elisa Sand reports that Novstrup is visiting with constituents but doesn’t have any planned legislation.
Good grief: I’m not even elected to the position, and I’ve already come up with more legislation based on visiting with constituents than Novstrup has.
Novstrup could defend his laziness by claiming he’s living up to the conservative ideal of not passing lots of new laws, but his more conservative District 3 colleagues are outworking him. Rep. Dan Kaiser is making up for time lost last Session by working up three bills: one to require that we yield to railroad maintenance equipment on tracks, another to keep us from seeing naked people on police videos, and a third to give non-town residents in the three-mile muni-rule-making zone around towns some say in the process. Rep.-Elect Drew Dennert is bringing an NRA-stroking amendment to clutter our ballot and our constitution with feel-good, do-nothing language about our hunting, fishing, and trapping heritage and a bill to follow the liberal courts in recognizing the legality of ballot selfies. The latter would contradict language the Board of Election wants to clarify that we can’t exercise our First Amendment right to document our ballots.
All three of Rep. Kaiser’s proposals sound reasonable (although let’s hold judgment until we see his actual text in the hopper). Rep.-Elect Dennert is batting .500. Senator-Elect Novstrup is, so far, just a zero.