Crow Wing DFL votes on resolutions
The Crow Wing County DFL on Monday released a list of resolutions it had approved during its 2016 convention April 2. Many of the resolutions that received the most votes at the convention dealt with the environment. The most popular resolution a...
The Crow Wing County DFL on Monday released a list of resolutions it had approved during its 2016 convention April 2.
Many of the resolutions that received the most votes at the convention dealt with the environment. The most popular resolution at the convention resolved that the state "move beyond coal to clean energy" by getting at least 50 percent of the state's electricity from wind and solar by 2030 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. A measure that got 42 votes resolved that no oil pipelines be allowed through the lakes and wetlands of Minnesota.
Another resolution supported raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
A resolution that received 49 votes supported "Death with Dignity" similar to that expressed in the "End of Life Option Act" that would allow "terminally ill Americans the freedom to decide how and when they die."
A California bill called the End of Life Option Act legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients and takes effect this summer.
The DFLers in Crow Wing County voted in support of overturning Citizens United, enacting equal pay for women, as well as supporting college students as they pay for tuition.
They approved resolutions in favor of legislation reducing Minnesotans' student loan debt, and to provide "free higher education for all persons in the state that have education as a goal, based on an income (affordability) measurement."
They also resolved that the DFL support increasing services for mental health care and chemical dependency and reducing the prison population by reviewing mandatory sentencing, and providing rehabilitation for prisoners.
Resolutions that did not make it onto the list to move on to a higher-level convention included those supporting Sunday liquor sales, making it a felony to carry an assault weapon into a public place, and no state taxes on veterans' pensions.
Another unsuccessful resolution had language that drone strikes "intended to assassinate political individuals" would not be authorized unless they had judicial approval "under U.S. Constitutional laws of due process." The resolution was "not intended to interfere with legitimate combat operations when there is an immediate threat to U.S. troops."
The DFL endorsing convention for Minnesota Senate District 10 is scheduled for 9 a.m., April 30 at Crosby-Ironton High School.