Pogemiller Loses

Even a top lawmaker in the majority party loses some battles.

That was the case Monday for Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, who introduced an amendment to spend $65,000 to build a workers’ memorial on the Capitol grounds.

Two things were unusual about Pogemiller’s attempt. First, Pogemiller rarely offers amendments during Senate floor debates. Also, the majority leader wanted to attach the amendment to a seemingly unrelated bill modifying employee sick leave.

Pogemiller admitted he was looking for a home for the memorial proposal. He withdrew the amendment before it was ruled out of order.