ST. PAUL - Newly-elected Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL - St. Peter) introduced a bill eliminating unnecessary legislative language Thursday as his first action since winning the Minnesota House district 19A special election on Feb. 12.
The bill deletes language under the duties of the Commissioner of Administration that requires detailed followings of how the Minnesota Legislature's surplus property is dealt with and how its waste is recycled. Johnson said all the deleted language refers to matters contracted out to companies.
He said the bill will make it clearer to the average person exactly what responsibilities are handled by the holder of the position. He said he selected a simple, non-controversial bill to give himself some initial experience working on bills.
He said he doesn't have any other bills he is planning to introduce at this point. He said he plans to learn the ropes first, focusing instead on contributing to ongoing discussion for major bills. He has signed onto two House bills pushing for a four-lane expansion of Highway 14.
Johnson has also started participating in several committees. He replaced former Rep. Terry Morrow, who retired back in October, on the Agriculture and Transportation Finance committees. He has also joined the Health and Human Services committee and the Environment and Natural Resources committee.
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