Minn. DFL bill would seat Franken provisionally
Minnesota Democrats have introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would seat Al Franken provisionally while the election contest is underway. The bill would change the state's election laws to allow the recount winner to be provisionally seated during any election contest.
Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, introduced the bill Monday,according to the Star Tribune.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, has signaled that he is unlikely to sign the bill, which has the backing of House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, and more than a dozen other DFLers. Brian McClung, a spokesman for the governor, called the bill "flawed," saying it would change Minnesota election law retroactively at a time when a the courtroom challenge of the recount continues.
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