Snapshots – Week ending Feb 27, 2009

 Commerce and Labor          A bill to crack down on “debt settlement providers” was passed this week by the Committee. This bill (HF 549 – Davnie) requires debt settlement providers to be certified by the Department of Commerce. It was referred to the Commerce Committee. (HF 359 – Norton) also passed that would require health plans in […]

Balancing the Budget

In the months ahead, our state will have to resolve one of the largest budget deficits of the last 30 years.  Our current economic climate is poor and according to forecasters will grow worse before improving.  Considerable uncertainty surrounds our ability to predict when the economy will turn around and start to finally rebound.    […]

Poem for Phil

Recently I composed a poem for my cousin Phil Bly who turned 70, and thought I’d share it with you. If you know him I think the imagery will make more sense: FOR PHIL AT 70 From the mountain high and steep a stream bursts out White spray lifts above the rocks – below a […]

Snapshots – Week ending Feb 20, 2009

The Snapshot is a weekly edition to the blog. It is intended to provide constituents with a glimpse of major pieces of legislation or legislative activity that was discussed in committee(s) during the previous week. For those of you that would like more in-depth coverage of information you can refer to the House website. Agriculture, […]

Earth Hour U.S.

Recently I received an email from a concerned citizen of Northfield. Her email advised me of the upcoming “Earth Hour.” Dawn Radabaugh passed along that on March 28, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., millions of people around the globe will be turning off the lights for one hour –“ Earth Hour” – to make […]


The Snapshot  provides constituents with a glimpse of major pieces of legislation that was discussed in committee(s) during the previous week. For more in-depth coverage  refer to the House website, or for a full snapshot report click week-in-review-ending-feb-13-2009. WEEK IN REVIEW Ending Feb 13, 2009 AGRICULTURE, RURAL ECONOMIES AND VA AFFAIRS Monday was dairy day in Ag Finance, […]

More Info on Green Acres

For those of you unfamiliar with Green Acres, it is a program that has been in place for a long while to conserve agriculture land for family farmers and landowners by providing them a property tax rate that wouldn’t “price” them out of their land to developers. In efforts to modernize the program last session, […]

Update From David Bly

Dear Neighbors, The State Legislature has begun working towards its chief goal of balancing our state budget. As part of that process, the Governor unveiled his budget proposal to close our $4.8 billion deficit. I want to provide you with some information about the Governor’s budget and how it will impact our District. I also […]

Town Hall Meetings

I am holding several town hall meetings with Sen. Kevin Dahle to discuss the state budget and other legislative issues with constituents throughout the District. I invite you to come and participate in active discussion about how we most responsibly balance our state budget and move Minnesota forward. Here is the schedule of the upcoming […]