A group of 90 Olmsted County teenagers have descended on the Minnesota Capitol today to get a taste of government in action. Turns out today is quite a busy political day.
Moments before heading to a press conference to show his support for lifting the state's nuclear ban, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem chatted with students on the Senate floor. They had planned to meet in the Capitol Rotunda. But it turns out an abortion supporters were rallying while abortion opponents stood nearby holding up protest signs. Senjem's press conference comes in advance of a Senate committee hearing at 3 p.m. where members will vote on a bill that would lift the state's 16-year ban on nuclear power plants.
This is the first annual "Teens on Tour" event sponsored by the Youth Commission of Olmsted County, Olmsted County and the city of Rochester. Students from Mayo, John Marshall and Century high schools are represented along with some students form Golden Hills Education Center. The students are joined by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, Rochester City Council member Mark Bilderback, Olmsted Commissioner Mike Podulke and Olmsted County lobbyist Amy Caucutt.