Herald and Journal, July 10, 2000

Governor commends Rep. Kielkucki

By Governor Jesse Ventura

I would like to publicly acknowledge Representative Tony Kielkucki (20B) for working to put unicameral on the ballot and giving the people the right to choose the structure of their government.

He supported "letting the people decide" in the face of broad opposition, from almost every interest group lobbying at the Capitol.

It takes courage to stand up inside of a system and say that it can be better. I commend Representative Kielkucki for taking a leadership role and doing the right thing.

The unicameral bill passed out of several committees in both the House and the Senate ­ which is unprecedented ­ but failed on procedural motions on the House and Senate floors.

Despite our best efforts and the fact that 80 percent of the citizens wanted to vote on the issue, a unicameral amendment will not be on the ballot in November.

I still believe that this debate would re-engage citizens and help to restore their confidence in government and elected officials.

I regret that we will not have the opportunity to educate people in the bicameral and unicameral systems and to begin a dialogue to decide which system would better serve Minnesota citizens.

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