Overview: Celebrating women in a busy week of legislative deadlines

The first full week of March saw a flurry of legislative activity as the first deadline is this Friday, March 10. This is the first of three major deadlines that help align which bills will move forward to one day becoming law.

The week began with a thunderclap — REAL ID legislation came to the Senate floor and was voted down on a bipartisan vote. The move stalled the legislation over Republicans refusal to take out controversial language. The no vote isn’t the end though – legislative leaders are working out compromise language that both parties can agree to.

Later in the week thousands of women across Minnesota and the country celebrated International Women’s Day. Some women chose to mark the event with ‘Day without women’ – taking the day off of work and not spending any money. The state capitol hallways were filled with red-clad women – many carrying signs and spreading the word that women’s rights are human rights.