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Minn. House Passes Bill That Could Cut Pay Of Tipped Workers

Lawmakers in the Minnesota House have passed a bill that could cut the minimum wage for thousands of tipped workers. The bill allows restaurants to pay servers a lower minimum wage if they make $12 an hour or more with tips. The proposal passed 73-to-56 late Wednesday night.

04/23/2015

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Under Bill, 84-Year-Old Could Get Another Shot At A Deer

An 84-year-old hunter who asked Minnesota lawmakers for help bagging another deer may get his wish. A provision tucked in House Republicans’ budget bill for environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and older to kill a doe without a permit.

04/13/2015

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House Passes Bill Allowing ‘Wage Freeze’ For Workers With Tips

Lawmakers worked late into the night Monday to pass a bill that would keep some Minnesota workers from getting a pay raise this summer. Just before midnight Monday, the Republican-led House passed legislation that let employees pay a minimum wage of $8 an hour to workers who get more than $4 per hour in tips.

03/24/2015

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Bill Seeks To Protect Firefighters From Chemicals Linked To Cancer

A bill to better protect Minnesota’s firefighters from an invisible danger has been introduced at the state Capitol. The proposal would ban cancer-causing chemicals from furniture and children’s products.

03/03/2015

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Wisconsin Republicans Plan Vote On Right-To-Work Next Week

In a surprise announcement, the Republican leader of the state Senate says he will schedule a vote for next week on a yet-to-be-introduced bill that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

02/20/2015

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Dayton Praises State Lottery Despite Lawmakers Concern

As lawmakers are trying to make changes to the state’s lottery, Gov. Mark Dayton is celebrating it. At a news conference Friday morning, the Governor said the lottery has generated $2.4 billion for public projects since its inception 25 years ago.

02/06/2015

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Bill Pushes Courses Ahead Of Divorces When Children Involved

A proposal before Minnesota lawmakers would make it a requirement that parents with minor children take a marriage dissolution course before their divorce case could proceed. The bill being introduced Thursday in the Senate includes some good-cause waivers, such as not being able to afford the four-hour class.

02/05/2015

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Bill Would Remove Federal Protections For Wolves In 4 States

Several members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation soon to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.

01/13/2015

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Good Question: When Does A Bill Go Into Collection?

A new study out Tuesday showed that more than 35 percent of Americans owe money to collections agencies. In most cases, it’s from falling behind on credit cards, medical bills, or student loans.

07/29/2014

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Dayton Signs Bill To Permanently Seal ‘Reformed Offender’ Records

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Wednesday making it easier to erase the criminal records of some offenders. The law could affect thousands of Minnesotans.

05/14/2014

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Minn. Lawmakers In Rare Agreement On 2nd Round Of Tax Cuts

There was something a little different going on at the State Capitol Tuesday: A major bill that everyone appears to agree on. It means a second round of tax cuts could be heading your way. State lawmakers already passed income tax relief on the way to hundreds of thousands of middle income Minnesotans. Now, homeowners and renters are getting a break.

05/13/2014

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Gov. Dayton Signs Women’s Economic Security Act

A bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton Sunday is aimed at helping women in the workplace. Lawmakers and advocates joined the governor on this Mother’s Day to sign the Women’s Economic Security Act.

05/11/2014

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Minn. Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

A Minnesota Senate panel has approved legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. The chamber’s Committee on State and Local Government advanced the legislation after questions on how a program would be set up and run.

04/29/2014

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Gov. Dayton Prepared To Sign Minimum Wage Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the minimum wage bill into law on Monday, bringing one of the country’s lowest rates to one of the highest in the nation.

04/13/2014

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Rise Nears Approval

The bill ushering in one of the nation’s highest minimum wages is hitting the Minnesota Senate floor and could reach Gov. Mark Dayton by week’s end.

04/09/2014

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Minn. Senate Passes Heroin Antidote Bill

The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday allowing first responders to administer a heroin antidote, called Narcan, in the case of an overdose, and immunity for people who call 911.

04/08/2014

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Talking Points: Will MN Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Last week the Minnesota legislature took the first step to possibly legalizing medical marijuana. A medical marijuana bill passed a key House committee.

03/09/2014

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Lawmakers Want Tougher Rules On H.S. Transfer Athletes

As the boys state hockey tournament skates into the Xcel Energy Center, it’s another showdown in St. Paul that some high school athletes are fighting to win. Lawmakers are wondering if some students and their parents are going too far to gain a competitive edge.

03/05/2014

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Minn. Gay Rights Groups Turn Attention To Bullying

Long before gay rights activists in Minnesota launched a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, they were aiming for another high-profile goal: a state law protecting children from school bullies.

03/02/2014

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Lawmakers Working To Get Compensation For The Wrongfully Imprisoned

A push is underway to compensate people who were exonerated for crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

01/28/2014

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Bill To Reopen Government Clears US Senate

Legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default has passed the U.S. Senate on an 81-18 vote. The legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday now goes to the U.S. House where a vote is expected later Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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Glitch Adds Extra $1,000 On Some U Of M Students’ Bill

Some University of Minnesota students are facing some unexpected charges, while the U said it will soon have it all straightened out. The university said a programming glitch added $1,000 to 1,800 students’ bills for the semester.

09/10/2013

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Hot Spell Pushes Xcel To Near Record Power Use

Buzzing cicadas signal yet another hot August day. But it’s the scorched lawn and grinding of an air conditioner that are Brett Severson’s clue. “My A/C is running all the time — I’d guess my bill is about $400 a month,” Severson said.

08/28/2013

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Good Question: Why Are Men Still Expected To Pay On Dates?

A new study presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting found men far more likely to pick up the tab on the first few dates.

08/13/2013

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Sen. Franken: Immigration Reform Bill Good For MN

A U.S. senator said a reform bill isn’t just good for our broken immigration system. At the State Capitol Monday afternoon, Sen. Al Franken said the bill is also good for Minnesota farms and businesses.

07/01/2013

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