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‘Unsession’ Undoes More Than 1,000 Outmoded Laws

Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that Minnesota residents will find life simpler after a so-called “Unsession” that wiped more than 1,000 outdated or duplicative laws off the books. Dayton has signed legislation that eliminated 1,175 such laws and issued an executive order all as part of an effort to streamline state government processes.

05/27/2014

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Talking Points: Will Gov. Dayton’s Health Be An Issue For Re-Election?

By this time next week, we will know who the Minnesota Republican party will nominate to run against Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/25/2014

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New Minnesota Law Grants Vets Temporary Licenses

Military service members and spouses trained as teachers, police officers, hair stylists and other professions requiring state certification could begin working immediately if they relocate to Minnesota through a new law that grants them temporary licenses.

05/22/2014

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Dayton Signs Session’s Biggest Money Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a trio of major bills that he says will help Minnesota’s economic growth. The governor was surrounded by legislative Democrats on Tuesday as he signed the tax, budget and construction project bills without a single line-item veto.

05/20/2014

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Minnesota Bans Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps

It’s widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it’s being banned in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical.

05/19/2014

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Public Employee Data-Snooping Bill Before Governor

Minnesota public employees who snoop in private information could soon face tougher consequences if they’re caught. A bill on Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk mandates that only public employees whose jobs require obtaining, accessing or viewing people’s non-public data may do so. Public employees are prohibited from using the private information in any way not outlined in their job descriptions.

05/19/2014

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Dayton Has Until May 30 To Decide On Last Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton is on the clock. He has until May 30 to dispense with the remaining bills lawmakers sent him upon adjourning their legislative session.

05/19/2014

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Minnesota Enacts 1st Law On Cellphone Disabling

Minnesota has the nation’s first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off devices as a way to deter theft. The “kill switch” bill was signed Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week.

05/14/2014

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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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2 Views Of Legal Medical Pot Head To Committee

Two very different plans for legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota went to a legislative conference committee on Tuesday, leaving advocates hoping for an agreement acceptable enough to Gov. Mark Dayton to become law.

05/13/2014

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Officials Break Ground On Downtown East Project

A major downtown development project broke ground in Minneapolis Tuesday. It is what’s known as the Downtown East Project. It will cost $400 million and promises to grow five blocks near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

05/13/2014

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Sprinkler Clause Adds Wrinkle To Bonding Debate

When it comes to the $846 million construction borrowing package being debated at the Capitol, many wonder if it’s too big to fail. Or in the case of Gov. Mark Dayton, is it too big to veto?

05/13/2014

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Minnesota Pot Debate Centers On Plant Access

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s still hopeful lawmakers can fashion a medical marijuana compromise that gets help to ailing people but doesn’t allow for access he fears would be too wide. Dayton said Monday that he has top aides working with legislators on a bill that can become law.

05/12/2014

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Dayton: Home-Sprinkler Clause Would Doom Bill

A clause in a construction borrowing package related to home sprinklers could doom the full package. Gov. Mark Dayton warned Monday that he would veto the full bonding bill over attempts to dump a building code requirement.

05/12/2014

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Minnesota Senators Could Act On Medical Marijuana

The next move in legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota is up to the state Senate. Senators could vote Monday to adopt a House bill that is more restrictive than theirs.

05/12/2014

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