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Office Space Disputes Threaten Capitol Renovation

Minnesota lawmakers are caught in a dust-up over office space at the State Capitol, and it’s threatening to delay the massive Capitol restoration now underway. The three-year, $272 million project is on time and on budget. But the tenants in the new building — including the governor, the Senate, the House and the attorney general — cannot come to agreement over how much space they will control.

01/14/2015

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Lawmakers Study Up On Issues Facing Minnesota

Minnesota lawmakers just got back to the Capitol, and now they’re leaving to study up on state issues. Demographers, economists and business executives are scheduled to address legislators at One Minnesota, an annual conference at the University of Minnesota that focuses on the top issues of the time.

01/07/2015

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If 2015 Goes Well, Minnesota Lawmakers May Skip 2016 Session

Top Minnesota lawmakers have had early discussions about cramming more work into the next five months so they could skip a 2016 session amid a construction-ravaged Capitol. Senate Minority Leader David Hann raised the prospect Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk hasn’t ruled it out. Bakk acknowledged having preliminary talks with House Speaker Kurt Daudt about that option.

01/06/2015

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Minn. Considering Powdered Alcohol Ban

Minnesota is the latest state considering a ban on powdered alcohol. The product is better known as “Palcohol.” Its inventor says it’s a convenient way to mix a drink, and federal regulators say it’s safe.

12/16/2014

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Gov. Dayton Vows To Ensure No Child Goes Hungry At School

Gov. Mark Dayton says it is time to make sure no child in Minnesota goes hungry at school. This comes almost six months after a report revealed 46 Minnesota school districts had policies denying some children lunch, if they couldn’t pay for it.

06/04/2014

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Lawmakers Demand Higher Speed Limits On More Miles

On more of Minnesota’s two-lane state highways, motorists could soon be free to drive above 55 — legally. As part of an expansive budget bill signed into law last week, state lawmakers nudged transportation officials to boost the speed limit to 60 miles per hour on lane miles where it can “reasonably and safely” be done.

05/25/2014

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Ritchie Stops Issuing Privilege Cards To Lawmakers

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Wednesday he will no longer issue cards that appeared to give lawmakers immunity from being arrested for drunken driving or other crimes during a legislative session, saying his office isn’t bound by statute to distribute them.

05/21/2014

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In Minn., A Short & Productive 2014 Legislative Session

Minnesota lawmakers are gone from the Capitol after ending the 2014 session on Friday night. It was an unusually short and productive session. Included on the completed list is the bill to legalize medical marijuana, which became among the most publicly visible — and contentious — issues of the year.

05/19/2014

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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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Week To Go, Big Decisions Remain For Lawmakers

Minnesota lawmakers face a shrinking pile of unfinished business as they sprint this week toward the end of the legislative session and the campaign season just beyond.

05/11/2014

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Fix To Data-Snooping Problem Is Slow Go At Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers are running out of time to pass a bill that could protect citizens from snooping in their private data by public employees. The sticking point is how to do it without making it too difficult for state agencies to do their jobs.

05/08/2014

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Lawmakers Agree On Bill With $100M In Tax Cuts

Minnesota lawmakers are ready to deliver $100 million more in tax relief, including extra refunds and credits for homeowners, renters and farmers.

05/08/2014

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Lawmakers To Vote On Mandatory Home Fire Sprinklers

Dozens of firefighters from across Minnesota arrived at the State Capitol on Wednesday to talk about the importance of fire sprinklers. According to fire crews, a deadly fire last weekend could have been prevented if the home had fire sprinklers.

05/07/2014

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Plan For Shelling Out Rest Of Minn. Surplus Set

Leading lawmakers have announced how they will dispense with what remains of Minnesota’s $1.2 billion budget surplus, a framework that suggests the election-year legislative session is moving toward conclusion. The agreement released Friday by Democratic leaders would allow for $103 million more in tax breaks on top of the $447 million already enacted this year.

05/02/2014

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Top Lawmakers Strive For Session-Ending Bargain

Top Minnesota lawmakers are working to set the terms of a deal on tax cuts, new state spending and borrowing for construction that would enable them to end their session. Democratic leaders of the House and Senate said Thursday that they were closing in on a framework.

05/01/2014

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