New & Old Hurdles On Lawmakers' 2016 AgendaA to-do list with items new and old will confront Minnesota's politicians in 2016, from spending down a hefty new budget surplus to facing voters in November.
Trial Begins In Iowa Against 2 Ex-Aides To Ron PaulA federal trial has begun in Iowa for two aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign accused of secretly paying a state lawmaker for his endorsement. Twelve jurors and two alternates were selected Tuesday in Des Moines in the trial of Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari. Opening statements were expected later this afternoon.
MN Officials Begin Talks On Expanding Medical Pot To Chronic Pain SufferersMinnesota state officials will discuss whether to allow people with chronic pain access to medical marijuana. That could make the drug available to thousands of more people.
Talks Stall On Aid For Lake Mille Lacs ResortsDespite agreeing that there's a need to do something, lawmakers have stalled on talks to help the struggling Lake Mille Lacs area.
Lawmakers Prepare For Special Session On Impact Of Shortened Walleye SeasonMinnesota lawmakers will be meeting later Tuesday to talk about a special session designed to help those affected by the shortened walleye season on Lake Mille Lacs.
Good Question: What Are The Ethics Rules For Minn. Lawmakers?A lawyer who helped write Minnesota's medical marijuana law is going to work for a company that sells it. Jamie Olson is the third public official to join LeafLine Labs. She helped the Minnesota House craft the law that legalized medical cannabis last year.
MN Lawmakers Push To Ban Gun-Shaped Phone CasesCell phone cases that look like guns are being called dumb, dangerous and disasters waiting to happen. On Friday, two Minnesota lawmakers announced legislation to ban the cell phone cases.
Lawmakers Hold Dramatic Special SessionMinnesota lawmakers are holding a dramatic special legislative session Friday -- three weeks after their regular session ended. Lawmakers are back in St. Paul to pass billions of dollars in budget bills to fund state government.
Special Session Means 2nd Chance For Some InterestsNow that Minnesota lawmakers will be pulled back into action, the second-chance stampede is on. Groups with a gripe about the budget are trying to get in on the special session provoked by a promised veto of a $17 billion education spending plan, and some want Gov. Mark Dayton to veto other bills too.
Dayton Rejects Education Bill; Special Session AheadOn Tuesday Gov. Mark Dayton made good on his threat to take down the $17 billion education bill. It forces a special session, but Dayton said he won't call one until Republicans give him the pre-kindergarten programs he wants.
Lawmakers Eyeing March 8 Start Date For Next Year's SessionMinnesota lawmakers are eying a March 8 start date for next year's legislative session. The plan would start the session after a state budget forecast is released in late February.
Soccer Franchise Leaders Approach Capitol For Stadium HelpThe group that landed a new professional soccer franchise is turning its focus to Minnesota lawmakers for help building a new stadium. The Minnesota United FC ownership group hasn't specifically presented a finance plan for a new outdoor stadium.