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Drug Test For Lawmakers: Next Stop, Senate

Members of the Minnesota Senate will decide whether to require drug tests for lawmakers to qualify for their pay and benefits.

04/24/2013

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Minn. Legislature Juggles Budget Bills

Minnesota’s House and Senate are busy passing a series of bills funding state agencies as lawmakers set the stage for end-of-session budget talks.

04/19/2013

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Lawmakers Scrambling To Fund Vikings Stadium

There’s a fight over the money troubles surrounding the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, that’s supposed to cost about $975 million.

04/18/2013

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Pay Raises For Minn. Lawmakers Barely Clear Senate

Pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers won approval Tuesday from the state Senate, but the plan to boost salaries of the governor, Legislature, agency commissioners and other elected officials faces a taller climb in the state House.

04/16/2013

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Improving Gun Background Checks Would Cost $1.1M

Lawmakers’ plans to improve Minnesota’s background check system for gun sales would cost the state almost $1.1 million.

04/09/2013

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Plan To Boost Lawmaker Pay In Minn. Budget Bill

Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders.

04/09/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Jump Back Into Vikings Stadium

Minnesota state lawmakers waded back into details of the Vikings stadium project Tuesday, amid building concerns about the reliability of tax revenue from gambling to pay the state’s share.

04/02/2013

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After Break, Minn. Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

For Minnesota lawmakers, spring break is over and the required end of the 2013 legislative session is not far around the corner.

04/01/2013

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Restaurants: Consider Tips In Setting Minimum Wage

A group of Minnesota restaurants is pushing the Legislature to factor tips into their proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage.

03/26/2013

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Gay Marriage Supporters Launch Statewide Ad Campaign

Supporters of gay marriage launched a statewide television ad campaign Monday to pressure Minnesota lawmakers for a vote this year.

03/25/2013

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Minn. Lawmaker’s ‘Gay Lifestyle’ Aside Stuns Peers

A Minnesota lawmaker opposed to gay marriage has caused another stir with comments some regarded as inflammatory.

03/11/2013

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Bi-Partisan Push To Bring Movie Making To MN

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers want your tax dollars used to fund major Hollywood movies. That may sound far-fetched but lawmakers say it’s a logical use of money from the state Legacy Fund that could create jobs.

03/06/2013

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Special Education Costs Vex Minn. School Districts

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says fast-rising special education costs are hampering the ability of school districts to reach other education goals, such as reducing class sizes.

03/06/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Switch To Alternate Gun Plan

Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won’t pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state’s gun laws.

03/04/2013

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Pranking 911? Minn. Bill Would Stiffen Penalties

Minnesota lawmakers want to put prank callers to 911 emergency lines on notice that future fake calls could come at a price.

03/03/2013

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