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Minn. Legislature Backs Excuse-Free Absentee Votes

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that lets anyone vote by absentee ballot without being forced to provide an excuse.

05/20/2013

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Minn. House Finally Passes Day Care Union Bill

The Minnesota House has passed a bill that allows a union drive among home day care providers and personal care attendants after about 10 hours of debate strung out over more than two days.

05/20/2013

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School Bully Bill Stumbles At Minn. Legislature

Supporters of legislation to crack down on bullying in schools are vowing to press on next year after their bill got held up in the Minnesota Senate. A few dozen supporters of the bill gathered at the Capitol Monday.

05/20/2013

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Legislature Sends Dayton $15.7B Education Budget

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a school funding bill that boosts education spending in a number of areas.

05/19/2013

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Lawmakers Debate Until Early Sunday On Daycare, Education

With the session officially ending on Monday, state lawmakers have been debating for the last 16 hours trying to wrap up some of the most contested issues this year.

05/19/2013

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Gay Marriage Is Now Legal In Minnesota.

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05/14/2013

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Protesters Chide Dems For ‘Lack Of Courage’ On Gun Control Vote

Gun control advocates said Friday that Democrats at the Minnesota Legislature are showing a “lack of courage” by shelving a vote on tougher gun laws.

05/03/2013

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Reality Check: Minnesota Following Trend On Gun Laws

The Minnesota Legislature won’t be voting on tougher gun laws after all.

05/02/2013

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State, Federal Proposals Seek To Add Tax To Online Sales

Consumers may not like it, but a lot of small businesses say it will help them survive. We’re talking about state sales tax being applied to online purchases.

04/24/2013

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Minn. House Backs Water Fee Hikes

Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate are looking for new ways to collect money. If their latest plan passes, that glass of water from your kitchen faucet may be getting more expensive.

04/19/2013

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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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Bill: Extra $5 On Insurance Policies To Fund Police, Firefighter Pensions

Take a close look at your homeowner and auto insurance policies — the cost may be going up. Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to add a $5 surcharge on every policy in the state.

04/04/2013

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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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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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Better Minn. Economic Outlook Eases Budget Stress

Minnesota’s budget pressures eased dramatically on Thursday, but not the political rift over how to shore up the state’s finances.

02/28/2013

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Gun Buyer Checks Argued At Minn. Senate Hearing

The Minnesota Senate opened controversial hearings on gun violence at the Capitol Thursday, focusing on much tougher background checks.

02/21/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers To Take Up Silica Sand Mining Boom

Critics of a booming silica sand mining industry will ask lawmakers to hit the pause button Tuesday when the Minnesota Legislature holds its first-ever hearing on a subject that has so far been left up to local governments.

02/17/2013

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Minn. GOP Questions ‘Cuts’ In Dayton Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration said Monday that what was initially billed as $225 million in spending cuts in his budget blueprint is actually $58 million less.

01/28/2013

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Talking Points: Clothing Sales Tax, Gun Control & More

While all eyes will be on Washington Monday for the inauguration, here at home the focus will shift to St. Paul. On Tuesday, Gov. Dayton will present his budget.

01/20/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader Wants Higher Amendment Bar

Following the failure in November of two constitutional amendments championed largely by Republicans, DFL lawmakers now at the Capitol’s helm said Thursday they want to make it tougher to put such measures on the ballot.

01/10/2013

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Dayton Plans Feb. 6 State Of State Address

Gov. Mark Dayton is planning to deliver his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Feb. 6.

01/09/2013

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1st Minn. House Bills On School IOUs, Property Tax

The first batch of bills in the Minnesota House will attempt to whittle away at state IOUs to schools, give more property taxpayers rebates, install a health care insurance exchange and prop up investment grant programs.

01/08/2013

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Reality Check: Minn. Legislature Boosts Pay Out Of Public Eye

New numbers from the Minnesota legislature show state lawmakers paid themselves more than a $1 million last year in per diem payments — out of the public eye.

01/07/2013

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For ’13 Legislature, Long List Of Issues To Tackle

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s new Democratic majorities have made it clear: The session that starts Tuesday will be all about the state budget.

01/04/2013

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