Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion ClinicsMinnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday's 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
Split State Power Tempers GOP's Health Care PlansAfter two years of vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state's health insurance exchange, Minnesota Republicans face Democratic opposition in the Senate and governor's office that will scale back their hopes for a wholesale makeover.
Senate Sends Dayton Women's Workplace Rights Bill A bill called a hallmark update to Minnesota's workplace protections for women headed Thursday to Gov. Mark Dayton for his expected signature.
Minn. Senate Passes Anti-Bullying BillThe Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday to prevent bullying in Minnesota schools. But even though lawmakers support the idea of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, it is still among the most controversial bills of the year at the Capitol. Minnesota has been in the national spotlight because of a rash of students committing suicides because of bullying.
MNsure Making Big Enrollment Push Ahead Of DeadlineThe new federal health care law says everyone must be signed up by midnight Monday, or face a penalty. In Minnesota, MNsure is moving quickly to enroll as many people as possible over the weekend. Already this week, MNsure ramped up recruiting at more than 1,000 signup events.
Senate Ratifies State Labor Contracts With Raises Labor pacts covering 38,000 state workers have won approval from the Minnesota Senate. Senators voted 43-22 on Monday to formally adopt contracts that have been in place since late last year.
GOP's Seifert Names Lieutenant Governor PickState Rep. Pam Myhra says she is giving up her legislative seat to be the running mate of Republican Marty Seifert because she sees him as a strong conservative who can win the governor's race. Seifert named Myrha as his lieutenant governor candidate Thursday.
Parade Of Partners Starts In Minn. Governor's RaceRepublican Dave Thompson's selection of a running mate starts a parade of political pairings in Minnesota's race for governor. Thompson on Thursday announced that Michelle Benson, a fellow state senator, joined his ticket.
Thompson Picks Benson In Gov Race Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Dave Thompson has chosen a fellow GOP state senator as his running mate, a Republican official with direct knowledge of the pick told The Associated Press.
Major Insurance Overhaul Passes At Minn. CapitolThe NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their permission.
Silica Bill With Moratorium Passes 1st Stop A state Senate committee approved a one-year moratorium on new silica sand mines on Tuesday as part of a senator's broader effort to increase oversight of the booming industry.
In Midwest, GOP Shrinks From Union Battles Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota's Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November's ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there's one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with a right-to-work law.