GOP Led Push For Pricier Furnishings In Remodeled CapitolIn restoring Minnesota's Capitol to its old glory, renovators planned to spend $4.5 million on furniture and decorative finishing touches on the inside. That was until House Republicans quietly pushed to bump up the furnishings allocation by $2 million, or 45 percent.
Budget Bill Removes Disclosure For Bringing Guns To CapitolMinnesotans with gun permits could carry a gun onto state Capitol grounds without tipping off the state under a House budget bill. Current state law requires to gun owners to notify state officials before bringing a gun into the Capitol and other state buildings.
23 Pairs Of Empty Boots: A Reminder Of Military SuicidesIf you visit the Minnesota Capitol this week, you will see a poignant reminder of the devastating problem of military suicides. Local veterans have places 23 pairs of boots on the Capitol steps to symbolize the number of active duty troops and veterans who take their lives each day.
Ridebooking, Insurance Companies Say They Have Safety DealServices like Uber and Lyft connect drivers with fare-paying riders through smartphone apps. Minnesota is one of many states where lawmakers pitched plans to require extra insurance for drivers. They want to ensure drivers are sufficiently covered in case of an accident.
Rules For Law Enforcement Drones Fly To Senate FloorA bill barring warrantless aerial drone use by Minnesota law enforcement except in certain emergency situations is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday endorsed a bill that has been the subject of intense negotiations with civil liberties groups and law enforcement agencies.
Bill Allowing Gun Silencers Gathering Support At MN CapitolA bill that would allow silencers on guns is gaining support at the State Capitol. Currently, the devices are banned in Minnesota, but the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee passed a measure legalizing them.
Legal Silencers, Other Expansions Stir Gun Debate AgainThe prospect of legalizing silencers and removing disclosure to bring a firearm onto state Capitol grounds is heating up gun debate in Minnesota again. Gun rights advocates and gun control backers packed into a hearing room Thursday to testify on measures to expand firearm laws.
Minnesota Lawmakers Want Columbus Statue Re-EngravedA Minnesota Capitol mall statue honoring explorer Christopher Columbus is the target of new legislation that seeks to recast his role. A bill introduced Wednesday by more than a dozen lawmakers would order an architecture board to change the engraving on the 86-year-old statue's pedestal.
Lawmaker Wants Bust Of Late Rod Grams In Minnesota CapitolA Republican lawmaker wants to install a bust of former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams in the Minnesota Capitol. Sen. Paul Gazelka of Nisswa's bill is to be formally introduced Wednesday and would honor Grams, who died in 2013. Grams was a news anchor at KMSP-TV for nearly a decade before winning a congressional seat in 1992 as a Republican.
Deal On Office Space Reached For Capitol RenovationA newly remodeled Minnesota Capitol will give the public more access to dining rooms, bathrooms, meeting space and even a classroom as they start tours.
Minnesota Officials Consider Taking 2016 Session Off-SiteThe ambitious idea of Minnesota lawmakers skipping next year's session to avoid the Capitol construction has morphed into an alternative plan. Now senior legislators and state officials are taking a hard look at moving the Legislature's session off-site.
Get Ready For Disarray At Minnesota CapitolThe massive renovation hiding the graceful lines of Minnesota's Capitol in protective wrap and bristling scaffolding has left the inside even more unrecognizable and uninviting as the Legislature prepares to spring back into action.