Lawmakers Debate Special Session To Discuss Disparities Among Black CommunityMinnesota's lawmakers and community leaders are brainstorming how to aid their state's hurting black community in a possible special session, though some acknowledge the issues may prove too weighty to take on in a one-day legislative blitz.
Dayton Upset With Lawmakers Not Interested In Walleye SessionGov. Mark Dayton's administration was seeking $15 million for business loans and $400,000 in tourism marketing for the Lake Mille Lacs region in special session action plan to deal with fallout from the abrupt walleye fishing suspension.
Walker Announces Minnesota Campaign Co-ChairsWisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced the Minnesota state leaders who will serve as co-chairs for his presidential campaign Monday.
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.
Dayton To Meet With Daudt On Possible Special SessionGovernor Mark Dayton will meet with House Speaker Kurt Daudt Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a special session. The two are trying to work things out to avoid a partial government shutdown.
License Plate Readers Get New Regulations, Body Cams Won'tMinnesota lawmakers have approved legislation imposing regulations on police agencies that use license plate readers, but they will wait for now to set new laws for body cameras. The compromise bill sent Sunday to Gov. Mark Dayton limits how long agencies can keep location data gathered by cameras on squad cars or at fixed locations.
Dayton Faces Obstacles In Push For Construction Finance PlanAs Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul, Gov. Mark Dayton is delivering them a list public works construction projects that would require state borrowing.
$1.87B Surplus Estimate Sets Debate Over Tax Cuts, SpendingMinnesota's bank account is projected to run up a $1.87 billion surplus over the next two years, which will drive calls for new spending, tax cuts or most likely a mix. The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget provided the figure Friday in an updated economic forecast that shows stronger-than-expected growth projections, rising worker wages and surging consumer confidence.
State Seeking Labs To Test Marijuana Grown For Medicinal UseRegulators of Minnesota's new medical cannabis program are seeking to certify laboratories to test the marijuana cultivated for medicinal use. The Department of Health advertised Tuesday for specialized labs to test for "content, contamination and consistency" of the drug. Applications are due next month and labs should be chosen by mid-April.
Minnesota's 2016 Caucuses To Be Held In MarchMinnesota's Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled next year's precinct caucuses for March 1, which is when party activists will be able to cast their 2016 presidential preference votes. The parties jointly informed the Minnesota secretary of state of their plans Monday.
Lawmakers Aim To Update Constitution For Data PrivacyState lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment that would protect personal data from unreasonable search and seizure without a warrant.
Bill Would Have State Chip In For Employee Wellness ProgramsEmployers chipping in for their workers' gym memberships could get state funding under a new bill at the Legislature. A pair of Minnesota lawmakers wants to reimburse small- and medium-sized businesses $40 monthly for gym memberships they cover for employees.