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Dayton Upset With Lawmakers Not Interested In Walleye Session

Gov. 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.

08/19/2015

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Walker Announces Minnesota Campaign Co-Chairs

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced the Minnesota state leaders who will serve as co-chairs for his presidential campaign Monday.

08/17/2015

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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.

07/16/2015

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Dayton To Meet With Daudt On Possible Special Session

Governor 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.

05/26/2015

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License Plate Readers Get New Regulations, Body Cams Won’t

Minnesota 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.

05/18/2015

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Dayton Faces Obstacles In Push For Construction Finance Plan

As Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul, Gov. Mark Dayton is delivering them a list public works construction projects that would require state borrowing.

04/07/2015

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$1.87B Surplus Estimate Sets Debate Over Tax Cuts, Spending

Minnesota’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.

02/27/2015

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State Seeking Labs To Test Marijuana Grown For Medicinal Use

Regulators 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.

02/17/2015

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Minnesota’s 2016 Caucuses To Be Held In March

Minnesota’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.

02/16/2015

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Lawmakers Aim To Update Constitution For Data Privacy

State lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment that would protect personal data from unreasonable search and seizure without a warrant.

02/16/2015

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Bill Would Have State Chip In For Employee Wellness Programs

Employers 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.

02/11/2015

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How Will Lawmakers Spend The $1 Billion Surplus?

Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the new session Thursday with a sweeping package of unusual legislative priorities.

01/08/2015

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Minnesota Lawmakers Search For Way Out Of Road Jam

If Minnesota lawmakers can come up with the green, drivers will be seeing many more orange cones in years to come.

12/13/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Key In On Growing Drone Use

Lawyers, privacy advocates and hobby drone pilots are urging Minnesota lawmakers to set some rules for the small unmanned aircrafts.

12/12/2014

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What Did 2014 Legislature Do For You? Here’s What

As Minnesota lawmakers break from the Capitol for the campaign, they leave behind a tale of two sessions. Last year: tax increases to fix a broken budget. This year: tax breaks from a budget surplus.

05/17/2014

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Stopping Minn. e-Lotto Tickets Wouldn’t Come Cheap

Minnesota lawmakers are being told they’ll have to come up with millions of dollars if they want to shut down the sales of e-lottery tickets. The potential $8 million cost is attributable to lost sales and vendor contracts that would be breached if the Legislature prohibits the lottery from continuing with online games.

04/22/2014

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Coalition Urges Minn. Insurance Fraud Crackdown

A coalition of insurers, prosecutors and Minnesota lawmakers from both parties is lining up behind a package of 11 measures they say will reduce fraud scams that cost all policyholders more.

02/13/2014

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Minn. Will Host Nation’s State Legislators In 2014

State legislators from around the country will be called together next summer in Minnesota. The National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan research and policy group, is planning its annual legislative summit in Minneapolis. It’s set for August 2014.

05/31/2013

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Minn. Primed To Put Firms On Hook During Lockouts

Minnesota lawmakers are primed to adopt legislation giving idled workers longer-lasting jobless benefits when locked out by their companies in labor fights.

05/15/2013

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Lawmakers Plan Backup Revenue Source For Vikings Stadium

Minnesota lawmakers appear to have reached a consensus about the Vikings stadium funding shortfall.

04/12/2013

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Minn. Text Hotline: A ‘Lifeline’ In Teens’ Pockets

The name says it all: TXT4Life. Minnesota lawmakers are moving to add the text message-based suicide prevention program to the existing statewide phone hotline, citing figures from a pilot program in northeastern Minnesota that show teens would rather send a text than make a call for help.

03/13/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Want Lou Gehrig’s Medical Records

Some Minnesota lawmakers are looking to force the release of Lou Gehrig’s medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that now bears his name or from repetitive head trauma.

10/04/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Return For Countdown To Final Exit

Minnesota lawmakers are digging in for the final session push toward session adjournment.

04/15/2012

Government Shutdown

List Of Minnesota Lawmakers Who Declined July Pay

According to payroll offices in the state House and Senate, 62 Minnesota state lawmakers deferred their July 1 paycheck as the state government shutdown got under way.

07/11/2011

Farming

Minn. Lawmakers Approve Green Acres Changes

Minnesota lawmakers have approved changes to a state program meant to hold down property taxes in rural Minnesota.

04/14/2011

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