Bill Requires Background Check Before Gun TransfersGun safety supporters rallied at a church outside the Minnesota State Capitol Tuesday. DFL State Senator Ron Latz is proposing a bill which requires criminal background checks for the 40 percent of gun transfers he says are currently exempted – including online and gun show sales.
Lawmakers Approve Iron Range Unemplyment Extension, Tax ReliefMinnesota legislators on Thursday paved the way for unemployment checks to go out to thousands of out-of-work Iron Range miners, abruptly wrapping up a long-awaited deal just after the Senate's top Democrat doubted whether the relief package would come together.
Minn. Senate Opens Hearings On 'Zero Tolerance' Teacher Assault Bill Minnesota Senate Committee opened hearings Thursday on a bill requiring school boards to expel students who assault teachers.
Minn. Senate Committee Taking Up 'Right To Die' BillA state Senate committee is taking up a bill that would allow for physician-assisted death in Minnesota. Sen. Chris Eaton introduced the bill last year, but said at the time she wanted to wait a year to gather public input.
Sen. Leroy Stumpf Announces He Won't Run For Re-electionA longtime Democratic state senator says he won't run for re-election, opening a prime seat for Republicans.
Minn. Senate's Assistant Majority Leader To RetireMinnesota Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben says she won't seek another term. Sieben becomes the sixth DFLer in the chamber to announce plans to retire this year, joining Sens. James Metzen, Barb Goodwin, Roger Reinert, Kathy Sheran and Bev Scalze.
Reports To Show How Much Money Was Raised, Spent By Campaigning MN LawmakersLawmakers and political groups are setting the stage for the battle for control of the Legislature. Their quest for cash is shaping up, too.
At State Capitol, Lawmakers' Per Diem Expenses Add UpMembers of the Minnesota House and Senate racked up almost $2 million dollars in extra pay last year -- over and above their legislative salaries.
Control Of Minnesota House, Senate Up For Grabs In Upcoming ElectionThis fall, all 201 legislators in Minnesota are up for re-election. The fight for control of the state House and Senate will largely center on a handful of rural districts.
After 42 Years, Metzen To Retire From Minn. SenateDemocratic Sen. Jim Metzen, whose 42 years in the Legislature make him one of Minnesota's longest-serving state lawmakers, said Saturday that he won't seek re-election. Metzen said in September that he was being treated for a recurrence of lung cancer.
Jim Abeler Wins GOP Nomination In Special Senate ElectionFormer Republican state Rep. Jim Abeler has won his party's nomination for an open Senate seat. The Anoka chiropractor easily beat party-endorsed activist Andy Aplikowski in Tuesday's primary winning 61 percent of the vote.
Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Possible Special Session ItemsWith an eye on either salvaging a special session or putting those hopes to rest, lawmakers began weeding through ideas on Thursday that would bring Minnesota in compliance with a federal high-security driver's license law, extend unemployment benefits for laid-off steelworkers and tackle racial economic disparities.

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