Minnesota Senate

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.
Republican MN Sen. Dave Thompson Not Seeking Re-ElectionA Republican state senator who ran for Minnesota governor in 2014 said Tuesday that he won't run for re-election because he's moving to North Carolina.
Gov. Dayton Wants Special Session Answers Next WeekGov. Mark Dayton has asked legislative leaders to make a final call by the end of next week on whether to hold a special session, he told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview.
Minnesota Senator Kathy Sheran Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2016A top Minnesota Senate Democrat on social services issues is not seeking re-election in 2016. Sen. Kathy Sheran announced on Monday her plans to retire after her third term is up. Sheran was first elected to the Mankato-area district in 2006.
Dayton Says Admin Won't Force Senate GOP To Move To New OfficesAs far as Gov. Mark Dayton is concerned, Senate Republicans can keep their offices where they're at. Dayton commented Tuesday on a declaration by GOP senators that they'd forego a move to the new Senate Office Building when it opens early next year.
Senate Republicans Question Need To Move Into New Office BuildingJust weeks before the new Minnesota Senate Office Building is scheduled to open, some senators may not want to move in. The $90-million structure behind the State Capitol will be ready in January for all 67 senators to move into new offices, but not everyone is happy about it.

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