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.
Partisan Divide To Remain In New, $90M Senate OfficeMinnesota's now-scattered 67 state senators are planning their move into offices under one roof for the first time anyone can recall. As the new, $90 million Senate Office Building nears completion, an office draft is underway.
Petersen Joins List Of GOPers Exiting Senate In 2016A third Republican state senator plans to step down next year. Sen. Branden Petersen announced Monday he won't run for a second term in 2016. The Andover Republican served one term in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2012.
Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late BudgetMinnesota's path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.
MN Senate Rejects Environment Bill Key To Session Wrapup; New Votes PossibleThe Minnesota Senate has rejected a bill to fund environmental and agricultural programs that's key to a successful wrapup to the legislative session.
Minn. House Passes Education Finance Bill 71 – 59The Minnesota House passed the education finance bill early Monday morning. Just before 4:30 a.m. the House passed the bill 71 to 59.
Minnesota Online Lottery Games Experiment To EndThe Minnesota Lottery's experiment with paperless, instant-play tickets sold over the Internet and other platforms will come to an end because Gov. Mark Dayton decided Thursday against vetoing legislation suspending the games.
MN Drivers Could Soon Show Proof Of Insurance ElectronicallySoon, Minnesota drivers can show proof of insurance with a smartphone. Both the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate unanimously approved the new law. Now, it goes to the governor for his signature.
In Session's Final Push, Minnesota Budget Deal Still ElusiveMinnesota's legislative session is moving into its final, frantic week with the full outline of a new state budget still a blur but some potential elements of an agreement coming into focus. The few people in on private negotiations are saying almost nothing, but the Capitol has turned into its usual hothouse of rumors and compromise scenarios.
Senate Confirms Much Of Dayton's CabinetGov. Mark Dayton's cabinet is officially on the job. The DFL-led Minnesota Senate confirmed seven state agency heads Tuesday. Candidates on the slate oversee pollution control, veterans affairs and other areas.
Senate Passes Tax Plan It'll Take To Negotiations With HouseMinnesota's Senate has adopted a tax plan that could put a dent in property taxes for homeowners, farmers and businesses — except for railroad companies.