Rep. Working On Bill To Up Penalty For Interfering With ParamedicsA Minnesota lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill that would increase the penalties for interfering with emergency medical workers. Republican state Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington said Tuesday he plans to introduce the "Public Safety Personnel Protection Act" during next year's legislative session.
MN Rep.: With 'Driverless' Cars Coming, Why Spend On Light Rail?Minnesota should prepare for thousands of "driverless" cars on state roads in the very near future. That's the prediction of a top state lawmaker, who says self-driving cars will one day outnumber traditional vehicles, and make other forms of transportation obsolete.
2016 Ryder Cup Pitch Comes Up Short With Minnesota OfficialsThe 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota's new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.
House Republicans Aim To Slash Broadband Internet GrantsHouse Republicans are aiming to save $30 million by cutting grants to build out broadband Internet access across Minnesota.
GOP Restart Wage Debate With Talk Of TipsHouse Republicans are reigniting a debate over the minimum wage with a move to exempt some servers, bartenders and other tipped workers from future hikes. Legislators passed a law last year bumping the state's minimum wage up to $9.50 hourly by 2016.
Possible Vote On Minn. Medical Marijuana DelayedA possible Minnesota House vote on legalizing medical marijuana has been delayed for a couple of weeks. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington was hoping to attach an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana to a separate health bill. But that bill has been pulled from Wednesday's docket until after the Legislature's Passover/Easter break that begins the next day.
Rep. Apologizes For Controversial NBA TweetThe Minnesota legislator whose tweet about the NBA aroused cries of racism is apologizing Monday. Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, has faced an avalanche of criticism for suggesting this weekend that pro basketball players had criminal tendencies.
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Minn. Rep. Gets Nat'l Attention After Controversial NBA TweetA Minnesota lawmaker is getting national attention for a tweet posted on his Twitter page Sunday – and some are calling it racist.
GOP Lawmaker Who Was On Fence A No On Gay MarriageA Republican legislator who was weighing his vote on a gay marriage bill says he will oppose it during Thursday's Minnesota House vote.