Sen. Scott Dibble
The next move in legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota is up to the state Senate. Senators could vote Monday to adopt a House bill that is more restrictive than theirs.
This week, the Minnesota House and Senate will have to hammer out differences between the Senate and House versions of a medical marijuana law.
A bill to legalize medical marijuana is headed to the Senate floor after passage by the Finance Committee. The committee passed the bill 14-7 on Monday after adding a few wrinkles to the legislation.
A rift among Minnesota supporters of allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes could make it harder to push legalization through the legislature this year. Committees in both the House and Senate were debating competing legislation Friday. A Senate panel stripped the option of smoking marijuana as medication from its bill on Thursday. But the House version is even more limited in how the drug may be accessed.
Medical marijuana has not yet been snuffed out in Minnesota. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, took up the gauntlet Gov. Mark Dayton threw down this week when he dared legislators to vote on the proposal if they felt they could pass it, declining to say if he would veto it.
Revised legislation that protects students against bullies has the support of a key Senate committee in Minnesota. The anti-bullying bill packed a Senate Education Committee Tuesday during a five-hour hearing. The bill eventually passed the committee and is headed to the Senate Finance Committee.
Hoping to avert disaster before it strikes, two state lawmakers introduced plans Wednesday to deal with the growing threat from railroad oil tanker spills. On average, ten oil tanker trains rumble through Minnesota each day, hauling huge quantities of North Dakota crude to refineries down south or out east. As oil rail traffic increases, people like Kathy Hollander want action. “This is oil transportation on steroids,” Hollander said.
It’s been nearly 13 months since the lockout began at the Minnesota Orchestra, and now some leaders are calling for state aid to settle the dispute. Former governor Arne Carlson says the orchestra is a valued community asset that should get the same attention as the Vikings stadium.
A transportation finance bill that mostly keeps the status quo is rolling toward a vote in the Minnesota Senate.
A Minnesota lawmaker had trouble getting word out he was OK after finishing the Boston Marathon, site of a deadly explosion.
The head of a transportation finance committee in the Minnesota Legislature doesn’t expect to see a major infusion of money for roads, bridges and mass transit to come together this year.
It appears the battle over same sex marriage in Minnesota may start to heat up earlier than expected. Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble said he plans to introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage this week.
A Minnesota Senate committee has passed a bill to prohibit lawyers from dismissing potential jurors based solely on their sexual orientation or marital status.
Repeat misuse of state databases is prompting two state lawmakers to try making sensitive information more secure.
The Minnesota state senator who will take the lead in that chamber on a bill to legalize gay marriage says backers will wait at least a month or two into the upcoming legislative session before they start to push it hard.