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Legislature Preparing To Vote On State Lottery Restrictions

Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday he’d hold the vote soon, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he expected his chamber would do the same.

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Boat Diplomacy: Capitol’s Top 3 Headed On Joint Fishing Trip

Minnesota’s center of political power is moving north for the weekend. Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to share a boat Saturday on Lake Vermilion for the annual fishing opener.

13 hours ago

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Minnesota Wants To Host College Football Championship Game

Minnesota has an idea for a Super Bowl encore: the country’s biggest college football game. Gov. Mark Dayton is joining others Tuesday morning to announce the state’s bid for the College Football Playoff National Championship.

05/04/2015

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Dayton Threatens Veto Of Budget Bill Over Campaign-Law Part

Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don’t agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.

05/04/2015

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Former Viking Alan Page Honored For Service In Supreme Court

Justice Alan Page got special recognition from the state Senate Thursday morning. A resolution honored him for more than two decades of service on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

04/30/2015

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Pedestrian Killed By LRT Was Longtime Minn. Senate Staffer

A longtime staff member of the Minnesota Senate was killed after being struck by a Green Line light rail train on her way to work Thursday morning. Lynne Thomas had been a legislative assistant in the Senate for 28 years. She was crossing University Avenue on the light rail tracks when she was hit and killed by a train around 7:30 a.m.

04/30/2015

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Quadriga Statue Returns To State Capitol

A very visible part of the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol is now complete. The large gold statue known as “Progress of the State” on top of the front of the building is home again.

04/29/2015

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Southwest LRT Project Under Scrutiny Following $341M Price Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.

04/27/2015

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Gun-Weary Senate Makes Surprise Turn To Legalize Silencers

The Senate is moving to lift a ban on gun silencers even as Gov. Mark Dayton has promised a veto. Minnesota’s Senate and its Democratic leader had shown little interest in expanding the state’s gun laws this year.

04/23/2015

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Dayton Backs New Camera Ban For Media Interviews In Prisons

Gov. Mark Dayton says he stands behind a new policy instituted by the Department of Corrections that bans the use of media cameras for interviews of inmates conducted in Minnesota prisons. Dayton said Tuesday he trusts the judgment of his agency commissioner and steps he’s taking to assure security in state prisons.

04/21/2015

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Dayton Issues Challenge To Augment Minnesota Budget Reserves

There’s a new pledge drive at Minnesota’s Capitol that could leave the state with an even bigger budget reserve. Gov. Mark Dayton challenged House Republicans on Tuesday to back off some of their $2 billion in proposed tax cuts.

04/21/2015

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Minn. House Approves Series Of Gun Rights Bills

The Minnesota House approved Thursday a series of gun rights bills, including one that allows legal gun permit holders to automatically carry guns inside and around the State Capitol building.

04/16/2015

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Legalized Silencers, Other Gun Measures Head To House Floor

A handful of gun bills are ready for a final vote. The Minnesota House was expected to take up bills Thursday that would legalize gun silencers and remove a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds. Other measures were also set for a vote.

04/16/2015

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Budget Bill Removes Disclosure For Bringing Guns To Capitol

Minnesotans with gun permits could carry a gun onto state Capitol grounds without tipping off the state under a House budget bill. Current state law requires to gun owners to notify state officials before bringing a gun into the Capitol and other state buildings.

04/13/2015

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Budget Bill Contains Health Study Of Athletic Turf Rubber

Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of ordering a study on potential health effects from the rubber pellets found in synthetic athletic fields. A House environment budget bill contains $50,000 for the study on crumb rubber.

04/13/2015

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Minnesota Tees Up Golf License Plates For Sales This Summer

Minnesota golfers will soon have a new way to reflect their seasonal passion year-round: By slapping a special golf-themed license plate on their cars. After some back and forth with plate promoters, state vehicle services officials have signed off on a design and say sales of the “Play Golf Minnesota” tags could begin in August.

04/01/2015

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Dayton Calls For Statewide Plan To Synchronize Traffic Lights

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is asking state lawmakers to fund a statewide plan to synchronize traffic lights to ease congestion. Twin Cities motorists spend 63 hours a year sitting in traffic, according to a recent study of traffic congestion, among the worst in the country.

03/31/2015

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State School Measurement System Wins Federal Re-Approval

Minnesota will continue rating its schools based on how well they address disparities and prepare students for college or careers. The state’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act was renewed Tuesday. Minnesota is one of many allowed to deviate from the law.

03/31/2015

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Rep. Joyce Peppin Talks Transportation Plan, Budget Priorities

State lawmakers will have a lot of ground to cover when they return from Easter break. Along with the first $40 billion budget in Minnesota history, a long term transportation plan is also getting a lot of attention. House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin joined the WCCO Sunday Morning show to talk about what’s ahead at the Capitol.

03/29/2015

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Right To Die Bill Discussion Heats Up At State Capitol

One of many hot topics at the State Capitol Monday: Should terminally ill patients have the right to end their lives? A bill allowing physician-assisted death is getting a hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee.

03/23/2015

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Minnesota Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, Bridges

Gov. Mark Dayton says he considers a $7 billion Republican plan for road construction a step forward in terms of scope, but he’s less enthusiastic about how it would be paid for. Dayton reacted Monday to the GOP’s legislative alternative to his multi-billion dollar transportation proposal.

03/23/2015

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Bill To Force More Disclosure Of Campaign Spending Defeated

A bill that would have forced some groups active in Minnesota campaigns to disclose more details about their spending late in races has been defeated. The House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee turned the bill back Thursday, with opponents arguing it will discourage political participation.

03/19/2015

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Sunday Liquor Sales Battle Back On The Table At Capitol

A long-running debate over Sunday liquor sales is back on the table at the State Capitol. Minnesota is one of about a dozen states that do not allow store liquor sales on Sundays.

03/15/2015

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Senate Sends Dayton 1st Bill Tightening Child-Protection Law

Child-protection legislation inspired by the maltreatment death of a 4-year-old boy is close to becoming law after unanimous Senate approval. The bill marks the first of what could be several changes from a task force review following Eric Dean’s death.

03/12/2015

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Hundreds Commemorate Historic Selma March In St. Paul

Ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” continued Saturday in Selma, Alabama and across the country, including right here in Minnesota. Hundreds gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul Saturday afternoon to commemorate the historic 1965 march.

03/08/2015

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