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Panel Debates Privacy Bills, Such As Drone Curbs

Minnesota’s laws governing law enforcement’s electronic surveillance of its citizens are outdated and need major updating, legislators and privacy advocates pushing for tighter restrictions argued Tuesday.

03/11/2014

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Key Lawmaker: Medical Marijuana Talks At Stalemate

A key Minnesota lawmaker said Tuesday she doesn’t see a path forward for legalizing medical marijuana after talks with law enforcement hit a standstill. Rep. Carly Melin said she had conceded to virtually all demands from law enforcement over the weekend but was still unable to get their support for her bill.

03/11/2014

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Advocates Ask For $100 Million To Eliminate Minn. Homelessness

Hundreds came to the State Capitol Thursday to ask legislators to give $100 million to provide shelter for the homeless. The money would go to pay for 5,000 units across Minnesota, and supporters say it would keep Minnesota on track to be first state to eliminate homelessness for veterans. According to Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul), 14,000 people are homeless on an average night in the state.

03/06/2014

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Controversial DVD Argues Against Anti-Bullying Bill

A controversial DVD delivered to Minnesota lawmakers is raising eyebrows at the Capitol. It’s a 27 minute video making the case against an anti-bullying bill from a group called the Minnesota Child Protection League.

03/05/2014

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House Panel To Review Synthetic Drug Crackdown

A legislative panel will review a set of proposals intended to crack down on the sale of synthetic drugs. The House Public Safety Committee takes up the legislation Wednesday.

03/05/2014

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03/05/2014

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Minn. House Committee OKs Medical-Marijuana Bill

A Minnesota House committee has approved a plan that would legalize medical marijuana, but it still faces a long road in the Legislature.

03/04/2014

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Lawmakers Eye Higher Bar To Constitutional Changes

Minnesota lawmakers who saw colleagues put several hot-button political issues on the statewide ballot in 2012 are now mulling proposals that would make it harder to do that again.

03/03/2014

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$1.2B Surplus Estimate To Feed Session Appetites

Minnesota’s projected budget surplus swelled Friday to $1.233 billion, giving lawmakers more leeway to pursue tax cuts and increased spending this session. State finance officials released the updated outlook that showed the surplus is $408 million higher than what was projected a few months ago.

02/28/2014

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Minn. Republicans On $1.2B Surplus: ‘Give It Back’

Republican leaders in the Minnesota Legislature say the $1.2 billion budget surplus is no cause for celebration because it shows state government overtaxes its citizens. Republicans unveiled their response Friday to news of the enhanced surplus: “Give it back.”

02/28/2014

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Surplus Pleases DFL, But Different Priorities Show

Democrats who control Minnesota’s House and Senate agree a $1.2 billion surplus is likely to make for an easier legislative session, but there’s not agreement yet on how much to spend, save or rebate to taxpayers. House Speaker Paul Thissen says he wants to move quickly on more than $500 million in tax relief.

02/28/2014

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Plan For $500M Tax Cuts, Repeals Zooms In House

A $500 million package containing middle-income tax cuts and the repeal of some business taxes is zooming through the Minnesota House. Only three days into their session, House Tax Committee members approved the plan Thursday.

02/27/2014

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Legislature Sends Heating Aid Bill To Dayton

A sudden vote Thursday left a bill containing $20 million in emergency heating assistance one step from Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who could have it on his desk by day’s end. The Senate voted 65-0 to send a revised measure back to the House.

02/27/2014

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GOP’s Seifert Names Lieutenant Governor Pick

State Rep. Pam Myhra says she is giving up her legislative seat to be the running mate of Republican Marty Seifert because she sees him as a strong conservative who can win the governor’s race. Seifert named Myrha as his lieutenant governor candidate Thursday.

02/27/2014

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Minn. Bills Would Treat E-Cigs As Standard Smokes

The growing popularity of smokeless electronic cigarettes has Minnesota lawmakers weighing whether they should be regulated in similar fashion to traditional tobacco products.

02/26/2014

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