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Pivotal House Vote Arrives On Medical Marijuana

A bill with tight limits on use of marijuana as medicine has reached a pivotal Minnesota House vote. Days after the Senate overwhelmingly passed a more-expansive version, House lawmakers planned to debate its own proposal and almost 50 potential amendments Friday.

05/09/2014

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Lawmakers Discuss Council On Touchy Pay Issue

There will be talk about lawmaker pay at the state Capitol, but the salaries of legislators aren’t budging anytime soon. The House planned to debate a bill Thursday that would dictate the composition and role of a special independent pay council.

05/08/2014

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Lawmakers To Vote On Mandatory Home Fire Sprinklers

Dozens of firefighters from across Minnesota arrived at the State Capitol on Wednesday to talk about the importance of fire sprinklers. According to fire crews, a deadly fire last weekend could have been prevented if the home had fire sprinklers.

05/07/2014

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Parenting Leave, Pay Measure Heading To Final Vote

New parents would be entitled to longer unpaid leaves. Mothers would find more private space at work to nurse, other than a restroom stall. And large state contractors would have to certify they pay men and women similar salaries for similar jobs.

05/07/2014

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Minnesota Senate Passes Medical Pot Legislation

The Minnesota state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

05/06/2014

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House To Weigh Ban On Lottery’s Virtual Sales

The Minnesota Lottery’s ability to sell paperless tickets over the Internet and at gas pumps is up for another legislative vote. The House was due Tuesday to consider a measure barring the lottery from continuing virtual games that have been the source of controversy.

05/06/2014

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Gov. Dayton Recaps State Of The State Address

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his last State of the State address Wednesday night as the state’s current leader, urging unity among Minnesotans. He also said over the last four years he’s been in office, Minnesota’s economy is now on the mend.

05/01/2014

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Lawmakers Move To Preserve Online Voter Signup

Minnesota lawmakers are hoping to minimize any lapse in the state’s online voter registration system. A judge ruled Monday that the portal be shut off because Secretary of State Mark Ritchie lacked the power to set it up unilaterally.

04/29/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-25-14

To hear reaction to the Wild’s big win in Game 4 plus other highlights from today’s show, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE

04/25/2014

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Hundreds Rally At MN Capitol For Legalized Marijuana

Hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Supporters say it’s less dangerous than beer, cigarettes, or even peanuts. Only one Minnesota lawmaker, Rep. Rena Moran, publicly expressed support for legal pot — noting that blacks in her Ramsey County district are eight times more likely to be arrested for possession.

04/23/2014

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Senate Approves Added Job Protections For Women

The Minnesota Senate approved wide-ranging legislation Wednesday to expand workplace protections for women including provisions aimed at leveling pay and accommodating pregnancies. The 51-14 vote sets up a likely negotiation with the House, which passed legislation that goes even further.

04/23/2014

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School Superintendents Push Lawmakers For More Affordable Housing

Representatives from some of the state’s largest school districts say there are more homeless children now than ever before. Superintendents from St. Paul and Minneapolis schools joined lawmakers on Wednesday to push for $100 million for more affordable housing.

04/23/2014

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Minn. Lawmakers Wrestle With Privacy Protection

Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of cracking down on public employees who abuse their access to citizen data. A measure being negotiated in a House-Senate conference committee would do more to expose and punish data snoopers who improperly use government databases.

04/23/2014

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Push For Medical Marijuana Bill Renewed At Capitol

Supporters of medical marijuana plan to continue their push for its legalization at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The group, Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, says they now have 100 Minnesota doctors, pastors and clergy members who support legal access to medical marijuana.

04/22/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Tilt Toward Session Finish

Minnesota lawmakers are back in action after a week away from the Capitol, but their annual session is rapidly winding down. Fewer than four weeks remain before lawmakers must conclude their work. Democratic majorities are hoping to finalize plans for the remaining budget surplus with a mixture of new spending and additional tax relief.

04/22/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The Morning News With Dave Lee 4-16-14

To hear Flip Saunders, Sid Hartman and other highlights from today’s show, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

04/16/2014

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Children Of Military Service Members Honored At State Capitol

April is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members — specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.

04/15/2014

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Dayton Signs Minimum Wage Boost Into Law

Gov. Mark Dayton is capping a push to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage with a ceremony to sign the bill doing just that. Dayton planned to turn the bill into law Monday afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda.

04/14/2014

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Senate Panel’s Medical Pot Hearing To Be Continued

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.

04/10/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Boost Minimum Wage To $9.50

Minnesota lawmakers are prepared for the final vote on a bill significantly boosting the minimum wage. House approval Thursday would send the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton, who supports the plan to raise the wage to $9.50 by 2016.

04/10/2014

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Minnesota Considers Ending Lawmaker Immunity Law

The Minnesota House has passed a bill that erases any immunity for state lawmakers facing felony or misdemeanor charges, including drunken driving.

04/10/2014

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Dayton Approves Tougher Anti-Bullying Law

The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign. After nearly 12 hours of debate, the House passed the bill on a 69-63 vote that fell mostly along party lines.

04/09/2014

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As Senate Approves Budget, Dayton Urges Restraint

Minnesota senators are set to vote on a spending plan that devotes more money to preschool programs, financial aid for college students and allowances for caregivers for the disabled and elderly. The plan to be debated Tuesday would draw the money from the remaining state budget surplus.

04/08/2014

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Lawmakers Reach Deal To Hike Minimum Wage To $9.50

Minnesota legislative leaders appear to have reached a deal to raise the state’s minimum wage. No details have been announced, but top lawmakers called a news conference for Monday morning to discuss an agreement.

04/07/2014

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House Dems Approve Scaled-Back Senate Building

Top Democrats in the State House Friday approved a scaled-back version of a major new office building next to the Capitol, dedicated to the Minnesota Senate. The building’s original design had a soaring glass front, with a fitness center and reflecting pool. The scaled back version is slightly more modest, but no less controversial.

04/04/2014

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