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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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Minn. House Passes $322M Budget Plan

The Minnesota House has approved a budget plan that would spend another $322 million of the state’s surplus. Debate went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers, mostly minority Republicans, offered some 40 amendments.

04/04/2014

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Dayton Circles Date For State Of State Speech

Gov. Mark Dayton has circled a date on his April calendar to deliver a State of the State speech to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton said Wednesday that he’s prepared to give the address on April 23.

04/02/2014

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2 House Bills Contain $975M In Building Wishes

A $975 million Minnesota House construction package released Tuesday loads up on college campus projects, provides for statewide civic center upgrades and makes another Capitol restoration installment. The proposal comes in two parts.

04/01/2014

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St. Paul Turns Off Lights To Promote Conservation

The city of St. Paul will go dark for an hour — to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. Between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, buildings throughout St. Paul will turn off their lights. It’s all part of a global movement called “Earth Hour,” which encourages individuals, businesses and governments to use less energy.

03/29/2014

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Dayton Declares ‘MNsure Day’ With Insurance Deadline Looming

We’re just days away from the deadline to sign up for health insurance, and MNsure is pulling out all the stops to get people signed up in time. Those still looking to purchase insurance through Minnesota’s online healthcare exchange have until midnight on Monday to do so.

03/28/2014

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Lawmakers Push To Raise Minimum Tanning Age To 18

Indoor tanning may soon become an “adults-only” business in Minnesota. State Lawmakers are making a push to raise the minimum age for tanning to 18.

03/28/2014

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Minn. Senate Approves Some Sunday Alcohol Sales

Minnesota beer lovers would find it easier to enjoy their pursuit on Sundays under a bill advanced by a Senate committee for expanded alcohol sales on the seventh day. Without testimony or debate, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill included three proposals by Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth. One would allow taprooms to make Sunday sales. Another would allow craft-beer brewers to sell 64-ounce containers called “growlers” on Sundays. And the third would allow small brewers and brewpubs to refill any growler on Sundays.

03/26/2014

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Lawmakers Push For Money To Repair Potholes Around Twin Cities

Lawmakers at the State Capitol are pushing for emergency money to repair all the potholes Minnesotans are dealing with these days. That’s after a brutal winter has left many Twin Cities roads in need of immediate repair. A bill introduced Wednesday in the Transportation Finance Committee would give $15 million to patch up potholes on highways and city streets.

03/26/2014

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