Tom Bakk

Talking Points: Closed-Door Meeting On Sex Offender ProgramIn June, a federal judge declared the state program that locks up civilly committed sex offenders unconstitutional.
State Rep. David Dill Dies After Battle With CancerState Rep. David Dill, who represented northeastern Minnesota, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program's FateMinnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state's political leaders have vigorously defended.
Legal Pressure Failed To Stir Action On Sex Offender ProgramMinnesota lawmakers have been on notice for 16 months: Fix what a federal judge called a "draconian" and "clearly broken" sex offender treatment program or risk seeing it thrown out entirely.
Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late BudgetMinnesota's path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.
Minnesota DFL Cans Fundraiser Due To Looming Special SessionA Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fundraiser featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative Democrats is off.
If It Comes To Special Session, When And Where Are Up In AirIf Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he'll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.
Lawmakers Working Around The Clock To Reach Budget DealJust a little more than 24 hours before state lawmakers are supposed to finish their business -- it looks like they may need overtime. Gov. Mark Dayton said Sunday he'll veto a major education spending bill because it does not include his No. 1 priority.
As Lawmakers Battle Budget Deadline, Impact Becomes ClearerAs Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state's next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states' residents started coming into focus.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Why Won’t The Legislature Compromise On Education?Gov. Mark Dayton is not wavering in his threat to veto any education bill that doesn’t include more money for Minnesota schools and funding for universal pre-K, his top officer said on Sunday.
Daudt Calls Transportation, Tax Plans "Not Likely" For YearAlready gazing ahead to next year, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is indicating time has run out on a transportation and tax-cut deal for the 2015 session.
Dayton's Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass BudgetMinnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.