Tom Bakk

Gov., Legislative Leaders Talk Special Session, To No AvailIt's time for a special session status check. Gov. Mark Dayton was set to meet with legislative leaders Thursday morning to discuss his hopes for an emergency session before the Legislature's scheduled March 8 return.
With Dayton And Daudt Frustrated, Hopes Of A Special Session Fade Hopes for a quick special session faded Wednesday when Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused one another of acting in bad faith to solve the state's driver's license dilemma and assist sidelined steelworkers.
New & Old Hurdles On Lawmakers' 2016 AgendaA to-do list with items new and old will confront Minnesota's politicians in 2016, from spending down a hefty new budget surplus to facing voters in November.
Dayton, Top Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Iron Range, Possible SessionGov. Mark Dayton and top Minnesota lawmakers are meeting to discuss a possible special session to help laid-off steelworkers. The governor, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Majority Leader Tom Bakk met for an hour.
Bakk: Food Shelves In Iron Range Need HelpSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is helping raise money for food shelves on the reeling Iron Range.
Dayton: Session On Steelworker Aid 'Imperative' Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday underscored his call for "imperative" action on a steelworker emergency assistance plan, pointing to the idling of another mining operation as evidence of a growing crisis in northern Minnesota needing attention in a special session.
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.

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