Minn. Lawmakers To Debate Growing State Prison PopulationMinnesota's top corrections experts are looking at ways to ease the strain on the state's overcrowded prisons. Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing prison populations in the country, despite a drop in the crime rate.
Cornish Passes On Bid To Challenge Walz For CongressThe colorful Tony Cornish is passing on the chance to run for Congress. The Republican state legislator said Wednesday he is happy at the state Capitol and wouldn't try to trade up to Washington. He had been mulling a challenge to Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.
Legislature May Punt Body Camera Guidelines To Next YearDespite body cameras' growing use by police and concerns about how to handle sensitive footage, a top House lawmaker said Wednesday he plans to hold off on passing any restrictions this year. Rep. Tony Cornish, chairman of the House's public safety committee, told The Associated Press he may instead push for a study and perhaps tackle the issue again in 2016.
Bill Seeks To Keep Police Body Cam Footage PrivateBody cameras are quickly becoming part of the uniform for several police forces across the country and in Minnesota. But there is some concern about what should happen to all the video.
Released Felons Seek Voting Rights In MNOne of the most heavily pushed bills lawmakers will take up this session is whether or not to restore voting rights to convicted felons.
7 Minnesota Legislators Score Free Election Pass Election Day came five months early for seven incumbents in the Minnesota Legislature. Six Republicans and one Democrat didn't attract any opponents by Tuesday's candidate filing deadline. Barring a write-in effort or a shocking turn of events, they'll be assured new two-year terms that begin in January.
As Sex Offender Program Marches On, Rising CostsMinnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state's sex offender treatment program, but the same can't be said about the program's costs. They're going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.
Lawmakers Debate Assault Weapons Ban At CapitolFor the second day in a row, the gun debate has brought a large crowd to the State Capitol.
Gun Advocates Rally In St. PaulThousands of Minnesota gun advocates joined nationwide rallies in support of gun rights.
Reality Check: Guns And The State CapitolHundreds of people visit the State Capitol every day. What's impossible to know is how many are carrying a concealed weapon.
Lawmaker Proposes Lifetime Gun Ban For Violent Criminals Minnesota is among the most lenient states in restoring gun rights to convicted felons, but one state lawmaker says it's too risky.
Minnesota Responds To NRA Conference Protesters twice interrupted the head of the NRA as he proposed armed security guards in every school in the United States.