Minnesota State Rep. Pens Controversial Letter About Police Use Of ForceThe head of the Minneapolis NAACP is reacting strongly to a letter to the editor from a powerful Republican lawmaker.
Gun Safety Bill Would Expand Background Checks In MinnesotaGun safety supporters took a big step at the State Capitol today. They introduced a bill to require comprehensive background checks for most gun transfers.
Top Lawmaker Says Jamar Clark Should Have Been In Jail On Nov. 15A leading state lawmaker and a criminal defense attorney say Jamar Clark should have been in jail on Nov. 15, the day he was shot and killed by Minneapolis police.
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.