Tony Lourey

Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion ClinicsMinnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday's 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health InsuranceMinnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. And this year, that penalty could really sting. According to MNsure, the state's health care exchange, the 2015 penalty for not buying insurance coverage is:
Democrat Plots Major Changes To MNsure OversightA chief architect of the state's health insurance exchange is moving to dismantle its board, a major change to MNsure oversight that may give Democrats a path to head off larger changes that Republicans want. MNsure is currently a quasi-private entity governed by an independent seven-member board that controls the exchange's budget.
Bi-Partisan Work Underway In Minn. Health CareA bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers unveiled preliminary plans on Wednesday for the state health insurance exchange that will be a key piece of carrying out the federal health care overhaul.