Minnesota senators have voted for a stringent set of electronic cigarette standards that would make their use unacceptable in any place regular tobacco is disallowed. The approach endorsed Thursday goes further than a House companion bill, so the two measures must be reconciled for any e-cigarette regulations to become law. A move to pare back the indoor air restrictions in the Senate bill failed on a 35-28 vote.
It’s been in the planning stages for years, but the controversial Southwest Light Rail line took a big step forward Wednesday. The Metropolitan Council voted 14-2 to approve the shallow tunnel plan that runs under the Kenilworth Trail.
The controversial Southwest LRT Green Line Extension will move forward after a key committee vote early Wednesday afternoon. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was one of the opposing votes.
The Minnesota House on Thursday voted unanimously to guarantee children don’t get denied a school lunch for lack of money. The bill, which passed 130-0, gained traction amid reports that some districts either denied lunches to kids who couldn’t afford them or gave them a lesser meal than their peers.
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A Minnesota task force studying a higher-tech voter verification process leaned away Monday from recommending that electronic poll books be mandatory in every precinct for the 2014 statewide election.
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Legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default has passed the U.S. Senate on an 81-18 vote. The legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday now goes to the U.S. House where a vote is expected later Wednesday.
WCCO viewers picked their favorite farmers market in the state and the winner just happened to be the location that Zagat named as one of the eight must-visit farmers markets in the county. It’s the St. Paul Farmers Market, a market celebrating 160 years in the making. This is what sets St. Paul apart is the freshness of its products.
In the final hours of his campaign, Dorset’s incumbent mayor left nothing to chance. With cards in hand he spent all day stumping at the annual taste of Dorset. “I got up super early before anyone,” Bobby said. He hoped to win support from the thousands of undecided voters. For just $1 per vote, people submitted names to the town’s ballot boxes during the Taste of Dorset Festival.
Just so there is no confusion, the federal health care law Republicans call Obamacare has not been repealed. But judging from emails sent to Pat Kessler, some thought it was, because of Minnesota GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s TV ad.
With the session officially ending on Monday, state lawmakers have been debating for the last 16 hours trying to wrap up some of the most contested issues this year.