New Brighton Raises Tobacco Sales Age To 21On Tuesday, New Brighton became the 36th community in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21, the Association for Nonsmokers of Minnesota said. The city council voted unanimously for the ordinance.
Omar Introduces Bill To Reimburse Federal Workers For Childcare ExpensesA new piece of legislation will be introduced Thursday with the intention of helping federal workers affected by the government shutdown to get reimbursement for their childcare expenses.
Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed LegislationMany people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. "I love driving Uber," driver Dustin Simko said.
Dayton Praises State Lottery Despite Lawmakers ConcernAs lawmakers are trying to make changes to the state’s lottery, Gov. Mark Dayton is celebrating it. At a news conference Friday morning, the Governor said the lottery has generated $2.4 billion for public projects since its inception 25 years ago.
Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Legalize Sunday Liquor SalesThat Sunday beer-run across the border could become a thing of the past. Minnesota lawmakers introduced bills Thursday to repeal a decades-long ban on Sunday liquor store sales.
Lawmakers Criticize Minn. Child Protection SystemMinnesota lawmakers are outlining their proposals to change the state's child protection system. Four legislators were rolling out a plan Wednesday. They serve on a task force Gov. Mark Dayton created after media reports of bureaucratic faults in the death of a 4-year-old boy.
Bill Would Remove Federal Protections For Wolves In 4 StatesSeveral members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation soon to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.
MN Human Services Commissioner Says Boy's Death Sheds Light On Need For ImprovementThe tragic death of a 4-year-old Pope County Minn. boy is prompting state officials to rethink a law that's designed to protect children. Lucinda Jesson is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
New Minnesota Law Grants Vets Temporary LicensesMilitary service members and spouses trained as teachers, police officers, hair stylists and other professions requiring state certification could begin working immediately if they relocate to Minnesota through a new law that grants them temporary licenses.
Top Lawmakers Strive For Session-Ending BargainTop Minnesota lawmakers are working to set the terms of a deal on tax cuts, new state spending and borrowing for construction that would enable them to end their session. Democratic leaders of the House and Senate said Thursday that they were closing in on a framework.
Minn. Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana Bill A Minnesota Senate panel has approved legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. The chamber's Committee on State and Local Government advanced the legislation after questions on how a program would be set up and run.