Minnesota House Launches Into Lengthy Debate Over Big Budget BillsThe Minnesota House launched into a long, contentious debate Thursday as it held its first votes on big budget bills that lawmakers were unable to pass before time ran out on the year's regular session last month.
Walz, Legislative Leaders Reach Budget Deal, But Will Require Special Session To Finish WorkOn the last day of the regular session, top legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz finally reached an agreement on a $52 billion state budget for the next two years.
Minnesota House Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill, The First-Ever Vote Of Its Kind In The StateThe Minnesota House on Thursday night approved a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state, a historic vote for an effort some have been pushing for decades.
Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana May Face Hurdle In Minnesota Senate, But Public Opinion Continues To Shift In Its FavorFor the first time ever, a bill to legalize recreational marijuana will get a vote on the floor of the Minnesota House later this week. That bill is expected to pass with bipartisan support.
Minnesota Marijuana Bill Continues Push Through HouseMinnesota lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a proposal that would allow recreational marijuana use for adults and automatically expunge minor convictions related to cannabis, inching the state closer toward legalization.
Amid Pandemic, House DFL And Unions Announce Meatpacking Safety BillMinnesota House Democrats teamed up with meatpacking workers on Wednesday to announce legislation that would protect individuals who work at statewide meatpacking and food processing plants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Majorities In Minnesota Legislature Narrow, But Control Still SplitIf preliminary results hold, the Senate GOP's already narrow majority will slip by one seat to 34-33 next year.
Gov. Walz Signs $1.87 Billion Bonding Bill, The Largest In State HistoryGovernor Tim Walz on Wednesday signed the largest bonding bill in state history.
Minn. Bonding Bill Vote Delayed To Wednesday To Round Up Republican VotesMinnesota House Democrats on Monday delayed a vote on a $1.37 billion public works construction package in the hopes of securing the six Republican votes they would need to pass the long-delayed legislation and provide some economic stimulus during the coronavirus pandemic.
Minnesota Senate GOP Ousts Commerce Commissioner Steve KelleySenators voted 31-33 not to confirm Kelley, after Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency for another 30 days.
Minnesota Senate Debates New Police Reform Bills, But Some Say It's Not EnoughThe Minnesota Senate is debating a police reform bill that creates a statewide ban on chokeholds and requires officers to report abuse by fellow officers.
Minnesota House Approves Bill To Raise Age For Buying Tobacco To 21On Saturday, the Minnesota House approved legislation that raises the age for Minnesotans to purchase tobacco, tobacco products, electronic delivery devices, and other nicotine products, from 18 to 21.
Gov. Walz Signs Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act VirtuallyGov. Tim Walz was joined virtually by advocates for affordable insulin and legislators as he signed the long-awaited Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act Wednesday morning.
Minnesota Lawmakers Reach Deal On Insulin Affordability WednesdayThe deal follows months of public and private talks between Democratic and Republican legislators in the two chambers.
Coronavirus In Minnesota: State Legislature Passes New Protection For Front-Line WorkersMinnesota's coronavirus infection count surpassed 1,000 Tuesday, as lawmakers moved closer to passing legislation to ensure first responders and health care workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 qualify for workers compensation, even if they can't prove they caught the virus at work.