COVID Forces Changes As Minnesota Legislature Opens TuesdayWhen the Minnesota Legislature convenes for its 2021 regular session Tuesday, it won't look like a normal session. The House will meet entirely via Zoom until further notice because of the pandemic. The Senate will try a hybrid approach. And the Capitol will remain surrounded by riot fencing.
Minnesota Legislature Votes To Pass $216M COVID Relief PackageThe Minnesota Legislature voted Monday night to pass a $216 million relief package aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from a four-week “pause” ordered by Gov. Tim Walz as increasing coronavirus cases threatened to overload hospitals.
Minnesota Legislative Leaders Express Optimism For COVID Aid PlanThe top four leaders in the Minnesota Legislature expressed optimism Friday that lawmakers can agree on a new coronavirus relief package in time for a Dec. 14 special session, though negotiations on what should go into the aid package were continuing.
Paul Gazelka Says Senate Republicans Could've Handled COVID Cases DifferentlyMinnesota’s Senate majority leader said Tuesday that his caucus could’ve handled news of positive COVID-19 cases among Republican senators differently, after criticism from Democrats that included a call for him to resign from his leadership post and demands for full transparency.
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.
Minnesota Legislature's Balance Of Power Appears To Be Headed For Status QuoThe election has set the stage for more partisan gridlock at the Minnesota Capitol, with Republicans appearing likely Wednesday to hang onto their slim majority in the Senate and Democrats poised to keep a diminished majority in the House.
Democrats Eyeing Suburban Seats To Flip Control Of Minnesota SenateIn an election that will determine political control of the Minnesota Legislature, Democrats have high hopes for flipping the Republican-controlled state Senate in November.
Deal Possible On Police Reform Bill During Special SessionThe possibility of a police reform bill passing during the special session Monday night at the Minnesota State Capitol is still unclear.
GOP, DFL Legislators Optimistic This Special Session Will Produce ResultsThe legislature failed to pass any of the major bills during the last special session. That included bills on police reform, a $1.35 billion infrastructure, jobs and bonding bill, a tax bill, and relief for riot-torn Minneapolis and St. Paul.
MN House, Senate Pass Legislation To Raise Child Care Subsidy RatesFor the first time since 2014, the Minnesota legislature approved an increase in payment rates for the state's child care assistance program.
GOP Opens Special Session Attacking Gov. Walz's Response To COVID-19, UnrestOn Friday, Minnesota lawmakers will start debating big changes that could change police departments statewide.
Key MN Senate Republicans Say They Will Block Most Policing Overhaul PlansKey Republican lawmakers in Minnesota said Friday that they’ll block most of an ambitious effort by Democrats to remake policing in the state where George Floyd died and that they plan to approve only a limited set of police accountability measures.
Gov. Walz Convenes Special Session, To Focus On Police Reform & Minnesota's Economic RecoveryGov. Walz on Wednesday announced that he will convene a special legislative session starting Friday, with police reform and building a stronger economy on the top of his priorities.
Coronavirus Updates: MN Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Beer, Wine To-GoMinnesotans may soon be able to purchase beer and wine to-go.
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.