Minnesota Senate Votes To End Special Session, Tables Votes On CommissionersThe Minnesota Legislature’s special session is now officially over after the Senate adjourned Wednesday instead of voting on the fate of some top government officials’ jobs in Gov. Tim Walz’s administration.
MPCA Commissioner Resigns As Senate GOP Takes Steps Toward Firing Walz Cabinet MembersThe Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate opened a fight Tuesday that could lead to the firing of one or more of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's Cabinet members. Meanwhile, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop has already announced her resignation.
Despite New Measures, Future Of Police Reform In Minnesota Still UnclearThe debate continues about new police reforms passed in Minnesota.
Gov. Walz Celebrates Budget As House Leaders Credit 'Win-Wins'Republicans blocked Democratic proposals for tax increases on the wealthy. Instead the highlight of the tax bill was $1 billion in tax cuts for businesses and workers hit by the pandemic.
Minnesota Passes Budget, Tax Relief And Averts Government ShutdownThreats to derail parts of a delicately crafted $52 billion budget agreement loomed in the final hours of the special session, but the Minnesota Legislature successfully passed outstanding pieces of the two-year state spending plan and averted a partial government shutdown.
Gov. Walz Pushes To End COVID Emergency But Keep Certain PowersAs the clock counts down to the midnight special session deadline, the Minnesota Legislature has made a number of last-minute changes, and Gov. Tim Walz has responded with an unexpected plan.
Legislators Send Public Safety Budget Deal With Some Police Accountability Measures To GovernorThe Minnesota House and Senate Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning approved a bill funding the state’s prisons, courts and law enforcement agencies with some police accountability measures, though it fell short of what some DFL lawmakers and community activists were pushing for.
'Shame On You': Activists, Families Voice Frustration Over Compromise On Policing BillWith just days to spare, state lawmakers have reached a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown. The agreement includes some police reforms, among them are regulations for no-knock warrants and modifications to the POST board’s police misconduct database, creating an early warning system to keep bad officers off the streets.
Senate Passes Transportation Bill; Progress Continues On Minnesota BudgetMinnesota lawmakers made more progress toward completing the next state budget Thursday as the Senate gave unanimous final approval to a $7.3 billion transportation bill and sent it to the governor.
With 10 Days Left In Special Session, Legislators Still Have Plenty Of Work To DoThe Minnesota Legislature has 10 days to get all 15 budget bills done or the state government will shut down.
'Bumpy Ride': Minnesota Legislature Continues Special Session Work, As Deadline Before Shutdown LoomsEach day that comes and goes without bills passing means one step closer to a fate the legislature hopes to avoid: a government shutdown.
Legislature Set To Debate Police Reform During Special SessionAs the special session of the legislature kicks off Monday, one of the topics that will be debated is police reform.
Walz, Legislators Seek Budget Breakthroughs As Minnesota Capitol ReopensGov. Tim Walz told reporters that he’s hoping they can get the work done during a special session that he will call for Monday, which could last several days.
'The Sausage Will Get Made': Legislative Leaders Expect Budget Deal To Get Done During Special SessionThe Minnesota legislature is expected to return next week for a special session to pass a two-year budget.
Layoff Notices Sent To State Employees As Threat Of Government Shutdown LoomsTens of thousands of state of Minnesota employees received layoff notices that their jobs could be in jeopardy should the Legislature not agree to and pass a budget at the end of the month.