Bill At Capitol Would Repeal Law Banning Objects Hanging From Rearview Mirror, An Issue In Daunte Wright's CaseA bill introduced Thursday in the Minnesota Legislature would repeal a law that prohibits objects hanging from the rearview mirror while driving, a traffic violation in Minnesota that Daunte Wright's mother said her son told her on the phone was the reason he was pulled over before he was shot and killed.
Minnesota Lawmakers Call For Updated Sexual Assault LawsA bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers are calling for swift passage of legislation that would update the state's criminal sexual conduct code after a loophole in the law's current language led to the reversal of a rape conviction last month.
Protesters Push Minnesota Lawmakers To Pass Stronger Sexual Assault LawsA few hundred protesters rallied at the capitol on Monday to demand Minnesota lawmakers update state law to make it easier to seek justice for victims who are sexually assaulted while intoxicated.
Lawmakers Advance Bills To Help Offset Natural Gas Costs Due To February SurgeBills in the House and Senate — sponsored by a Democrat and Republican, respectively — that advanced this week would help low-income Minnesotans shoulder the additional financial burden at a time when they are already struggling due to the pandemic.
Revised Walz Budget Drops Some Tax Hikes, Makes Some PPP Loans And Unemployment Benefits Tax-FreeThe move is in response to an improving fiscal outlook for Minnesota.
Walz Urges Legislature To Pass $150M Summer Education PackageThe proposed summer learning plan would feature funding for summer learning programs and field trips, as well as mental health support programs, summer preschool and college courses for graduating seniors.
Minnesota Budget Forecast Flips From $1.3 Billion Deficit To $1.6 Billion SurplusMinnesota's budget outlook has swung from a $1.3 billion deficit to a $1.6 billion surplus, state economists announced Friday, setting up the debates for the rest of the legislative session over taxes and spending.
Minnesota House Fails To Pass Security Fund For Chauvin TrialProposed funding for bolstered security during the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd has once again failed to pass in the Minnesota House.
Minnesota House Pulls $35M Security Fund For Chauvin TrialA partisan dispute over who should pay for reinforcing police during the murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd came to a head Monday at the Minnesota Legislature, where the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate debated two very different plans.
COVID Policies: Minn. House GOP Calls For Lifting Business Restrictions By May 1Minnesota House Republicans laid out a roadmap Monday for lifting the state's coronavirus restrictions on businesses with a goal of letting them return to full operations by May 1.
Democrats Outspent GOP 2-1 In Failed Bid To Take LegislatureOverall, Democratic candidates and outside groups spent more than $16 million in their unsuccessful attempt to retake control of the Senate from Republicans, who spent just $7.7 million defending their one-vote majority.
Talking Points: The Looming Budget BattleThe Minnesota legislative session is already framing up as a battle over proposed spending cuts by Republicans and proposed tax increases by Gov. Tim Walz. While partisan politics will impact the outcome, so will factors that are now impossible to predict.
Gov. Walz's 2-Year, $52B Budget Proposal Calls For Income Tax Hike For Those Earning $1M+Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has released his two-year budget proposal, saying his package bolsters his education plan and offers economic relief for small businesses and families hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.