Finishing On Time Becoming More Out Of Reach As End Of Session Nears, Legislative Leaders SayThe legislative session is slated to end on Monday, but top Democrats and Republicans at the state capitol said it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that lawmakers will wrap everything up before then and avert a special session.
Minnesota Senate Moves Forward Voter ID Bill, Unlikely To Pass In HouseRepublican Sen. Scott Newman, of Hutchinson, earlier this year framed his bill as being aimed more at increasing voter confidence in election results than at preventing voter fraud.
Voters File Suit To Have Courts Take Over Redistricting ProcessA group of Minnesota Democratic voters filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to have the courts take over the state's redistricting process, predicting that the divided Legislature will be unable to agree on new political maps.
GOP State Rep. Jeremy Munson Proposes Some Minnesota Counties Secede To South DakotaA Republican Minnesota state representative is proposing legislation that would let Minnesota counties secede from the state and join border states.
Following Buffalo Shooting, Capitol Clash Over Mutual Aid Costs ContinuesRepublicans and Democrats continue to clash over who should be on the hook for the added costs for additional law enforcement help in Minneapolis ahead of Derek Chauvin’s trial for George Floyd’s death next month.
Senate GOP Pitches Cuts To Minneapolis Funding If City Doesn't Reimburse For Additional Police HelpA proposal from Minnesota Senate Republicans would require Minneapolis to pay back cities for additional police help for the trials of the ex-officers charged with George Floyd’s death—and failure to reimburse those costs would cut into the city’s share of funding from the state.
Minnesota Lawmakers Start Work On Clean Energy BillMinnesota lawmakers are beginning work on clean energy legislation that would require utilities to generate 100% of their electricity from carbon-free resources by 2040, as a renewed focus on climate change ramps up with a new administration in the White House.
GOP-Backed Voter ID Bill Flares Minnesota's Election Law FightA post-election fight over whether Minnesota's election laws should be tightened or changed to make voting easier heated up Wednesday as a key Senate panel backed a Republican proposal to require people to present photo identification at the polls but allow those without valid cards to cast provisional ballots.
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.
Minnesota Senate Passes Key Police Reform Bill, But Some Question Whether It's EnoughBefore adjourning until Friday, they did pass a number of police reform bills. While each of the bills was expected to pass, the question lingering over lawmakers and community leaders is: Is this enough for true reform?
Minnesota Lawmakers Discuss Next Steps On Affordable Insulin
Reality Check: 'Red Flag' Gun LawsThroughout 2019 at the Minnesota Capitol, hundreds of gun safety demonstrators swarmed the legislature demanding a series of gun control measures, including "red flag" laws allowing police to temporarily disarm people in crisis who may be mentally ill and dangerous to themselves or others.
Gov. Tim Walz Launches Revamped Children's CabinetMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz is putting kids and families at the center of state government by relaunching the Children's Cabinet, which will focus on equity, results and accountability.
Report: DHS Overpaid Tribes By $25 MillionNew revelations about overpayments to two American Indian tribes are bringing more scrutiny to Minnesota's Department of Human Services.
U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning Trump's Racist Tweets