DFL Elects Melisa López Franzen As Senate Minority LeaderDFLers in the Minnesota Senate elected a new minority leader Monday after Sen. Susan Kent announced earlier this month she was stepping down.
Minnesota Lawmakers Claim More Than $3.2 Million In Per Diem Pay Over Course Of PandemicThe pandemic upended so much of daily routines, and the Minnesota legislature was no exception, with remote work defining much of regular and special sessions that lasted 17 months straight.
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.
Minnesota Senate Pauses To Recognize Waseca Officer Arik MatsonThe Minnesota Senate began the day by recognizing Waseca police officer Arik Matson and his family. Matson was shot and seriously injured while chasing a suspect.
Minn. Senate Passes Housing Bill That Focuses On Improving Housing Affordability, Ending Eviction MoratoriumThe Minnesota Senate on Monday unanimously passed a housing bill that focuses on ending Gov. Tim Walz’s eviction moratorium and improving housing affordability.
Minnesota House Passes Transportation BillAfter much anticipation, the Minnesota House passed the Omnibus Transportation bill Wednesday with a 112 to 21 vote.
Minnesota Senate Passes Higher Education Budget UnanimouslyThe Minnesota state Senate unanimously passed the biennial higher education budget Monday targeting specific student needs.
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.
Gov. Walz Calls On MN Senate To Pass Summer Learning Package In COVID Recovery Budget: ‘Finish The Job’Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are calling on the Minnesota Senate to pass a summer learning package in the state’s COVID-19 budget, a plan that they say will help students catch up after pandemic-related disruptions.
Walz Signs Bill Providing $7.8M To Cover Chauvin Trial Security CostsBoth chambers of the Minnesota legislature on Tuesday approved $7.8 million in emergency funding to cover the costs for extra law enforcement during Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Senate Republicans Offer Their Own Budget ProposalThe announcement, acknowledged by Republican lawmakers as a starting point, is the latest step in a series of negotiations at the Capitol that will continue into the end of the legislative session in mid-May.
State House DFL Looks To Expand Opportunities To Vote; Senate GOP Pursues Voter ID RequirementThe House bill would establish automatic voter registration, allow Minnesotans on probation or parole to vote, and create a permanent absentee voting lists.
Reopen Businesses, No New Taxes: Senate GOP Releases 2021 List Of Legislative PrioritiesIn addition to reigning in government spending, Senate Republicans say they are going to focus on blocking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency from implementing emissions standards from California.