Budget-Setting Session Reaches Deadline, But Show May Go OnA midnight deadline to adopt a new two-year budget bore down Monday on the Minnesota Legislature, which could see its stay in St. Paul extended by a rift over preschool.
In Minn., A Short & Productive 2014 Legislative SessionMinnesota lawmakers are gone from the Capitol after ending the 2014 session on Friday night. It was an unusually short and productive session. Included on the completed list is the bill to legalize medical marijuana, which became among the most publicly visible -- and contentious -- issues of the year.
Dayton's 'Unsession' Plan Tackles Laws Deemed Old, Outdated Gov. Mark Dayton's administration is laying out a list of ideas for pruning Minnesota's statute of duplicative, outdated or problematic laws. The so-called "unsession" agenda is likely to touch most areas of state government. Three Dayton commissioners were planning to roll it out Tuesday.
Minn. Leaders Try To Steer Around Session PitfallsMake no waves. That's a guiding principle for the Democrats in charge of Minnesota's Legislature, which gathers Tuesday for an annual session that could extend into mid-May. Party leaders are eager to prevent, or at least contain, controversy that can leave a bad taste for voters or alienate important constituencies in a year when the Democratic House majority and Gov. Mark Dayton's re-election are on the line.
Late-Night Wis. Session Gets Downright GoofyIt's said nothing good ever happens after midnight. Or maybe it's 10 p.m. Or 2 a.m. No matter. When it comes to the Wisconsin Assembly, whenever it gets dark outside things tend to get goofy.
Minn. Session '13: What Got Done, What Didn't Minnesota state lawmakers promised when the legislative session began that their top priority was setting a new state budget. To that end, they produced a $38.3 billion two-year spending plan that hikes taxes on top income earners and on cigarettes, and distributes hefty spending increases to public schools, freezes tuition at state colleges and steers new money to job-creation programs.
Lawmakers Debate Until Early Sunday On Daycare, EducationWith the session officially ending on Monday, state lawmakers have been debating for the last 16 hours trying to wrap up some of the most contested issues this year.
Tussle Over Staff Pay Sours Minn. Session Start A tussle over pay cuts for Senate Republican staff members has caused an early rift in a legislative session where harmony was the goal.
Technology Offers Real-Time View Of Minn. SessionAnyone in Minnesota with the ambition, the time and the travel resources can get a front seat to the legislative process.
At Session's End, Was It Really A 'Do Nothing' Legislature?For the first time in many weeks, the Minnesota Vikings stadium is not a story at the Capitol. But that doesn't mean politicians weren't busy kicking off the election campaign.
Minn. Legislature Struggles To Find Session's End The Minnesota Legislature will stick around into May to try to reach agreement on tax breaks, state-financed construction projects and a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan.
What's Done, What's Left To Do In Minnesota SessionMinnesota lawmakers have been meeting in St. Paul for just over two months, and are likely to wrap up the 2012 session in a month or less. Though legislators are nearly done, there's not a lot of final product to show.
3 Days Into Minn. Legislative Session, Bickering BeginsJust six months ago, an inability to see eye-to-eye led to Minnesota's longest state shutdown. Now, the 2012 legislative session is only three days old, but state lawmakers on opposite ends of the political spectrum are already back to bickering.
Minn. Session Could See Raft Of Voter Amendments The Republican takeover of the Minnesota Legislature in 2010 has consequences for the 2012 ballot, as eager conservatives look to bypass Gov. Mark Dayton's veto pen and bring some of their policy goals directly to voters.
Minn. Legislature Moves Closer To Special SessionMinnesota lawmakers are working Saturday with less than three days left in the legislative session, as the Capitol fills with demonstrators on gay marriage and budget cuts.