ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, May 23, announced that he would call lawmakers back to the Capitol to approve the bulk of a $48 billion spending plan despite growing concern about rushing the bills to a vote hours after they were crafted. Walz and legislative leaders announced the special session set to start Friday at 10 a.m. But minority leaders, who had new leverage in the conversation, said passing the spending bills without giving lawmakers enough time to read them would be a mistake.
ST. PAUL — Drug distributors and manufacturers will be required to help pay for some of the aftermath of the opioid epidemic in Minnesota after Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, May 22, signed into law a sweeping package of legislation. The DFL governor announced that he signed into law the package that would require opioid distributors to pay fees expected to total more than $20 million. Those funds would be used to provide education and prevention programs as well as treatment programs.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives on Monday, May 20, approved a proposal to hike the fee on drug manufacturers to pay for the impacts of the opioid epidemic. In the final hours of the legislative session, a conference committee put up a last-minute deal that would require the manufacturers and distributors to pay fees expected to total more than $20 million. Those funds would be used to provide education and prevention programs as well as treatment programs.
ST. PAUL — Greater Minnesota could see expanded access to broadband, more money for public schools and a tax cut for some as part of a budget framework put forth in the state Capitol. Legislative leaders and the governor late Sunday, May 19, announced their framework for a two-year $48 billion spending plan, which was set to be hashed out further by conference committee chairs and commissioners on Monday and beyond. The Legislature is expected to return as early as Thursday for a special session to approve or vote down parts of the spending plan.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature on Thursday, May 9, elected four new members to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, bringing in a woman who believes she is the first Hmong American to serve on the board and boosting the number of women represented on the 12-person panel to three.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz prepared to enter initial budget talks Thursday, May 2, and the split in the nation's only divided Legislature was in clear view. Hours before the conversation about how much the state should spend over the next two years, Walz renewed his pitch to continue a 2% tax on medical providers that funds health care for low-income people. That tax is slated to expire at year's end. And Republicans would like to see it sunset.
ST. PAUL -- Leaders in the nation's only divided Legislature dug in hours before the Minnesota House of Representatives was set to debate two gun control measures Monday, April 29, as part of a larger public safety funding proposal. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, rallied with gun control supporters Monday morning and said the measure would pass in the House, despite opposition from some in her caucus. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, meanwhile, said the bills would be "dead" in the Senate.
ST. PAUL -- A proposal to hike Minnesota's tax on gasoline took a step forward Monday, April 29, in the state Capitol. The Minnesota House of Representatives on a 74-58 vote approved a plan to phase in a 20-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase over the next four years as part of the body's $7.2 billion transportation spending plan.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota schools can avoid adding days at the end of the calendar to make up for snow and severe weather days this winter under a proposal set to come up for a Senate vote on Thursday, March 27. Negotiators from the Senate and the House of Representatives ironed out differences between similar bills in each chamber to hold schools harmless with the state for days they canceled classes due to concerns for health and safety.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives said the state needs to do more to detect, prevent and investigate fraud in the state's child care assistance program. At a news conference on Monday, March 25, GOP lawmakers presented a package of bills they plan to move forward that would increase penalties for committing fraud and block those who've abused the program from re-enrolling.