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February 12, 2019
Pat McKone of the American Lung Association, left, holds up a device used to vape Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, as she describes the increasing rates of nicotine addiction among Minnesota teens. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Minnesota lawmakers advance bill boosting age to buy tobacco to 21
February 12, 2019 - 5:30pm
February 11, 2019
Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton, left, along with Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis, right, introduce legislation aimed at boosting the number of teachers of color and American Indian teachers in Minnesota. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Minnesota lawmakers aim to boost teacher diversity, shrink achievement gap
February 11, 2019 - 4:56pm
Minnesota Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, tells reporters about legislation aimed at combatting the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Fatal deer disease poses 'beast' of a problem for Minnesota lawmakers
February 11, 2019 - 4:07pm
House Speaker Melissa Hortman, left, Gov. Tim Walz, center, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, right, introduce new deadlines for finance bills at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
Minnesota governor, legislative leaders set deadlines to finish nearly $50 billion budget
February 11, 2019 - 12:22pm
February 8, 2019
Lawmakers returned to the Minnesota State Capitol Jan. 8, 2019, for the reconvening of the Legislature. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Minnesota notebook: GOP picks up Senate seat, gas tax fight gets tougher this week at the Capitol
February 8, 2019 - 12:19pm
February 5, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, after a conference call with opioid manufacturers and distributors. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Walz warns opioid manufacturers not to repeat 'lobbying blitz' on treatment bill
February 5, 2019 - 3:45pm
January 29, 2019
Raven, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, sat at owner Ron Schara's feet during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Lawmakers proposed making the Labrador retriever the state dog breed in a bill named after Raven. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Picking a pupular breed: Minnesota lawmakers to choose a state dog
January 29, 2019 - 9:58am
January 22, 2019
Danielle Wishard-Tudor on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, became emotional as she spoke with Minnesota lawmakers about her brother Jean Claude Paquier Wishard (pictured in photo) who died in a 2017 distracted driving crash. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Hands-free driving bill takes first step forward in the Capitol
January 22, 2019 - 3:49pm
January 18, 2019

The electrolier illuminated the dome of the Minnesota State Capitol building on the first day of the 2019 legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Michael Longaecker / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Walz urges gun control vote, marijuana groups clash at Capitol in 2nd week of session
January 18, 2019 - 11:20am
January 17, 2019
Mental health specialist Ted Matthews testifies about farmer mental health in front of a Minnesota House committee on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Efforts to allocate more money for farmers' counselors failed that year. Don Davis / Forum News Service file photo
Lone counselor for farmers faces long drives, longer call sheets
January 17, 2019 - 4:54pm
Greater Minnesota groups to get $1.5 million to grow child care access
January 17, 2019 - 11:19am
January 15, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, told reporters about the impact of the partial federal government shutdown on the state budget and discussed plans for mitigating its impact. DANA FERGUSON / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Minnesota feels pinch of government shutdown, enters 'uncharted territory'
January 15, 2019 - 2:44pm
January 14, 2019
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Put the phone down: Minnesota lawmakers renew push for hands-free bill
January 14, 2019 - 6:21pm
January 10, 2019
The House floor is seen during the first day of the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota Legislature’s first bills: Requiring hands-free cell phone use and gender equity amendment
January 10, 2019 - 6:11pm
January 9, 2019
Minnesota House Democrats on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, shared their first 10 legislative proposals for the legislative session. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, center, said the ideas came from months of discussion with Minnesotans. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Gun control, MinnesotaCare buy-in among Democrats' first legislative pushes
January 9, 2019 - 4:15pm
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