ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate leaders say debates about Minnesota school funding should include tax breaks for groups that fund private and parochial school scholarships. At a news conference on Tuesday, March 19, Republican lawmakers said they'd again bring forward a bill that would fund up to $35 million in tax credits for people and organizations that fund scholarships for low- and middle-income families to send their kids to nonpublic schools.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday, March 18, prepared to take up a bill that would ban holding a cell phone while driving. The push for the ban followed unsuccessful efforts a year earlier to pass a similar proposal and after more than a dozen families who'd lost a loved one to distracted driving-related crashes lobbied for a change in the Legislature.
ST. PAUL -- In the aftermath of extreme rain and snow storms across the state, homeowners are preparing for possible flooding and other damage. So what can you do to get ready? The University of Minnesota Extension has a few tips.
ST. PAUL -- Hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in Minnesota came to a halt in a state Senate panel. Chasms emerged as gun control and abortion came up ahead of a legislative deadline. Millions of dollars of fraud were reported in the state's child care assistance program and legislators split on how to address it. As the Minnesota Legislature took up some of the most controversial proposals of the legislative session, divisions emerged between the Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-led House of Representatives.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Senate panel on Thursday, March 14, voted to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, paving the way for the proposal to advance in the Legislature. The bill would ban abortions on women who are past 20 weeks in their pregnancy except in cases of possible death or serious physical harm. Risk of substantial and irreversible psychological or emotional conditions would not be included.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Senate panel on Wednesday, March 13, advanced a proposal to let the Prairie Island Indian Community maintain a police department without approval from a county sheriff. The bill would change existing law that requires tribes to sign a mutual-aid agreement with the county sheriff's department before they can set up a police department.
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of gun control supporters rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13, to put pressure on Minnesota senators to take up a pair of bills aimed at limiting gun violence. The measures up for consideration would require background checks at the point of purchase or transfer of firearms and allow family members, law enforcement officers and government attorneys to seek court orders taking away guns from persons determined to be an “extreme risk” if living in a home with guns.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate on Monday, March 11, advanced a proposal to keep subsidizing health insurance companies for three years, setting up a conflict with Gov. Tim Walz and Democrats. The proposal would maintain the reinsurance program, which lets the state absorb some of the expense to private health insurers to offset the cost of care for some of the pricier claims they cover.
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of women filled the Capitol rotunda on Friday, March 8, to rally in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing people of all gender identities equal rights under the law. And they came with a message for the Minnesota Senate: get it done. The gathering coincided with International Women's Day and came one day after the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a bill that would ask Minnesota voters whether to enshrine in the Minnesota Constitution that “equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender."
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House of Representatives on Thursday, March 7, advanced a proposal to add language to the state Constitution providing for gender equality under the law but not before pivoting into questions about abortion and transgender athletes. At issue was one word in the bill: gender. The proposal, House File 13, would ask Minnesota voters whether to enshrine in the Minnesota Constitution that “equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender."