Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party opposes all nuclear power and wants to allow felons to vote as long as they're not actually in prison, two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the DFL. The positions are contained in the Democratic party's official "ongoing platform" and "action agenda" — collections of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Rochester.
ST. PAUL — Even Jessie Diggins got nothing. From Minnesota's bid to host a World Cup cross-country skiing event to the secretary of state's simple need for permission to spend federal money to stop Russian election hackers, a ton of seemingly no-brainer things didn't get done at the Capitol. This happens to some bills every year. Lawmakers just don't get to everything.
ST. PAUL—They're private business owners and government employees with a basic job: Help you renew your license plates and update the title to your car. And they say that they're about to become legislative roadkill and all Minnesotans will suffer with longer lines and farther drives to obtain vehicle paperwork that we're all legally required to get.
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers took a step closer to closing a set of DWI loopholes Wednesday, May 16, after the House unanimously approved a plan to fully bring ATV riders and snowmobilers under the same laws that govern drivers of automobiles and trucks. The legislation was inspired by the death of Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., the 8-year-old boy who was killed this winter by an allegedly drunken snowmobiler while ice fishing with his family.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lately is all about an "emergency" funding plan for public schools running deficits. He's on a bully-pulpit kick, urging Republican lawmakers to change course late in the legislative session and spend $138 million to shore up school budgets to reduce the likelihood of teacher layoffs or larger class sizes. He wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to authorize the money instead of planned tax breaks. So far, he's getting nowhere. But he's not stopping.
ST. PAUL — A bipartisan sexual harassment proposal that could affect every workplace in Minnesota now faces an uncertain future at the Capitol. The bill would remove a legal hurdle that supporters say has led to courts throwing out cases, even when they involve piggish behavior that many would consider sexual harassment.
ST. PAUL—Right now, it's not illegal in Minnesota for police officers to have sex with people in their custody. That might be about to change. On Tuesday, May 1, the state House overwhelmingly approved a sweeping public safety bill that includes a provision that would close what some have called a sexual assault loophole, and the Senate has also approved closing the loophole.
ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis on Wednesday, May 2, joined a group of mostly Republican state lawmakers in St. Paul taking aim at the Metropolitan Council, a non-elected regional body that oversees hundreds of millions in spending across the metro.
ST. PAUL — A simple but significant sexual harassment proposal that could affect every workplace in Minnesota moved ahead at the Capitol on Thursday night, April 27, but not everyone is happy about it. A number of employment attorneys and some small business advocates fear the proposal, which allows for a lower legal bar to sue an employer for sexual harassment, could lead to a flood of lawsuits and leave judges without direction.
ST. PAUL—Lobbyists, interns, members of the media and the general public would all be protected from sexual harassment under a proposal poised to be adopted for the Minnesota House Wednesday. In addition, the behavior of House members and employees would not end when they leave the Capitol; the policy would cover them "during any activity that involves legislative business."