ST. PAUL -- Twin Cities high school students calling for gun control shut down a Minnesota Senate committee hearing Monday, March 19. The group, led by Josh Groven of the School of Environmental Studies, took a microphone at a witness table when the Senate Judiciary Committee was discussing an unrelated topic. The committee recessed for a time before coming back and resuming the other topic, elder care. Groven and other students were removed from the meeting.
ST. PAUL -- Farmers can forget about tax breaks to lighten their burden in funding new schools. Drivers on some of Minnesota's most dangerous highways will not see immediate safety...
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota patients with some severe medical conditions likely will be able to use medical marijuana for relief next year. State House and Senate votes are planned Friday on a compromise announced Thursday afternoon. Supporters expect the bill to pass. The compromise calls for two manufactures with eight distributions points around the state. It would not allow smoking marijuana or use of the plant, although it would allow whole-plant extracts that could make users high.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton prefers to launch two medical marijuana studies instead of legalizing it this year. The studies would be about using chemicals in marijuana to help severely ill people, he said Friday. His idea could end chances of a medical marijuana bill that has stalled in the Legislature this year. The governor suggests spending $2.2 million on a Mayo Clinic medical study about whether one chemical from marijuana helps children with types of epilepsy.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans who have not filed their state income tax returns should wait until next week. State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said that will give tax officials time to provide more specific advice about how a tax-cut bill legislators approved Friday will affect taxpayers.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has had a lot of time to think in the past month. The 67-year-old governor is stuck at his official state residence in a body cast, recovering from hip surgery he underwent at Mayo Clinic just over a month ago. While he meets in person and by telephone with staff and commissioners, he cannot get out to political, social and official events.
ST. PAUL — A federal judge’s pressure on Minnesota officials to change how the state deals with sex offenders does not appear to be producing results. Gov.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota House Democrats want voters to know that most rural residents should pay lower property taxes on their homes after actions they took. “We think it is good news for Minnesotans and Minnesota homeowners,” House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, told a handful of greater Minnesota reporters on a Friday conference call. After property taxes rose 84 percent in the past dozen years, he said, they now will drop 4.9 percent after actions during last year’s legislative session. While numbers Thissen and colleagues released are overall statewide figures, Rep.