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Mediation ends 'abruptly'; legislative funding remains in question

By Mike Cook

Mediation at getting legislative leaders and the governor to agree on funding House and Senate activity is over.

Lawmakers, registrars sound off on rollout of new motor vehicle licensing system

By Jonathan Avise

House lawmakers on Monday heard from Minnesotans exasperated by this summer’s rocky rollout of the state’s new computer system for managing motor vehicle

Mediation ordered to work out legislative, gubernatorial funding dispute

By Mike Cook

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.

2017 state fair poll results

By HPIS Staff

More than 7,100 fairgoers cast a ballot over 12 late-summer days at the House’s state fair booth in the Education Building.

Lawmakers worry student data vulnerable with state law behind the times

By Jonathan Avise

Data that is collected from Minnesota students’ school-issued devices would be more closely guarded under a bill heard Tuesday by a legislative data privacy panel.

After critical report, House committee seeks U.S. Bank Stadium security answers

By Mike Cook

Members of the House State Government Finance Committee sought answers about security at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during a hearing Thursday.

Legislative subcommittee rejects union contract settlements

By Mike Cook

Contracts collectively bargained between Minnesota Management and Budget and two of the state’s largest employee unions failed to gain approval Thursday of the Legislative Coordinating Commission’s Subcommittee on Employee Relations.

Dayton signs budget bills into law, but showdown with lawmakers continues

By Jonathan Avise

Governor agrees to sign bills that make up state’s $46 billion, two-year budget but line-item vetoes funding for the Legislature

Weary lawmakers pass final budget bills, wrap 2017 special session

By Mike Cook

Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.

Lawmakers pass bonding bill to close out special session

By Mike Cook

Lawmakers wrapped up the special session early Friday morning by agreeing to borrow nearly $1 billion for public works projects across the state.

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