Lawmakers worry student data vulnerable with state law behind the times
By Jonathan Avise
The State Capitol in St. Paul. Photo by Andrew VonBank

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

Rep. Eric Lucero (R-Dayton) sponsors the legislation that would restrict how student data collected from software applications and computer devices can be used, accessed, sold, shared or retained.

Called the “Student Data Privacy Act,” HF1507 would complement existing student data rules in the Minnesota Data Practices Act and the federal Education Rights and Privacy Act.

The legislation represents an effort, Lucero said, to catch state law up with technological advances in the state’s schools. There have been “tremendous advances” in technology available to teachers and students since student data privacy provisions were first addressed in state law, he said. But those statutes have not necessarily kept up.

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Judge OKs legislative funding for 90 days
By Ricky Campbell

A Ramsey County judge has given the go-ahead for the House and Senate to remain operational until Oct. 1 while the two chambers’ funding remains in legal limbo with a pending lawsuit against Gov. Mark Dayton.



Dayton, legislative leaders have their day in court over funding issue
By Jonathan Mohr

Lawyers for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met in a Ramsey County court Monday to argue the merits of a lawsuit over the governor’s May line-item veto of money meant fund the House and Senate for the next two years.



Legislative leaders will sue governor over line-item veto
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With closed-door negotiations unproductive, lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton will face-off in court



Governor still hopeful negotiations can solve legislative funding fight
By Jonathan Avise

A meeting between the governor, House and Senate leaders is tentatively scheduled for next week, Dayton says.



House, Senate head toward lawsuit over governor's legislative funding veto
By Jonathan Avise

House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.



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.



Lawmakers send governor bill to fund state government
By Mike Cook

Lawmakers late Thursday night OK’d the appropriations needed to fund state government agencies, veterans’ services, constitutional offices and the Legislature.



Despite veto threats, House passes mixed-bag uniform labor bill
By Ricky Campbell

Pleading for brevity as the Legislature entered its third day of a deadline-neglecting special session, Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) said his uniform state labor standards b...




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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.

Judge rules Dayton’s veto of Legislative funding violated constitution
By Jonathan Avise

A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.

House, Senate head toward lawsuit over governor's legislative funding veto
By Jonathan Avise

House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.

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.

'Inefficient and efficient at the same time': It’s conference committee season
By Ricky Campbell

Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.

Omnibus bills provide framework for the state's biennial budget plan
By Ricky Campbell

The budget process explained — and why it matters

Dayton’s budget proposal prioritizes health, education and transportation
By Ricky Campbell

$45 billion plan is about a 10 percent increase over current biennium

Dayton proposes $1.5 billion bonding bill
By Jonathan Avise

Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session

Session opens with a number of unresolved issues
By HPIS Staff

It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017­-18 biennial session Tuesday.