A bipartisan pair of lawmakers has unveiled proposed changes to House rules that would alter how the institution handles accusations of sexual harassment.
Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) and Rep. Marion O'Neill (R-Maple Lake) said Monday their aim is to institute a clear, fair process for dealing with allegations of sexual harassment against House members — and one that avoids any whiff of partisanship, or that appears to unfairly protect elected officials.
The proposal follows a string of allegations of sexual harassment leveled against two legislators in recent weeks. Former Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) resigned earlier this month, and Sen. Dan Schoen (DFL-St. Paul Park) is set to formally resign this week, after accusations of inappropriate conduct.
“This workplace has to be a safe place,” O’Neill said during a news conference announcing the proposed measures. “That’s our No. 1 goal.”
Lawmakers wrapped up the special session early Friday morning by agreeing to borrow nearly $1 billion for public works projects across the state.
Lawmakers late Thursday night OK’d the appropriations needed to fund state government agencies, veterans’ services, constitutional offices and the Legislature.
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...
Omnibus tax bill amended to allow for bars to be open until 4 a.m. Feb. 2-Feb.5 to allow more time for fan revelry.
Two large spending bills and a bonding package await action; both chambers in at noon Thursday
The $5.9 billion, two-year transportation funding bill passed on a 74-54 vote proposes to shift $300 million in auto-related sales tax revenues toward road and bridge construction funding.
One night of overtime was not nearly enough for the Legislature to complete its crafting of a 2018-19 biennial state budget.
After weeks of negotiations over the best approach to reduce the achievement gap, lawmakers passed a compromise bill early Wednesday that they believe Gov. Mark Dayton would ultimately sign.
Called the largest tax relief package in 20 years, end-of-session negotiations produced a tentative agreement between leadership and the governor calling for $650 million in tax relief over the 2017-18 biennium.
One overtime may not be enough for the Legislature to complete its crafting of a biennial state budget.
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.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
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.
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 on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
The budget process explained — and why it matters
$45 billion plan is about a 10 percent increase over current biennium
Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session
It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.