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.”
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced shortly before the curtain closed on the 2017 legislative session that they had reached an overall budget agree...
More than $64 million would be appropriated to benefit the environment and natural resources.
With mere hours left before the Legislature’s constitutionally mandated adjournment of midnight Monday, major pieces of the two-year $46 billion budget remain untouched. ...
Additional dollars for the judiciary, tweaked language regarding the Appleton prison, and rulemaking related to driver’s licenses for undocumented residents are three of the high-profile items in the final version of the omnibus judiciary and public safety bill.
Several proposals supported by the governor are included in this version including his proposal for wage theft prevention.
The bill passed Sunday night includes fee increases and changes some buffer provisions in the original bill vetoed by Gov. Dayton.
The House and Senate each voted late Sunday to repass a conference committee report on an omnibus Legacy finance bill that would appropriate $529.56 million during the upcoming ...
Conferees adopted a conference committee report for HF2080/ SF943*, sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) and Senate President Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville). The bill now heads to the Senate where action is expected later in the day.
Having local special elections take place on only five calendar days throughout the calendar year is one provision of the omnibus elections bill passed by the House Sunday. ...
The omnibus agriculture bill was the first passed by the House as members began late Saturday night to move a second set of budgets to Gov. Mark Dayton.
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.