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Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 15, June 3, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 15, June 3, 2008
Features a First Reading story recapping the 2008 Session — all sides declare victory; an At Issue story about how the deficit is fixed for now; Resources: House of Representatives roster; People: Sesquicentennial Minnesota House of Representatives; an At Issue story about how a new park, Central Corridor and veterans building cap off state’s bonding; an At Issue story about how schools given a little breathing room; an At Issue story about how the omnibus game and fish law holds a few surprises; an At Issue story about how Minnesota looks to set the national stage for health care reform; an At Issue story about how weeks of negotiation result in levy caps, tax reform and new credits; an At Issue story about how concern over REAL ID makes for strange bedfellows; an At Issue story about how bridge collapse report criticizes MnDOT; an At Issue story about how taming the ‘wild west’; People: Members say goodbye; Resources: Governor’s Desk; Resources: Come to the Capitol; Resources: Minnesota State Agencies; the Minnesota Index: Session 2008


Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 14, May 16, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 14, May 16, 2008
Features a First Reading story about product stewardship for a cleaner environment; an At Issue story about how the education policy bill veto puzzles House sponsor; an At Issue story about how despite veto, supporters of remain optimistic about health care reform; People: Berns steps down to focus on his family; Resources: Laws provide a window to history; the Minnesota Index: Experiencing Minnesota’s outdoors; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 13, May 9, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 13, May 9, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how Reps. Lenczewski and Simpson offer conflicting visions to attain best tax policy; an At Issue story about how biofuel, veterans and livestock make for a memorable bill; an At Issue story about how the omnibus energy policy bill aims for small changes, big impacts; an At Issue story about how the variety of topics offered in the higher education bill; an At Issue story about how the omnibus public safety policy bill puts focus on future workers; an At Issue story about how the safety-first provisions highlight transportation omnibus bill; Resources: What you should know first about your legislator’s vote; the Minnesota Index: Gardening in Minnesota; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 12, May 2, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 12, May 2, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how nuclear power is given a second look; an At Issue story about how merger talk has legislators asking Northwest Airlines to live up to its word; an At Issue story about how unallotment — a little-used tool in budget-balancing toolbox; an At Issue story about how the conferees hope to quickly complete work on E-12 education bill; an At Issue story about an office to raise awareness of early learning; People: Paulsen leaving House with hopes of moving to a new one; a Feature about how legislators find political refuge in fellowship; a feature about Minnesota celebrating 150 years of statehood; the Minnesota Index: Elder Minnesotans; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 11, April 25, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 11, April 25, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how public money is being sought for Mall of America expansion; an At Issue story about rethinking property taxes; an At Issue story about how the House and Senate butt heads over survivor compensation; an At Issue story about how hospitals face nursing shortage; an At Issue story about how food vs. fuel drives ag and veterans affairs debate; People feature: Moe to go back to Bemidji; the Minnesota Index: Minnesota nonprofits; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 10, April 18, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 10, April 18, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how Stranger-Originated Life Insurance policies raise questions; an At Issue story about how legislators disagree over ethanol’s impact on the environment; an At Issue story about the controversial ‘No Child Left Behind’ has lawmakers looking for alternatives; an At Issue story about how food shelf needs are growing across the state; an At Issue story about tapping the high caucus turnout for new volunteers; Resources: Constitutional Officers; the Minnesota Index: Waste management; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 9, April 11, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 9, April 11, 2008
Features a A First Reading story about how the clock is ticking on a proposal for a new state park in northern Minnesota; an At Issue about how the Bovine TB problem could define an industry and a community; an At Issue story about how the California ‘clean car’ emissions bill faces opposition from ethanol, auto industries; an At Issue story about how an omnibus bill can be one legislator’s junk, another’s treasure; an At Issue about preparing youth for a world that’s flat; an At Issue story about the JOBZ program — some want it scrapped, others expanded; Resources: How a Bill Becomes Law; the Minnesota Index: State parks; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 8, April 4, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 8, April 4, 2008
Features a First Reading story: Could an 1812 budget battle loom ahead; a feature about how a picture says a thousand words; an At Issue about how the capital investment bill is now in the hands of the governor; an At Issue story about how the state’s initiatives to address climate change may wait for another day; an At Issue story about how a new way to help homeowners and the neighborhood; an At Issue story about how the House is moving to help with mortgage foreclosure crisis; a People feature: Stepping Down — Tingelstad; Resources: Directions for coming to the Capitol; Resources: Tracking bills is just a mouse click away; the Minnesota Index: Tax collections, disbursements; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 7, March 21, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 7, March 28, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how public TV stations look to state for help with digital conversion; an At Issue story about how psychiatric beds are full, but solutions are as complex as the problem; Resources: Contact information for constitutional officers; a People feature: Stepping Down — DeLaForest, Finstad, Kranz, Ozment and Walker; the Minnesota Index: Crime and Punishment; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 6, March 19, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 6, March 21, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how small communities struggle for solutions to wastewater woes; an At Issue about how veterans cemeteries provide for a burial close to home; an At Issue about a heath care proposal that lays out an aggressive timeline; an At Issue about peak oil; Resources: Roster of the Minnesota House of Representatives; the Minnesota Index: Perils of poverty; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 10, March 9, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 5, March 14, 2008
Features a First Reading story about the how governor’s budget reduction plan gets a lukewarm reception; an At Issue about how emergency responders are pushing for new training centers; an At Issue about how the omnibus game and fish bill is full of policy changes; the Minnesota Index: On guard; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 4, March 7, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 4, March 7, 2008
Features a First Reading story about a bill for jobs and infrastructure; an At Issue about hope the tax bill will bypass veto pen; an At Issue about how the state is forced to put a price on clean drinking water; an At Issue about Primary Care — Your life depends on it; a Feature about a summer road trip was all about visiting projects; the Minnesota Index: State of employment; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 3, February 29, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 3, February 29, 2008
Features a about First Reading story about how legislators prepare to tighten the belt; an At Issue about how the transportation plan becomes law; a People feature about political problems for six defectors; Resources: Roster of House members; the Minnesota Index: Are you covered?; and more.



Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 22, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 22, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how a capital crisis intersects with capital investment; Late Action about passage of the transportation bill; a Note: one member to step down, another apologizes; the Minnesota Index state roads; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 1, February 15, 2008   
Session Weekly, Volume 25, Issue 1, February 15, 2008
Features a First Reading story about how the legislature sets out on the fast track; an At Issue about the Governor’s State of the State address; an At Issue about how Minnesotans could pay more in taxes for transportation; a feature about Session Weekly magazine's 25th anniversary — rooted in a commitment to keep the public informed; a People feature about how special session delivers for Drazkowski’s district; a feature about how a gas tax increase may be seen as palatable; the Minnesota Index: Session 2008; and more.

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