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New laws provide look back at the 2014 legislative session
By Lee Ann Schutz
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Now available on the web is New Laws 2014, overviews of the 169 bills acted on by the governor during the recently completed legislative session.

Compiled by the nonpartisan House Public Information Services staff, with help from the nonpartisan House Research and House Fiscal Analysis departments, the overviews are written in an easy-to-understand style, and include links to the House or Senate version of the bill signed into law or vetoed.

New Laws 2014 can be accessed here, or by logging on to the House of Representatives website at www.house.mn and clicking on New Laws under the House News and Publications category located in the center of the main page.

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Session by the numbers
By Charley Shaw

How many bills were sent to Gov. Mark Dayton by the Legislature in 2014? How many House files were introduced during the 2014 session -- and how many bills were left on the General Register when lawmakers adjourned sine die on May 16? Read on and find out below in the annual Minnesota Index, our ses

Lawmakers finish jam-packed session early
By Charley Shaw

By the time legislators returned to their districts for the Easter/Passover recess, they had cut taxes and increased the budget reserves by more than $600 million and settled their differences on raising the state’s hourly minimum wage.

House holds a two-day marathon to close out 2014 session
By HPIS Staff

Bonding, taxes, spending and medical marijuana passage highlight last days of session. Last order of business was farewell speeches by many members who are not seeking re-election.

House passes supplemental budget package
By Charley Shaw

A variety of state programs and operations would get $263 million from the General Fund in HF3172.

Medical marijuana bill makes its final passage from House
By Andrea Parrott

Medical cannabis (marijuana) has cleared its final hurdle in the legislative branch and now awaits the governor’s signature before it becomes law.

Tax bill: A little of this and a lot of property tax relief
By Lee Ann Schutz

The omnibus supplemental tax bill, passed by the House 131-0, provides $45 million in property tax relief, addresses some communities water woes and shelters for puppies and kitties.

Protection from false claims OK'd for police, corrections employees
By Mike Cook

Someone who files a false record, such as one not related to a valid lien or security agreement, with intent to retaliate against a judicial or court officer, prosecutor, defens...

House passes bill to ensure vets get time off for Veterans Day
By Mike Cook

House approval was given to a bill that would require employers to provide paid or unpaid time off to veterans who would be required to work on Veterans Day.

House passes two capital investment bills
By Mike Cook

A pair of bonding packages that would spend more than $1 billion was passed in the early hours of Friday by the House.

Tax bill addition could be key to bonding bill passage
By Lee Ann Schutz

A last minute amendment to the conferred omnibus supplemental tax bill to help fund the Lewis and Clark pipeline takes some financial pressure off bonding bill that could be considered late Thursday.

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Conferees wrap up $283 million supplemental budget
By Charley Shaw

The House and Senate early Friday morning wrapped up negotiations on the supplemental budget bill.

Clock ticks down to sine die and governor’s actions on bills
By Lee Ann Schutz

If a bill is passed during the last three days of session, the governor has a longer time to act. It must be signed and deposited with the secretary of state within 14 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.

'Starting Line': Farmers markets go through growing pains
By HPIS Staff

As the weather begins warm, many of us find ourselves reaching for a spring jacket and heading outdoors. One popular pastime this time of year is visiting a farmers market. ...

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