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'Starting Line': Should states elect the president by popular vote?
By HPIS Staff

According to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, there have been five instances where a president has been elected while not winning the popular vote. Most recently, Donald Trump won the presidential election by securing more electoral votes than Hilary Clinton despite Clinton receiving nearly 2.9 million more total votes than Trump.

This week on "Starting Line" we learn more about HF845. The proposed legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) would enact in Minnesota the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote. 

This week's edition of "Starting Line" on YouTube

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Special tax district proposed as way to pay transit line operations
By Jonathan Avise

A plan put forward by the chair of the House transportation policy committee would use increased property tax revenues along fixed transit lines, like light-rail, to help pay for the cost of operating the lines.

Funding plan to reimburse lost property tax revenue moves forward
By Jonathan Mohr

When state buys new land, counties would receive a one-time payment equal to 30-times the assessed property tax value

Eliminating ‘unnecessary’ reporting requirement would help farmers
By Chris Steller

Farmers who hold agricultural land in revocable trusts would no longer have to file, under threat of criminal penalty, what backers of a bill call an unnecessary report. HF2...

Free burial for veterans’ spouses could disrupt VA revenue
By Ricky Campbell

For Minnesota’s veterans, interment options come with limited to no cost. Veterans cemeteries in Little Falls, Preston, and soon in Duluth offer free burials, as does Fort Snell...

Minnesota Index: Special elections
By Chris Steller

Legislative special elections since statehood                        House                   Senate  Most House special elections in one year (1995 and 2003)     ...

Week in Review: Feb. 20-24
By Mike Cook

The House began the week with good spirits, passing a bill to approve off-sale Sunday liquor sales during a Monday Floor session. It ended the week on the Floor Thursday by pass...

Wetlands bill passes removing construction roadblocks
By Jonathan Mohr

Money for the wetlands replacement program would spur road construction projects currently on hold.

Bill to bar state contractors from boycotting Israel passes House
By Chris Steller

Companies that discriminate against Israel would have to find another state to do business with under legislation passed Thursday in the House. Passed 98-28, HF400, sponsore...

House OKs Real ID
By Chris Steller

Skies could get friendlier for Minnesotans seeking to board future flights on commercial aircraft. The House passed HF3 Thursday, a bill that would let the state comply with...

State employee incentive program needs oversight, lawmakers say
By Ricky Campbell

The state budget office has spent $4.7 million since 2014 on a state employee incentive program intended to find efficiencies in government and improve services. The incentive p...

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

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday released a two-year, $45.8 billion biennial budget proposal that includes an expansion of MinnesotaCare, increased education spending and an increase...

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.

Committee assignments announced for 2017-18 session
By Jonathan Avise

The 27 committees, subcommittees and divisions that House Republican leadership named in late November are at the core of the legislative process.

House committee structure and chairs named for upcoming biennium
By Mike Cook

House Republican leadership has announced the committee structure and chairs for the 90th legislative biennium scheduled to convene Jan. 3, 2017. The plan is for 27 committe...

Republicans affirm Daudt, Peppin leadership; DFL chooses Hortman
By Lee Ann Schutz

Current House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Majority Leader Joyce Peppin retained their leadership positions Friday for the 90th legislative session scheduled to begin Jan. 3, 2017. DFLers chose Rep. Melissa Hortman as minority leader.

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