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State Fair poll: Support grows for marijuana legalization, sports gambling

Support for the legalization of recreational marijuana and sports gambling appears to be on the rise, at least among attendees of the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. A majority o...

Talk to legislators, voice your opinion at Minnesota State Fair

Fairgoers are invited to weigh in on hot political topics and meet with legislators during their visit to the House of Representatives’ booth at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair.

Five-term member Albright to resign from House

Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) is resigning from the House effective Friday. “It has been an honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve Prior Lake, Jordan, and surroundin...

Departing House members say goodbye from House Floor

As is tradition, once members have finished months of debating one another over myriad bills, House members who have opted not to seek re-election said goodbye to the body Monda...

House passes policy-only omnibus health and human services bill, sends it to governor

Facing a deadline of midnight Sunday, the omnibus health and human services finance and policy supplemental budget conference committee ran out of time to overcome major disagre...

Legislative session sputters to an end; special session probable

At a press conference last Monday announcing a framework to finish out the legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders were asked a number of times for more detai...

Omnibus mental health package, including expansion of mobile crisis teams, heads to governor

While many high-profile omnibus bills this session stalled when they missed the end-of-session deadline, a mental health omnibus package assembled late Sunday did make it across the finish line.

Amended technical commerce bill includes funding for increased fraud investigators

A bill that left the House as a Commerce Department technical bill returned with provisions and appropriations coming from a conference committee. The bill includes the tech...

With only a few hours to go, much unfinished as session nears end

At a press conference last Monday announcing a framework to finish out the legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders were asked a number of times for more detai...

House OK given to conference committee report on Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

Quick work by a conference committee to reconcile the annual appropriations from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund took another step late Saturday when the House repassed the bill.

Conference committee agreement meets target — but millions short of original House bill

With a General Fund target of $37 million compared to an ask of $460 million, there’s no doubt funding for workforce, economic development and energy would fall short of many Ho...

Conferees settle differences with agriculture omnibus, drought relief bills

With time to work dwindling, a conference committee working to reconcile agriculture bills came to an agreement on several appropriations and policy changes Saturday. T...

Conference committee strikes tax agreement; bill may be session’s finale

The “dream big” approach seems to have worked in forging a compromise tax bill. The two tax chairs came in with one highest-priority item on each of their to-do lists, and t...

Growler cap increase, more liquor-related changes pass House, head to governor’s desk

The House debate on the omnibus liquor bill agreement began shortly after 5 p.m. On a Friday. Cue Jimmy Buffett. It does not address Margaritaville, but a provision ...

House passes higher education conference committee report

It’s that time of year when diplomas are handed out, tassels switch sides on a cap and collegians become alumni of the institution of their choice. A conference report passe...

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