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Hortman: 'Very difficult to finish on time' as end of 2021 session nears

The Legislature will almost certainly need a special session to finish its work in 2021. House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said Wednesday that legislative le...

Tax Day, legislative adjournment converge in PPP and unemployment debate

While the pandemic surged and re-surged across Minnesota over the course of 2020, the federal government instituted several new programs in an attempt to keep the country from having its health emergency compounded by an economic one.

Tax panel talks possible uses for state’s $2.8 billion federal windfall

Everything changed on Monday. As legislators gathered in various conference committees, the looming topic was how soon legislative leaders and the governor would agree to bu...

House OKs bill offering conditional release to inmates who give birth

House sends bill to governor to authorize the Department of Corrections to conditionally release, for up to one year, an inmate who is postpartum and gave birth within eight months of the date of commitment.

Lengthy list of to-do's at Legislature with week left before adjournment

With a week to go before the constitutionally mandated adjournment date, optimism wanes every hour that conference committee budget targets are not agreed to by legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz on a roughly $52 billion budget for the upcoming biennium.

Week in Review: May 3-7

Conference committees worked in fits and starts on their omnibus bills this week, doing what they could to lay the groundwork, and find harmony where possible, that will allow t...

Omnibus pension and retirement bill gains committee approval

Sponsored by Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Center), HF1758, was amended and approved Friday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

Bill to create alternative to custody warrants passes House

A bill that would provide an alternative to warrants requiring police officers to take a person into custody if they have missed a court date for certain low-level offenses has ...

Police reform proposals get lukewarm Senate response in conference committee

The House version of the omnibus judiciary and public safety policy and finance bill has more than two-dozen proposals on reforming police procedures, many developed in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Philando Castile and others during encounters with police.

A loan against the vortex: House panel approves price spike protection

A bill establishing that loan fund, HF1135/SF1018* — sponsored by Rep. Robert Bierman (DFL-Apple Valley) and Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester) — passed the Senate on March 25 by a 66-0 vote.
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