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Should a terminally ill person be allowed to request a fatal drug?

We’re all going to die at some point. But should someone have the right to decide when their time us up? The so-called “End-of-Life Options Act” was one of four bills heard, but not acted upon, Wednesday by the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee at an emotional informational hearing.

State Fair poll shows steady support for gun sale background checks, recreational marijuana

Support for criminal background checks on all gun sales and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use appears to have remained steady among Minnesotans during the past 12 months.

Governor signs special session budget bills into law

One week after a marathon special session that saw lawmakers pass most of the major budget bills needed to fund the state’s government over the next two years, Gov. Tim Walz signed the legislation into law.

‘Status quo’ transportation bill clears House

The House and Senate passed a $6.7 billion transportation finance bill Friday night that represents a scaling-back of Gov. Walz and the House DFL’s ambitions as the 2019 session began for huge new investments in Minnesota’s roads, bridges and public transit systems.

After sunrise, the sun sets on 2019 special session

It took a grueling special session that stretched past sunrise, but Minnesota lawmakers completed their work early Saturday morning on passing a new two-year state budget.

House passes omnibus education bill during special session, includes $543 million funding boost

Waiting until the last minute to get work done is not a strategy only utilized by students, as lawmakers can attest. In the final hour of a one-day special session, the House voted 112-13 to pass a $20.1 billion two-year omnibus E-12 education finance bill Saturday morning.

Omnibus state government bill going to governor has $60 million base increase

The omnibus state government, military affairs, and veterans affairs finance bill was passed 77-49 by the House and 65-2 by the Senate after sunrise Saturday.

Public safety bill that ‘scratched the surface’ gets House, Senate approval and heads to governor

The contentious omnibus judiciary and public safety finance bill passed the House after 2:15 a.m. Saturday with kudos for an improved agreement from the bill that left the House in the regular session.

Wage theft penalties among House-, Senate-approved omnibus jobs and energy bill

One of the House DFL’s top priorities of the 2019 legislative session is on its way to becoming law.

The tax bill cometh – and the governor will need to act on it

The bill would make several changes to tax policy, pulling the state into almost full conformity with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in late 2017.
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