capitol report

A much anticipated committee vote on the Vikings’ stadium bill on Wednesday, March 14 failed to occur, Senate Local Government and Elections Chairman Ray Vandeveer instead laying the bill on the table. “It would be the most productive thing to do,” said Vandeveer, explaining that Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, stadium bill author, requested the action. [...]

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Former Minnesota Vikings’ coach Bud Grant immediately told a Senate committee today (March 13) exactly what brought him to the State Capitol. “I’m not here to promote the stadium,” Grant told the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “I’m here to promote something more important than the stadium,” said Grant. Grant — in an advocacy [...]

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Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie looks to electronic poll books as offering election integrity solutions the whole state can rally around. Although saying the debate over the proposed Photo ID constitutional amendment and providing electronic poll books to the 3,500 polling places in the state are separate issues, some people believe technology has already [...]

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House Republicans propose to cut deeper into the state budget reserve in order to speed up the repayment of the K-12 school funding shift. House Education Finance Committee Chairman Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, styled his legislation as “good news” for Minnesota schools. Already, some $318 million, by law, has been designated to pay down the more [...]

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Although Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Tom Landwehr styled the trust land legislation as creating a bureaucratic “quagmire,” a House committee today (March 6) on a strong voted passed a bill that could dramatically alter how the state Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin, gestures while answering a question during a House hearing today (March 6) [...]

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Gray wolf hunting and trapping season legislation passed a Senate committee today (March 6), setting up a possible gray wolf hunting season to coincide with the opening of the gun deer season in November. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, saw his bill pass the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee after testimony both in favor and [...]

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