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Minnesota Legislature wraps regular session, but OT awaits

May. 21, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature is headed into overtime. Legislators adjourned their regular session at midnight, but so much work remains that they'll need to come back in special session in the days ahead. It's just not clear when. Gov. Tim Walz and leaders of the House and Senate struck...

The Latest: Legislative negotiators agree on opioid bill

May. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the Minnesota Legislature's 2019 regular session (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A House-Senate conference committee has reached a bipartisan agreement on compromise legislation aimed at stopping Minnesota's opioid crisis. The bill imposes sharply higher...

Minnesota Legislature approves protections for the elderly

May. 20, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A major package of protections for Minnesota's elderly has cleared the Legislature and awaits Gov. Tim Walz's signature. The House and Senate passed the final version of the bill late Sunday night. The most important component is a framework for licensing assisted living facilities...

Minnesota in need of more community paramedics

May. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota needs more community paramedics to assist residents leaving the hospital in managing chronic health conditions at home, according to state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health said there are 127 certified community paramedics, nearly half working in the Twin...

Legislators finalize big bills, plan for special session

May. 20, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators worked to wrap up details of their big budget bills Monday ahead of a midnight adjournment, while haggling began over the timing and length of a special session later this week to pass those packages and complete the state's next two-year budget. Gov. Tim Walz,...

The Latest: Minnesota leaders unveil bipartisan budget deal

May. 19, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's budget negotiations (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders have reached a bipartisan budget agreement that drops the governor's proposed gasoline tax increase but gives middle-class Minnesotans an income tax cut and...

Democrats, Republicans win some, lose some in budget deal

May. 19, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders reached a bipartisan budget deal Sunday in which the governor dropped his proposed gas tax increase but got to keep most of an expiring tax that helps fund health care programs, Republicans got an income tax cut for middle-class...

Senate GOP passes 'lights on' bill; no budget deal in sight

May. 18, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate on Saturday approved a Republican plan for preventing a state government shutdown if the Legislature's budget stalemate persists, throwing down a challenge to House Democrats and Gov. Tim Walz to either agree or take the blame for a shutdown when the current...

The Latest: Walz fires up teachers rally as deadline looms

May. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature's budget fight (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Gov. Tim Walz has given a fiery speech to the union Education Minnesota as hundreds of teachers rallied in the state Capitol rotunda. The Democrat and former high school coach called on the teachers...

Minnesota's solar program sees opposition despite popularity

May. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — On an overcast day, a small crowd gathered at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North Minneapolis to extol the virtues of Minnesota's community solar gardens program. Since the Legislature approved it in 2013, the solar garden initiative has created a vast market of the renewable...