Latest Minnesota State Legislature News

Legislative panel debates Walz 70 percent gas tax hike plan

Mar. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature began work in earnest Thursday on Gov. Tim Walz's transportation plan, including his hotly disputed proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax by 70 percent. A House transportation committee gave the Democratic governor's plan its first hearing. Supporters...

Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy

Mar. 21, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults. Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota's seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College....

Walz turns up heat to keep tax that funds health programs

Mar. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz turned up the heat Thursday on GOP lawmakers to try to prevent the state's 2 percent tax on health care providers from expiring at the end of the year, a revenue stream that helps fund health care for low-income Minnesotans. Speaking at a Capitol rally, the Democratic...

Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House

Mar. 20, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bitter, partisan debate erupted on the Minnesota House floor Wednesday when Republicans tried to bring up a health care reinsurance bill that House Democrats oppose as a giveaway to the insurance industry. Back in 2017, when Republicans controlled both chambers of the Legislature,...

Nelson wins House seat in special election

Mar. 20, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Nathan Nelson has won the special election to fill a vacant state House seat in east-central Minnesota. Unofficial returns show Nelson beating Democrat Tim Burkhardt in Tuesday's election for the House District 11B seat. Nelson will fill the seat previously held by Jason...

Auditor: BCA should investigate fraud in troubled program

Mar. 19, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor recommends that responsibility for investigating fraud in the state's troubled Child Care Assistance Program should be transferred from the agency that runs it to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. James Nobles said in a letter to lawmakers Tuesday...

Senate Republicans revive private school scholarships plan

Mar. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday that a proposal to turn tax credits into scholarships for low- and middle-income students to attend private schools is a priority for them, and they hope to make it the subject of late-session negotiations with Gov. Tim Walz and House...

Minnesota House aims to hit drug companies for opioid crisis

Mar. 18, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House voted Monday night to hold drug manufacturers responsible for the state's growing costs for dealing with the opioid crisis. The bill passed 94-34 after around four hours of debate that split mostly along party lines. It would support a wide range of prevention,...

Minnesota House backs hands-free cellphone rule for driving

Mar. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota motorists would be required to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving under a bill that passed the state House on Monday night, after sponsors said the measure will cut down on distracted driving and save lives. The House approved the bill 106-21...

Walz signs bill to expand disaster aid for barn collapses

Mar. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill expanding a zero-interest disaster loan program to help farmers dealing with buildings damaged by heavy snow. Walz signed the bill Monday. The measure cleared both the state House and Senate without opposition last week. Walz says the bill is...