Latest Minnesota State Legislature News

Senate Republicans reject Walz's pick for commerce head

Sep. 11, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate rejected Gov. Tim Walz’s pick for commerce commissioner on Friday, but the Democratic governor held on to the emergency powers he's been using for six months to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate on Friday refused to confirm Steve...

GOP senators air grievances in job review for MPCA leader

Aug. 24, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Senate Republicans aired a list of grievances Monday as they reviewed the job performance of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop, the latest Cabinet member to face tough questions and the potential loss of her job amid disputes between Democratic Gov. Tim Walz...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, and Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley, right, appear at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Kelly, a member of Walz's cabinet faced sharp questioning at a confirmation hearing Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 for approving an appeal over a controversial pipeline project in a dispute that could cost him his job. Kelley is under fire because he's appealing a decision by the independent Public Utilities Commission to approve Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski File)

Panel grills Walz commissioner over Line 3 pipeline appeal

Aug. 21, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of Gov. Tim Walz's Cabinet faced sharp questioning at a confirmation hearing Friday for approving an appeal over a controversial pipeline project in a dispute that could cost him his job. Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley is under fire because his agency on Wednesday appealed a...

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake says there is

Walz's commerce commissioner could become casualty of Line 3

Aug. 19, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate's top leader warned Wednesday that Republican anger over the Walz administration's continued opposition to the Line 3 oil pipeline project could spill over into a confirmation hearing on Friday for Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley, whose job now appears in danger....

DFL House candidate apologizes for rally language

Aug. 17, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota House candidate is apologizing for the language he used at a demonstration outside the home of the Minneapolis police union president. More than 100 people gathered Saturday outside Bob Kroll's house in Hugo where he lives with his wife WCCO-TV reporter Liz Collin. ...

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink provides an update on the state's response to COVID-19 during a news conference, as Gov. Tim Walz listens Monday, April 20, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool)

Senate GOP ousts Walz cabinet member amid pandemic dispute

Aug. 12, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate showed their displeasure with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday by ousting his commissioner of labor and industry amid a dispute over how the administration is managing the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted...

Progressives beat Democratic incumbents in legislative races

Aug. 12, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Challengers defeated three incumbent Democratic in Minnesota's primary elections and were leading a fourth as the progressive wing of the party showed its strength. Sen. Erik Simonson of Duluth lost Tuesday night to attorney Jen McEwen, who campaigned against copper-nickel mining and an...

Tribal leaders including Myrna Warrington, far left, of Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, gave Ivanka Trump a ceremonial key when she spoke at the grand opening of the first Missing and Murdered Native American Cold Case Office. American Indians and Alaska Native are 2.5 times as likely to experience violent crimes. This is one of seven offices that is being established under Executive Order 13898 by President Donald J. Trump. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Feds launch Minnesota office on missing Indigenous cases

Jul. 27, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visited a Minneapolis suburb on Monday to open an office dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous peoples. The new office in Bloomington is part of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force created via...