Latest Minnesota State Legislature News

Minnesota lawmakers aim to strengthen sexual assault laws

Apr. 07, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers are calling for swift passage of legislation that would update the state's criminal sexual conduct code after a loophole in the law's current language led to the reversal of a rape conviction last month. The...

Minnesota House Democrats unveil package of budget bills

Apr. 05, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats unveiled legislation on Monday that calls for more spending on education and recovery for those most affected by the pandemic while increasing taxes on wealthy residents and large companies. The package of bills follows the...

Minnesota lawmaker proposes secession to border states

Mar. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican Minnesota state representative is proposing legislation that would let Minnesota counties secede from the state and join border states. Rep. Jeremy Munson, of Lake Crystal, introduced the bill Thursday and tweeted out an image promoting a...

Minnesota marijuana bill continues push through House

Mar. 24, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a proposal that would allow recreational marijuana use for adults and automatically expunge minor convictions related to cannabis, inching the state closer toward legalization. The legislation, authored by...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Mar. 24, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

St. Cloud Times. March 19, 2021. Editorial: Even after Sunshine Week keep pushing for open records, transparent government Saturday wraps up Sunshine Week, designated in 2005 to highlight one of the bedrock tenets of democracy: Government is...

Minnesota gets its first doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Mar. 04, 2021 14:35 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state and health officials on Wednesday celebrated the arrival of the first shipments of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying it will help speed up the pace of vaccinations and a return to normal in the state. Gov....

Minnesota budget swings from $1.3B deficit to $1.6B surplus

Mar. 01, 2021 12:08 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's budget outlook has swung from a nearly $1.3 billion deficit to a $1.6 billion surplus, state economists announced Friday, an improvement that sets up debates for the rest of the legislative session over taxes and spending. Democratic Gov....

Minnesota Legislature to weigh protections for jail inmates

Feb. 23, 2021 11:33 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature will consider sweeping changes meant to provide better protections and medical care to jail inmates. The legislation follows an investigative series by KARE-TV that revealed lax oversight at Minnesota's jails despite...

Lawsuit could have courts redraw Minnesota's political maps

Feb. 23, 2021 10:52 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature has yet to begin serious work on redrawing the state's congressional and legislative district boundaries but the always contentious issue is already before the courts. A lawsuit filed in Carver County and a parallel...

Walz's $518M bonding bill includes money to rebuild cities

Feb. 22, 2021 17:45 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $518 million capital investment package Monday that includes $150 million for rebuilding neighborhoods hit by unrest after the death of George Floyd last May and $43 million in security upgrades for the state Capitol complex, which has been ringed...